2016 WIT symposium banner: Recognizing leaders, inspiring the next generation

The Inaugural Women in Tech Symposium:
Recognizing Leaders, Inspiring the Next Generation

Gender diversity among leadership teams and the broader workforce offers demonstrated advantages for innovative thinking, job satisfaction, and corporate bottom lines. Yet the percentage of women in computing jobs has actually declined over the last 25 years, and now stands at roughly 25% in both industry and academia.


Causes for this gap remain unclear. Tech companies and other employers have tried offering flexible work hours and generous family leave; some universities allow women to stop the tenure clock to care for young children.


Are such policies sufficient to bring women into parity with men, both in numbers and in pay, or are other nuances hindering full participation of women in the tech workforce? What incentives have inspired those women who have persisted in these fields? And what unique perspectives do women bring to a range of domains that make technology solutions more creative, robust, and equitable?


At this public event, leaders and champions of women in technology will offer their thoughts on challenges to achieving gender diversity at all organizational levels of industry, academia, and the public sector. We will also present the first CITRIS Athena Awards, to honor inspiring women and organizations making outstanding technical contributions and supporting the next generation of women and girls.

Event Details:

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

11:30 AM – 6:00 PM PDT

Banatao Auditorium

Sutardja Dai Hall

2594 Hearst Ave

Berkeley, CA 94720


11:30 am 

Registration, Lunch

12:00 pm 

WelcomeCostas Spanos, Director, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute and Steven Weber, Faculty Director, Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity

12:10 pm 

Opening RemarksChristine Gulbranson, Senior Vice President for Research Innovation and Entrepreneurship, University of California Office of the President

12:20 pm

Keynote: “Define your own success and let passion fuel your career” Claire Hough, VP Engineering and Product, Udemy

12:45 pm

Current Trends in Diversity and Data: This panel will focus on the state of the field, including recent studies and data on gender diversity, trends, insights, and opportunities for diversifying technical roles in industry and in academia.

  • Andrea Goldsmith, Professor of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University (Moderator)
  • Laura Gomez, CEO and Founder, Atipica and Founding Member, Project Include
  • Stefanie Johnson, Assistant Professor, Management & Entrepreneurship, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Myra Strober, Professor Emerita, Graduate School of Education and Graduate School of Business, Stanford University

1:30 pm

Leaders & Innovators I: This panel will highlight the accomplishments and experience of several individuals who are technical leaders and innovators in their field.


2:15 pm


2:30 pm

Leaders & Innovators II

  • AnnaLee Saxenian, Dean, School of Information, UC Berkeley (Moderator)
  • Joy Bonaguro, Chief Data Officer, City and County of San Francisco
  • Mayumi Hiramatsu, Vice President, Product Operations, Cisco
  • Rikky Muller, Assistant Professor, EECS, UC Berkeley and Co-Founder, Cortera Neurotechnologies, Inc.
  • Erin Summers, Software Engineer, Oculus VR and Co-Founder, wogrammer

3:15 pm

Keynote: “Designing for Diversity: Notes from a Liberal Arts Major” Nicole Wong, former U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer

3:45 pm

CITRIS Athena Awards Presentation

4:45 pm

Closing RemarksCamille Crittenden, Deputy Director, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

5:00 pm

Reception & Networking Light refreshments will be served

6:00 pm


Presented by:

CITRIS and the Banatao Institute logo
Center for Long-term cybersecurity logo


facebook logo
IBM logo
Berkeley School of Information
Startup at Berkeley Law
Center for Responsible Business at Berkeley Haas
Women in Security and Privacy WISP
human rights center
Berkeley IPIRA
Berkeley Center for New Media
Berkeley Institute for Data Science BIDS
Consortium of Data Analytics in Risk CDAR
Fem Tech logo
Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation - UC Berkeley

Athena Awards

The symposium will also feature presentations of the EDGE in Tech Initiative Athena Awards, recognizing those who have championed the advancement of women in technology. 

Banner showing the 2016 Athena Award Winners