Women in Tech Week

March 5th, 2018 – March 8th, 2018

There is a misconception that the only way to eradicate the gender gap is by being a woman in the tech field. In reality, each and every member of the technical community is critical to being a part of the cultural change that will allow for equality and diversity within tech. Have you ever been curious about how you can be a part of the change and support your fellow women in tech right here on campus? The UNC CS Women in Tech Week (March 5-8) aims to start a conversation about ways to support women in tech and make the tech environment at UNC a more supportive community. Everyone is encouraged to attend events and participate. How do you #SitWithWomeninTech?

If you’re looking for more resources to learn about the gender gap and the stereotypes and prejudices that women have to overcome within the tech industry check out our page of articles/podcasts.

Schedule of Events

#ISitWithWomeninTech Social Media Initiative

Monday March 5th – Thursday March 8th (10:00-2:00) Sitterson lobby

Share your #ISitWithWomeninTech suggestions, get your picture taken next to our wall of support, and get a chance to #SitWithWomeninTech as part of the #SitWithMe initative by NCWIT.

Show your support by using the UNC CS Women in Tech Week Snapchat filter and add the Facebook frame to your profile picture!

Tuesday, March 6th 5:30-6:30 FB007

DevSecOps: Breaking Down Technological and Cultural Silos with Kirsten Newcomer (Red Hat)

Join the UNC CS Women in Tech week celebration! Red Hat Security Strategist Kirsten Newcomer will be on campus speaking about DevSecOps and her journey as a woman in tech.

Kirsten Newcomer – Security Strategist, Red Hat. Kirsten works closely with Red Hat’s many security professionals across the Red Hat portfolio of enterprise-ready open source offerings. Kirsten is a diversified software management professional with 15+ years of experience in application development and infrastructure solutions. Prior to joining Red Hat, Kirsten provided strategic direction for Black Duck’s open source security and governance solutions. Her career has spanned successful roles at IBM Software Group, Rational Software and BMC Software. Kirsten was an early contributor to the Linux Foundation’s Software Package Data Exchange (SPDX) specification, which provides a set of standards for communicating the components, licenses, and copyrights associated with software.

Please RSVP for this event: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/devsecops-breaking-down-technological-and-cultural-silos-tickets-43495721875

Wednesday, March 7th 5:30-6:30 SN011

Importance of Women in Tech and Blockchain with Lindsey Maule*

Lindsey will talk about the importance of Blockchain in society today and how women are making and can make a change in this new wave of tech.

Lindsey Maule is the CEO and Managing Partner of Luna Capital, a cryptocurrency hedge fund located in the SF Bay Area focused on scalability coins, like DAGs, and ICOs. She was formerly Head of Cryptocurrency Research at Precursor Ventures, a pre-seed/seed VC firm. She started trading and investing in cryptocurrencies in 2013 and has previous experience in financial markets, business development, and statistics.

Please RSVP for this event: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/importance-of-women-in-tech-and-blockchain-tickets-43492406960

*This event is co-hosted by the UNC Women in Computer Science Club.

Thursday, March 8th 5:30-6:30 FB007

Data Protection and Privacy with Sandy Thompson (Cisco)

Join the UNC Computer Science Department in celebrating Women in Tech Week. Sandy Thompson from Cisco will be speaking about women in tech, STEM, and data protection/privacy in the modern day.

Sandy Thompson currently leads Cisco’s Data Protection Program and team within the Security and Trust Organization. The program includes corporate data governance, enterprise-wide data protection and privacy, data incident response, and program strategy. Her passion is enabling the business through transformational change. New Data Protection regulations and compliance requirements are creating significant disruption and opportunity across all industries. Sandy’s data management and data analytics background, collaborative leadership style and balanced strategic and operational experiences will be instrumental in weaving data protection into the fabric of the Cisco business and culture.

She is also Co-Executive Sponsor for US2020/STEM, and Co-Executive Sponsor for Cisco’s Connected Women in Research Triangle Park (RTP), North Carolina (NC). She serves on NC Citizen School’s Board of Directors and on the NC Technology Association’s Board of Advisors.

Sandy has over 25 years of IT experience, including 19 years in global leadership roles at Cisco. She is a change agent and visionary leader who thrives in new market disruptive opportunities which require a strong vision, cross-functional collaboration, persistence, teamwork and execution. As a Cisco IT Advisor, she influences and supports her peers at Merck, Cummins, J&J, Duke University and Duke Medical. Recent industry recognition include: 2014 NC Technology Assoc. CIO of the Year and 2015 Cisco’s Catalyst IT Advisor of Year. In 2016, Sandy completed a Data Science Certificate with NC State University and Cisco.

Sandy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics from East Carolina University, as well as a Masters in Business Administration from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. As a marathoner, tri-athlete and Ironman (including a Kona World Championship finisher), Sandy enjoys personal challenges, continuous learning and inspiring others. She strives to make an impact every day, openly giving back her time and insight to those around her, both on and off Cisco’s global campus.

Please RSVP for this event: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/data-protection-and-privacy-tickets-43495983658