Tech Women: Male Advocates Matter- How to Engage Men in Gender Diversity Efforts & Why It Matters



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    SVForum Tech Women

    Male Advocates Matter:  How to Engage Men in Gender Diversity Efforts & Why It Matters

    Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013  6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Hosted by Apple

    Note - Online registration is now closed. You may pay at the door. Thank you!
    Male influencers and advocates are critical for the advancement of women in technology. Dr. Catherine Ashcraft from the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) will draw from the center's latest study, sharing findings about what motivates men to participate in advocacy, how men can and are advocating for gender diversity, and offer suggestions for how to identify and engage more male advocates in these important efforts. Female and male panelists will share their experiences of working in partnership on gender and other diversity efforts to advance technical women.  

    Both men and women are encouraged to join in the discussion to learn valuable skills for opening discussions with male colleagues and leaders.

    This is a great opportunity to engage male colleagues, partners, or bosses in the conversation- so have we got a deal for you.  First register yourself.  Then register your male companion for just $10 by using the code TECHWOMEN+1  


    • Catherine Ashcraft, Senior Researcher at NCWIT  

    Catherine conducts research into effective practices for increasing women's participation in information technology careers. She also consults with the Workforce Alliance, identifying and disseminating effective practices and developing evaluation tools to support implementation of these practices. Before coming to NCWIT, Catherine served as a professor of multicultural education at Western Washington University.

    She has also worked as a middle/secondary public school teacher and as the Community Education Director for a battered women's shelter where she identified best practices and implemented programs to address a variety of gender inequities, including workplace and dating violence.

    Catherine obtained her M.A. in Communication and her Ph.D. in Education from the University of Colorado.



    • George Northup, CEO of Memeo  

    George has been involved in the building of four successful venture backed companies. During his career, he has raised more than $500 million of capital and he has built companies with more than $2 billion of cumulative revenues. He recently served as President & CEO of AuctionDrop, Inc. Previously, he was CFO of LiveCapital, a financial software analytics company that was sold to D & B. Prior to that, George was CFO of Online Resources, an online banking company (NASDAQ: ORCC, Russell 2000) which he took public in 1999. George started his career at Deloitte & Touche.

    • Jeevan Kalanithi, CEO of Sifteo

    Jeevan is an entrepreneur and technologist specializing in user interfaces and consumer hardware products. Prior to Sifteo, Jeevan co-founded a design and technology consulting business with clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to non-profits. Jeevan and his work have been featured at TED, MoMA, the Discovery Channel and Wired.  

    Jeevan holds a BS in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University and an MS from the MIT Media Lab, where he was a National Science Foundation fellow.

    • Genevieve Haldeman, VP- Global Communications at Plantronics

    Before Plantronics, Genevieve was VP of Corporate Communications for Symantec where she was responsible for overseeing all internal and external corporate communication as well as enterprise product public relations on a global basis. She was also VP of Global Communications at Webroot.

    Genevieve graduated Phi Beta Kappa in Journalism from University of Oklahoma.

    • Shampa Banerjee, VP- Engineering at Socialtext

    Before joining Socialtext, she served as VP of Products at TipTop Technologies, an early stage start-up focusing on social search for the real-time Web. Her previous positions include VP of Engineering & Product Management at Gullivergo, an online service for students studying abroad, COO at Meevee, an internet video start-up company, CTO of Ziff Davis Media, and several leadership roles at AOL/Netscape.

    Banerjee received a BS in Physics at the Indian Institute of Technology;  MS in Physics at Case Western Reserve University; and Ph.D. in Physics at Kent State University.



    6:00 - 6:45 p.m Registration & Networking

    6:45 - 8:30 p.m. Panel discussion

    8:30 - 9:00 p.m. Informal networking


    Parking may be tight so if possible, please carpool.  Otherwise- allow time for parking.

    If you arrive 6:45 PM or later- plan to go directly to the auditorium.