Young Innovators Meet-up: Inviting Middle and High School Girls

Hear from current women leaders in the field of technology about their work and their experience as a woman in a male-dominated industry. Learn about different technology careers and gain inspiration. Ask questions and listen to the advice that accomplished women have for aspiring female computer scientists and engineers. Meet other middle and high school girls with similar interests. Discuss hot tech trends, develop ideas that can redefine tomorrow and join the innovation boom!

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Previous Meet-ups: Featured Speakers

KATHLEEN MCKEOWN

Kathleen McKeown is the Henry and Gertrude Rothschild Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University and she also serves as the Director of the Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering. She served as Department Chair from 1998-2003. Her research interests include text summarization, natural language generation, multi-media explanation, question-answering and multi- lingual applications. In 1985 she received a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award, in 1991 she received a National Science Foundation Faculty Award for Women, in 1994 she was selected as a AAAI Fellow, in 2003 she was elected as an ACM Fellow, and in 2012 she was selected as one of the Founding Fellows of the Association for Computational Linguistics. In 2010, she received the Anita Borg Women of Vision Award in Innovation for her work on text summarization.


JULIA ANGWIN

Julia Angwin is an award-winning investigative journalist at the independent news organization ProPublica. From 2000 to 2013, she was a reporter at The Wall Street Journal, where she led a privacy investigative team that was a Finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting in 2011 and won a Gerald Loeb Award in 2010. Her book, Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance, was published by Times Books in 2014. In 2003, she was on a team of reporters at The Wall Street Journal that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting for coverage of corporate corruption. She is also the author of “Stealing MySpace: The Battle to Control the Most Popular Website in America” (Random House, March 2009).


OLIVIA DEROSA

Olivia DeRosa is a software engineer at Google working on Google Maps and Android Development. She is a recent college graduate with a degree in computer science and a focus on software engineering, artificial intelligence and numerical and scientific computation.


RESHMA SAUJANI

Reshma Saujani is the Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, a national non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology. Through its Summer Immersion Programs and Clubs, Girls Who Code is leading the movement to inspire, educate, and equip young women with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities. Started in 2012, the organization will reach more than 40,000 girls in every state by the end of 2016.

Reshma began her career as an attorney and activist. In 2010, she surged onto the political scene as the first Indian American woman to run for U.S. Congress. During the race, Reshma visited local schools and saw the gender gap in computing classes firsthand, which led her to start Girls Who Code. Reshma has also served as Deputy Public Advocate for New York City and ran a spirited campaign for Public Advocate in 2013.

Reshma is the author of the groundbreaking new book, Women Who Don’t Wait In Line, in which she advocates for a new model of female leadership focused on embracing risk and failure, promoting mentorship and sponsorship, and boldly charting your own course — personally and professionally.

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