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Women-in-Computing Forum

The purpose of this forum is to (1) attract more women to join the field of computing and engineering, and (2) help women in the field, especially for young women just starting out, to achieve their career success. In addition, the panel discussion will have career advices for both female and male students. The forum welcomes both female and male students/young professionals to foster collaboration. We encourage all women and men related to the field of computing and engineering and those who are willing to support women to join this forum.

  • Time: 10:10-11:50 AM
  • Date: Friday, November 8th, 2019
  • Location: Hilton Crystal City, 2399 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia, 22202
  • Conference room: Monroe Room


Helping you take a fearless leap toward your successful career in Tech

Christine Moor


Friday, Nov 8, 10:20 - 10:45

Abstract: Gender disparity in tech can make the transition from university to industry daunting for women in computing. In this talk we explore some concerns women may have when considering this transition: Does being a woman make it harder to succeed in the tech industry? Can women achieve a sense of belonging in tech culture? What kind of career progression should women expect if they are doing the right things?
Drawing from her experience in the industry, Christine describes why these concerns are important to address early in your career and the answers may convince you that technology could, in fact, be one of the best fields for women.

Bio: Christine Moor leads Capacity Management where she and her team helped YouTube scale through a 10X growth in content and 60% annual growth in consumption. Her team determined how to expand YouTube’s machine and network footprint to keep up with rapid growth and an unpredictable environment, all while maintaining high efficiency.
Christine also leads project management for YouTube’s Video Infrastructure, driving initiatives to ensure that any video or live stream uploaded to YouTube can be served to any user, on any screen, anywhere in the world.
Despite all this, Christine spends much of her weekend prying her children off YouTube to spend more family time outdoors in sunny California.
Christine has been at Google since 2006 and holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics with a computer science emphasis from the Claremont Colleges.

How to succeed as a STEM woman in Academia

Nathalie Japkowicz

American University

Friday, Nov 8, 10:45 - 11:10

Abstract: In this talk, I will discuss what I consider to be the perks of being in Academia for a STEM woman, and I will present what I perceive to be the advantages and disadvantages that we have, as women, in that sector. Specifically, I will explain how I view that the differences in focus and attitude often brought on the table by women can be both advantageous and disadvantageous; I will comment on the positive effect that certain societal forces have brought us; but I will also discuss the devastating effects that certain enduring norms and attitudes can have on our careers and personal lives, and how to minimize their effects.

Bio: Nathalie Japkowicz is a Professor and Chair in the Computer Science at American University. She was previously with the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Ottawa where she led the Laboratory for Research on Machine Learning for Defense and Security. Over the years, she has supervised over thirty graduate students, received funding from Canadian and US Federal and Provincial institutions, worked with private companies and published over 100 articles, papers and books including Evaluating Learning Algorithms: A Classification Perspective, with Mohak Shah (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and Big Data Analysis: New Algorithms for a New Society, with Jerzy Stefanowski (Springer, 2016).

Program Schedule:

  10:10-10:20 Welcome Remarks (Program Chairs)
  10:20-10:45 Keynote Speech 1:
Speaker: Christine Moor
  10:45-11:10 Keynote Speech 2:
Speaker: Nathalie Japkowicz 
(Professor and Department Chair, Department of Computer Science, American University)
  11:10-11:40 Panel :  Industry and academic careers: challenges, prospects, and recipes
Moderator: Lei Ding (Accenture Labs)
Pelin A. Kurtay (Associate Chair of ECE Department, George Mason University),
Ian McCulloh (Principal Director, Accenture),
Victor P. Piotrowski  (Lead Program Director, National Science Foundation),
Ursula Trelogan  (Senior Manager, Digital Product Management, Capital One),
Liz White (Associate Chair of Compute Science Department, George Mason University)
  11:40-11:50 Best Student Poster Awards
  11:50-13:00 Lunch (Crystall Ballroom)


Lei Ding, Accenture Labs

Yao Liu, SUNY Binghamton


Questions? Contact Lei Ding at lei.a.ding at accenture dot com.