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June 05th 2014:Innovation & Competitiveness: the Hon. Paula Stern on Initiatives Drawing more Women & Girls into IT

What do Merck, Intel, ConAgra & Key Bank have in common? They all face shortages of IT & computer scientists, thanks to a lack of trained women. So they’ve joined the National Center for Women and Information Technology (, the community change leaders working to increase number of women in technology. Today women today play a minor role in inventing the technology of tomorrow–the key to any nation’s or firm’s competitiveness. Former chair of the U.S. International Trade Commission, the Honorable Paula Stern (, and NCWIT Sr. Scientist Catherine Ashcraft desc

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Paula Stern

A former chairwoman of the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), the Honorable Paula Stern leads The Stern Group, Inc.’s practice serving national and multinational companies and organizations on business, political and technological issues that affect their competitiveness in a global economy (The Stern Group, Inc). Dr. Stern is a member of the State Department's Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy, the Department of Commerce’s Advisory Committee on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, the Executive Committee of the Atlantic Council, the Boards of the Committee for Economic Development, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She serves on the Boards of Avo
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Catherine Ashcraft

Dr. Ashcraft is a Senior Research Scientist with the National Center for Women & Information Technology ( at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her research focuses on issues related to gender, diversity, and technology; organizational change and curriculum reform; and popular culture, media representations, and youth identity (especially as relates to race-ethnicity, gender, class, sexuality). In her role at NCWIT, she employs a unique blend of research and practice, overseeing primary research projects and translating that research into practical resources that organizations can use for diversifying their technology workforce and for creating more
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