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9th Annual McGowan Forum on Women in Leadership: From the Computer Age to the Digital Age
  • Date: Thursday, March 24, 2016
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Location: William G. McGowan Theater, Washington, DC

For the ninth annual McGowan Forum on Women in LeadershipMegan Smith, United States Chief Technology Officer (CTO), moderates a panel discussion on the brilliant women working in the computer technology sciences, from trailblazers like Grace Hopper, Katherine Jonson, and the ENIAC programmers, to today’s women in leadership roles who are shaping the computer age.

The panel will explore the women who made history and the changes that taken place for women in terms of opportunities, expectations, responsibilities, and challenges. Panelists will also discuss their own personal journeys and the advice they would offer to young women entering the field.

Panelists include Kathy Kleiman, founder of the ENIAC Programmers Project; Telle Whitney, CEO, Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology; Gillian Jacobs, Director of The Queen of CodeFlorence Tan, NASA, Lead Elec. Engineer on Sample Analysis at Mars, SAM, an instrument on the Curiosity Rover; Emily Reid, Director of Education of Girls Who Code; and Zahra Wright, a student who completed the Girls Who Code program.

This program is made possible in part by the National Archives Foundation with the generous support of the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund.

All public programs at the National Archives are free and streamed live online via the National Archives’ YouTube channel. Reservations are recommended; seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The doors to the building will open 45 minutes prior to the start of the program. Use the Special Events entrance on the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, NW. Click here for more information on getting to the National Archives and parking.Live captioning will be available online and in the William G. McGowan Theater. If you require an alternative or additional accommodation for an event (such as a downloadable transcript or a sign language interpreter), please send an email to public.program@nara.gov or call 202-357-5000 in advance.