Youth Development

NATIONAL CENTER FOR WOMEN AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

  • Boulder, CO
  • www.ncwit.org

Mission Statement

Although women today comprise half the world’s population and more than half of the U.S. professional workforce, they play only a small role in inventing the technology of tomorrow. Capitalizing on the power of gender diversity can yield a larger and more competitive information technology (IT) workforce, and in a world dependent on innovation, it can enable the design of technology that is as influential and extensive as the populations it serves.

NCWIT is the National Center for Women & Information Technology, a non-profit organization chartered in 2004 by the National Science Foundation to increase the participation of girls and women in computing. Before NCWIT was formed, programs focusing on women and computing (K-12, post secondary, or corporate) existed mostly in isolation, without the benefit of shared best practices, effective resources, communication with others, or national reach. Today, these programs are part of the NCWIT community, where a “change leader network” of both men and women access evidence-based tools and resources and participate in an action-oriented national community of events and projects. Together we are having a far greater impact than if institutions acted alone.

Main Programs

  1. Aspirations in Computing
  2. Pacesetters
  3. Extension Services
  4. Counselors for Computing
  5. Heroes Entrepreneurial Interviews
  6. Workforce Alliance
  7. Academic Alliance
  8. K-12 Alliance
  9. Entrepreneurial Alliance
  10. Affinity Group Alliance
  11. Social Science Advisory Board
  12. Sit With Me
  13. EngageCSEdu
  14. Technolochicas

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National

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ruling year

2004

chief executive

Lucinda Sanders

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co-chief executive

Brad Feld

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Keywords

Computing Technology Coding Women Girls Computer Science STEM

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EIN

68-0591481

Also Known As

NCWIT

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Business, Youth Development (O53)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Impact statement

• Member Engagement — 95% of members report finding NCWIT membership useful to their organization, and 95% report finding their NCWIT membership personally useful.

• Research Brand — NCWIT has created more than 150 research-based resources, data sheets, tool kits, practices, etc., which are available at the NCWIT website.

• National Reach — Through its vast member network, the K-12 Alliance has the potential to reach 100% of the girls in the United States.

• Educational Pipeline Growth — over 14,000 young women have registered at the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing online portal, with more than 3,300 recognized. 83% of participants now in college are majoring or minoring in STEM and 57% are majoring in computer science or computer engineering. All 50 states have regional coverage.

• Increased Enrollments — 62% of NCWIT’s Academic Alliance members experienced an increase in female undergraduate enrollment from the year they joined, to the 2011-2012 school year.

Programs

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Aspirations in Computing

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Sit With Me

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Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    NCWIT is working to significantly increase girls' and women's meaningful participation in computing. We work across the full pipeline, K-12 through career, and engage over 650 distinguished change leader organizations from across the United States.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    We deploy a research-backed change model:
    1) Convene organizations organized into a "change leader network" and work with each organization concerning reform related to girls, women and computing. We are in action all year long, working in ways that are relevant to the need of each of our organizational members.
    2) Equip change leader organizations with the best data and research-backed practices; close research gaps where needed with our own primary research in gender and computing.
    3) Focus change leader organizations on common goals via action platforms that utilize franchise models, so that NCWIT creates and maintains the national infrastructure and our member organizations plug in and take action at at the local level.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Our capabilities include
    1) a national membership of over 650 change leader organizations
    2) a research network of over 25 distinguished gender/computing research scientists
    3) 25 full time staff
    4) support from the National Science Foundation and major research institutions
    5) a distinguished Board of Directors
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    NCWIT has consulted to the University of Washington's Center for Workforce Development for its external evaluation. They provide a full report each year to us and to the National Science Foundation.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Please see our annual report for progress thus far.

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NATIONAL CENTER FOR WOMEN AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Jun 30
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NATIONAL CENTER FOR WOMEN AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Leadership

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR FISCAL YEAR

Lucinda Sanders

co-chief executive

Brad Feld

BIO

Lucy Sanders is CEO and Co-founder of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) and also serves as Executive-in-Residence for the ATLAS Institute at the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU).

Lucy has an extensive industry background, having worked in R&D and executive (VP) positions at AT&T Bell Labs, Lucent Bell Labs, and Avaya Labs for over 20 years, where she specialized in systems-level software and solutions (multi-media communication, and customer relationship management. In 1996, Lucy was awarded the Bell Labs Fellow Award, the highest technical accomplishment bestowed at the company, and she has six patents in the communications technology area.

Lucy serves on several high-tech startup and non-profit boards, and frequently advises young technology companies. Lucy has served on the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) Board of Trustees at the University of California at Berkeley, as well as on the Information Technology Research and Development Ecosystem Commission for the National Academies and the Innovation Advisory Board for the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Lucy is a recipient -- along with NCWIT co-founders Robert Schnabel and Telle Whitney -- of the Computing Research Association's 2012 A. Nico Habermann Award. In 2004 she was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Department of Engineering at CU, and in 2011 she was recognized with the university's George Norlin Distinguished Service Award. She has been inducted into the Women in Technology International (WITI) Hall of Fame and is a recipient of the 2013 U.S. News STEM Leadership Hall of Fame Award. Lucy received her BS and MS in computer science from Louisiana State University and the University of Colorado at Boulder, respectively.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Brad Feld

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