The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT)



The US-RSE Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Working Group (DEI-WG) is proud to present the next event in the US-RSE DEI-WG Speaker Series: The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT)

Date/Time: August 12, 2021 4-5:30pm ET (1-2:30 PT)

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Note: This event was originally scheduled for 5-6:30pm ET July 29th, 2021, but had to be rescheduled due to a scheduling error on our side. If you had previously registered for the canceled 7/29 event you need to reregister using the new registration link above.


This presentation explores why diversity matters to innovation, how implicit biases play out in technical work cultures, and what actions individuals can take to create more inclusive technical cultures. Attendees will learn key features of strategic, research-based approaches to address the biases and barriers that limit diverse participation in computing.

About the Speakers

Joanne Esch, Graduate Research Associate with NCWIT

Joanne Esch is a Graduate Research Associate with the National Center for Women and Information Technology and a PhD candidate in the Communication Department at CU-Boulder. She holds a Master’s degree in organizational communication and specializes in organizational culture and strategic change. She is passionate about helping organizations increase inclusion, diversity, equity, and access. Her most recent research examines ethically-driven institutional change efforts through the lens of organizational formulations such as culture, control, governance, and identity.

Andrea Bowens-Jones, NCWIT Corporate Initiatives Consultant

Dr. Andrea Bowens-Jones is a former Procter & Gamble (P&G) R&D Section Head. She has managed multi–discipline teams of scientists and engineers to drive technology, formulation, and process development for top personal care brands such as Secret, Old Spice, and Gillette.

A polymer chemist by training, Dr. Andrea cares deeply about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education and inspiring the next generation of technical leaders. In 2004, she developed the Resident Scholar Program (RSP) while at P&G. RSP is a unique job-shadowing program for minority youth interested in careers in STEM. The program expanded its reach to Duracell Company in 2011, and continues to impact students at both companies today. Currently, Dr. Andrea is the President/CEO of IDG Vision, LLC, where she continues to impact the STEM talent pipeline as a consultant, speaker, coach, and trainer.


NCWIT is a non-profit community founded in 2004 with support from the National Science Foundation. They convene, equip, and unite more than 1,240 change leader organizations to increase the meaningful and influential participation of all women — at the intersections of race, ethnicity, class, age, sexual orientation, and disability status — in the influential field of computing, particularly in terms of innovation and development.

US-RSE DEI-WG Speaker Series

The US-RSE Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Working Group (DEI-WG) is working to bring to the US-RSE community quarterly visits from RSE professionals with vested interests or research into DEI in the RSE community at large. Our community pledges to continually educate ourselves through research on best practices focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion. The US-RSE is committed to providing an inclusive environment with equitable treatment for all and to promoting and encouraging diversity throughout the RSE community. We encourage everyone to suggest speakers and topics and are open to different formats and timelines of the events. Feedback is much appreciated.