Ruthe Farmer has focused her efforts on diversity and inclusion in tech and engineering since 2001 and is currently Chief Evangelist at CSforAll. She served as Senior Policy Advisor for Tech Inclusion at the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy focusing on President Obama’s call to action for Computer Science for All, and previously served as Chief Strategy & Growth Officer and K-12 Alliance Director at the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) . Over the course of her career, Ms. Farmer has launched and scaled up multiple national programs including Aspirations in Computing the TECHNOLOchicas campaign for Latinas, AspireIT outreach program, Intel Design & Discovery, Lego Robotics for Girl Scouts and more. She served as the 2012 Chair of Computer Science Education Week, was named a White House Champion of Change for Technology Inclusion in 2013, received the Anita Borg Institute Award for Social Impact in 2014, and the Education UK Alumni Award for Social Impact in 2015. She is a guest contributor for Techcrunch, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, the Shriver Report, and the Huffington Post, and has been featured in Forbes and TechRepublic for her work. Ruthe holds a BA from Lewis & Clark College and an MBA in Social Entrepreneurship from the University of Oxford Said Business School and is passionate about integrating innovative business strategies into social change efforts.
Shriya is a UX Engineer at Glidr in a hybrid role spanning Front-End Engineering, UX Design, and Product Management. She’s also the founder of The Violet Society, a startup sisterhood for future founders, running its first pilot cohort in San Francisco. In her spare time, she’s a dancer and choreographer on a Bollywood-Fusion dance team called Nachle SF. Before this, she worked at 3 small startups (On Deck Daily, Reforge, and TenXList) in roles that spanned Product, Growth, Operations & Community. She also co-founded a hackathon for women called Spectra Hackathon and runs monthly brunches and other events through the Facebook group Ladies Storm Hackathons. She holds a degree in Computer Science from Tufts University, and as an undergraduate, she interned at Pegasystems as a UX Designer and did research at the Tufts Center for Engineering Education. She also was a teaching fellow at Breakthrough Collaborative’s Cambridge, MA branch and participated in the TED and Stanford d.school social entrepreneurship program Project Breaker. Shriya grew up in Upstate New York.
Terina-Jasmine (TJ) received her MSc in dance science from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in the United Kingdom, the world’s foremost center for research in Dance Science. There, she studied statistics and analyzed technology for measuring physiological capacity. She is currently a Consultant for the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT). Prior to joining NCWIT as a consultant, TJ worked as a Program Manager at Science Club for Girls, a non-profit organization that supports girls who are underrepresented in STEM careers through programming, internships, and mentoring. TJ also worked as a Researcher for the London 2012 Olympics and as a Data Consultant for the US Soccer Foundation.
Terina-Jasmine (TJ) focuses her professional efforts on uplifting women, girls of color, English language learners, and students with disabilities. TJ is a Philadelphia resident from Brooklyn, New York with a rich heritage from Georgetown, Guyana.