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{ Decoding the binary between genders in tech }

March 25, 2017 // 12:30 pm-5 pm // Ward Melville High School

ctrl + she (pronounced "control she") is a conference designed to bring together girls interested in computer science and business. We believe that by gathering successful women in the industry to share their experiences, we can ensure that the female engineers, entrepreneurs, and CEOs of the future are prepared in a field in which women are currently underrepresented. We hope that you will join us at Ward Melville High School on March 25, 2017, whether or not you see coding in your future. Our panelists, mentors, and speakers have perspectives, thoughts, and ideas to share, all for free!

 

WHY IT MATTERS

1.1 m 

U.S. computing-related job openings expected by 2024 

 

41%

of the 1.1 million jobs that can be filled by U.S. computing graduates

 

15%

of 2014 CS Bachelor's degree recipients who were women 

 

Program Details

Build

Build creative projects with code and the help of our workshop instructors. 

 

Discover

Discover new career paths and future opportunities in the tech industry. 

Meet

Meet new friends, mentors, and role models. 

 

keynote

Stefana Muller is an award winning, senior-level executive with over 17 years’ experience in technology, software development and product management. As an international speaker and blogger, Stefana has positively impacted tens of thousands of individuals in their technology careers. Mrs. Muller is the VP of Business Development at Datagrid Systems; an early-stage startup focused on simplifying and speeding up the deployment of applications into production. She works with software and application developers to help them move from periodic releases to rapid deployment. Stefana is a proven DevOps expert who specializes in Agile software development. Prior to her current role, Stefana spent 16 years with CA Technologies running software product lines in security, cloud, agile, development and testing technology. She’s managed global teams and driven multi-million dollar product lines to success through her ability to connect with her customer while remaining focused on their success. In 2015, her passion for diversity in tech led her to found the first Long Island Women in Tech organization, which now boasts over 250 members. Stefana coordinates webinars and onsite events featuring passionate and dynamic technology presenters for the techie ladies of Long Island to network with, learn from and grow in their technology roles while staying close to home. Mrs. Muller is a tireless advocate of building computer science into every classroom and curriculum for pre-K to 12 students. Speaking to School Administration, Teachers and Parents about the benefits of a coding curriculum has been her 'side-job' over the past 5 years. Stefana is a volunteer with Hour of Code, running sessions for K - 12 students across Long Island. In the past 2 years, she’s successfully taught over 500 students the art and science of computer programming. To keep kids thriving in tech, Stefana mentors young girls through the Technovation Challenge, coaches Robotics and Coding Clubs with Wonder Workshop and shares her technology and programming career path with high-school students as an industry advisory board member at multiple districts on Long Island. On a personal note, Stefana is an avid runner and budding triathlete. She lives in New York with her wonderful husband Jay and 2 daughters, Olivia and Ella where they enjoy SUP (stand-up paddleboarding), soccer and flying their quad-copter.    

Stefana Muller is an award winning, senior-level executive with over 17 years’ experience in technology, software development and product management. As an international speaker and blogger, Stefana has positively impacted tens of thousands of individuals in their technology careers.

Mrs. Muller is the VP of Business Development at Datagrid Systems; an early-stage startup focused on simplifying and speeding up the deployment of applications into production. She works with software and application developers to help them move from periodic releases to rapid deployment. Stefana is a proven DevOps expert who specializes in Agile software development.

Prior to her current role, Stefana spent 16 years with CA Technologies running software product lines in security, cloud, agile, development and testing technology. She’s managed global teams and driven multi-million dollar product lines to success through her ability to connect with her customer while remaining focused on their success.

In 2015, her passion for diversity in tech led her to found the first Long Island Women in Tech organization, which now boasts over 250 members. Stefana coordinates webinars and onsite events featuring passionate and dynamic technology presenters for the techie ladies of Long Island to network with, learn from and grow in their technology roles while staying close to home.

Mrs. Muller is a tireless advocate of building computer science into every classroom and curriculum for pre-K to 12 students. Speaking to School Administration, Teachers and Parents about the benefits of a coding curriculum has been her 'side-job' over the past 5 years.

Stefana is a volunteer with Hour of Code, running sessions for K - 12 students across Long Island. In the past 2 years, she’s successfully taught over 500 students the art and science of computer programming. To keep kids thriving in tech, Stefana mentors young girls through the Technovation Challenge, coaches Robotics and Coding Clubs with Wonder Workshop and shares her technology and programming career path with high-school students as an industry advisory board member at multiple districts on Long Island.

On a personal note, Stefana is an avid runner and budding triathlete. She lives in New York with her wonderful husband Jay and 2 daughters, Olivia and Ella where they enjoy SUP (stand-up paddleboarding), soccer and flying their quad-copter.

 

 

Stefana Muller

VP, Datagrid Systems

Founder, LI Women in Tech

 

industry panel

Ilana studied sociology at NYU and began her career as an editor at the Huffington Post. She quickly realized that she'd rather be programming, and she attended the Flatiron School to facilitate her transition into tech. Most recently, Ilana has been a programmer at Refinery29 for over two years, where she has gotten the opportunity to fulfill a variety of roles. She launched Refinery29's first native mobile app, ThisAM, and it currently has over 130,000 downloads. She also mentored an intern through her summer project, leading to her initial hire. Ilana is a Pittsburgh native and has been living in NYC for seven years.  

Ilana studied sociology at NYU and began her career as an editor at the Huffington Post. She quickly realized that she'd rather be programming, and she attended the Flatiron School to facilitate her transition into tech. Most recently, Ilana has been a programmer at Refinery29 for over two years, where she has gotten the opportunity to fulfill a variety of roles. She launched Refinery29's first native mobile app, ThisAM, and it currently has over 130,000 downloads. She also mentored an intern through her summer project, leading to her initial hire. Ilana is a Pittsburgh native and has been living in NYC for seven years.
 

Ilana sufrin

Software Developer at Refinery 29

Olivia Davis is a User Experience Designer at IBM in New York City. She received a B.S. degree in Industrial Design and a minor in Computer Science from Georgia Institute of Technology. Along with working on designing better B2B software, she enjoys working with IBM Accessibility in sharing design best practices and the importance of designing for everyone. She is also currently designing a mobile application that visualizes user’s language sentiment with the goal of reducing cyber bullying and an interactive CPR Dummy that teaches CPR and code simultaneously.

Olivia Davis is a User Experience Designer at IBM in New York City. She received a B.S. degree in Industrial Design and a minor in Computer Science from Georgia Institute of Technology. Along with working on designing better B2B software, she enjoys working with IBM Accessibility in sharing design best practices and the importance of designing for everyone. She is also currently designing a mobile application that visualizes user’s language sentiment with the goal of reducing cyber bullying and an interactive CPR Dummy that teaches CPR and code simultaneously.

Olivia davis

UX Designer at IBM

Karina has been a Software Engineer at Warby Parker for 3.5 years, previously at Refinery29. She graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science with a minor in Math. Most of the work she does at Warby Parker revolves around elevating the productivity of their retail, customer experience, and supply chain teams. This ranges from developing shipping labels that are placed on every package they ship out to working on the application that all retail associates use to sell their products in stores.

Karina has been a Software Engineer at Warby Parker for 3.5 years, previously at Refinery29. She graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science with a minor in Math. Most of the work she does at Warby Parker revolves around elevating the productivity of their retail, customer experience, and supply chain teams. This ranges from developing shipping labels that are placed on every package they ship out to working on the application that all retail associates use to sell their products in stores.

Karina ruzinov

Software Engineer at Warby Parker

 Kristy Lyons is a Social Community Manager at Spotify, based in New York City. In her current role, she helps develop and execute social media and digital content for an array of areas, ranging from artist marketing to global brand campaigns. Kristy previously spent two years at MTV where she managed social communities for shows such as Teen Wolf, Catfish and Awkward. She graduated from the University of Georgia in 2013 with degrees in Public Relations and Psychology. 

 Kristy Lyons is a Social Community Manager at Spotify, based in New York City. In her current role, she helps develop and execute social media and digital content for an array of areas, ranging from artist marketing to global brand campaigns. Kristy previously spent two years at MTV where she managed social communities for shows such as Teen Wolf, Catfish and Awkward. She graduated from the University of Georgia in 2013 with degrees in Public Relations and Psychology. 

Kristy lyons

Social Community Manager at Spotify

 

college panel

Anastasia is studying Computer Science at the University of Pennsylvania. When she isn’t in the library working on never-ending problem sets or practicing with the sailing team, Anastasia spends her time going to museums and hunting for that perfect cup of coffee. Anastasia got her start in the tech community as an intern for BBG Ventures at AOL and since then has spoken at major tech conferences such as Grace Hopper and South by South West on topics such as mentorship and networking on behalf of #BUILTBYGIRLS. Recently she was named 20 under 20 STEAM Pioneers by The Huffington Post and is excited to explore her interests as a developer at Microsoft this summer.

Anastasia is studying Computer Science at the University of Pennsylvania. When she isn’t in the library working on never-ending problem sets or practicing with the sailing team, Anastasia spends her time going to museums and hunting for that perfect cup of coffee. Anastasia got her start in the tech community as an intern for BBG Ventures at AOL and since then has spoken at major tech conferences such as Grace Hopper and South by South West on topics such as mentorship and networking on behalf of #BUILTBYGIRLS. Recently she was named 20 under 20 STEAM Pioneers by The Huffington Post and is excited to explore her interests as a developer at Microsoft this summer.

ANASTASIA EFREMKINA

Junior at the University of Pennsylvania

Jessica is a sophomore pursuing a double major in computer science and linguistics at Stony Brook University. She found her enthusiasm for computer science and linguistics through a project where she conducted her own research regarding pronunciation of the Korean language and received the honor of being named an Intel Science Talent Search semifinalist. She has worked on website design at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia and attended the Grace Hopper Conference in the fall of 2016 where she had the opportunity connect with other women in the field and explore her interests. She is excited to start at her position as a technology developer at New York Life in the summer.

Jessica is a sophomore pursuing a double major in computer science and linguistics at Stony Brook University. She found her enthusiasm for computer science and linguistics through a project where she conducted her own research regarding pronunciation of the Korean language and received the honor of being named an Intel Science Talent Search semifinalist. She has worked on website design at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia and attended the Grace Hopper Conference in the fall of 2016 where she had the opportunity connect with other women in the field and explore her interests. She is excited to start at her position as a technology developer at New York Life in the summer.

jessica ju

Sophomore at Stony Brook University

Rachel received her BS in Applied Mathematics from Yale University in 2016, where she focused on studying algorithms and theoretical computer science. She developed her interests in computer science and math through research in a diverse set of fields, including combinatorial geometry, graph theory, and genomics -- and through this, realized that computer science is both a powerful tool for discovering new mathematical ideas and a fascinating area of research in itself. She has previously held research internships at Pixar Animation Studios and Brookhaven National Laboratory, and currently works as a software engineer at Reservoir Labs, a NYC-based research company specializing in data analytics and high-performance computing technologies.

Rachel received her BS in Applied Mathematics from Yale University in 2016, where she focused on studying algorithms and theoretical computer science. She developed her interests in computer science and math through research in a diverse set of fields, including combinatorial geometry, graph theory, and genomics -- and through this, realized that computer science is both a powerful tool for discovering new mathematical ideas and a fascinating area of research in itself. She has previously held research internships at Pixar Animation Studios and Brookhaven National Laboratory, and currently works as a software engineer at Reservoir Labs, a NYC-based research company specializing in data analytics and high-performance computing technologies.

RACHEL LAWRENCE

2016 Graduate of Yale University

Jennifer is a sophomore pursuing a double major in computer science and finance at New York University. Since participating in the Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program, she has become interested in the infinite possibilities at the intersection of business and technology. After exploring the tech and venture capital space through interning with #BUILTBYGIRLS in the summer of 2015, she is excited to further merge her interests and explore more opportunities as a technology consultant at Accenture this summer.   

Jennifer is a sophomore pursuing a double major in computer science and finance at New York University. Since participating in the Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program, she has become interested in the infinite possibilities at the intersection of business and technology. After exploring the tech and venture capital space through interning with #BUILTBYGIRLS in the summer of 2015, she is excited to further merge her interests and explore more opportunities as a technology consultant at Accenture this summer. 

 

JENNIFER WANG

Sophomore at NYU

Marchelle Lundquist is a native of St. George, Utah, currently attending Columbia University.  She is currently the Webmaster for Kayenta Arts Foundation and an Intern at Sprout by Design.  This summer, Marchelle will be working with the SLC Office of Community Innovation where she will be using GIS and data visualization to identify communities in need of resources and programming.  On campus, Marchelle is involved with ADI's Civic Technology Initiative, in which she is developing a visualization tool for data from an autonomous underwater vehicle in order to aid environmental scientists in restoring oysters to the New York Harbor.  She is also involved with her school's Women in Computer Science group and is a member of her school's Design for America Studio.  Marchelle enjoys working with and mentoring kids who are interested in computer science and sustainable development and is interested in the ways that technology can be used as a force for good.  

Marchelle Lundquist is a native of St. George, Utah, currently attending Columbia University.  She is currently the Webmaster for Kayenta Arts Foundation and an Intern at Sprout by Design.  This summer, Marchelle will be working with the SLC Office of Community Innovation where she will be using GIS and data visualization to identify communities in need of resources and programming.  On campus, Marchelle is involved with ADI's Civic Technology Initiative, in which she is developing a visualization tool for data from an autonomous underwater vehicle in order to aid environmental scientists in restoring oysters to the New York Harbor.  She is also involved with her school's Women in Computer Science group and is a member of her school's Design for America Studio.  Marchelle enjoys working with and mentoring kids who are interested in computer science and sustainable development and is interested in the ways that technology can be used as a force for good.

 

Marchelle lundquist

Sophomore at Columbia University

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SCHEdule

12:30 Check-in

1:00 Welcoming remarks

1:10 Panel discussion: Industry

2:00 Workshops

3:00 Lunch and Panel discussion: College

3:45 Keynote

4:45 Raffle, closing remarks

workshops

Eva Sofianos is a former IBMer of 12 years, with a M.S. in Computer Science, and a B.S. in Computer Information Systems & Management. She currently teaches at 2 universities in New York,  CUNY (Lehman College), and SUNY (Farmingdale). She has also co-authored an IBM-Redbook on Private Cloud Implementation. Eva loves teaching, exploring new technologies, and helping others succeed. Some examples include IBM’s Girls Go Tech Know Camp workshops using Arduino Wearables, and Lego Mindstorms. Annual participation in CUNY - NSBE Hackathons as a Subject Matter Expert and on occasion as a Panel Judge. In 2015, she co-founded Traincube and the Google Developer Group Bronx Meetup that has grown to over 1000 members. In 2016 she volunteered her time to WeAre.CI and also taught a 6 week summer programming workshop for the Brown Scholars at AMNH.

Eva Sofianos is a former IBMer of 12 years, with a M.S. in Computer Science, and a B.S. in Computer Information Systems & Management. She currently teaches at 2 universities in New York,  CUNY (Lehman College), and SUNY (Farmingdale). She has also co-authored an IBM-Redbook on Private Cloud Implementation.

Eva loves teaching, exploring new technologies, and helping others succeed. Some examples include IBM’s Girls Go Tech Know Camp workshops using Arduino Wearables, and Lego Mindstorms. Annual participation in CUNY - NSBE Hackathons as a Subject Matter Expert and on occasion as a Panel Judge. In 2015, she co-founded Traincube and the Google Developer Group Bronx Meetup that has grown to over 1000 members. In 2016 she volunteered her time to WeAre.CI and also taught a 6 week summer programming workshop for the Brown Scholars at AMNH.

eva sofianos: android app

anastasia efremkina and jennifer wang from #bbg: networking 101

educodes: gps with pokemon go

make school: Beginner coding

The Team 

A CONFERENCE BY GIRLS, FOR GIRLS

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Ward Melville High School

380 Old Town Road

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