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Why Tech? Forum 2018

The Why Study Tech? Forum at NOVA's Annandale Campus focuses on providing young women with the benefits of pursuing a career in technology. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear inspirational and empowering talks and take part in informative panel sessions presented by successful women in the IT and computer science industry. Participants will engage in hands-on workshops conducted by NOVA professors. Interested attendees can also register separately for a field trip to take place on March 29, 2018.

Target Audience

Young women in middle school and high school. Parents are welcome!


Forum Focus Areas

Inform: Inform young women of the benefits of a tech career.

Inspire: Break stereotypes and motivate a desire to study tech in college.

Empower: Empower young women to boldly choose tech and understand the benefits of diversity in tech.

Engage: Engage young women through interactive panel sessions and hands-on workshops.

Tech Exhibitors: Participants can connect with growing organizations.

Field Trip: A tour and first-hand look at a data center.

Schedule

March 27, 2018
12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.: Sign-In
1:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.: Opening Remarks/Welcome
1:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.: Speaker - Sasha Ariel Alston
1:40 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.: 'Her Story' Panel
2:50 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.: Speaker - Khuloud Odeh
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.: 'Myth Busting' Panel
4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.: Exhibits
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.: Speaker/Interactive - Julie Kantor
March 28, 2018
1:00p.m. - 1:05 p.m.: Welcome/Announcements
1:05 p.m. - 1:35 p.m.: Speaker - Thanisha Paniak
1:40 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.: 'Careers in Tech' Panel
2:50 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.: Exhibits
3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.: Workshop Breakouts
  • Cyber Security - Professor Seminario
  • Web Basics - Professor Severe and Professor Miller
  • Computer Networking - Dr. Mutlu and Professor Abdelmoumin
  • Computer Programming - Professor Kamberi and Professor Johnson
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.: 'NOVA Students' Panel
6:00 p.m.: Closing Remarks

Speakers

Sasha

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Khuloud

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Julie

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Thanisha

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Pamela

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Opening Remarks By: Dr. Pamela Hilbert, Provost of NOVA Annandale Campus

Sharon

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Closing Remarks By: Dr. Sharon (Sheri) Robertson, Associate Vice President for NOVA Academic Affairs
Panelists

Fazia

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Mary

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Alison 

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Thanisha

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Amber

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Beverley

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Cecilia

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Jackie

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Nicole

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Jennifer

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Linda

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Sarah 

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Irine

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Alisha

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Anna

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Workshop Presenters

Alex

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Nancy 

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Judy

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Necmettin 

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Ghada

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Shahnaz

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Pam

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Brian

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