7:00 a.m.: Venue Open
8:00 a.m.: Opening Remarks
8:15 a.m.: OPENING KEYNOTE/General Sessions
10:15 a.m.: Networking Break
10:30 a.m.: Breakout Sessions
11:30 a.m.: Networking Break
12:15 p.m.: MOVIE SCREENING: Coded Bias
1:45 p.m.: Networking Reception
2:30 p.m.: Venue Closes

Conference Program:


Opening Remarks
Nina Skorus-Neely, Secretary, WiTH Foundation
Guy Finley, President, MESA and Executive Director, WiTH

OPENING KEYNOTE: State of the Union – Women in the Workplace
For the past 10 years, Mount Saint Mary’s University has produced The Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California™ to provide a clearer picture where they thriving or merely surviving and what obstacles remain. Kimberly Kenny will provide highlights from their research on how the pandemic specifically affects women and girls, as well as recommendations to consider for your own diversity programs. We close with a fireside chat to learn from a major organization’s evolving diversity journey.
Kimberly Kenny, Associate Vice President, External Relations, Institutional Advancement, Mount St. Mary’s University

AI & Algorithmic Bias: Information Technology Ethics
Join us as we learn more about the diversity related challenges in some applications of artificial intelligence. We’ll explore topics like:
· Social, Cultural & Ethical Challenges. What are these challenges in the application of AI and what examples of these challenges exist today?
· Avoiding These Challenges. What technical, social and cultural aspects should you considered to help avoid challenges in your projects?
· Making a Difference. What projects are currently being undertaken by our speakers to address these challenges?
· Resources. Who are the thought leaders in this space and where can you learn more?

Tobias Baer, Senior Advisor, Coach, Scholar (Psychology, Risk Management, Data Science)
Considerations for Reducing Bias in Applying AI
This breakout addresses the technical, social and cultural aspects should you considered to help avoid challenges in your projects. It defines new roles for users AI design, outlines the social & cultural perspectives that are sometimes ignored, and discusses solutions such as Poieto, an advisory application to help ensure these aspects are included in the design of AI projects / solutions.
Christine Meinders, Poieto

Changing the Game to Reduce Unconscious Bias
Learn about projects currently being undertaken by our speakers to confront Algorithmic bias challenges, including the underlying business problem, the diversity point of view overlooked and the technologies being used to address these challenges.

In an increasingly data-driven, automated world, the question of how to protect individuals’ civil liberties in the face of artificial intelligence looms larger by the day. Coded Bias follows M.I.T. Media Lab computer scientist Joy Buolamwini, along with data scientists, mathematicians, and watchdog groups from all over the world, as they fight to expose the discrimination within algorithms now prevalent across all spheres of daily life. Join us for this special screening just after SoCal Women’s Leadership Summit.

CLOSING KEYNOTE: Broadening Your Diversity Impact
Closing the conference, Michele Spitz will share her experiences supporting a broader view of diversity as well as her call to action supporting the needs of diverse communities using technology.
Michele Spitz, Woman of Her Word

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