Celebrations November 10, 2017

Maria Klawe Celebrates Athena Alliance and Diversity

By The Athena Alliance

As we get closer to our fundraiser in Palo Alto, we're looking forward to sharing the evening with wonderful, accomplished speakers including Maria Klawe, Geoffrey Moore and Samaira M. Following last week's introduction to Geoffrey, we're thrilled to share a bit about Maria Klawe and her incredible achievements.

Maria Klawe boasts an impressive career in computer science, mathematics and academia, currently serving as the first female president of Harvey Mudd College. She began her role at Harvey Mudd in 2006, taking a seat as the institution’s third president and the first woman to lead the university.

Maria has held leadership roles in higher learning for almost 30 years, serving as Dean of Engineering and professor of Computer Science at Princeton and Dean of Science, Vice President of Student and Academic Services and head of the Department of Computer Science at the University of British Columbia over the last three decades.

Maria is also a renowned researcher, speaker and board member. She began her research at IBM Research in California and has since made significant strides in the fields of mathematics and computer science. Some of her contributions include human-computer interaction, gender issues in information technology and discrete mathematics, her current research focus. Maria is a distinguished speaker and has lectured at universities across North America as well as international conferences on topics ranging from engineering and gender and gaming to K-12 science and mathematics education and diversity in science.

She holds board seats on Math for America, EdReports.org, and the Canada Excellence Research Chairs Selection Board. Maria is also a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and a trustee for the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley. She has received an ABIE Award for Leadership, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Association of Computer Science, an Achievement Award from the American Association of University Women and Distinguished Service Award from the Computing Research Association. Maria was ranked 17th on Fortune’s 2014 list of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders and inducted into the US News STEM Solutions Leadership Hall of Fame.

We are honored to feature such an incredible woman at Save a Seat for Your Daughter. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from Maria Klawe and other speakers. Join us and enjoy a silent auction, delightful company and purposeful, constructive conversation around increasing gender diversity in the boardroom. Don’t forget to bring your daughters and sons! Grab your tickets for our December 7 event, and help us move our future towards parity.