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AnitaB.org at NGO Commission on the Status of Women Forum, New York

March 19, 2019 · 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Join AnitaB.org at NGO Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) Forum, New York

for a panel discussion:





The panel will focus on the United Nations CSW63 review theme: Women’s empowerment and the link to sustainable development (agreed conclusions of the sixtieth session). With increasing digital economy, girls’ access to education in STEM is a crucial first step in closing the economic gender gap and plays a fundamental part in achieving Sustainable Development Goals. This panel will feature a diverse group of women who work toward the same vision: a future where the people who imagine and build technology mirror the people and societies for which they build it.


The AnitaB.org panel is part of the NGO CSW FORUM, which runs parallel to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women from March 11 to March 22, 2019. NGO CSW NY provides civil society with the opportunities to engage at CSW. Over the two weeks of the commission on the status of women, they organize more than 400 events that inform, engage, and most of all inspire grassroots efforts and advocacy needed to empower women and girls.



Robin Máxkii, Mohican Nation Stockbridge-Munsee Band, is a creative technologist whose work focuses on broadening the participation of underrepresented communities in redefining storytelling through technology. Director of the first national Native American collegiate hackathon and star of the Google documentary ‘Between Worlds’.



Dr. (Mrs.) Unoma Okorafor is Founder and Chief Executive of Working to Advance Science and Technology Education for Africa Women (WAAW Foundation). In this position she provides day to day leadership to a large non-profit that promotes engagement in STEM education and technology innovation for African girls. WAAW currently works in several colleges across 11 African countries, impacting over 10,000 girls every year.



Rosario (Rose) Robinson is an innovative thought leader, speaker and global transformation change agent in technology and diverse workforce. As a woman technologist for more than 25 years and as the Women in Tech Evangelist for AnitaB.org, she helps further the organization’s mission for 50/50 women in tech by 2025 through stimulating storytelling, thoughtful dialogue and advocating for true representation in tech. Additionally, Rose is involved in social impact projects for criminal just reform, Computer Science education in minority servicing institutes and #Cancer advocacy.



Leila Toplic leads two ‘tech for good’ initiatives at NetHope, a nonprofit technology consortium of 50+ global nonprofits.  Emerging Technologies Working Group is a sector-wide approach to integrating AI and blockchain in humanitarian, development, and conservancy work. No Lost Generation The Task Force brings together the experts in humanitarian response (UN:NGO agencies) with the private sector expertise and resources to address the needs of refugee children and youth including education, employment, and protection.  Prior to  NetHope Leila served as the Chief Marketing and Business Development Officer at LRNG, an edtech social enterprise committed to closing the equity gap by transforming how young people access and experience learning. She also worked at the Sama Group as the Vice President of Marketing and Partnerships supporting three programs dedicated to lifting people out of poverty through work (Samasource), education (Samaschool), and healthcare (Samahope). Before joining Sama Group, Leila spent over 13 years in tech sector, at Microsoft and Adobe.


Prior to working at AnitaB.org, Stephanie Rodriguez served as the Director of STEM Policy at the Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit supporting afterschool and summer learning across the nation. An immunologist by training, Stephanie found her way to STEM education policy and advocacy through years of STEM-related community outreach, and service as a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation. While at NSF, she worked on efforts to broaden participation in computer science and other STEM fields. Stephanie completed her doctoral degree in immunology at Washington University in St. Louis, where she studied the T-cell development process and devised innovative strategies to observe this phenomenon in live animals, in real time, using advanced microscopy techniques. She received her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from Stanford University, with a focus on microbes and immunity. Having personally benefited from the generosity and attention of amazing STEM mentors, and still benefiting from those relationships, she values the opportunity to support young STEM enthusiasts and the systems that encourage them.


Come support AnitaB.org and join the movement at NGO CSW63.

Registration is free! Click here to register.


March 19, 2019
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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