In celebration of Women's History Month, we are featuring a number of female founders and technologists. To kick things off, we are hosting Leigh Ann DeLyser, founder of CS for All, an organization whose mission is to make high-quality computer science an integral part of the educational experience of all K-12 students and teachers and to support student pathways to college and career success.
Dr. Leigh Ann DeLyser has spent her career building the K-12 computer science (CS) field. As an Executive Director of CSforALL (csforall.org), she oversees programs and strategic planning and supervises research to build support for high quality CS education at all levels. A former high school and university CS educator, Leigh Ann understands challenges faced by teachers, administrators, and students developing their competency in the field and accessing high-quality learning opportunities and resources. Her influential “Running on Empty” report guides policies and research that support high-quality program implementation. Previously, Leigh Ann was Director of Research and Education at CSNYC, which built a foundation for CS in New York City public schools. She received a PhD in Computer Science and Cognitive Psychology, with a focus on CS education, from Carnegie Mellon University.
Engineer, computer scientist, entrepreneur and MIT alumna, Cristina Dolan is a successful builder of products and businesses enabled by data and connectivity, powered by next generation business models. Throughout her career she has lead product management and driven growth through sales, business development and execution of strategic alliances. She has been honored with numerous awards and recognition as a thought leader in advanced technologies which include blockchain, data, AI, cyber and fintech.