2011 Conference

MINK WIC’s 2011 Conference was held October 7 & 8, 2011 at the Embassy Suites Kansas City – Plaza.

Friday, October 7, 2011

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Conference Registration
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Poster setup
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Poster session and snacks
5:45 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. Buffet dinner and networking activity
7:30 p.m. – 7:50 p.m. Break and group picture of 2011 MINK WIC participants
8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Keynote speakerTesting to Ensure that Moore’s Law Continues
Dr. Patty Lopez of Intel Corporation, Fort Collins Design Center
9:15 p.m. – 10:15 p.m. WorkshopCrushing Gender Stereotypes
BJ Wishinsky of the Anita Borg Institute
10:15 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. Social Event: Dance Party

Saturday, October 8, 2011

6:00 a.m. – 7:50 a.m. Breakfast
7:00 a.m. – 7:45 a.m. Conference Registration for latecomers
8:00 a.m. – 8:50 a.m. Breakout Sessions 
Track 1 – Faculty: Recruiting Women into Your Computing Major
Dr. Joanne M. Cohoon, NC-WIT Senior Research ScientistTrack 2 – Graduate Papers
Moderator: Pat Pierson, University of Missouri – Kansas CityTrack 3 – Ace the Microsoft Interview
Erin Stancik and Jeanne Johnson, Microsoft
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. PanelBreaking the Glass Ceiling
Cindy Lundstrom, Senior Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton
Lauren Larsheid, Client Executive, Cisco
Richelle Alvers, Storage Management Architect, Hewlett-Packard
Sonia Sharma, Technical Account Manager, Google
Michelle Sommers, Technical Project Manager, Senior Team Leader, Cerner
10:00 a.m. – 10:10 a.m. Break
10:10 a.m. – 11:10 a.m. Breakout Sessions
Track 1 – Graduate School Information Panel
Dr. Lillian (Boots) Cassel, Professor, Villanova University
Dr. Patty Lopez, Logic Validation Engineer, Intel
Dr. Joanne Cohoon, Senior Research Scientist, NC-WIT
Bridig Halling, PhD student, University of Kansas
Moderator: Kim Wall, IT System Analyst Lead, Principal Financial GroupTrack 2 – Lighting Talks I
Moderator: Connie Hecker, Missouri Western State UniversityTrack 3 – Lightning Talks II
Moderator: Joni Adkins, Northwest Missouri State University
11:20 a.m. – 12:20 a.m. PanelImposter Syndrome
Moderator: Julia Stefani, IT Project Manager, Monsanto
Alyssa Daw, Software Engineer, Google
Jeanne Johnson, Solution Specialist – Data Center at Microsoft
Michelle Brush, Software Engineering Team Leader, Garmin International
Yuvonise Thurmond, Sr. Applications Programmer/Analyst, Kansas City Power & Light
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Box Lunch and Keynote speaker: No Discipline is an Island: Where Computing and Other Disciplines Meet
Dr. Lillian (Boots) Cassel, Villanova University
2:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Career Fair

The Career Fair will be an outstanding opportunity to network with companies and graduate schools.  You will be able to learn about company internships and full-time employment with several companies.  Additionally several graduate schools will attend the Career Fair and will talk about their computing graduate programs.

Conference participants should come to the Career Fair with plenty of resumes.

Career Fair Participants

  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Cerner Corporation
  • DST Systems
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
  • Gallup
  • Garmin
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Google
  • Hallmark
  • IBM
  • Microsoft
  • Monsanto
  • Principal Financial
  • Sandhills Publishing
  • Sprint
  • VML
  • Northwest Missouri State University
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Computing and Engineering
  • University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Thank you to our 2011 sponsors. These organizations have shown their commitment to diversity and attracting tomorrow’s computing professionals.

Conference Sponsors

  • ACM-W
  • Anita Borg Institute
  • NSF
  • Microsoft Research
  • National Center for Women & Information Technology
  • CRA-W
  • Grace Hopper Regional Consortium

MINK WIC Sponsors and Supporters


  • Anita Borg Institute
  • Microsoft Research
  • Boz Allen Hamilton


  • Cerner


  • UMKC
  • Garmin


  • Northwest Missouri State

Conference Chairs:
Judy Mullins, University Of Missouri – Kansas City
Carol Spradling, Northwest Missouri State University

Program Committee:
Judy Mullins, University Of Missouri – Kansas City
Carol Spradling, Northwest Missouri State University
Ziping Lui, Southeast Missouri State University

College/University Coordinator:
Julia Stefani, Monsanto

Judy Clark, Northwest Missouri State University
Carolyn Hardy, Northwest Missouri State University

Student Activities:
Ziping Lui, Southeast Missouri State University
Sarah Peters, Northwest Missouri State University
Abbey Trotta, Silpada Designs

School Organizers:
Scott Sigman, Drury University
Tim DeClue, Southwest Baptist
Tiffany Archer, Ozark Technical Community College
George Gibeau, Ozark Technical Community College
Deborah Becker, Missouri Western Univeristy
Connie Hecker, Missouri Western University
James Jones, Graceland College
Chuck Pheatt, Emporia State University
Leenkiat Soh, University of Nebraska – Lincoln
Catherine Till, University of Iowa
Michelle Todd, Hannibal-LaGrange University.
Wen Hsin, Park University
Nancy Kinnersley, University of Kansas
Baek-Young Choi, University Of Missouri – Kansas City
Yugi Lee, University Of Missouri – Kansas City
Jim Jones, Graceland University

Web Masters
Jiachen Duan, Northwest Missouri State University
Ravali Bhagvath, Northwest Missouri State University
Rajasekaran,Prasanna Kumar, Northwest Missouri State University
Sharma,Sankalp, Northwest Missouri State University
Kalyan Punukollu, Northwest Missouri State University
Meettu Rajendran Aneesi, Northwest Missouri State University
Navaneetha Mareddy, Northwest Missouri State University
Ramya Muddu, Northwest Missouri State University
Rohit Kanwar, Northwest Missouri State University

Graphic Designer
Brandon Guffey, Northwest Missouri State University

Social Media
Elise Jones, Northwest Missouri State University

Event Planning Assistant
Ashely HerringNorthwest Missouri State University