Barbara Lazarus Professorship in Information Networking Celebration

Time: April 21, 2017 - 11:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Location: McConomy Auditorium, Cohon University Center


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Join us as the INI celebrates the newly established Barbara Lazarus Professorship in Information Networking, honoring the legacy of the late Barbara Lazarus, who was an associate provost for academic affairs, teacher, scholar and mentor to many at Carnegie Mellon. Current INI Director, Dr. Dena Haritos Tsamitis, will be receiving this professorship in her name.

As part of the celebration, there will be two events held on Friday, April 21: a keynote talk by Valerie Plame, ex-CIA operative and best-selling author, and an expert panel discussion on diversity and inclusion in STEM fields.

Valerie Plame: An Ex-CIA Operative’s Take on Cyber Warfare
11:30 AM-12:30 PM in McConomy Auditorium, Cohon University Center

Valerie Plame was a covert CIA agent until her cover was blown in 2003. Now, she uses her intelligence expertise in matters of national security, including the prevention of nuclear proliferation and cyber attacks. She will discuss the 2003 Plame Affair, her role as a woman in the intelligence field and the implications of cyber warfare in today’s world. Registration Required/No Event Fee

Why Culture Matters: The Challenges & Benefits of Cultivating Inclusion in STEM Fields
1:00-2:30 p.m. in McConomy Auditorium, Cohon University Center

This panel will explore the challenges and benefits of cultivating inclusion in STEM fields. With over a decade of work fostering diversity and inclusion at the INI, including the founding of Women@INI in 2005, Dena Haritos Tsamitis is a strong proponent of the belief that culture matters. From increased productivity to innovative problem-solving, research shows that diversity in the workplace has a myriad of benefits. As leaders, we must create awareness and advance best practices to inspire an inclusive culture in the emerging workforce. Registration Required/No Event Fee

Moderator: Mike Bruce, Chairman and CEO of InScope International, Inc. and INI alumnus (Class of 1995)

  • Dena Haritos Tsamitis, Director of the Information Networking Institute (INI), Founding Director, Education, Training and Outreach, CyLab
  • Joyce Brocaglia, CEO, Alta Associates and Founder, Executive Women's Forum
  • Uma Gupta, Diversity Specialist, Speaker and Professor
  • Audrey Russo, President & CEO, Pittsburgh Technology Council

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