Verizon Executive to Keynote Murray Center for Women in Technology’s 20th Anniversary Conference at NJIT on March 27

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“Women Designing the Future: 1995-2015 ... and Beyond,” a one-day conference marking the 20th anniversary of the Murray Center for Women in Technology, will be held March 27 at New Jersey Institute of Technology.

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“Women Designing the Future: 1995-2015 ... and Beyond,” a one-day conference marking the 20th anniversary of the Murray Center for Women in Technology, will be held March 27 at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). Conference participants will have the opportunity to hear the stories of women innovators who work at the intersection of technology, art and design and to learn how to tell their own career stories more effectively via e-branding. The event, which is open to the public, will take place in the NJIT Campus Center, 2nd floor.

“Our conference has two, interrelated purposes,” said Murray Center Director Nancy Steffen-Fluhr, Ph.D. “To show how women tech-makers collectively are designing the future and to show how individual women can design their personal futures using high-tech career branding strategies. In addition to engaging women professionals and entrepreneurs, we want to reach young women and show them that there is a career path in technology that will allow them to do what they like and like what they do,” Steffen-Fluhr added.

Leecia Eve Esq., Vice President for State Government Affairs for the Tri-State Region at Verizon, will give the keynote address, which will focus on fostering technical innovation and encouraging young women to become technological innovators. In her current role, Eve is responsible for the company’s corporate interests – including public policy, government and external affairs, regulatory matters, and philanthropy – in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. As the deputy secretary for economic development for New York, Eve served as chief economic development adviser to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Among her prior roles, Eve served as Counsel and Homeland Security Adviser to Hillary Rodham Clinton when she was a U.S. senator and as Counsel to Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. She also served as Vice President for policy of the No Limits Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., that promoted economic issues at home and abroad and advocated for transforming American foreign policy around the world, including advancing the rights of women.

Danielle Feinberg, Director of Photography for Lighting at Pixar Animation Studios, will discuss exciting opportunities for innovation at the intersection of technology and art and be the featured presenter at the luncheon plenary session. Feinberg, who has a degree in computer science, is responsible for lighting many of Pixar’s films, including Toy Story 2, Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, and Brave. She has given talks to girls of all ages about the math and science behind computer animation with the goal of encouraging them to pursue careers in science.

Since 1995, the Murray Center for Women in Technology at NJIT has worked to ensure the sustainable advancement of NJIT women by facilitating individual growth, community interaction, and institutional transformation. The Center provides an array of career resources for women students, faculty, and staff, including networking programs for both undergraduates and graduate students. For more information on the Murray Center, visit: http://womenscenter.njit.edu/

Registered conference attendees will be able to park in the NJIT parking deck located on 154 Summit Street. For directions to NJIT, visit: http://www.njit.edu/about/visit/gettingtonjit.php . To register, visit: https://eventbrite.com/event/15543752783/. For more information, contact Fran Sears, fsears(at)njit(dot)edu.

About NJIT
One of the nation’s leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT’s multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering, and cyber-security, in addition to others. NJIT ranks fifth among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $110 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to Payscale.com.

About Verizon
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with more than 108 million retail connections nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America’s most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers worldwide. A Dow 30 company with more than $127 billion in 2014 revenues, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of 177,300. For more information, visit http://www.verizon.com/news/.

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