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Transforming Challenges into Solutions

We are at the beginning of another wave of unprecedented change that challenges the relevance of higher education.  Transforming how we work is required to create opportunities that deliver high-quality experiences to prepare our students to take their place in an ever-changing world.

Keynote Speaker - Heather Payne
Thursday, May 30, 2019 10:30 - Noon
Pepsico Theatre, Performing Arts Center

Heather PayneWhy should we care about how technology really works? Why aren’t more women and youth learning how to code? Heather Payne is asking – and answering – these essential questions. Payne is the founder of Ladies Learning Code, a national not-for-profit organization that runs popular workshops for women and girls,a traditionally underrepresented demographic in the programming world. Named one of Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network, she is revolutionizing our approach to technology, education, and entrepreneurship.

If software is created only by a small portion of the population – typically white dudes in their 20os – how is it going to be reflective of society’s needs, and an entire population’s needs?” says Heather Payne. It’s a powerful question that inspired Payne, a business school grad, to encourage thousands of women and girls to learn how to code,. To a growing legion of fans, students, and media attention, Heather Payne is transforming the world of tech, startups, and nonprofits.

Since 2011, Payne has quickly expanded Ladies Learning Code from its Toronto headquarters to 11 cities; she also started Girls Learning Code and Kids Learning Code. Her latest venture, the for-profit HackerYou, offers courses taught by industry-leading professionals. She is also the founding director of Toronto’s Mozilla-backed youth digital literacy initiative. Payne has spoken at many conferences, including 99U in New York, meshmarketing, and EdInnovation, and has been featured on CBC’s The National and in The Globe and Mail. She was recently named one of Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network. She is a graduate of the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University and has worked in corporate marketing and at startups for her entire career so far.

About CIT

Established in 1992, the Conference on Instruction & Technology (CIT) is the State University of New York's (SUNY's) largest and most prominent event on instructional technology in education, providing a forum for faculty, instructional support professionals, and policymakers to present, discuss, and explore innovative avenues for integrating technology into the teaching and learning environment.  CIT, now in its 28th year, is held annually on a SUNY campus.  The on-campus environment creates an informal atmosphere of sharing and networking among colleagues.  The resulting camaraderie promotes a collaborative environment within and across disciplines for faculty from all campus types. CIT has drawn between 350 to 500 attendees, all of whom are actively involved in researching, developing, promoting, and incorporating technology in education.