Lucy Sanders

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Lucy Sanders
Lucy Sanders.jpg
Born1954 (age 64–65)
EducationLouisiana State University (B.Sc. in Computer Science)
University of Colorado Boulder (M.S. in Computer Science)
OccupationCEO and Co-Founder of NCWIT

Lucinda "Lucy" Sanders (born 1954) is the current CEO and a co-founder of the National Center for Women & Information Technology.[1] She is the recipient of many distinguished honors in the STEM fields, including induction into the US News STEM Leadership Hall of Fame in 2013.[2]

Early age and education[edit]

At an early age, Sanders displayed an interest in the STEM fields. Sanders had three main influences that led her to pursue an education in computer science: her father, her high school math teacher, and her sister. Her father was an early adopter of computer science when it first began to develop as a large scale field, her high school teacher taught Sanders skills required for computer programming, and her sister became successful after receiving one of the early degrees in computer science.[3] Upon graduating from high school, Sanders attended Louisiana State University and received her bachelor's degree in computer science. Sanders then attended the University of Colorado Boulder where she attained a master's degree in computer science.[4]

Professional career[edit]

Lucy Sanders speaking at a conference

In her early career, Sanders worked as a Research and Development (R&D) Manager at Bell Labs.[5] She later became an executive vice president and worked as the CTO of Lucent Customer Care Solutions until 1999. She moved on from Bell Labs to work at Inc CRM Solutions at Avaya Labs for two years, until she founded the National Center for Women and Information Technology in 2004, where she currently works as the CEO.[2] She also previously held a position in the board of the Alliance for Technology, Learning, and Society (Atlas),[6] the Denver Public Schools Computer Magnet Advisory Board, the MSRI, the Engineering Advisory Council at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and is a Trustee for the Center for American Entrepreneurship and the International Computer Science Institute.[7]


Lucy Sanders speaking at a presentation for the NCWIT

Sanders initially co-founded the National Center for Women & Information Technology in 2004,[1] when she was given a grant from the National Science Foundation.[3] Along with Telle Whitney and Robert Schnabel, Sanders hoped to use NCWIT to increase the number of women in computer fields.[3] Sanders is currently working as the day to day CEO of the National Center for Women & Information Technology.[1]


  • Improving Gender Composition in Computing, Jill Ross, Liz Litzler, Joanne Cohoon and Lucy Sanders, Communications of the ACM, April 2012 [8]
  • Strategy Trumps Money: Recruiting Undergraduate Women into Computing, Lecia J. Barker, J. McGrath Cohoon, and Lucy Sanders, IEEE Computer Magazine, 2010.[9]
  • Committee on Assessing the Impacts of Changes in the Information Technology Research and Development Ecosystem: Retaining Leadership in an Increasingly Global Environment, National Research Council of the National Academies, January 2009.[10]
  • IT Innovation and the Role of Diversity, Lucinda Sanders, Black IT Professional Magazine, Summer 2006.[11]
  • Ahuja, Sid and Sanders, Lucinda M., “Multimedia Collaboration”, AT&T Technical Journal, October 1995.[12]
  • Katz, Bryan and Sanders, Lucinda M., “MMCX Server Delivers Multimedia Here and Now”, AT&T Technology, Winter 1995 – 1996.[13]
  • Glass, Kathleen K. and Sanders, Lucinda M. (1992). “Managing Organizational Handoffs with Empowered Teams”. AT&T Technical Journal (22) Volume 71 Number 3, pp. 22 – 29.[14]

Awards and recognition[edit]


  • Sanders, Lucy (August 15, 2016). "Research Bits: Lucy Sanders". Microsoft (Interview). Interviewed by Josephine Cheng. Microsoft Research Faculty Summit: Youtube. Retrieved April 16, 2016.
  • Sanders, Lucy (October 2, 2015). "How Lucy Sanders Tackles Gender Inequity: Data, Research, Humor". National Center for Women Information & Technology (Interview). Interviewed by Tamara Chuang. Boulder: The Denver Post. Retrieved April 16, 2018.
  • Sanders, Lucy (January 7, 2014). "Lucy Sanders-Science and Technology Award". Daily Edventures (Interview). Interviewed by OnSight Media. OnSight Media. Retrieved April 15, 2018.
  • Sanders, Lucy (June 1, 2017). "Inquiry- Lucy Sanders". Alumni Association CU Boulder (Interview). Interviewed by Eric Gershon. Boulder: Coloradan Alumni Magazine. Retrieved April 16, 2018.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Chuang, Tamara (21 April 2016). "How Lucy Sanders Tackles Gender Inequity: Data, Research, Humor". The Denver Post.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Lucy Sanders". International Computer Science Institute. 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Ericson, Cathie (2015). "Intrepid Woman: Lucy Sanders: CEO and Co-founder of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT)". Evolved People Media LLC.
  4. ^ "Lucy Sanders". U.S. News STEM Solutions. 2013.
  5. ^ Fargo, Kurtz. "Entrepreneurs Unplugged: Lucy Sanders, CEO and Co-founder, National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT)". University of Colorado Boulder.
  6. ^ "Lucy Sanders". Anita Borg Institute. 2016.
  7. ^ a b "How Lucy Sanders Tackles Gender Inequity: Data, Research, Humor". United States Department of Commerce. 2014.
  8. ^ Sanders, Lucy. "Improving Gender Composition in Computing". Communications of the AMC.
  9. ^ Sanders, Lucy (2010). "Strategy Trumps Money". Computer. 43 (6): 82–85. doi:10.1109/MC.2010.179.
  10. ^ Sanders, Lucy (2009). Assessing the Impact of Changes in Information Technology. The Nation Academic Press. doi:10.17226/12174. ISBN 978-0-309-11882-8.
  11. ^ Sanders, Lucy. "Role of Diversity in IT Innovation". Diversity MBA.
  12. ^ Sanders, Lucy (1995). "Multimedia Collaboration". AT&T Technical Journal. 74 (5): 46–53. doi:10.1002/j.1538-7305.1995.tb00410.x.
  13. ^ Sanders, Lucy (2002). "MMCX Server Delivers Multimedia Here and Now". Bell Labs Technical Journal. 2: 74–85. CiteSeerX doi:10.1002/bltj.2033.
  14. ^ Sanders, Lucy (1992). "Managing Organizational Handoffs with Empowered Teams". AT&T Technical Journal. 71 (3). doi:10.1002/bltj.1992.71.issue-3.
  15. ^ "For Lucy Sanders, computing and giving back are family traditions - Denver Business Journal". Denver Business Journal. Retrieved 2016-12-07.
  16. ^ "A. Nico Harbermann Award". Computing Research Association. 2015-01-16.
  17. ^ "George Norlin Award". Colorado University. 2016-06-22.
  18. ^ "WITI Hall of Fame". Women in Technology International.
  19. ^ "Past DEAA Recipients". University of Colorado Boulder. 2016.