Mills College to Host Conference for Women of Color in Computing

Oakland, CA—December 11, 2017

Tech Intersections: Women of Color in Computing, an ACM Celebration, a new conference for women from underrepresented groups in technology, will be held at Mills College on Saturday, January 27, 2018. The conference is affiliated with the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was created to address the needs of women of color, such as African Americans and Latinas, who rarely see others like themselves in the workplace, especially in higher-ranking positions. Sessions will focus on women in engineering and leadership positions, the two areas in which women of color are most underrepresented.

Attendance is limited to women, nonbinary or genderqueer people, and members of an ethnic group underrepresented in tech. Attendance will be limited to 200. A concurrent conference will be held for allies and is open to anyone wanting to gain practical skills and knowledge to become a more effective advocate.

“Mills College is proud to be a platinum sponsor and host of this new conference as part of our ongoing commitment to address the need for diversity in the technology sector,” said Mills President Elizabeth L. Hillman, noting that Mills was the first women’s college to offer a computer science major in 1974.

Conference sponsors include: Mills College, Pandora, Kapor Center for Social Impact, MailChimp,, Microsoft, ACM-W the Association for Computing Machinery, Mesosphere, Stripe, Yelp, Travis C, Salesforce, and Ariel Investments. For information on how to help sponsor this conference and the many benefits sponsors will receive, please visit the Tech Intersections website or email us at As conference organizers expect the conference to sell out, sponsorship is one way for employers to guarantee tickets for their employees.  

Conference Details:

Date: Saturday, January 27, 2018

Lorry I. Lokey School of Business and Public Policy
Mills College
5000 MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA

Keynote Speakers:
Leah McGowen-Hare, director, Salesforce
Erica Baker, senior engineering manager, Patreon

Tickets are available on a sliding scale ($15-$150), with scholarships available.

About Mills College
Located in Oakland, California, in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, Mills College is a nationally renowned independent liberal arts college for women with graduate programs for women and men. Ranked one of the top-tier regional universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report, Mills is also recognized as one of The Best 382 Colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. Since 1852, we’ve been empowering students to become creative, independent thinkers who take and inspire action. For more information, visit