TechEXtra21 | Internet2 I2I Discussion | October 12, 2021, 1-2 p.m.

Panel: Women
Leaders During a Time of Change

The Impact of the Pandemic Personally and Professionally

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This I2I webinar on October 12 from 1-2 p.m. ET will bring together a panel of women from the R&E community. It will foster a conversation among the panelists around current challenges, including the pandemic, security challenges, the impact of AI, and other topics, with special consideration to the effects on women.

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Laurie Burns McRobbie

The panelists in this I2I webinar on October 12 from 1-2 p.m. will also discuss their own career paths and how they view the future opportunities for women and historically marginalized groups in IT. Each panelist will provide some advice for the audience as they look back on their own careers and what they have learned along the way. As time permits, the audience will be encouraged to ask questions of the panelists.


In a discussion led by Laurie Burns McRobbie, First Lady Emerita and University Fellow at Indiana University, you will hear from the following panelists:

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Jeanne Casares, Chief Information Officer, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Casares leads the strategy for how best to manage and orchestrate the delivery of technology services for students, faculty, and staff. Jeanne’s strong commitment to operational excellence, innovative approaches to problems, and partnering cross functionally have contributed to great synergies of IT at RIT. Under her leadership, RIT has deployed rich and extensive technologies including campus wireless, a new student information system, and a new highly available data center.

Cindy Leavitt, CIO, The Ohio State University


Dr. Anne Milkovich, Chief Information Officer, Nevada System of Higher Education. Dr. Milkovich has over 14 years of experience in higher education including CIO and related roles at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and Montana State University. Prior to that, Anne spent 20 years in private sector IT fields and business consulting. Her education includes an MBA and a doctorate in Higher Education Administration, with research in the practice of academic program prioritization. Her IT experience is primarily in the business management aspects of IT: leadership and management; financial planning and investment management; contracts and acquisitions; and portfolio, program, and project management.


Sue Workman, CIO Case Western University. Workman is responsible for creating the vision and strategies that enable the delivery of technology solutions supporting the university’s mission of teaching, learning, and research, and security, along with the day‐to‐day functions of the university. Workman has played an instrumental role in an innovative collaboration between CWRU and Cleveland Clinic with Microsoft to develop the first educational application for HoloLens, the company’s mixed-reality device. Over the last several years, she drove an extraordinary change process with CWRU’s initiative to centralize all university IT services and community, bringing a once very distributed culture together into one unified organization. .

This TechEXtra21 presentation is a part of the Internet2 Inclusivity Initiative Program. Learn more about the program and how to get involved.