Chief Strategy & Growth Officer
National Center for Women & IT (NCWIT)
Ruthe Farmer has focused her efforts on increasing girls’ participation in technology and engineering since 2001. She provides strategic planning and direction at NCWIT, and leads the NCWIT K-12 Alliance. Ruthe is the driving force behind the hugely successful Aspirations in Computing talent development initiative, served as the 2012 Chair of Computer Science Education Week, was named a Champion of Change for Technology Inclusion by the White House in July 2013, and received the Ulla Popken Phenomenal Woman Award for her work to increase girls’ participation in technology and engineering.
Ruthe has a history of scaling up innovative technology and engineering education programs and partnerships. While at Girl Scouts of the USA she launched multiple national initiatives including Intel Design & Discovery, Firestone On the Road, & GirlFEST. Ruthe frequently speaks and presents on the topic of girls and women in technology and has been an invited speaker at the White House, the United Nations International Telecommunications Union, the European Union Energy Committee, the WebSummit in Dublin, and many more. Ruthe served on the National Girls Collaborative Project Champions Board, the FIRST Robotics Girls FIRST Advisory Board, and was a founding board member of Springboard Innovation, a non-profit dedicated to incubating grass roots social entrepreneurs. She sits on the Lewis & Clark College Board of Alumni and is an ambassador for the University of Oxford Said Business School. Ruthe holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications & German from Lewis & Clark College and an MBA in Social Entrepreneurship from the University of Oxford’s Said Business School and is passionate about integrating innovative entrepreneurial strategies into her work.