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Dr Kimberly A. Scott, ASU

Dr. Kimberly A. Scott is a Professor in the Women and Gender Studies Department at Arizona State University (ASU) and Founder/Executive Director of ASU’s Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology (CGEST). Founded by Scott, the center is a one-of-a-kind research unit focused on exploring, identifying, and creating innovative scholarship about under-represented girls in STEM.

Trained as a sociologist of education and childhoods, Scott’s interdisciplinary work examines girls’ of color (African American, Native American, Latina) social and academic development in informal spaces and their techno-social innovations.

Prior to becoming an academic, Scott worked as an urban educator with international and national institutions including a center for girls in Chiang Mai Thailand; the Educational Law Center in Newark, New Jersey; and the National Museum of African Art-Smithsonian. Scott was named in 2014 as a White House Champion of Change for STEM Access. The same year, the publication Diverse Issues in Higher Education identified Kimberly as one of the top 30 women in higher education. Dr. Scott earned her B.A. from Smith College in Art History and French Literature, an M.S. from Long Island University in Curriculum and Instruction/Elementary Education and her Ed.D. from Rutgers University in Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education, and completed at Harvard’s Business School the High Potentials Leadership Program.

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Andy Lipkis, TreePeople

Andy Lipkis is a practical visionary who began planting trees to rehabilitate smog and fire damaged Los Angeles area forests when he was 15 years old. He founded TreePeople at age 18 and has served as its President since 1973. TreePeople is a guiding light for urban climate resilience around the world. For more than 40 years this organization has created a greener future for Los Angeles by inspiring and activating people, along with their local governments, to plant and care for trees and harvest the rain. Since its founding, TreePeople volunteers have been responsible for the planting of 3 million trees and counting. Its environmental education program reaches more than 200,000 students per year, with millions of children touched over the decades.  With climate change impacts already creating a chronic emergency for American cities, Andy’s work has demonstrated promising new ways for government agencies to collaboratively reshape urban tree canopy and water infrastructure to save lives and grow a more livable future.

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Reese Pecot, Google 

Reese Pecot is a Director at Google.  She leads teams in scaled policy development for Google’s Search, Geo and Assistant organizations.  Her mission includes guiding Google's stances on controversial content and managing teams that create rules to protect and respect users of Google's products, from News and Search to Maps and the Google Home.  In addition, she serves in an internal advisory role on artificial intelligence and machine learning. Prior, as an attorney and complex transactions negotiator, she led the commercial legal aspects of several Google verticals including commerce and shopping products; search syndication hardware; and the local geo vertical.

Before Google, her work included securities and financial sector analysis with valuation expertise, including spending significant time in Alaska carrying out the valuation of Anchorage's utility for its privatization sale.  After that, she was a foundational member of Foley & Lardner’s West Coast transactional intellectual property practice.

Reese is also startup investor and advisor, an avid reader, and a proud mom.  She lives in San Francisco with her husband, two amazing daughters and two lively dogs.