Nora Denzel MBA ’90, senior VP of Intuit, will be a keynote speaker for the 12th annual Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, in October. The world’s largest gathering of women in computing in industry, academia, and government, the four-day technical conference is designed to bring the research and career interests of women in computing to the forefront. Over 250 speakers and 150 technical poster presenters will include leading researchers and industry experts discussing their current work, while special sessions focus on the role of women in today’s technology fields, including computer science, information technology, research, and engineering. Co-presented by the Anita Borg Institute and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the conference has expanded this year to now feature more than 95 sessions including panels, workshops, technical papers, Ph.D. forum, new investigators, technical posters, and "birds of a feather" sessions across nine tracks, invited technical speakers, and the ACM Student Research Competition.
This year’s conference theme, "Are We There Yet?", recognizes that technology and the culture of technology are continuously evolving but there are also concrete goals we are striving to achieve. More than 3,600 women and men from over 35 countries in industry, academia, and government are expected to turn out for this year’s event.
Nora Denzel is Intuit’s senior vice president leading the company’s big data and social design initiatives, and the central marketing organization. "Big Data" is the emerging science of creating, organizing and analyzing very large datasets to gain new insights and use information efficiently. Previously, she was senior vice president of Hewlett-Packard’s global software business, where she led the division to double-digit growth and profitability. Earlier, she served as senior vice president of product operations at Legato Systems Inc., now a division of EMC. She began her career as an engineer at IBM.
She serves on the board of directors for Overland Storage Inc. and the Anita Borg Institute. Denzel earned her bachelor’s degree in computer science from the State University of New York and an MBA from Santa Clara University.