NCWIT Miami Conference 2019

On April 6th, 2019 produced the 3rd annual  South Florida region  NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing, celebrating 69 young women in STEM at the Awards Ceremony held  at Miami Dade College’s  MAGIC Auditorium in the IDEA Center. Three female STEM leaders inspired our honoree’s, family, teachers and friends who attended.  

CODeLLA is the South Florida coordinator/partner of NCWIT. Our chapter is one of the largest in the nation encompassing Palm Beach, Broward and Miami Dade County. We came in #3 nationally for most increased participation in the program.


Gracie being interviewed

Gracie Diaz

Gracie Diaz is a data scientist on the AI and Robotics team at Royal Caribbean. Her work has focused on machine learning techniques related to Natural Language Processing (NLP), from which she is co-inventor on two pending patents. Her background includes security operations at Royal as well as investment and banking roles at Deutsche Bank and Lehman Brothers. She received her B.A. in Applied Mathematics from Johns Hopkins University. Outside of professional pursuits, she particularly enjoys being silly with her husband, her kids and their dog.

Tia dubuison

Tia Dubuisson, President & Co-Founder of Belle Fleur Technologies helps companies drive cloud adoption, continually build and maintain modern infrastructures  due to constant, exponential technological change. She has 10 years of experience successfully managing teams, customer centric projects using Agile methodologies, total end to end Big Data and Analytics + Machine Learning transforming data into business insights.  Tia motivates clients to run their company operations smarter by making continuous improvements to become better leaders and become proficient at smart innovation. 

Data Science is the STEM profession with a massive talent gap, especially for women and underserved minorities. What opportunities exist for young women in Data Science? What does Tia’s career pathway to success in this tech sector look like, what lessons did she learn along the way, and what are the skills attained which allow her to problem solve tough challenges utilizing data? The inspiring speaker , who’s first profession in STEM was as a microbiologist, managed various labs spanning vaccine production, pre-clinical medical device and antibiotic research.

Rita Rovira

Ms. Rita Rovira, President of Florida Market, Arch Staffing & Consulting, a national staffing firm headquartered in Miami spoke to the girls about the skills employers are looking for and the implications of their digital footprint.