#BDPA Members and BDPA Student Members attended a CES SuperSession during #CES2017 co-hosted by IBM and the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). "The Power of Hidden Figures: Diversity in STEM" was moderated by award winning journalist, Soledad O'Brien. This SuperSession's panel discussion with Actress Octavia Spencer and Director Ted Melfi from the movie "Hidden Figures" was held during #CES2017 in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Friday, January 6, 2017, during the same day of their film's release. Octavia Spencer's role in "Hidden Figures" is Ms. Dorothy Vaughan who selflessly helped other women gain footholds in male-dominated space programs and data processing fields.
This CES SuperSession distinguished panelists included: IBM Chief Diversity Officer Lindsay-Rae McIntyre.; “Hidden Figures” Director Theodore Melfi; Oscar-winning Actress Octavia Spencer; Leah Gilliam, Vice President, Girls Who Code; Elizabeth Gabler, President, Fox 2000 Pictures; Rashid Ferrod Davis, Founding Principal of Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH); and Kristen Summers, IBM Watson Public Sector.