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One of the aspirations for the Academy of Technology in 2021 is to help our participants build technical eminence through external publication. For this edition of the Executive Corner, Kami Haynes interviewed Phaedra Boinodiris about her expertise in taking the first steps to developing an authentic voice and beginning to feel more comfortable around writing and publishing. The video interview is below.
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Meet Phaedra Boinodiris
Phaedra Boinodiris is a Fellow of the RSA and has focused on inclusion in technology since 1999. She is currently the Business Transformation leader for IBM’s Responsible AI consulting group and serves on the leadership team of IBM’s Academy of Technology.
Phaedra is currently pursuing her PhD in AI and Ethics at UCD’s SMARTlab thanks to a generous scholarship from the European Union.
She has founded or acted as an advisor for multiple digital inclusion programs. She co-founded WomenGamers.Com where she launched the first national scholarship program for women to pursue degrees in Game Design and development.
She won the United Nations Woman of Influence in STEM and Inclusivity Award in 2019, received the Social Innovator Award by IBM in 2018, received the 2014 Kenan Flagler Young Alumni Award, became a Fellow of the American Democracy Institute in 2011 and in 2007 was recognized by Women in Games International as being one of the Top 100 Women in the Games industry. Phaedra is the author of the book Serious Games for Business and is a regular public speaker and contributor to articles in Cognitive World, the National Academy of Engineering Journal, NPR and other publications.
She is also an adjunct professor at NC State University, serves on NC Governor Cooper’s COVID taskforce on Education, as a technology advisor to the state of Washington’s CIO office, and on the boards of Marbles Museum, First Robotics, and NC State University Exec Ed program. She holds a BA and an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
In 2020, as part of Emb(race), the IBM Academy of Technology (AoT) launched the Words Matter initiative. The goal was to modernize IT terminology by removing racially and culturally offensive language from our products and content.