Lucy Sanders

Lucy Sanders

Lucy Sanders is CEO and Co-founder of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) and also serves as Executive-in-Residence for the ATLAS Institute at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU). NCWIT has over 700 organizational members across the full computing pipeline (K-12 through career), all of whom are working to increase girls’ and women’s meaningful participation in computing. She has an extensive industry background, having worked in R&D and executive (VP) positions at AT&T/Lucent Bell Labs. In 1996, Lucy was awarded the Bell Labs Fellow Award, the highest technical accomplishment bestowed at the company, and she has six patents. Lucy serves as a Trustee for the Center for American Entrepreneurship in Washington D.C. and the International Computer Science Institute in Berkeley.

Work Experience

  • Co-founder and CEO, National Center for Women and Information Technology, 2004-present
  • Executive in Residence and Board Member, Alliance for Technology, Learning, and Society (ATLAS), 2001-present
  • Vice President of R&D and CTO, Avaya, Inc CRM Solutions, Avaya Labs, 1999-2001
  • Bell Labs Fellow and CTO, Lucent Customer Care Solutions, Bell Labs, 1996-1999
  • R&D Director, Lucent Bell Labs, 1995-1996
  • R&D Development Manager, AT&T Bell Labs, 1982-1995


  • BS, Computer Science, Louisiana State University
  • MS, Computer Science, University of Colorado, Boulder

Awards, Honors, and Significant Achievements

  • US News STEM Leadership Hall of Fame, 2013
  • A. Nico Habermann Award, Computing Research Association, 2012
  • George Norlin Distinguished Service Award, 2011
  • Boulder County Business Review Outstanding Women, 2010
  • Community Partner, Microsoft, 2009
  • Girl Scouts Woman of Distinction, 2008
  • WITI Hall of Fame, 2007
  • Soroptimist International of Los Angeles Women of Vision Award, 2006
  • Aspen Institute Executive Seminar Academic Scholarship, 2005
  • CU Boulder Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award for "Industry and Commerce", 2004
  • Silicon Valley Tribute to Women in Industry (TWIN) Award for business excellence and community outreach, 2000
  • Bell Labs Fellow Award, 1996