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Women of Computing and Advocates

Proud legacy...Bold future! Connecting and Empowering Women in Computing

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Women of Computing and Advocates is an Employee Resource Group that provides encouragement, support, advocacy, and networking opportunities for women engaged in all aspects of computing.  Our focus is building community and a strong sense of belonging to help women thrive at work, at home, and in their broader professional and non-professional communities. 


Women have been vital contributors to the development of Los Alamos's computing since the origins of computing and of the Lab itself. Not only were women the first “computers” at Los Alamos (people who manually performed calculations for the scientists), they were also the first computer programmers.  Women have left their mark on all aspects of computing and continue to play key roles in building and maintaining the Laboratory’s mission-critical computing capability.

Founded in 2015, Women of Computing and Advocates is an empowerment-focused group that seeks to create strong connections between its members and to other existing groups and activities, as well as to engage with advocates and senior management in the shared goal of attracting, connecting, and continuously revitalizing women at LANL.

WHAT we do


Our primary goal is to build a vibrant community and a strong sense of belonging through which female (and advocate) staff and students engage in all aspects of networking, share resources, and provide encouragement to help each other grow, lead, and succeed.

Interests & Activities

  • Weekly High-Five Friday Coffee Break: A place to celebrate, be heard, valued, and engaged
  • Book, article and webinar discussions
  • Panel discussions on a broad range of career development (and other) topics
  • Summer STEAM Spotlight Series: Weekly series to highlight the wonderful diversity of women at LANL and connect with students and staff
  • Advocacy with LANL Senior Management
  • Encouragement and mentorship: personal growth, collaboration and leadership opportunities
  • Women’s History month activities (March)
  • Engagement in diversity recruiting events and activities
HOW to get involved

Anyone at the Lab who supports women engaged in computing is welcome to join the group. If you are interested in joining the Women of Computing and Advocates ERG mailing list and/or participating in any of our meetings or events please contact us!

Calendar of events

Currently, many Women of Computing events are held via WebEx. RSVP to receive the WebEx invitation. 







Weekly High-Five Friday Coffee Break - a place to celebrate, be heard, valued, and engaged


Virtual via WebEx

March 9

Noon-1 pm

Virtual talk with DOE NNSA Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Corey Hinderstein 

Webinar Event

March 16


"Total Immersion in Computing: The 70th Anniversary of the MANIAC at Los Alamos" presented by National Security Research Center Historian Nicholas Lewis

Virtual via WebEx

March 23

1-2:30 pm

Women’s ERG hosted event:

Fellows Quarterly Career Development Panel Discussion

“Women Who Have Inspired Us”

Virtual via WebEx



Virtual movie night watch party (movie, date and time TBD)




Grand opening event for the Bradbury Science Museum’s revamped supercomputing exhibit highlighting the Lab's legacy of women in computing  

Bradbury Science Museum