Announcing Keynote:

Lori Beer

JP Morgan Chase & Co

Global Chief Information Officer

Announcing Keynote:

Marie Hicks

Author and Professor

​Marie Hicks is an author, historian, and professor doing research on the history of computing, labor, technology, and queer science and technology studies. Their research focuses on how gender and sexuality bring hidden technological dynamics to light, and how the experiences of women and LGBTQI people change the core narratives of the history of computing in unexpected ways.

Hicks’s new book,  Programmed Inequality: How Britain Discarded Women Technologists and Lost Its Edge In Computing, published by MIT Press, won the 2018 PROSE Award for History of Science, Technology, and Medicine. It investigates why the proportion of women declined as electronic computing matured, and how this labor situation had grave effects on the technological aspirations of that waning superpower. Programmed Inequality shows what lessons this holds for other nations, especially the United States, and how history can help us make sense of the present and the future by focusing not just on technological success stories, but also stories of technological failure.

Hicks is currently an Associate Professor of History at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, teaching courses on the history of technology, gender and sexuality studies, modern European history,  and disasters. In 2018-2019 Hicks will be a fellow at the National Humanities Center, working on a new book about the prehistory of trans algorithmic bias, the gendered nature of digital infrastructure, and the intersections between queerness and resistance in the history of digital computing. Check their twitter feed for upcoming events or read more about their work at​


Lori Beer is the Global Chief Information Officer (CIO) of JPMorgan Chase & Co., responsible for the firm’s technology systems and infrastructure across all of the firm’s businesses globally. Beer manages a budget of more than nine billion dollars and over 40,000 technologists supporting JPMorgan Chase's Retail, Wholesale and Asset Management businesses. She also serves as a member of the firm’s Operating Committee.

Beer joined the firm in 2014, and most recently was the Chief Information Officer for the Corporate & Investment Bank (CIB). Prior to joining the firm she was executive vice president of Specialty Businesses and Information Technology for WellPoint, Inc. She was responsible for a $10 billion business unit which included WellPoint’s Specialty Products. 

Beer was featured in efinancialcareers, Fintech, funky offices and not being “one of the guys”, April 2017; MIT Sloan Management Review, The Digital Transformation of Healthcare, April 2013; Fortune Magazine’s Leadership Series, An Insurer’s High-Tech Reboot, September 2012; was named a Computerworld 2011 Premier 100 IT Leader and was the 2011 National Association for Female Executives Women of Excellence Health Care Champion. 

Beer earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Dayton.