Judith Spitz

Founder and Executive Director

Break Through Tech

Judith Spitz, Ph.D. is the Founder and Executive Director of Break Through Tech, a national initiative that propels women, non-binary students, and other underrepresented groups into higher education and careers in tech through curriculum innovation, career access and community building. Break Through Tech’s AI program is the largest of its kind in the country;focused on preparing underrepresented undergraduates from hundreds of universities across the nation for jobs in the AI industry. She is on the Board of Directors of Noodle and is a member of the Advisory Board of an AI company called ASAPP. From 2005-2016, she was a Chief Information Officer at Verizon. Forbes named her to their 2021 50 over 50 Women of Impact list. Crain’s named her to their 2019 list of Notable Women in Tech. The NY Business Journal listed her as a 2018 Woman of Influence. In 2017, she received the Above & Beyond Award for Outstanding Women in Business from City & State New York. InfoWorld named her a 2009 CTO 25 award winner. Her passion is driving programs that address the urgent need for more women in technology. She speaks frequently about this, about gender-based algorithmic bias and the future of work in an AI-enabled digital world.