Deidra Freeman

Associate Member of CRA-WP

A servant leader guided by the values of integrity and fairness; Deidra Freeman has spent her career advocating for individuals to achieve their fullest potential. Among her many responsibilities as Senior Director of Programs of, an organization working to shape public opinion about issues of critical importance to women technologists in academia, industry, and government, Deidra leads production of global Hopperx1 events. Modelled after the Grace Hopper Celebration, which is the largest annual gathering of women in tech worldwide, these local gatherings provide opportunities to empower women technologists, from undergraduates to CEOs, along with members from industry-leading companies, academia, and research, to build relationships, find new ideas and inspiration, learn new skills, and advance their careers in technology. Immediately prior, Deidra spent 15 years as an Educator and Administrator for Chicago Public Schools, where she built special education programs that transitioned students into adulthood.  Her technology foundation began as an Engineering Project Manager for Motorola.