Meet the team

Dominique Roberts

Dominique Roberts is a graduate of New York University where she was named a James Koch Research Scholar for her undergraduate honors thesis on the Astor Place riots. She also holds a masters from Oxford University where she completed her dissertation on the role of women in the creation of the film industry. Dominique is co-founder of the film production company NikkiandElla productions where she has written and produced work awarded at festivals around the world. Dominique is also the creator, producer and editor of the historical podcast Wonder Women, which aims to address the gender imbalance in traditional historiography by telling the stories of inspirational and unknown women in history. She is currently working at Sidley Austin.

Gabrielle Roberts

Gabrielle Roberts is a current Schwarzman Scholar and a recent graduate from the University of Southern California where she studied Film & Television Production and Computer Science. She is one of the only women working in virtual production and is using her advanced technical and creative skillset to revolutionize the film industry. She has studied Machine Learning through Oxford and Stanford University and was asked to present her artificial intelligence research at the MIT Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Conference. As a female in traditionally male fields, Gabrielle has a unique insight into both the challenges and opportunities for women in STEM professions. Her goal with CYC is to address the gender imbalance and stereotypes she sees in her fields by introducing girls to STEM at an early age.


Andrew spatafora

Andrew earned a master's degree from Imperial College London where he completed his dissertation on the unrealized potential of AI and Virtual Personal Assistants in marketing. While at Imperial, he won the Marketing Plan Competition by developing and pitching LEV: a luxury bracelet with design functions that both empower and protect women. Andrew specializes in the development of multi-channel strategic marketing campaigns and recently worked as an external project consultant at Arla UK. In 2019, Andrew ran the Chicago Marathon and also served as a fundraiser and consultant for the Chicago Women's Health Center whose aim is to provide health care and services to women and trans individuals in Chicago. Andrew hopes that CYC is the catalyst for many young girl's careers in technology and beyond.