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Highlights from the 2016 Women's Leadership Forum
On September 22, the second annual Women's Leadership Forum took place at AppNexus in New York City. The event brought together over 230 leaders from the global digital community for an afternoon of high-tempo keynote talks, networking, and thought-provoking discussion. To kick off the event, AppNexus CEO and co-founder Brian O'Kelley highlighted how the best managers, product managers, engineers and executives at AppNexus are women. He also spoke about the critical need to stand behind the women in our organizations, enable them to become great leaders, and hopefully have them bring the rest of the community along as they redefine what leadership means.
Posted on 07 Oct 2016
Tech experience may help women gain entry to the boardroom
It's no secret that boardrooms need more women. Only one in five board members of companies in the S&P 500, a leading stock market index, are women, according to a 2015 study by Catalyst, a non-profit organisation focused on accelerating women's progress in the workplace. But new Accenture research points to an opportunity: many women who have succeeded in getting on boards have professional technology experience to help propel them. In fact, female directors are nearly twice as likely as their male counterparts to have professional technology experience. The purpose of the research - in which Accenture examined women's representation on the boards of more than 500 Forbes Global 2000 companies in 39 countries across five continents - was to understand the gender composition of corporate boards and the role technology plays in the careers of female board members. The research found that 16 per cent of female directors, compared with 9 per cent of male directors, have professional technology experience.
Posted on 26 Sep 2016
NSF awards $25 million in new projects in support of the Computer Science for All Initiative
As the lead federal agency responsible for building the research knowledge base for Computer Science (CS) education, the National Science Foundation (NSF) is pleased to announce more than $25 million in awards since the administration's CS for All initiative launched just seven months ago. These new awards accelerate NSF's ongoing efforts to enable rigorous and engaging CS education in schools across the nation by funding: Creation of, and research and evaluation on, scalable professional development for teachers ofExploring Computer Science, Advanced Placement (AP) CS Principles, and other instructional approaches; Development, piloting, and study of the effectiveness of instructional materials on computational thinking and computing for use in pre-K through 8th-grade education; Establishment of best practices for ensuring equity in CS education; Research on mechanisms for implementing CS education, including CS for All and Support for teachers newly prepared to teach computer science, such as coaching, mentoring, master teacher corps and online communities of practice.
Posted on 26 Sep 2016
Women break barriers in engineering and computer science at some top colleges
Women are making major gains in enrollment in engineering and computer science at some of the nation's most prominent colleges and universities, a breakthrough that shows that gender parity is possible in technology fields long dominated by men. More than half of engineering bachelor's degrees at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology went to women in 2015, federal data shows. The same was true at Dartmouth College this year. The majority of computer science majors at California's Harvey Mudd College are women. Here at Carnegie Mellon University, women account for nearly half of first-year computer science students - 48 percent, a school record.
Posted on 26 Sep 2016
Study Shows Unexpected Path for Women to Major in Science
The research uses data from the National Center for Education Statistics' Beginning Postsecondary Students longitudinal survey, which tracks a cohort of students for six years after they start college. The study examines trends for STEM fields, where women are severely underrepresented in disciplines such as engineering, physics and computer sciences, along with fields such as life and social sciences, which have higher concentrations of women.
Posted on 26 Sep 2016
CMU enrolls more women in engineering, computer science than ever before
Enrollment among female students in Carnegie Mellon's engineering and computer science programs is at its highest point ever, with the ratios for both at more than twice the national average. Carnegie Mellon's incoming computer science class is 48 percent female - in contrast, just 16.5 percent of undergraduates in 121 computer science programs across the country in 2015 were women, according to the Computing Research Association's annual Taulbee Survey.
Posted on 26 Sep 2016
Salesforce's Benioff calls for racial equality in tech
SAN FRANCISCO - Business software company Salesforce.com will name a chief equality officer who will report to CEO Marc Benioff, who called on the tech industry to strive for ''greater racial equality.'' The announcement, made by Benioff during an onstage interview at the annual TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco, reflects the increasing emphasis being placed on diversity efforts in the Silicon Valley executive suite. Benioff, a well-known philanthropist, is an influential leader in Silicon Valley.
Posted on 26 Sep 2016
Tech Founders Still Don't Believe Diversity Can Boost The Bottom Line
New study suggests tech founders are aware of the benefits that come with a more diverse workforce, but many still fail to foster diversity. The tech industry has historically struggled with diversity and inclusion, and while many founders acknowledge its importance, few have taken proactive steps to reduce bias and improve diversity in the workplace. According to their own diversity reports, 70% of Google's staff are male, as well as 84% of Facebook's tech team, while Twitter's leadership is 72% white and 28% Asian. In a new study conducted by Lawless Research on behalf of Techstars and Chase for Business, 72% of tech founders believe building a diverse workforce is very important, and 81% acknowledge that a diverse workforce enhances creativity and innovation.
Posted on 26 Sep 2016
WomensEntrepreneurshipDay on November the 18th at the United Nations
You are invited to join the third annual of Women's Entrepreneurship Day (WED) celebration on November 18th, 2016 at the United Nations. This monumental event is the world's largest celebration of women innovators and job creators launching startups; bringing ideas to life, driving economic growth, and expanding human welfare. With a variety of days dedicated to various causes, one might ask - Why does the world need a Women's Entrepreneurship Day? Consider then, that women perform 66% of the world's work, yet earn 10% of the world's income. At the same time, they account for 85% of consumer purchases and control $20 trillion in worldwide spending. Women's Entrepreneurship Day (WED) is generating a movement that carries throughout the year in support of women in business globally. WED ignites women leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs to initiate startups, drive economic expansion, and advance communities worldwide. The flagshipUN event is live-streamed and celebrated in 144 countries and 110 universities and colleges celebrating Women's Entrepreneurship Day internationally reaching over 1.4 million people. The WED mission is to empower the 4 billion women across the globe to be catalysts of change, and uplift the 250 million girls living in poverty globally. In addition to our mission of empowerment, we are committed to gathering a think tank of inspiring women leaders who can amplify our message of expanding businesses with social-good initiatives in communities around the world.
Posted on 26 Sep 2016
Calling All Female Founders to Apply and Win The Seed Founding
AMPLIFY is a 'must-attend' startup competition for entrepreneurs, investors, engineers, and designers that explores up and coming trends in innovation, technology, and most importantly, showcases the best and brightest female tech entrepreneurs from the region. During this competition, female entrepreneurs will pitch their early-stage technology startup onstage to a panel of seasoned technorati and investors to be judged based on the innovativeness and viability of the product or service. Winners will receive a cash prize along with additional resources such as office space, laptops or equipment to move their startup forward. The event also features inspiring keynote speeches by well-known industry leaders, diplomats and some of the most successful female startup founders and high-tech executives.
Posted on 26 Sep 2016

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