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More Diversity Means More Business: A New UIC Study Reveals the Corporate Sense to Common Sense
In order to remain competitive in today's global markets, workplace diversity and inclusion is increasingly becoming a business necessity in addition to a social responsibility - according to a new study by a University of Illinois Chicago professor, employers with the most diverse workforces also report higher performance in year-end reports. Business performance factors were measured based on average annual sales revenue, number of customers, perceived market share, and relative profitability. In all four categories, the most diverse firms showed numbers at least one and a half times greater than the least diverse. Most strikingly, the mean revenue for organizations with low levels of racial diversity approximated $51.9 million, while the most diverse organizations topped off around $761.3 million. For gender diversity, companies with the highest levels of inclusiveness reported an average of 15,000 more customers than those with the lowest levels.
Posted on 11 Feb 2015
Recruiting, Retaining, and Advancing a Diverse Technical Workforce: Data Collection and Strategic Planning Guidelines
Developing a diverse workforce must be treated like any other critical business issue. NCWIT released a guide that can help you collect important data and develop a strategic plan for increasing the meaningful participation of diverse groups in your organization.
Posted on 11 Feb 2015
SWE's 2015 Online Conference, 12th - 13th February
The Society of Women Engineers Online Conference is an annual online event that offers women engineers the opportunity to experience industry leading professional development from their home or office. Earn CEUs and gain access to thought leaders from across the globe at this annual two day experience. This year's online conference theme is Cross Cultural Competence - Key Learnings on How to Work With and Appreciate Other Cultures in the Workplace. Target Audience: Early-Mid Career women who either work remotely or alongside people from other cultures, and/or women who plan to work abroad at some part of their career.
Posted on 11 Feb 2015
Welcome to the Society of Women Engineers Scholarship Application System
The SWE Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to women admitted to accredited baccalaureate or graduate programs, in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology and computer science. In 2014, SWE awarded over 230 new and renewed scholarships valued at over $700,000. The application is now open for students who will be sophomores through PhD candidates in the fall of 2015.
Posted on 11 Feb 2015
Supporting Student Engagement and Retention Goals with the Google CS Engagement Small Awards Program
Once students have their first experience with computer science (CS), how do we keep them engaged so that they will continue to pursue CS, particularly at the undergraduate level? This year, 53 CS faculty and instructors from colleges and universities in 24 U.S. states will implement classroom-based programs and solutions to help them answer that question as part of the Google CS Engagement Small Awards program. Each award - an unrestricted gift of $5,000 to the award recipients' institution - will be used by the faculty members and instructors teaching introductory (CS1 and CS2) courses to identify and implement solutions for increasing student engagement and reaching retention goals within their own classrooms.
Posted on 06 Feb 2015
IEEE Women in Engineering Affinity Group of the Year Award
The Women in Engineering Committee (WIEC) is now requesting nominations for the WIE Affinity Group of the Year Awards that was established by the WIEC to recognize affinity groups based on quality programs, outreach to young women, communication to affinity group members, membership growth and website presence. The awards are given annually to one WIE Affinity Group and one WIE Student Branch Affinity Group that has shown outstanding leadership and initiative in organizing activities.
Posted on 05 Feb 2015
GHC[1], presented by ABI (dot), 18th March, New York
GHC[1] is a one-day, locally organized conference modeled after ABI's international Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC). This immersive event brings women technologists at all levels together, along with industry leading companies, to build relationships, learn and advance their careers.
Posted on 05 Feb 2015
The Queen of Code
As a rear admiral in the U.S. Navy, Hopper worked on the first computer, the Harvard Mark 1. And she headed the team that created the first compiler, which led to the creation of COBOL, a programming language that by the year 2000 accounted for 70 percent of all actively used code. Passing away in 1992, she left behind an inimitable legacy as a brilliant programmer and pioneering woman in male-dominated fields. Hopper's story is told in 'The Queen of Code', directed by Gillian Jacobs. It's the latest film in FiveThirtyEight's Signals series.
Posted on 04 Feb 2015
The inspiring stories of women who helped shape science and tech
The White House has launched a website that aims to increase the visibility of women's place in the history of technology. The Untold History of Women in Science and Technology aims to attract more young women into STEM fields by sharing the stories of female trailblazers in those fields. The stories of the women mentioned above - and more - are narrated by women in STEM in the White House Administration: US Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith, NASA Chief Scientist Dr Ellen Stofan, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and White House OSTP Associate Director for Science Jo Handelsman. Each story isn't very long - around a minute - but it provides a brief background into each of the women showcased, and enough information that you know who they were and what they did - allowing you to go off and conduct further research on your own. The bottom of the page also invites women currently working in STEM to share their own stories in order to inspire young women, with the stories to be shared across White House channels.
Posted on 04 Feb 2015
Catalyst Conference, April 27-29 2015, Phoenix, AZ
The Catalyst Conference is a two-day event showcasing women at the forefront of technology and innovation and discussing progressive topics in the technology and entrepreneurship field, as well as issues of women in technology and leadership. As a premier female-focused event, Catalyst features inspiring keynotes from powerful female leaders, sage advice on innovation and technology, and a platform to exchange ideas, connect with other influential women, and create lasting relationships that could have considerable impact on the technology industry at large.
Posted on 04 Feb 2015

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