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Martha Kelly Girdler on How to Cultivate More Female Engineers and on Being Part of Etsys 500% Success Story
Last month, news broke that Etsy increased their female engineer base by nearly 500 percent by changing the way they recruit and develop their female talent. This sort of triple-digit improvement, in less than a year, reimagines a industry previously flanked by a supply problem on the one hand and a well-documented “brogrammer” culture on the other. Now boasting an industry-leading 20 female engineers on a team of 110, Etsy’s move to a “Hacker School” model and away from traditional headhunting and pure interview-based evaluations has sent a strong signal to other technology-driven companies: it can be done.
Posted on 11 Mar 2013
Startup Weekend's Focus On Women Founders
According to Women 2.0, private tech companies with female executives achieve a 35% higher return on investment. Further, when these companies are backed by venture, female leaders bring in 12% more revenue than their male counterparts. Fiscal responsibility isn’t the only asset female leaders bring to startups: Based on a 2012 report by Harvard Business Review, survey results show that “at all levels, women are rated higher in 12 of the 16 competencies that go into outstanding leadership.
Posted on 11 Mar 2013
S.T.E.M. education inspiring girls nationwide
Host Melissa Harris-Perry was joined by an all-female panel to discuss S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and its relationship to girls. They addressed how important each of the S.T.E.M. fields are in promoting self-esteem and nourishing potential, as well as in eliminating negative stereotypes for women.
Posted on 25 Feb 2013
Women in Technology
A look at the role women have played in technology, getting to know some of our most inspirational women in the field, and thoughts on where women will continue to participate in social, mobile and gaming.
Posted on 09 Feb 2013
The Williams sisters head to the White House
Iowa State has made a point of promoting women in science and technology through the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program, but the Williams sisters have taken that a step further. More specifically, they went to the White House. Cassidy and Camryn Williams, a junior and a freshman respectively, were invited to be two of the 10 women at the Tech Inclusion Summit. Their presence was on behalf of the National Center for Women and Information Technology, an organization that they stayed involved with after each winning the organization’s Aspirations Award in high school
Posted on 09 Feb 2013
How Etsy Grew their Number of Female Engineers by Almost 500% in One Year
Kellan Elliott-McCrea, a former architect at Flickr and co-author of the OAuth spec, is now the CTO at Etsy, the world's most vibrant handmade marketplace. During his tenure, he’s played a critical role in the company’s restructuring of its engineering organization; now, Etsy hires for diversity, particularly gender diversity. After witnessing first-hand how challenging it can be to attract women engineers, Kellan shares lessons in building a process and culture to attract female engineers. Etsy’s decision to pursue women engineers is indicative of a broader change: making diversity a core value.
Posted on 09 Feb 2013
Did You Know: Male CEOs Kids and Worker Pay, Hiring for Fit, and STEM Tuition Discounts
Did you know than when a company's male CEO becomes a father, particularly if his first-born is a girl, his employees' pay goes up? New research studying 18,000 male CEOs in Denmark found that when a male chief executive had a baby, particularly if it was a daughter, employee wages rose (particularly female employee wages): male employees’ salaries went up .6%, and female employees' salaries went up 1.1%. Even when the CEO had a son (which, interestingly, was tied to shrinking salaries among employees,) female employees' salaries shrank less. And when the executive’s first child was a son, female employees’ salaries actually went up by .8%.
Posted on 28 Jan 2013
Women Need to Realize Work Is Not School
Academic institutions are churning out ever-more female graduates. But the very skills that propel women to the top of the class in school are earning us middle-of the-pack marks in the workplace. Indeed, a recent study found that women account for 51.4% of middle managers in the U.S. but only 4.2% of Fortune 500 CEO's. Based on our experience, the CEO statistics will continue to improve, but only incrementally, until women recognize that the boardroom is not the schoolroom. To be successful, we must now do the very thing we were always taught not to: be disruptive.
Posted on 14 Jan 2013
Encouraging Girls to Excel in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
Nechama Kenig, a pedagogical coordinator on World ORT’s Kadima Mada team in Israel, examines the obstacles in the way of women who want to pursue careers in science and technology and the need to encourage girls to pursue and excel in these subjects while at school in an article for eJewish Philanthropy. It is a topic close to her heart and one which she discussed at last year’s International Lion of Judah Conference in New York.
Posted on 14 Jan 2013
Motivation, Study Habits - Not IQ - Determine Growth in Math Achievement
It's not how smart students are but how motivated they are and how they study that determines their growth in math achievement. That's the main finding of a new study that appears in the journal Child Development.
Posted on 13 Jan 2013

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