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Training Programs and Reporting Systems Won't End Sexual Harassment. Promoting More Women Will
First, as a raft of studies has shown, harassment flourishes in workplaces where men dominate in management and women have little power. We've recently seen this imbalance wreak havoc in the entertainment and media industries, where it's long been understood that major players like movie producer Harvey Weinstein and former Fox News chief Roger Ailes could easily make or break women's careers. But this is also happening across the economy, with women in tech and law, saleswomen (particularly in retail), waitresses, hotel maids, and many others. Male-dominated management teams have been found to tolerate, sanction, or even expect sexualized treatment of workers, which can lead to a culture of complicity. People may chuckle over misbehavior rather than calling it out, for example, or they may ostracize harassed women, privately ashamed of not having spoken up. Reducing power differentials can help, not only because women are less likely than men to harass but also because their presence in management can change workplace culture.
Posted on 20 Nov 2017
Just More Evidence Women And Minorities Are Left Out Of VC Funding
If you want to start a new company and be really well-funded and successful, the best strategy is to be a white male who graduated from Stanford. That sounds horribly insensitive, but it's sadly true. A new study-confirming many other studies- of entrepreneurs who received funding or an exit within the last 12 months, finds that only 4% were women and 13% were minorities. Stanford emerged as the top school for producing such value-creating alumni at a higher rate than even the second and third place institutions - Harvard and University of California, Berkeley-combined. The results are from a study entitled ''Founders Funding & Exit Ranking USA,'' which was compiled by GraphicSprings, a London-based branding and design firm that works with startups and entrepreneurs. The group sorted through 5,000 funding announcements, company press releases, media reports and data from Bloomberg and Crunchbase from the last 12 months. ''First, we want to raise the alarm that not enough women entrepreneurs are getting funded,'' says Carl Davis, the marketing manager at GraphicSprings, in an email to Fast Company. The same is obviously true of minorities. In addition, going to college in proximity to the Valley is a good predictor of future success.
Posted on 20 Nov 2017
Ceo Action For Diversity & Inclusion Signatories Gather To Take Actionable Steps Toward Advancing Diversity And Inclusion In The Workplace
70 leading corporate and academic signatories of the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion (CEO Action), convened for an inaugural closed-door discussion. This session was designed for CEOs to identify short and long-term actions that the business community can achieve within their own organizations and as a collective coalition to advance diversity and inclusion within the workplace. At the closed door session, signatories discussed advancing the diversity and inclusion agenda with a focus on key issues around gender, race, and measuring impact. They also strategized how to implement actions within the CEO Action pledge collectively and within their own organizations. The CEOs will continue to communicate effective programming and measurement practices to strengthen commitments and serve employees and society as a whole better.
Posted on 20 Nov 2017
Two honored at Excellence in Leadership Luncheon and Lecture
Brenda J. Allen, vice chancellor of diversity and inclusion at CU Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus, and Penina Axelrad, professor at Ann and H.J. Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences at CU Boulder, are the recipients of the annual Excellence in Leadership Award given by the systemwide Excellence in Leadership Program (ELP). The awards were presented during a lunch Friday at Denver's Brown Palace. The event brings together program alumni to facilitate continued collaboration, networking and leadership development. ELP provides opportunities for CU faculty and staff to become more effective leaders who can successfully address the challenges of a dynamic university. Since 2000, more than 562 fellows from all campuses and system administration have completed the program.
Posted on 20 Nov 2017
The Big Bang Fair 2018 - bringing STEM to life
The Big Bang Fair offers a world of inspiration for young people and brings learning to life. Taking place from 14-17 March 2018 at the NEC in Birmingham, visitors are spoilt for choice with hands-on activities and a range of stage shows. This fair provides a fantastic opportunity for young people to see STEM brought to life in an unexpected way and have the chance to talk to scientists and engineers from universities and leading UK companies about their work. Tickets are completely free and give students a unique insight into STEM in action.
Posted on 09 Nov 2017
Get involved with British Science Week 2018
British Science Week is an annual celebration of all things science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Running from 9-18 March 2018, thousands of activities will be taking place across the UK for people of all ages. To make it even easier for you to get involved, the British Science Association has a number of grant schemes to support you in running your British Science Week activities. Whether you are a school, college or community group, there is a grant for you.
Posted on 09 Nov 2017
SANS Cyber Talent Fair, 7 December, 2017
The SANS CyberTalent Fair is an innovative virtual meeting place for the top cybersecurity employers and cybersecurity jobseekers in the United States. It's a unique opportunity to learn more about current opportunities and interact on a one-on-one basis with leading employers in cybersecurity.
Posted on 09 Nov 2017
CSEd Week, 4-10 December, 2017
CSEdWeek takes place December 4-10, 2017 to coincide with the birthday of Admiral Grace Hopper, a pioneer in the field of computer science who was born on December 9, 1906. This annual event was first recognized in 2010 when the 111th Congress passed House Resolution 1560. The goal of this initiative is to introduce students to computing and show them that the world of technology is for everyone.
Posted on 09 Nov 2017
Why AI provides a fresh opportunity to neutralize bias
Humans develop biases over time. We aren't born with them. However, examples of gender, economic, occupational and racial bias exist in communities, industries and social contexts around the world. And while there are people leading initiatives to fundamentally change these phenomena in the physical world, it persists and manifests in new ways in the digital world. In the tech world, bias permeates everything from startup culture to investment pitches during funding rounds to the technology itself. Innovations with world-changing potential don't get necessary funding, or are completely overlooked, because of the demographic makeup or gender of their founders. People with non-traditional and extracurricular experiences that qualify them for coding jobs are being screened out of the recruitment process due to their varied backgrounds.
Posted on 09 Nov 2017
Students Of Color Study STEM With A Focus On Social Justice
Young students interested in STEM fields are often pitched that the careers are lucrative. But a new study from Vanderbilt University suggests that for students of color, it's not just about the money. Researchers found African-American and Latinx students were most likely to go into science, technology, engineering and mathematics because of their interest in social justice issues. ''They are very passionate about the STEM itself,'' said Ebony McGee, lead author of the study. "But they see it being intersectional with being able to do good in the world, either in their communities or in the larger global community." For the study, McGee interviewed 38 high-achieving black and Latinx STEM undergraduate students, asking for their life stories and what motivated them to enter STEM fields. Some of the students' stories were more traditional, such as wanting to make money for their family, said McGee, associate professor of education, diversity and STEM education at Vanderbilt.
Posted on 09 Nov 2017

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