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Engineering Solutions And Building A Career At Salesforce
When Jane Donohoe, Director of Solution Engineering, joined Salesforce as a solution engineer, she admits she wasn’t quite sure she’d be a perfect fit for the role. But she loved working on Salesforce projects as a customer and was excited at the prospect of working with the solution engineering team. It didn’t take long for Jane to realise there is no cookie cutter fit for solution engineering. “I found that solution engineers have a lot of various characteristics. They are storytellers, builders, counsellors, consultants, mentors, technologists, architects, and innovators” she says. “Some have more of one attribute or a blend of all, but as a collective, we can and do have such a big business impact and influence on our customers and colleagues.” Read more insights from our conversation with Jane about the dynamic solution engineering team at Salesforce.
Posted on 23 May 2023
Quiet Quitting, Engagement, and Remote Work - Why Inclusive Cultures Are Critical
It’s hard to ignore the trendy headlines and wide range of reactions and emotions related to the topic of “quiet quitting.” The conversation points to two pressing concerns: worker (dis)engagement in corporate cultures, and employer anxiety about remote work and perceived low productivity that some have termed “productivity paranoia.” When unenthusiastic workers began sharing stories about separating their identities from their work, prioritizing “work-life balance” over career ambition, and choosing to do the bare minimum, it provoked a strong reaction from bosses who feared an epidemic of remote workers doing less than the bare minimum. Although this notion of “quiet quitting” is nothing new, in the context of a changing workforce it does point to a much-needed conversation about workplace culture, identity, inclusivity, and a reconfiguring of what work productivity can look like and how it can be assessed. What can be learned from research? Let’s start with some recent indicators of productivity and engagement among remote and hybrid workers. Microsoft reported that 87% of the rank and file say they’re just as productive at home, but 85% of leaders say the shift to hybrid work has made it challenging to have confidence their employees are being productive (Work Trend Index Pulse survey of 20,000 knowledge workers). Meanwhile, Microsoft says, office 365 data suggests greater productivity - more hours worked, more meetings, more multitasking. In another large survey, 55% of respondents reported working more hours remotely than in the office (compared to only 12% who reported working fewer hours). 90% said they were as - or more - productive at home (OwlLabs, 2021 survey of 2,050 full-time workers). Gallup reported a small overall increase in the ratio of “actively disengaged” to “engaged” workers in its most recent survey but found hybrid and remote workers to be more engaged than on-site workers. Government data shows a slump in workforce-wide productivity in 2022, following decades of growth, and in the context of continued supply-chain disruptions and other unique economic circumstances.
Posted on 14 May 2023
The Disruptors: Dani Lalonders And Anika Howard Are Black Women CEOs In The Very White Gaming Industry
These Black women CEOs are on a mission to diversify the male-dominated gaming industry. They created their companies in hopes of increasing representation of not just gamers, but also the people making the games. When Dani Lalonders first fell in love with gaming, it wasn’t through some of the well-known classics that many enthusiasts name drop (though she does enjoy a good game of Super Mario and Zelda). Instead, it came from lighthearted offerings she played on her Game Boy and on the computer as a kid: Lizzie McGuire on the Go, Freddie Fish, Pajama with Sam, and Barbie’s Spa Adventure. A game that Lalonders wanted to play was one with some diversity. The only time she could play with a character who looked like herself was when she was able to customize players, and even then, there were limited Black skin tones. So, despite not having formal experience behind the scenes, she started building her own games, delving headfirst into game writing for visual novels, which she’d started doing around the age of 10. The end result was her first major game, ValiDate. Instead of an action game or something of the arcade genre, it’s a visual novel based on the dating experiences of younger twentysomethings, including those of the LGBTQ+ community.
Posted on 14 May 2023
How pandemic publishing struck a blow to the visibility of women’s expertise
The biases in scientific publishing during the pandemic damaged women’s visibility, recognition, and career advancement, reports Jocalyn Clark. Before covid-19, Reshma Jagsi had a thriving clinical and research career. As a full time physician and deputy department chair of radiation oncology at the University of Michigan, USA, she was ascending the leadership ladder before the world around her went into lockdown. “Everything was an emergency, and [all my colleagues were] working around the clock out of a sense of need, because the house was on fire,” she says. It felt as though “I was drowning. On top of the acute emergency of helping sick patients, Jagsi was developing rapid treatment guidelines for covid-19 and reorganising research efforts for colleagues - while caring for her elderly mother and tutoring two schoolchildren. Other colleagues with younger children experienced high levels of anxiety, their careers completely sidelined by the pandemic. She says, “During an emergency, it didn’t matter how urgent the need was and how great your expertise was: if you’ve got a toddler who needs your attention and you can’t rely on your parents or your neighbours or day care, what else are you going to do?” When laboratories, operating rooms, and clinical trial sites worldwide closed because of national lockdowns, millions of people working in science found an opportunity to write, driven by a desire to help as well as the need to recover losses or to stay relevant and maintain publication records - the chief currency in research careers. Clinicians and academics were eager to secure authorships. But the covid-19 publishing game had by no means an equal playing field. Of the three million submissions to major health and medical journals in the first half of 2020, just 36% were from women. This gender gap applied to research and non-research articles, across all authorship positions, in both top tier and lower impact journals, and was especially pronounced among younger cohorts of female authors beginning their careers.
Posted on 25 Apr 2023
5 Women Who Deserved To Win Nobel Prize In Physics
The Nobel Prize can be as controversial as it is prestigious. There is a long history of women going unrecognized, especially in the field of physics. Many female scientists icluding Chien-Shiung Wu, Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Emmy Noether, Lise Meitner and Vera Rubin have made ground-breaking contributions that should have won them a Nobel Prize, but they never became laureates. Since 1901, of the 219 Nobel Prize winners in physics, only 4 were women. The following is a list of at those five women who deserved to win the Nobel Prize but did not receive the top honor. Instead, the prize was either awarded to their male colleagues, advisor or not considered at all.
Posted on 25 Apr 2023
Meet Julia Martin, Director of Field Marketing
Julia Martin is the Director of Field Marketing for Avanade. She has spent over 20 years working with large technology services organizations to deliver best-in-class marketing programs that drive go-to-market strategies and transform the customer experience. Outside of work, Julia has a passion for home design and interiors and puts that passion to work for a local organization that transforms the spaces of the formerly homeless by reclaiming and re-purposing gently used household items and furniture to create a “Home.” She lives in Chicago with her husband and three children.
Posted on 10 Apr 2023
Meet the Artemis II crew!
The crew consists of NASA Astronauts Reid Wiseman, Victor Glover, and Christina Koch, and Canadian Space Agency astronaut Jeremy Hansen. These four astronauts will fly around the Moon and back aboard the first crewed Artemis mission, scheduled to launch in 2024. Artemis II is NASA’s first mission with crew aboard our foundational deep space rocket, the Space Launch System, and Orion spacecraft and will confirm all the spacecraft’s systems operate as designed with crew aboard in the actual environment of deep space. The mission will pave the way to way for lunar surface missions, including by the first woman and first person of color, establishing long-term lunar science and exploration capabilities, and inspire the next generation of explorers - The Artemis Generation.
Posted on 10 Apr 2023
1st Native American woman astronaut wants the world to 'share in that joy' after SpaceX Crew-5 flight
Shortly after coming home from the International Space Station, NASA's Nicole Mann talked about how she is trying to bring others into the field by sharing her journey. The commander of SpaceX Crew-5 had a "hair situation" on the orbiting complex, she shared during a livestreamed press conference on March 15. Her crewmates could trail Mann via long hair strands accidentally stuck on International Space Station Velcro to where she was working on science in the orbital lab. Mann hadn't grown up expecting to be in space, let alone deal with such microgravity inconveniences, she shared with Space.com. The U.S. Marine aviator was the first Native American woman to leave Earth; Mann is a member of the Wailacki of the Round Valley Indian Tribes in northern California. But after Mann's decades of hard work (and a little luck) got her to the ISS, she went on to spend hours in space talking about her journey from test pilot to space commander with students (including Native American students) around the world.
Posted on 29 Mar 2023
Social sponges: Gendered brain development comes from society, not biology
After debunking many myths around male and female brains, Gina Rippon’s research interests now include gender gaps in science and why they persist, even in allegedly gender-equal societies. Gina Rippon was a paid-up member of the “male-female brain brigade” earlier in her career as a cognitive neuroscientist, but changed tack, she says, after discovering there was not a lot of sound research behind the well-established belief that male and female brains are biologically different. In the fourth episode of this podcast series Tales from the Synapse, Rippon explores the role of social conditioning to explain why boys and girls might respond differently to pink and blue objects, why girls aged nine describe maths “as a boy thing,” and why the same girls shun games that are aimed at children “who are really, really smart.” Rippon, Professor Emeritus of cognitive neuroimaging at Aston University in Birmingham, UK and author of the 2019 book The Gendered Brain , is also interested in why women continue to be under-represented in science even in countries that purport to be gender-equal. Her forthcoming second book investigates why girls and women on the autism spectrum have historically been overlooked. Viewing the condition through a gendered lens hampers our understanding of it, she argues.
Posted on 29 Mar 2023
Gender Equality at JSI
JSI is a member of the Athena project consortium fort he implementation of gender equality plans in research organisations. This project has received fuding from European Union Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme. The third issue of the Athena project newsletter is now available, which provides information on the events and activities JSI and our project partners have carried out over the past months.
Posted on 09 Mar 2023

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