Every organization, whether for- or non-profit, lives for the success story: the testimonial from a happy client or customer served that tells you in first-hand terms how effective and influential your organization has been. In rare cases, you might hear that you've been integral in helping a person make significant and positive changes; in even rarer cases, you cause a person to shed tears of joy.
The 2009 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women and Computing last month in Tucson, Arizona, was a great place to get the real pulse of women in computing, and to meet other women involved in computer science. The theme of the 2009 celebration was "creating technology for social good," and NCWIT hosted a panel on the student track titled, "Have You Considered Becoming an Entrepreneur?"
Join Clean Energy Action's November "Global Warming Solutions" speaker series. Kathryn Miles, Chief Technology Officer for EEtex, Inc., will discuss vehicle contributions to our carbon footprint and new technologies to reduce global warming gases. Engage in discussions of solutions involving integrating vehicles with the grid, electrical energy storage, and transportation emissions reductions. Hear reflections on being a woman in technology and suggestions to women entering the engineering field.
The David & Lucille Packard Foundation just announced the winners of its 2009 Fellowship for Science and Engineering. Since we 're naturally inclined to look at things with a gendered lens, we were curious about the nature of this list and did a little poking around.
Are you a computing educator or industry professional who wants to recruit and retain women and underrepresented minorities in your organization? Do you have questions about what's the right way to do it? Would you like to discuss your plans and programs one-on-one with an expert social scientist?
As program manager for the NCWIT Entrepreneurial Alliance, I get to contact many successful and accomplished women in the tech environment. I love it: it's highly inspiring. It's inspiring to hear their stories, learn about their challenges, see how they choose to overcome them, and know that, as time goes by, more women find themselves a part of this success.