Why Don't Women Network More?

October 3, 2006
Women on Bridge

Whether you are a man or a woman, networking is hard. Who enjoys walking into a room full of strangers? What does one possibly talk about to someone who seems just as absorbed with the vegetable platter? If you are a woman, why does it seem easier to approach another woman than a man?

Raised by an overly protective father meant that I was not allowed to speak until spoken to, and certainly, my sisters and I were never allowed to speak to strangers. Now as a sole proprietor and executive recruiter, my livelihood depends on cold calling prospective candidates and clients.

Improving the Image of IT

September 26, 2006
Job Ad

The computing community has an image problem. This is not news to long-time readers of this blog - or indeed, anyone who has followed coverage of IT-related stories in the popular press.

The Supply and Demand of Diversity

September 19, 2006
Dr. Michael Lomax

I was excited to share the stage at the Google Faculty Summit with Lucy Sanders and her CS colleagues — and flattered to be a former literature professor in a sea of engineers and scientists.

Bring IT On!

September 12, 2006
Just Be Individuals

Members of the Women in Computing group at Indiana University (WIC@IU) created a unique and interactive K-12 outreach program in 2004 that was inspired by Carnegie Mellon's Women@SCS Roadshow.

Creating the Next Generation of Creators

September 5, 2006
Kate Starbird

Recently I met with the director of youth activities at a local community center in Seattle. We were sitting together in the center's new computer facility, home to twelve work-stations, discussing ideas for a future program to teach computing skills to high-risk girls. I had been working at the center for one afternoon a week since the beginning of the summer, holding basketball clinics for the girls.

Competition: Do Women Have What it Takes?

August 23, 2006

BusinessWeek has a special report this week on What Makes a Winner." My favorite feature of this report is the How Competitive Are You? poll. BusinessWeek surveyed 2,500 middle managers and executives at U.S.

The Microsoft Faculty Summit

August 10, 2006
Faculty Summit Speakers

A few weeks ago I had the honor of attending the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit in Redmond, Washington. Microsoft's Faculty Summit is an important annual gathering, and normally Bill Gates opens the event. This year, however, Microsoft decided that a plenary panel should kick things off.

Getting Scientists and Congress to Mingle

August 1, 2006
Peter Harsha

One of the most effective "tools" of the science advocacy community, in making the case for federal support of science, is…well, scientists. Occasions in which researchers are able to sit down with Members of Congress and discuss their own work do more to advance the cause of science than five meetings with staff like me.

There are a couple of reasons for this.

GNOME's Outreach to Women

July 24, 2006
Ginger Makela

Slashdot recently had an interesting thread about GNOME's decision to launch a Women's Summer Outreach Program after they received 181 applications for Google's Summer of Code program, but none from women.

IT in Iceland

July 17, 2006
Laptop image

My family just finished a great vacation in Iceland. I can describe this wonderful country in a nutshell: it's truly unspoiled, has considerably more sheep than people, and possesses all types of terrain. But I'm not really intending to write about Iceland; instead, I want to tell you how this trip impressed upon me the power of information technology in our lives.