March 8 is International Women’s Day

February 26, 2015

March 8 is just around the corner, and it happens to be International Women’s Day (IWD). IWD takes place each year on March 8 during Women’s History Month, marking a time to celebrate women’s achievements, call for change, and advocate for equality. All month long, NCWIT will highlight past and present women in technology. We hope you’ll be inspired to participate along with us!

Did You Know? NCWIT Member Activity and Change Tracker (ACT)

February 10, 2015

Did you know that collaborating with other NCWIT Alliance Members and sharing your efforts for broadening participation in computing is just one click away? Using the Member Activity and Change Tracker (ACT), members can post activities related to recruitment, retention, mentoring practices, outreach programs, and more. ACT can motivate you to set goals and to help you learn about or try new activities.

Going Public: SendGrid and the Diversity Data Movement

November 24, 2014

Disclaimer: SendGrid is an NCWIT member and Pacesetter. All our members are taking inspirational and noteworthy steps to increasing diversity in the tech workforce. This is just one example.

Open Letter to Bryan Stockton, Mattel, Inc. Chairman of the Board and CEO

November 20, 2014

Dear Mr. Stockton:

We thank you for Mattel’s apology for the stereotypical messaging in the book “Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer.” We ask that you remove this troubling book from the nation’s bookstores (virtual and real) and take further steps to avoid this type of misstep in the future.

CSEdWeek: Encouragement and Inclusion, Mentoring in IT Careers, Hiring the Best, Engage Girls in IT, Outreach and Engagement

November 19, 2014

CSEdWeek takes place December 8-14, 2014 to coincide with Admiral Grace Hopper's birthday, a visionary computer scientist born on December 9, 1906. CSEdWeek was first recognized in 2010 when the 111th Congress passed House Resolution 1560. This weeklong celebration raises awareness about the impact of computing on innovation and economic growth, as well as the need to bolster computer science education at all levels.

A Small Survey at GHC: What Companies are Doing to Enable the Success of Women in Their Workforce

November 19, 2014

I attended the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC) for the first time in 2014. I came on behalf of my employer, Rackspace, as part of a large team hoping to recruit talented women from our booth at the Exhibition Hall. As a software development team lead, and leader of the San Francisco office’s summer internship program, I’ve been to many university career fairs. None prepared me for the incredible size of GHC’s Exhibition Hall, which was packed for the full 3 days it was open.

Unconscious Bias, When Women Stopped Coding, Support System for Minority Women, Going Beyond the Numbers, STEM Paradoxes

November 5, 2014

Unconscious Bias

A recent article from Fast Company written by Howard Ross covered the topic of Unconscious Bias. Ross wrote, “How can we hire, retain, and develop the best people and make the best decisions in running our organizations if we are not even aware of the forces that dominate the choices we make?” Ross acknowledged that while it may be impossible to completely eliminate bias, “there are things that we can do to mitigate the impact of biases on our organizational decision-making.”