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.
I want to thank all the people that presented and attended the recent NCWIT/BPC K-12 Outreach Workshop in Washington, D.C. this month. From what I hear and what I saw, it was a smashing success. BPC and NCWIT are working hard to get good programs to "where the students are," and I hope this workshop helped us all take a step in that direction.
I just attended the May Meetings of the National Center for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT). NCWIT is now five years old. The organization has two main goals: to increase the number of girls and women in computing and to make diversity in computing matter to individuals, organizations, and society.