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Male Advocates and Allies: Promoting Gender Diversity in Technology Workplaces

This report, sponsored by NCWIT's Workforce Alliance, provides an inside look into how men think about and advocate for diversity in the technical workplace. Drawing from interviews with 47 men in technical companies and departments, this study: 1) Identifies the factors that motivate or hinder men in advocating for gender diversity, 2) explores what diversity efforts men have experienced as successful or unsuccessful, and 3) identifies specific strategies to increase men's participation in advocacy.

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Who Invents IT? Women’s Participation in Information Technology Patenting, 2012 Update

The original 2007 report, Who Invents IT? An Analysis of Women’s Participation in Information Technology Patenting, examined the rates at which women have been patenting in information technology (IT), how these rates have evolved between 1980-2005, and how these rates differ across IT industry sub-categories and across specific organizations. This edition updates the previous report, exploring these trends from 2006-2010.

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Resources for Increasing Participation and Transparency in Patenting

Patenting processes are often unclear, making it difficult for employees to know when an idea, process, or product should be patented or how they might go about doing so. These difficulties are exacerbated for women and other underrepresented patent filers who often lack access to informal networks that typically help people navigate this labyrinth.

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Interrupting Bias in Industry Settings

Use this resource to help you practice ways to interrupt bias in real-life situations.

Use the orange button to download a printable copy of this resource and facilitation guide.

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Interrupting Bias in Academic Settings

Use this resource to help you practice ways to interrupt bias in real-life situations.

Use the orange button to download a printable copy of this resource and facilitation guide.

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Collaborating to Grow the Pathway of Native Americans in STEM: White Paper

Intel, in partnership with NCWIT, hosted Growing the Legacy of Native American Leadership in Science and Technology: A Thought Leadership Event. Key leaders in academia, government, tribal nations, non-profit organizations, and the tech industry convened to discuss the state of technology in Native American communities, identify gaps, and create actionable steps for increasing Native American student participation and retention in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education.

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Black Women and Girls in Computing Roundtable: Executive Brief

In August 2016, representatives from more than 40 non-profit, industry, media, education, and policy organizations gathered for a Black Women and Girls in Computing Roundtable, hosted by NCWIT and Google, to discuss influence, intersectionality, and media messaging. Participants reported increased awareness about the importance of encouraging and supporting black women and girls through tangible resources and actions.

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Male Allies and Advocates:* Helping Create Inclusive & Highly Productive Technology Workplaces

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Entrepreneurial Alliance (EA) Startup Toolkit

The Entrepreneurial Alliance (EA) Startup Toolkit is a collection of resources and recommendations to help small and growing companies with technical talent, learn how to create inclusive cultures, recruit and retain diverse employees, build diverse teams, and ensure that all employees are given opportunities to showcase their skills and are recognized for their technical contributions. Learn from NCWIT resources.

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NCWIT Tips: 9 Tips for Having Conversations About Flexible Work Options: for Employees

These tips can help employees have effective conversations about flexible work options with their managers.

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NCWIT Tips: 13 Tips for Having Conversations About Flexible Work Options: For Managers

The first step toward an effective flexible workplace is for managers to create an environment where employees feel they can discuss available work-life options without being stigmatized. These tips can help managers create such an environment, followed by additional tips for actually having these conversations with employees.

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Denver Start-Up Week

Monday, September 12, 2016 (All day) to Friday, September 16, 2016 (All day)

Denver Startup Week is a week of events showcasing Denver’s entrepreneur community in tech, design, business, and manufacturing.

  • Monday September, 12 4:00pm — 5:30pm: A Bigger Tent: Women in Colorado's Tech Scene Join Denver Post Business Editor Dana Coffield as she moderates a panel, including NCWIT's Terry Morreale, on the challenges and opportunities facing women in Colorado's burgeoning technology sector.  Like many tech markets, Colorado struggles to both fill tech positions as well as provide opportunities to traditionally underserved markets, including women. This panel will discuss ideas to make tech careers more available and appealing to women and other underserved populations. Each member of the panel has specific experience -- as well as passion -- in addressing this problem and bringing new solutions and ideas to the market.

  • Tuesday September, 13 9:00am - 10:00am: Startups & Diversity: The Challenges and Opportunities (Featuring EA Member Techstars) Diversity matters to startups, yet women and minority entrepreneurs are underrepresented in the ecosystem. This conversation will focus on the challenges women and minorities face as startup founders and employees, the strengths of a diverse workforce, and how startups can address unconscious biases and build diverse teams. It also will highlight Colorado-based nonprofit organizations available to assist undeserved entrepreneurs. In addition, “The State of Tech Startups: Diversity & Inclusion” report will be unveiled. This independent survey, commissioned by Techstars in collaboration with Chase, identifies why diversity is important to startups and describes specific actions startup founders can take to create an inclusive work environment.

Black Hat 2016

Saturday, July 30, 2016 (All day) to Thursday, August 4, 2016 (All day)

Black Hat is the most technical and relevant global information security event series in the world. For more than 18 years, Black Hat has provided attendees with the very latest in information security research, development, and trends in a strictly vendor-neutral environment. These high-profile global events and Trainings are driven by the needs of the security community, striving to bring together the best minds in the industry. Black Hat inspires professionals at all career levels, encouraging growth and collaboration among academia, world-class researchers, and leaders in the public and private sectors.

  • August 3 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM | REEF C "Building World Class Teams"  Creativity and innovation, two fundamental building blocks of success, are heightened by diverse teams. But building diverse cybersecurity teams in a market where demand is outstripping supply is increasingly challenging. Terry Morreale and Aaron Vimont of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) and Joyce Brocaglia, CEO of Alta Associates and founder of the Executive Women’s Forum on Information Security, Risk Management & Privacy, will present research-backed evidence about labor statistics, new staffing strategies and how to recognize and address unconscious biases.
  • August 4, 2016 | 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM | Level 3, Banyan ABCD "Removing Roadblocks to Diversity" Instead of attracting diverse, qualified candidates, many cybersecurity positions and programs may actually inadvertently be precluding women and minorities. The needle just hasn’t moved on the dramatic underrepresentation of women and minorities in the security industry, even as the security talent gap crisis deepens. NCWIT's Terry Morreale will be hosting a discussion table immediatley following this panel.
  • NCWIT will also be hosting a booth on Wednesday and Thursday #3 Blackhat Boulevard. Be sure to stop by and chat!
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10 Actionable Ways to Actually Increase Diversity in Tech

Tech's diversity problem is not new information, especially to those of us who work in the industry. There is a trend taking hold in tech companies over the past few years: publishing diversity stats. While taking a hard look in the mirror is an important step in addressing diversity issues, taking additional steps to implement meaningful change efforts is also important. But what steps are most effective?

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Top 10 Ways to Identify and Cultivate a Relationship with Potential Sponsors

Research shows that having a sponsor increases both career satisfaction and retention; sponsorship is especially important for employees when they are a minority in a majority-group environment. Use these recommendations to identify and build relationships with potential sponsors.

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Evaluation Tools

Find a variety of surveys, observation forms, self-evaluation worksheets, and more that you can use “as is” or adapt for your own evaluation purposes. There are instruments that can be used to help you evaluate K-12, workplace, and post-secondary interventions.

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By the Numbers

By the Numbers

NCWIT's Women in IT: By the Numbers presents the most compelling statistics on women's participation in IT on a single page.

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