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  • Blog Post: Feminism. A point of view

    Fighting poverty and trafficking, through education is the mission of at least one non-government organization I am familiar with. This ‘good news’ story is important to tell. We all agree that trafficking is a bad thing and that a workable model, to educate as a way to reduce the vulnerability...
  • Blog Post: Moving Beyond Unconscious Bias - Good People Matter!

    Presented at SQL Saturday Oregon on October 24, 2015 by Julie Koesmarno and Cindy Gross Good People We’re good people. As good people we don’t want to think we do things that have negative consequences for others. But sometimes our subconscious can fool us. What we intend isn’t...
  • Blog Post: Why should diversity matter to Developers?

    David S. Lipien , a Director in Microsoft’s Premier Services, collaborated with Stephen Barnes and Katie Konow to highlight the value of team diversity in application development. They are all part of the Enterprise Services Business, enabling clients to leverage IT for business success in the...
  • Blog Post: 2015 Faculty Summit informs and inspires

    The 2015 Microsoft Research Faculty Summit is over, but I am still recovering my voice from all the great hallway conversations! The summit reminded my fellow Microsoft researchers, our myriad collaborators in academia, and me of what we have already accomplished and the exciting opportunities ahead...
  • Blog Post: Exploring the frontiers of computing

    The sun shone brightly in Redmond yesterday, matching the intensity of 600 experts— each anticipating the sharing and acquisition of computing research knowledge —gathered in the Microsoft Conference Center for day one of the 2015 Microsoft Research Faculty Summit. These days, it is common...
  • Blog Post: Diversity in data science: Microsoft Research’s summer school aims high

    Data science offers the potential to revolutionize areas as disparate as commerce, healthcare, cybersecurity, and politics. To make progress in these areas, we must also make progress in computer science. Specifically, we at Microsoft Research believe that the best solution to a diverse set of problems...
  • Blog Post: Dreaming big at SXSWedu

    I am totally psyched to be here in Austin, Texas, for South by Southwest Education ( SXSWedu ), a spinoff of the world-famous SXSW festivals of music, interactive, and film. I’m excited not only because it’s a chance to hear some great music and eat some unbelievable food. What really has...
  • Blog Post: Celebrating diversity in computing

    Smart managers have long recognized the importance of diversity in the workplace. They know from experience what empirical research has shown: diverse teams outperform those made up of individual “all stars,” particularly when it comes to innovation. The value of diversity is why Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Scholarship aims to increase women in computing

    Women are woefully under-represented in computing fields. I know; you’ve heard me say this before, but the statistics bear repeating: In 2014, women made up less than 20 percent of those graduating with computer and information science degrees, despite the fact that women overall accounted for...
  • Blog Post: Summer Bridge students catch computing fever

    Summer Bridge students and their hosts at Microsoft Experts agree that the next wave of innovation in computing requires diversity in the research and development teams who will create it. I believe that means expanding the pipeline of students entering computing. In particular, we need to get more...
  • Blog Post: Inspiring female hackers in Brazil

    Some people find the push to excel from within themselves—no external motivators necessary. Professor Rosiane de Freitas is one such woman, constantly looking for a challenge, continually pushing herself to the limit. After earning her PhD in systems engineering and computing from the Federal University...
  • Blog Post: Inviting girls to dream big

    On March 8, we celebrated International Women’s Day . Every year on this date, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate their achievements. Women's equality has made positive gains, but plenty of inequality still exists. International Women's Day commemorates...
  • Blog Post: Women in leadership - time to take destiny into our own hands

    As published in the Australian Financial Review on 04 March 2014 Let’s face it – we all know that there aren’t nearly enough women in leadership positions in corporate Australia, despite a wealth of evidence that shows it makes good business sense. Unfortunately the change of...
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