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hiring for gender diversity
on the 1st of September 2012, I set myself the goal of hiring 50 of the best female engineers in Asia during the following year. The context is a chronic low ratio in the individual contributor and management population of my teams combined with a rapid rate of growth that allows for these positions...
6 Sep 2012
NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing 2012
One of the ways that one can help young women with an interest in computing and related fields is to provide recognition for the world they have already been doing. One of the great programs in this regard is the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing . Along with the NCWIT awards listed below, a number...
24 Aug 2012
Quantity Is Not Enough
There is often a focus on quantity in our society. Let’s get more apps! Lets get more students taking the AP course! Lets get more [you name it]? Unfortunately this focus on quantity sometimes means that quality takes a back seat. I mean really how many fart apps do you need for your smart phone...
23 Aug 2012
How do they know they are interested?
Or more importantly how do students know that they are NOT interested in computer science? As I mentioned recently I had a conversation with Mike Zamansky from New York’s Stuyvesant High School about his program there. One of the key pieces of that program is a required computer science course for sophomores...
31 May 2012
Summit Promotes Women in Computing
Microsoft Research Connections
For the past three days I’ve been at the NCWIT (National Center for Women & Information Technology) 2012 Summit on Women and IT , and what a three days it’s been! The annual NCWIT Summit is a celebration of girls and women in technology, but above all, it’s an opportunity for leaders...
25 May 2012
Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring
Received this from the CSTA Mailing list yesterday and thought it worth sharing. Do you know someone who is doing an outstanding job of mentoring or a mentoring program that is doing a great job with bringing underrepresented minorities into STEM fields? If so you may want to nominate them for the Presidential...
11 May 2012
Recognizing Teachers Who Recruit Women and Girls into STEM
The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology has opened nominations for the A. Richard Newton Educator Award to recognize educators who engage in new, innovative and successful practices and programs to attract more women and girls into STEM fields. I really believe that finding, highlighting...
12 Apr 2012
Inspiring Computer Science Students in Our Backyard
Microsoft Research Connections
As Microsoft’s “point person” for increasing women’s participation in computing, I am passionate about attracting talented young women to careers in computer science. Perhaps you’ve seen these statistics, which underscore the need: The percentage of computer science...
5 Apr 2012
Women In Computer Science–What Happened?
Years ago, when I was a student at Taylor University (in what is now the Taylor Computer Science and Engineering department) there were more women in computer science than there are today. The women did as well as the men under what I would call some challenges. Specifically they had a curfew ...
5 Apr 2012
DigiGirlz Cambridge MA
Last Friday Microsoft NERD ( New England Research and Development Center ) was pleased to host DigiGirlz Day for close to 300 high school girls from around Massachusetts and New Hampshire. About DigiGirlz Day During the event, students interact with Microsoft employees and managers to gain exposure to...
3 Apr 2012
Who Is In Charge
I have to confess that I have not been doing a great job of keeping up with my blog reading lately. I’ve been reading more books for pleasure lately. That’s been great in some respects but in others I feel like I am missing things. One post I almost missed was this one by Scott McLeod called Economically...
25 Mar 2012
Mini-Grants for Collaborative Projects to Include Disabled Youth in CS
Passing along this announcement from the CSTA Blast announcement list. Computer science has a lot of opportunity to help differently abled people but to maximize the value need to think about including them in the process. In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the Computer Science...
25 Oct 2011
New Hampshire TechFest 2011
Last Saturday I spend the day at Windham High School in Windham New Hampshire for the second annual NH TechFest . TechFest is a project created by parents and others interested in making sure that students are exposed to information about STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) careers in an interesting...
18 Oct 2011
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