Being bold to encourage female developers on International Women’s Day

If you had the power to make a positive change in the world, what would you do? Would you aim for something difficult to achieve, like ending world hunger, or something easier, like volunteering at a nursing home? Given the choice, I'd pick something achievable. I'd help even out the gender gap between male and female...  Continue reading Being bold to encourage female developers on International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day 2017 – #BeBoldForChange

Happy International Women’s Day! As a woman working for one of the few companies with a female CEO, we have plenty to celebrate.  As I learned at the Grace Hopper Conference, overall representation of women in technology has increased to 21.7%, up 1% in the past year.   The Oscar-nominated film, Hidden...  Continue reading International Women’s Day 2017 – #BeBoldForChange

Hidden Figures – At the intersection of race, gender and technology

I’ve been jazzed about this film since the Grace Hopper conference closing keynote which featured Mimi Valdez, the producer of the movie Hidden Figures, and two current “hidden figures” at NASA, Dr. Jeanette Epps, & Christina Deoja. Deoja is an electrical engineer at NASA, and Dr. Epps will become the first Afro-American astronaut to...  Continue reading Hidden Figures – At the intersection of race, gender and technology

Grace Hopper 2016 – Women and the future of technology

On the plane to Houston I overheard two college women behind me: “You’re going to Hopper? Me too!” Over the next two hours they shared stories that became deeper and deeper: how one just landed a job, how exhausted they were from the workload, their family backgrounds and what drove them to pursue computer science. When we...  Continue reading Grace Hopper 2016 – Women and the future of technology
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Yes She Can – Employment skills for young women with autism

Over the past 20 years, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has become increasingly common in the United States. In 1998, 1 in 500 children were diagnosed with ASD, but that rate is now 1 in 68 children diagnosed.   The CDC estimates that 1% of the population has autism, which means approximately 2-3 million Americans are on...  Continue reading Yes She Can – Employment skills for young women with autism
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Changing lives at the Girls Who Code summer camps

A few weeks ago I shared with you IBM’s partnership with Girls Who Code, supporting summer immersion programs in Los Angeles, Silicon Valley Labs, Austin, and New York City. We are a little past the midway point of the Girls Who Code summer program, so I wanted to update you on some of the...  Continue reading Changing lives at the Girls Who Code summer camps