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

[caption id="attachment_7213" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Hidden Figures – At the intersection of race, gender and technology and three Academy Award nominations![/caption] 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, &...  Continue reading Hidden Figures – At the intersection of race, gender and technology
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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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Summer time is a hit at IBM Technology Camp for Girls

[caption id="attachment_5455" align="alignright" width="338"] IBMer Ashley L with her IBM Technology camper[/caption] Summer, the time of year every child looks forward to so they can get out and play. The summer of 2003 is the summer that I will forever remember. My mom told me "Ashley, you are going to IBM Technology Camp." I thought...  Continue reading Summer time is a hit at IBM Technology Camp for Girls
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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