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How To Tell If Your Workplace Is Toxic

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How To Tell If Your Workplace Is Toxic

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When Susan Fowler a former engineer at Uber posted a blog in 2018 detailing her experiences of sexual harassment at the company it lit a firestorm of employee accusations of inappropriate behavior. This eventually led to an external investigation, which revealed a toxic company culture and resulted in the 2018 departure of Uber Founder and CEO Travis Kalanick.
Sadly, Uber is not an isolated story. Women Who Tech released the State of Women In Tech report this month, which details findings from a survey of 1,003  employees, founders, and investors in the technology industry. The research finds that nearly 50% of women founders and women working in technology have experienced harassment. In terms of the type of harassment, 65% of women founders said they were propositioned for sex and 59% of women experienced unwanted physical contact. Women leave the technology industry because of unsafe workplace practices and toxic cultures created by poor leaders. These workplaces offer almost no opportunities for advancement and create hostile working conditions for the few women who do make it to leadership positions.
Frances Frei, Professor of Technology and Operations Management at Harvard Business school, and workplace culture expert was instrumental …

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Women-founded tech startups see funding drop 24% in H1 2020 – Times of India

women-founded tech startups see funding drop 24% in h1 2020 – times of india

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BENGALURU: Amid Covid-19, funding for women-founded and co-founded startups in India fell 24 per cent to $280 million in the first half of this year, compared to $369 million in the same period last year, said a new report on Thursday. In H1 2020, funding declined across all three stages — early, growth, and late — compared to H1 2019, said the report by MAKERS India, a strategic partnership between Verizon Media and YourStory Media. Many women-led startups scaled down their operations or pivoted their business models to stay afloat amid the pandemic, said the report titled “State of Women in Tech Entrepreneurship in India 2020”. Women behind some apparel startups branched out to manufacturing protective face masks and PPE kits. However, despite Covid-19, startups with at least one woman founder were able to secure 71 funding deals in H1 2020, at par with H1 2019 (70 deals) and H1 2018 (70 deals). The report is based on in-depth interviews with 100 women tech entrepreneurs across sectors and cities in India, independent research and analysis of data for the period between January 2018 and June 2020. The research showed that there has been a phenomenal “11X increase” in the number of women entrepreneurs in tech in the last decade (2010- 2020). Female-founded and co-founded tech startups …

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There are more black female entrepreneurs than ever – so why do they struggle to get funding?

there are more black female entrepreneurs than ever – so why do they struggle to get funding?

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When it comes to securing finance for tech startups, black women often face the double whammy of racism and sexism – but the success of those who go it alone shows that investors are missing out

Women of colour are amongst the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs in the US.
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Imagine setting up as an importer of frozen yams – would you get a startup loan? Banks may doubt the enterprise, but they’d be wrong, for the UK is one of the world’s greatest importers of frozen yams – and anyone from the black diaspora would know that this idea would be a goer, says Marian Arafiena, who along with her sister has founded a crowdfunding platform for black-owned businesses.
They launched Rise FundNGO to give space and visibility to black-owned businesses, including yam importers, suppliers of black beauty products, and more, which otherwise might not see the light of day. “The mainstream won’t know we’re there if our voices are not in the room,” says Arafiena’s sister Anita Egbune.

After the Black Lives Matter protests of the summer, both sisters were driven to …

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Innovative Utah women honored for use of technology to mitigate COVID-19 impact

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LEHI — In a year dominated by the negative impacts of the pandemic, a group of exceptional Utah women are being honored for their ingenuity in helping to propel growth by driving innovation in various sectors of the state’s economy.
The Women Tech Council — a Utah-based organization that works to amplify the impact of women in the technology sector — issued its annual Women Tech Awards Wednesday recognizing the innovations of women statewide who have had a profound effect on their industries in the fight to mitigate COVID-19.
When the coronavirus outbreak struck earlier this year, it had a major impact on the lives of practically everyone in the state, especially school-age children, as well as the teachers and staff charged with educating them. Some school districts struggled to figure out a workable plan for continuing their curriculum programming, but one of the smaller Wasatch Front districts was among the first to transition to a workable virtual model.
“I knew that technology could open up the gateway and open up the doors to better impact students’ learning and to impact equity and open up different avenues for some of the underrepresented populations in our students,” said Melissa Hamilton, director of Elementary …

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Chile Connected by ProChile U.S.: Go Online With Chile’s Tech Leaders

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MIAMI, Oct. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Chile has established its reputation as an excellent commercial partner and a world-class supplier of fruits, vegetables, wine, and salmon for competitive markets like the United States. Having consolidated these industries, Chile is now demonstrating its ability to produce in other essential areas within the world market, such as creative and innovative sectors like technology, video games, music, and cinema & TV. 

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Chile is the country with the most entrepreneurs in the OECD and is the Latin American leader in the World Competitiveness Rankings and Cisco’s Digital Readiness Index. The country’s prominence is due, in part, to organizations, such as ProChile, that help to position Chile as a reliable supplier of high-quality exportable goods and services by encouraging and supporting innovation and international partnerships.

Chile Connected, a ProChile initiative, is a virtual business meeting that seeks to consolidate the U.S. as a destination market for innovative and high value-added Chilean products and services, such as creative industries, technology, healthy food, and women-led businesses.
The country’s Fintech, Agrotech, Edutech, and Healthtech companies have ample opportunities to grow in markets such as the United States, which demand greater added value, innovation, technology, and highly …

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ELLKAY Launches Women In HIT Initiative To Recognize Innovative Women Leaders In Healthcare IT

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ELMWOOD PARK, N.J., Oct. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — ELLKAY, LLC, a leader in healthcare connectivity for over 18 years, is introducing an initiative to recognize women leaders who are making an impact in the healthcare IT industry. As a HIT company that is comprised of more than 50% women, the leadership of ELLKAY want to inspire women to join the industry by highlighting the experience and work that drives the female HIT leaders of today.
“There is still a disparity in the presence of women in our industry,” said Shreya Patel, ELLKAY’s Chief Innovation and Product Officer. “If we can share our stories and our passion for innovation in HIT, perhaps this will help inspire other women to take the leap into the tech sector. At ELLKAY, our experience has been that innovation in the industry benefits from having a diverse and balanced workforce.”
According to the Atlantic, while 57 percent of occupations in the workforce are held by women, in the tech industry there is a less than 25 percent presence of women in associated occupations. ELLKAY hopes to join in the efforts in exposing women to careers in technology, specifically healthcare IT, by telling the stories of women who are leading in the …

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Mastercard SVP: ‘You can’t sit back and wait for diversity to happen’

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Mastercard’s Olivia Leonard reflects on her career in tech and how we can bring more women into this field.
As Mastercard’s senior vice-president of enterprise architecture, Olivia Leonard leads a global engineering team and is tasked with “internalising” new technologies to help the company scale and innovate. And her experience of overseeing technology professionals has given her plenty of insight into what makes for a talented team as well as the gaps that need filling.

An obvious one is the lack of women in technology and engineering. CSO statistics from 2017 show the proportion of men and women studying natural sciences, maths and statistics at third level is relatively equal (7.4pc of women versus 8.5pc of men).
But when it comes to information and communication technologies, the gap is much wider (2.5pc of women versus 10.4pc of men). For engineering, manufacturing and construction, it widens to 3.6pc of women versus 17.8pc of men.
“I think there is a message in that data,” Leonard says. “Female students who are studying STEM subjects are far more likely to explore the natural sciences than technology and engineering.
“Therefore, women are underrepresented in the technology sector, which is seeing sustained and projected growth …

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New Mastermind Group for Women in IT Management Is Formed by IT Executive Coach Mary Patry

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PHOENIX, Oct. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Women managers in IT who want to break through the glass ceiling can find camaraderie and insight when they join a new mastermind group created by IT Executive Advisor Mary Patry, president of ITeffectivity, LLC, based in Gilbert, AZ.

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“Women have a hard time advocating for themselves for funding their leadership development,” said Patry, who has more than 40 years of hands-on IT leadership experience as a CIO and IT Executive. “My aim is to help women understand they have the power to advocate for themselves. They need to move away from time-worn excuses that disempower themselves and their organizations.”

The IT Women’s Mastermind Group © is designed for female mid-career IT leaders from diverse firms and focuses on empowering women.
“Despite progress in employment gender equality, men continue to substantially outnumber women in terms of employment and leadership in IT and the tech industry. Women empowering women is key to the change needed to affect a different outcome,” said Patry, a CIO advisor, who has consulted with companies like, Emergent Biosolutions, Make-a-Wish and IAEA.  The IT Women Mastermind Group is a six-month program in which like-minded women build community while …

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