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

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

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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Gainesville recognized for dedication to STEM careers

gainesville recognized for dedication to stem careers

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) – The city of Gainesville is being recognized for the community’s dedication to STEM careers. This is the second year in a row Gainesville has won the top city in Florida in “Insurify’s 2020 top STEM cities awards.”The winners are determined based on the proportion of residents in science, technology, engineering or math-based careers. That information was combined with the best STEM college programs and the best cities for women in tech.Copyright 2020 WCJB. All rights reserved.

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Women in Tech: “Empathy is what makes great products” – JAXenter

women in tech: “empathy is what makes great products” – jaxenter

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A research study by The National Center for Women & Information Technology showed that “gender diversity has specific benefits in technology settings,” which could explain why tech companies have started to invest in initiatives that aim to boost the number of female applicants, recruit them in a more effective way, retain them for longer, and give them the opportunity to advance. But is it enough?
Three years ago, we launched a diversity series aimed at bringing the most inspirational and powerful women in the tech scene to your attention. Today, we’d like you to meet Galit Steinberg, co-founder of Mao-Tou.
Today’s Woman in Tech: Galit Steinberg, co-founder of Mao-Tou
I’m Galit, 31 years old, from Haifa, Israel. I’m the co-founder of Mao-Tou, a tech company that develops gaming overlays to help gamers get better. I studied my MA in education and design at Wizo Haifa Academy of Design and my MA from the Department of Knowledge and Information Management from the University of Haifa.
When did you become interested in technology?
Technology is the key mediator between the visual world that I create on my canvas and the people that actually use it. Learning about new and existing …

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India’s engineers have thrived in Silicon Valley. So has its caste system.

india’s engineers have thrived in silicon valley. so has its caste system.

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Silicon Valley’s diversity issues are well documented: It’s still dominated by White and Asian men, and Black and Latino workers remain underrepresented. But for years, as debates about meritocracy raged on, the tech industry’s reliance on Indian engineers allowed another type of discrimination to fester. And Dalit engineers like Kaila say U.S. employers aren’t equipped to address it.In more than 100 job interviews for contract work over the past 20 years, Kaila said he got only one job offer when another Indian interviewed him in person. When members of the interview panel have been Indian, Kaila says, he has faced personal questions that seem to be used to suss out whether he’s a member of an upper caste, like most of the Indians working in the tech industry.“They don’t bring up caste, but they can easily identify us,” Kaila says, rattling off all of the ways he can be outed as potentially being Dalit, including the fact that he has darker skin.The legacy of discrimination from the Indian caste system is rarely discussed as a factor in Silicon Valley’s persistent diversity problems. Decades of tech industry labor practices, such as recruiting …

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UAlbany holding women in tech panel

ualbany holding women in tech panel

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — As the head of product inclusion at Google, Annie Jean-Baptiste works to help ensure that the company’s products — from photos to search to everything else — are built with everyone in mind, including women, underrepresented minorities, and people of different ages, abilities, geographic locations and economic status. Her new book, “Building For Everyone,” offers advice to other companies on inclusive design practices.
Jean-Baptiste spoke to The Associated Press recently about her work. The questions and answers have been edited for length and clarity.

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‘Now more than ever leadership needs to recognise the value of rest’ – Women in Tech Festival speaker Dr Nerina Ramlakhan

‘now more than ever leadership needs to recognise the value of rest’ – women in tech festival speaker dr nerina ramlakhan

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“I want to go through the head to reach the heart. This is about gaining a competitive advantage.”
So says Dr Nerina Ramlakhan, a physiologist and sleep therapist.

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After a decade spent conducting sleep and wellness programmes at Nightingale Hospital in London, and founding BUPA’s Corporate Wellbeing Solutions, she turned her attention to the world of business.
As a research fellow at Ashbridge Business School, she’s clear that focusing on good sleep practices has a clear return on investment.
“You do have to demonstrate some sort of ROI. I look at how can we measure that people are feeling better as a result of coming to work and resting, or having had this keynote on sleep and starting to look after themselves differently?” She said.
Ramlakhan coaches at Ashridge Business School and is also one of CRN and Computing’s Women in Tech Festival speakers, alongside the likes of techUK President Jacqueline de Rojas and Stemettes CEO Anne-Marie Imafidon.
The event will run virtually from 30 November to 1 December.
Regardless of gender, Ramlakhan will deliver the message that now more than ever, with COVID-19 lockdowns lingering on far longer than many anticipated, encouraging employees to have time to rest has …

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Asia has more women in tech — and it’s better for it

asia has more women in tech — and it’s better for it

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Source: ShutterstockSEA tech sector has a strong start in terms of women’s representation compared with other countries.Given the critical shortage of technology talent—and the clear gains from more balanced workforces and leadership teams—women need to be part of the solution.The first-ever programmer, Ada Lovelace, was a woman, so was the leader of Apollo 11’s coding team. But even despite women playing key roles in the evolution of computing and engineering, the technology industry has struggled with a lack of female representation.Today, however, the tech industry has is starting to transition from a boys’ club to a diverse workforce, and when it comes to Southeast Asia, the region is one of the most progressive. According to a study by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and Singapore’s Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), the number of women in tech in SEA beats the global average. Women account for 32% of the region’s tech sector workforce, compared to 28% on average around the globe.At 42%, it’s Thailand that tops the charts in SEA, followed by Singapore with 41% of women working in tech — the latter despite the city-state having one of the lowest shares of female tech majors …

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We Salute You: General Assembly to Host ‘Veteran Women in Tech’ Breakfast – Hypepotamus

we salute you: general assembly to host ‘veteran women in tech’ breakfast – hypepotamus

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For some veterans, the transition from the military into a civilian workforce can come as a challenge.  More so, breaking into the tech industry can be difficult. But it is, in fact, possible.
Join General Assembly, November 20, for a Women in Tech Breakfast series featuring successful veterans in the tech community.  The panel will share inspiring personal stories of transition, how they prepared for workforce re-entry, hurdles they faced along the way, and how they navigated career success.  Speakers will also share their hard-won insights regarding their specific experience in the tech industry.
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Tiana S. Clark is the Channel Sales Chief of Staff for Microsoft Corporation. Over her 9-year tenure at Microsoft, she’s also been the Marketing and Operations Enterprise Commercial M365 Marketing Director, leading product marketing for the $21B business; Services Sales Enablement Leader, where she built the first-ever Microsoft Sales University supporting $2B in quota; Services Sales Specialist, where she managed a territory of some of the largest and most strategic Enterprise Commercial accounts; and Strategic Account Manager, where she led the way for process improvement and role upskilling.
Known as the “Oprah for Tweens,” Tiana is also the Hollywood-award-winning creator of Soci Circle, a preteen …

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