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IBM Partners with Girls Who Code to Build Women in Tech Pipeline

On Monday, we kicked-off of our summer immersion program with Girls Who Code – an amazing national non-profit organization that seeks to inspire, educate, and equip girls with computing skills for the 21st century!

IBM will host female high-school students in New York City for an intense, 7 week summer immersion program. These students will experience a robust curriculum of daily classroom instruction, workshops, demos, and talks by a team of remarkable female IBM leaders and more. We’re empowering these girls with hands-on training on the latest and greatest IBM Cloud has to offer! That means instruction on Bluemix, our premier PaaS solution, and a host of other Cloud technologies. They’ll receive more than 250 hours of superb training in a variety of computer science disciplines, including:
·   Robotics
·    Graphic design
·    Mobile apps
·    Data structures and algorithms

We’re also providing these girls with career advice, along with help developing their presentation skills, and inspiring their entrepreneurial pursuits. We’ve also lined up some technical experiences through field trips, including, a tour of Astor Place — home to some of our coolest IBM Cloud technologies.

This partnership demonstrates IBM’s commitment to helping close the gender gap for women in technology. Currently, women hold 25% of jobs in technical fields. When deciding a college major, 0.3% of girls choose computer science.

We’re so excited to teach these young women using the latest tech from IBM Cloud — especially Bluemix. Our goal is to enable women around the world across a variety of STEM fields and I can’t think of a greater first step than this partnership with the amazing people of Girls Who Code.

“The gender gap isn’t just a Silicon Valley issue anymore,” said Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of Girls Who Code. “The shortage of women in technical roles, whether it’s retail or entertainment, is a massive crisis both in terms of innovation and socioeconomic equality throughout the United States. Girls Who Code has established a successful track record of empowering girls to pursue majors and careers in computer science, and we’re inspired that so many diverse companies have invested in taking our movement to the next level this year.” IBM hopes that along with Girls Who Code, we can see a reverse in this trend, and a move toward balance in the future.

In 2015, Girls Who Code will host 57 programs reaching close to 1,200 girls in nine cities nationwide throughout the summer, representing a significant increase from the 19 programs serving 375 girls in 2014. We’re proud to join this critical effort to close the gender gap in the computing and technology sector!

Women in Technology Auction! Check it out!

WITI’s Executive Auction is a great opportunity to compete for a meeting with corporate executives that could potentially propel your career skyward. At the same time, you will be contributing to the Women in Technology Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit Foundation which supports WITI’s Hall of Fame.  There is still plenty of time to place your BID on some amazing Executives, such as Gwynne Shotwell, President and COO of Space X, CIO Paul Chapman of the GAP Inc., Esther Dyson, and the list goes on.  Click here to BID NOW.  Bidding Ends Wed, 10 Jun 2015

Unconscious Bias?! What is it and what do you do?

Today we hosted an incredible call about Unconscious Bias.   Everyone has them … based on your history, experiences, and context.   Take this test — it is a real eye opener!

What is UnConscious Bias?

A personal and sometimes unreasoned judgment (Merriam-Webster)

Unconscious biases influence our judgment and decision-making, and because we are not aware of them, can be detrimental in certain circumstances such as what information to prioritize in decision-making, who to hire, promote, and reward, and where to allocate precious resources.

Why do we have these biases?

We work in everyday between the automatic pilot and thoughtful, reflective moments.   Most of us are on that automatic pilot most of the day — driving to work,  the feeling when wearing shoes, breathing, etc  but when we pause and do the slow thinking, we think about the facts and the basis of our decisions.    When you are in System 1 — intuitive — you make assumptions you don’t even know about!

system 1 system 2

Understand the Ladder of Influence:

We have a lot of filters that we need to be aware of.  I love this ladder from Chris on how much data we process automatically.   Alot of our conclusions are based on assumptions, based on a selective set of data.

ladder of influencer

What do you do?  Unconscious Bias:

  • Be willing to examine your own assumptions and experiences.
  • If you feel uncomfortable, say so.
  • Be willing to practice inquiry if you suspect unconscious bias in action: seek to understand.
  • Start from the assumption of good intentions.
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