Encourage. Energize. Empower.


There is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women.  – Kofi Annan


In the above quote, Secretary Annan was referring to women in developing nations.  However, it’s just as apt a description of women in technology. 
Encourage. Energize. Empower.  Those are pretty tall orders. The YOU is implied. How about we imply instead that it’s WE? As working women with a voice,  WE need to support each other. WE need to encourage each other to try harder, to reach farther and to stand taller. WE need to energize each other when we’re tired, when we stumble and when we need to rest. 
Where should you start? How about right here?  Here is a great place to start. 
We’ll do it together.

He's Assertive, She's Aggressive: Recognizing patterns of unconscious bias in the workplace

Thu, Sep 21 2017 12:00 Eastern Daylight Time

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He's Assertive, She's Aggressive: Recognizing patterns of unconscious bias in the workplace

Social science has shown that people tend classify one another by gender, race, or other physical characteristics and instinctively react based on stereotypes and cultural norms. These automatic prejudices (often called unconscious bias) contribute to the disproportionate success of white men in STEM when compared to equally qualified women or minorities. The difference between unconscious bias and intentional discrimination is that the people that participate in it are often motivated to end these behaviors when they're brought to their attention. This discussion will cover some common patterns of unconscious bias that occur in the workplace and offer real, concrete actions to intervene as an employee, a manager, or an organization.


Andrea Mascher

Andrea Mascher is a Senior Database Administrator at The University of Iowa (UI). In addition to her experience in the education sector, Andrea previously supported systems in the biotechnology and healthcare fields. Andrea is an advocate for increased gender diversity in STEM and co-founded the UI Women In Technology users group to promote a climate of inclusivity and professional growth for women in technical fields at UI. Andrea also serves as a member of the UI Council on the Status of Women and the Iowa Tech Chicks' Girls Tech Career Day planning committee. Andrea's undergraduate and graduate coursework at UI was in Computer Science, with a focus on Electronic Voting Systems and Technology Law and Policy.

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