Don’t Call Me Crazy

Stunned, shamed, then deeply saddened. That is how I felt when a community college advisor courageously challenged my word choice in front of 250 of her colleagues. It was a beautiful sunny day in southern California, likely no different than most days in that prime weather region of the country. I was leading a half day workshop for 250 of Ventura County’s community college advisors…

Justin & Claire Walters

Infinite Potential

Guest Post by Justin Walters: A few days ago on a lazy Sunday, I sat down at our kitchen table with my eight-year-old daughter, Claire, to eat a snack. We engaged in our usual chit-chat as I tried my best to appreciate this little bit of time we had alone together, time that seems to grow ever more scarce as she grows older. Suddenly, out of the blue, she asked me a strange question.

Let’s reboot, Code Babes

The digital learning environment is ripe for new approaches to learning. Education must change, and we need people to challenge the status quo. At a time when we need more computer scientists, technologists, and engineers, fresh approaches to learning and innovative ways of motivating students is a key imperative of our time. Code Babes is a team of five women programmers and entrepreneurs. How refreshing…

Technovation: Globally Empowering Young Women to be Entrepreneurs

Do you care about increasing the participation of women in STEM? Check out this great program now it it’s 5th year. Technovation is the global technology entrepreneurship program for girls, with over 1,300 alumnae from 19 countries. Middle school, high school, and university students research, design, build, and launch a mobile app prototype through a 50-hour curriculum over 3 months, with guidance from dedicated teachers…

Tales from the gym: *Training* with an Astronaut in DC

I am in DC this week for the 2013 Gender Summit, and yesterday’s keynote speaker was Julie Payette, a Canadian engineer and former NASA astronaut. Women are severely underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines, and therefore there is a dearth of female role models like Julie. To be an astronaut is sort of a pinnacle of achievement for me in that it…

What is Social Capital?

When we think of capital, we typically think immediately about money. Entrepreneurs seek Venture Capitalists to provide money to get their product or idea off the starting blocks and into the races.  The valued resource in this example is purely financial, or economic, and this is just one dimension of what “capital” really means. For example, economic capital provides a position of class, and individual…

Do you work in the cafeteria? No, I am an engineer. *ROLE MODELS NEEDED!

“Excuse me, ma’am, do you work in the cafeteria?” inquired a curious pre-teen female of me after watching an interactive skit during Take Your Kids to Work Day at Texas Instruments in 2008. I had one of the lead roles in a skit demonstrating how the technology of the digital micromirror device works while I was an engineer for DLP at TI.  Many of the…