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Stanford Women in Technology

April 27, 2021 - 9:30am to 11:00am
Virtual (Zoom details in registration)

Despite gains for women in leadership, the “broken rung” is still a major barrier. Women continue to lose ground at the first step up to manager. Today, just 28% of leadership positions in IT are held by women. Black and Hispanic women fare even worse, holding only 3% of IT leadership positions.Join us at WIT Connect on April 27 from 9:30-11 a.m., where we’ll dive into this topic through the lens of what the institution should do, rather than the individual. We'll seek to answer the question, "what are specific and action-oriented approaches that we should take at an institutional level to foster a culture that retains and promotes more women in IT/technology?" The meeting will feature guest speaker Dr. Hannah Valantine, professor of cardiovascular medicine at Stanford Medicine. Dr. Valantine’s previous role before coming to Stanford was at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where she served as the inaugural chief officer for scientific workforce diversity. Under her leadership, there was a significant increase in the representation of women in NIH leadership positions. Dr. Valantine will share the approaches she implemented at NIH and how we might apply similar approaches within the IT Community at Stanford.“In the past, most diversity programs have focused on the individual - offering training and professional development as ways of combating implicit bias, or deeply embedded unconscious prejudices and stereotypes. At the NIH, I looked at what the institution in itself can do. How it can change. It’s absolutely vital to implement both the individual and institutional approaches.” - Dr. Hannah Valantine

Event Sponsor: 
CIO Council, University IT, IDEAL IT
Contact Email: 
blcripe@stanford.edu