Women’s Community February blog – Celebrating Black Women and Women in STEM!

Welcome to the Greene Center Women’s Community! This is Amber, and I’m excited to welcome Cordelia Smith (right) as a new Women’s Community facilitator.  Cordelia is also a member of the Engineering and Emerging Tech Career Communities, so you can catch her in both spaces! You can look forward to hearing from both of us monthly, as we work to support all women students. We are also excited to ensure that our coverage of women’s career issues is intersectional, and brings forward the lived experiences for women of color, women with disabilities, women in nontraditional career paths, and international women.

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Inaugural Women and Minorities in Tech Speaker(s) February 15th @7pm

In partnership with Women and Minorities in Computer, the Google Student Developers Club, The Women’s Networking, the Society of Women Engineers, Girls who Code and a long list of other student organizations and departments, we are excited to announce this year’s inaugural Women and Minorities in Tech Speaker(s). We will be joined by Manali Maity (‘19S, Google) and Jennifer Allen (ChemE’97, ’10, @GE Renewable Energy) to talk about being a woman and minority in technology, engineering and science.

This is a brand-new event open to all students, and particularly for women in technology, engineering, business or who identify as international students or women of color.

Ms. Maity has an undergraduate degree in Information Technology from West Bengal University of Technology Kolkata, and an MBA from the Simon School in 2019. Ms. Allen received her undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from the Hajim School in 1997, and her MBA from Simon in 2010. Professor Amy Lerner will moderate a fireside chat for the first 45 minutes, when we will open to questions from the audience. ALL students are welcomed!

RSVP to hold your spot here!

February is both Black History and Women Inventor’s Month, and includes the International Day of Women and Girls in Science on February 11th!

In honor of this, we focus this month’s blog recommendations on how to support, elevate and honor the contributions, history and challenges facing black women in the workplace.

How to Be and Active Ally to Black Women at Work, by Ella F. Washington, Ellavate Solutions, for The Muse.

21 innovative women of color and the game-changing inventions they designed, by Lauren Williams, Revolt.

14 Black Professionals share their advice for your career journey. Handshake Blog.

Advice for the Next Generation of Women in STEM, by Moira Forbes, Forbes.

Upcoming Events

There’s always events specifically for women on our Women’s Community page, including :

Feb 20th – Bureau of Ocean Energy Management: Inspiring Women in STEM panel

Feb 21st-Feb 23rd – 2024 Bank of America Campus to Careers Women’s Forum

Mar 1st – Fisher Investments Presents: Women in Sales

Mar 6th – Empowering women in the workplace – Advocating for yourself and others

Mar 6th – Deloitte’s 2024 International Women’s Day Program 

Let us know what you want to hear about!

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Next month is National Women’s History Month, International Women’s Week, and Equal Pay Day! We will be highlighting pay equity, salary negotiation, and to contribution of women around the world!

By Amber Graham
Amber Graham Director of Data and Operations