DeLisa Alexander: Invoking empathy and policy for effective diversity and inclusion advocacy

Conversation from the Finding Ada Conference 2020.
Synopsis
Invoking empathy and policy for effective diversity and inclusion advocacy

The work of changing hearts and minds should begin with creating the empathetic moment. In this presentation, Red Hat’s Chief People Officer DeLisa Alexander will discuss how the organisation has advocated for greater diversity and inclusion by strategically invoking empathy to create a willingness to behave differently. Alexander will also address policy changes and stakeholders creating often-helpful pressure on organisations to get diversity and inclusion right, and how savvy diversity and inclusion practitioners can leverage these trends to deliver change for their organisations.
About DeLisa
DeLisa Alexander is executive vice president and chief people officer at Red Hat, leading the team responsible for global human resources including Red Hat University. Its mission is to be a strategic partner in acquiring, developing, and retaining t...

 

 

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Mitigating the Impacts of COVID-19

Panel discussion from the Finding Ada Conference 2020.
Synopsis
How are women’s jobs and careers being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic? In academia, fewer women are submitting grant proposals and scientific papers, and in industry women’s jobs have been hit hard and mother especially are having to do more domestic work, so what is the long-term damage that’s being done? And how do we mitigate it?

Featuring:

Tara Scott, professional head of track at Network Rail
Joeli Brearley, founder of Pregnant Then Screwed
Dr Nisreen Alwan, associate professor in public health at the University of Southampton
Mariam Crichton, Managing Director at 4 Earth Intelligence

About our speakers
Tara Scott
Tara Scott is currently the Route Infrastructure Engineer for the East Midlands Route. During her 15 years with Network Rail she has worked through frontline roles including Track Section Manager (Milton Keynes) and Track Maintenance Engineer (Euston) as well as central enginee...

 

 

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Dr Florence Bascom: Sounding the abyss of science

Originally published in the ebook A Passion for Science: Stories of Discovery and Invention.

by Jessica Ball

Florence Bascom would have been a remarkable woman in any age, but in her own time she was an outstanding proponent of science and women’s place in it. The field of geology was in its infancy in the 19th century, and Dr Bascom was a pioneer, not only in that she was a woman demanding a position among men, but also in her mastery of the foundational skills of petrography and crystallography, and her uncompromising standards for the geologists she trained and who succeeded her. As a woman pursuing geology for my own career, I find much in Florence Bascom to admire, and look on her as a kindred spirit in my own love of studying the Earth.

Bascom was born in 1862 and had a great advantage in her family: her parents had both studied at seminaries. Her mother, a schoolteacher, was active in women’s clubs and the newly growing feminist movement, and her father led an academic ...

 

 

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Dea Birkett Q&A: Roll up! Roll up! Using circus to increase involvement and ambition of girls in STEM

Q&A with Dea Birkett, after her presentation from the Finding Ada Conference 2020.
Synopsis
A decade ago, 11 per cent of women were engineers. Today, that figure is the same. In the meantime, £££millions have been spent on initiatives to shift female participation in STEM. Few work. So at Circus250 we decided to take a very different approach, using the accessible art form of circus to inform and enthuse girls and women about science. This is the story of how and why we did it.
About Dea
Dea Birkett is director at Circus250, a Community Interest Company dedicated to creating and touring ‘circus with purpose’. Previously she was director of Kids in Museums, an NPO working with museums to better include young people and families. A former circus artiste, Dea also spent a decade as a Guardian feature writer and is author of seven books. She is Creative Director of ManyRiversFilms, a Bafta winning production company making documentaries that challenge.

Twitter: @circus250
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Dea Birkett: Roll up! Roll up! Using circus to increase involvement and ambition of girls in STEM

Dea Birkett's presentation from the Finding Ada Conference 2020.
Synopsis
A decade ago, 11 per cent of women were engineers. Today, that figure is the same. In the meantime, millions of pounds have been spent on initiatives to shift female participation in STEM. Few work. So at Circus250 we decided to take a very different approach, using the accessible art form of circus to inform and enthuse girls and women about science. This is the story of how and why we did it.
About Dea
Dea Birkett is director at Circus250, a Community Interest Company dedicated to creating and touring ‘circus with purpose’. Previously she was director of Kids in Museums, an NPO working with museums to better include young people and families. A former circus artiste, Dea also spent a decade as a Guardian feature writer and is author of seven books. She is Creative Director of ManyRiversFilms, a Bafta winning production company making documentaries that challenge.

Twitter: @circus250
Facebook: @circu...

 

 

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