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June 2014

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Article: Building a More Diverse Facebook

Facebook, following the footsteps of Google and Yahoo, has released their workforce diversity data. The report reveals that women make up only 31% of the overall company. This figure drops to 23% of senior level employees, and down to 15% of the tech employees. In terms of ethnicity, 91% of US employees are Asian or […]

May 22 & 23, 2015: Creating Connections 4.0

Simon Fraser University will be hosting the Creating Connections 4.0 conference in May 2015, bringing together people of all genders and backgrounds for two days instead of one, to discuss issues of personal and professional development, networking, and inspiration. Click here for more information.

Article: Google Bets $50 Million on Inspiring Girls to Become Coders

Google plans to invest $50 million into its “Made with Code” initiative over the next three years. This initiative includes an interactive website that allows visitors to try small coding projects like designing a bracelet design for 3D printers. “Made with Code” was launched around the time Google released their diversity report which revealed that […]

WWEST Partners Call for Proposals

WWEST is currently accepting applications for potential partners! The WWEST Partners program brings together training, resources and funding from the WWEST program with both established and un-established community organizations that are undertaking activities to promote outreach, recruitment and retention for girls, young women and industry professionals in engineering science and technology. For more information and […]

Dr. Sheryl Staub-French announced as inaugural holder of Goldcorp Professorship in Women in Engineering at UBC

The Faculty of Applied Science announces Dr. Sheryl Staub-French, associate professor in civil engineering, as the inaugural holder of the Goldcorp Professorship in Women in Engineering at UBC. As Goldcorp Professor, Staub-French will lead a targeted recruitment strategy for UBC Engineering that plans to increase the number of women enrolled in its programs from the […]

Article: New research proves gender bias extraordinarily prevalent in STEM careers

A study from Columbia Business School shows that although women are being encouraged to pursue careers in STEM fields, gender bias among hiring managers is making it more difficult for women to get hired. In an experiment in which participants were hired to perform a mathematical task, both male and female managers were twice as […]

Article: Push is on to get girls interested in the tech sector

An article in the Vancouver Sun features Be Like Ada, an initiative that aims to encourage girls to explore science and technology. One of its programs is a coding boot camp for teenage girls taking place this summer.  WWEST’s own Elizabeth Croft is also featured in the article. Ada Lovelace, the woman known as the world’s […]

Article: Lean Out – The Dangers for Women Who Negotiate

An article in The New Yorker discusses the disparity between what Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In” says to expect from firm negotiation, and the results of such efforts in reality. It’s not that men are immune from being seen as tough or unlikeable when they make aggressive demands. Attempting to negotiate can make anyone seem less […]

June 19: WIM CIBC Run for the Cure Lunch & Learn

Women in Mining (WIM) Vancouver will be hosting a networking event where they will provide information on how individuals can become part of the 2014 WIM CIBC Run for the Cure team. The event will take place at: 12:00pm on Thursday, June 19 Fasken Martineau 2900-550 Burrard Street, Vancouver For more information and to register, […]

High School Outreach Opportunity for Employers

New Westminster Secondary School’s Work Experience 12 program is looking for employers to teach students about careers in engineering or related fields! If you are interested in hosting a volunteer grade 12 student who is sincerely interested in an engineering or related career, find out more information by contacting: Karen Crosby Career Programs Coordinator kcrosby@sd40.bc.ca […]

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