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Oct 16-17: International Conference on Women’s Education for Sustainable Human Development

Registration is now open for the International Conference on Women’s Education for Sustainable Human Development (ICWESD)! The conference will take place in Winnipeg, Manitoba on October 16-17, 2014. Early bird registration is available until Sept 24, and there is also a discounted price for students. For more information and to register, click here.

Make Possible Mentoring Network

The SCWIST Mentorship Project is part of the Government of Canada’s Status of Women Initiative to develop methods to attract and retain women in technology, and advance the Canadian digital economy. The SCWIST Mentorship Project will provide mentoring support, networking connections, professional development and leadership opportunities to help women reach their full potential in the […]

Article: Women and minority corporate executives are penalized for fostering diversity

A recent study has found that ethnic minority or female leaders who show diversity-valuing behavior are seen as performing worse than their equally diversity-valuing white or male counterparts. It follows that ethnic minority and female leaders who do not show that they value diversity increase their chances of moving up the corporate ladder. Click here […]

Co-branding partners for white papers!

WWEST has successfully partnered with five different organizations for co-branding on our white papers! Most of them have co-branded all seven white papers. For more information about co-branding with WWEST, click here.

Sept 18: Ashlu Creek Small Hydro Tour

BC Women in Energy Network (BC WEN) will be hosting a tour of the Ashlu Creek small hydro project, providing an up-close look at run-of-river hydro operations. The tour will take place on September 18 from 9:00am to 12:00pm. For more information and to buy tickets, click here.

Article: Tech sector still struggles with gender diversity, says key is to involve girls

WWEST’s partner, GIRLsmarts was featured in this article which discusses the lack of women in tech industries and how to increase girls’ interest in these industries. GIRLsmarts is a collaborative effort between SAP Labs and the University of British Columbia aimed at getting seventh grade girls excited about science and technology.

Article: Diversity makes you smarter

Researchers have found that although diversity in a group of people can make it more difficult to achieve group cohesion, there are beneficial effects from friction within a group, like promoting thought outside people’s own perspectives. Click here for the full article.

Aug 27: Women in STEM Summer Social

BCWEN and Women in Mining BC are hosting a summer social where you will have the opportunity to meet and connect with women from STEM sectors around Vancouver. This event will take place on August 27 at 5:30pm – 7:30pm. Tickets include dinner and a drink. For more information and to buy tickets, click here!

July 30: Get the Job You Really Want

There will be a SCWIST BrownBag meeting on July 30, where a career coach will guide participants in learning job interview skills, branding statements, etc. Iced coffee and cookies will be served – please bring your own mug! To register, email scwist.brown.bag@gmail.com.

Article: Some Universities Crack Code in Drawing Women to Computer Science

Female enrolment in computer science programs at US colleges has plummeted since the 1980s, but it’s on the rise at a few top college programs like Harvey Mudd and Carnegie Mellon. Harvey Mudd revised its recruiting brochures to show photos of women, and it hired women as campus tour guides. “We made it very clear […]

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