National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals Announces Out to Innovate™ Scholarship Winners

The National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals (NOGLSTP) is proud to announce the winners for the 2017 NOGLSTP Out To Innovate™ Scholarships, made possible by an Innovation Generation grant from the Motorola Solutions Foundation. Continue reading National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals Announces Out to Innovate™ Scholarship Winners

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NOGLSTP Receives Motorola Solutions Foundation Grant

The National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals, a professional society that educates and advocates for LGBTQ people in STEM, today announced it has received a grant for $10,000 USD from the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, Inc. Through the grant, NOGLSTP will provide undergraduate and graduate scholarships to LGBTQ+ students of merit to enable their career aspirations.  This will provide needed funding for 2018 and the 8th consecutive year that the Out to Innovate Scholarships will be offered. Continue reading NOGLSTP Receives Motorola Solutions Foundation Grant

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NACAC Fairs Introduce Young Women to STEM Fields

Women’s Equality Day, which will be celebrated Saturday, commemorates the day the 19th Amendment was certified to the Constitution in 1920.

The amendment granted women the right to vote, but the observance of Women’s Equality Day is not just about celebrating how far we’ve come. It’s about recognizing continuing efforts toward full equality of the genders.

American women are still underrepresented in many professions, including the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Over the past several decades, women have made strides in some STEM careers, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Female participation in the medical field, for instance, is about equal to that of men, according to the data.

But in other fields, the numbers are shockingly low. For example, women comprise just one-fourth of the workforce in computer and mathematical jobs and hold only 14 percent of jobs in architecture and engineering fields.

NACAC’s STEM College and Career Fairs — open to students of all genders and backgrounds — are hoping to help close that gap. In 2016, female students accounted for 49 percent of fair attendees.

This year’s STEM College and Career Fairs will be held in Silicon Valley, New York City, and Houston during October and November. In addition to featuring colleges with STEM majors, representatives from STEM-related industries will also be in attendance to speak to students about internship opportunities, their future careers and how best to achieve their dreams.

At the Silicon Valley fair, NACAC will host a panel on the STEM gender gap. Titled, “The Need for Diversity in STEM Fields: How Females and Minority Students Can Find Opportunities,” a panel of STEM professionals will discuss their varied professional journeys and offer tips for students to start their own career paths.

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These 10 tech companies are doing the best at diversity, according to Comparably

It’s been quite a week in tech, with now-former Google engineer James Damore’s controversial post about gender going viral and his subsequent firing. So, right on cue, workplace culture and company review platform Comparably has come out with a ranking of the top 10 tech companies for people of color, as well as the top 10 for women. Continue reading These 10 tech companies are doing the best at diversity, according to Comparably

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Taking Leaps—Liz Centoni, SVP and GM of Cisco’s Computing Systems Group, shares insights on her career

When I first envisioned my professional life, it was not in high-tech. When I was young, I wanted to create stories with animated characters that could bring colorful dreams to life on paper. I collected comics, loved to play arcade games, read Louis L’Amour westerns and tried my best to do well at school. My mind often wandered in class, and I sometimes felt like the odd duck who had a different normal than others.

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