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15 Aug NGLCC Makes History in Las Vegas with Record-Breaking Conference

On Monday, August 7, 2017, data2insight founder, Veronica S. Smith, helped make history by attending the 2017 NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference.  From an unprecedented number of attendees (over 1,200) to truly inspiring keynotes, to the most business connections and new ideas ever forged at an NGLCC event, this year's conference was unlike any other. In addition to breaking Matchmaker records, 30 mentorship pairs were made for the 2017-2018 Mentorship Program! A complete set of conference photographs is available on NGLCC's Flickr account and will be uploaded to its social media sites Data2insight is looking forward to joining NGLCC in the City of Brotherly Love & Sisterly Affection for their 2018 International Business & Leadership Conference, August 14-17.  Get to know the host city with their official announcement video, courtesy of Visit Philadelphia....

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07 Aug #GirlsWhoCode

Girls Who Code is a national non-profit organization teaching young women computer science skills.  Recently, they announced that they were bringing their computer science summer program to 11 cities in the United States. Girls Who Code was founded with a single mission: to close the gender gap in technology.  Tech jobs are among the fastest growing in the country, yet girls are being left behind.  While interest in computer science ebbs over time, the biggest drop off happens between the ages of 13-17.   Girls Who Code has gone from 20 girls in New York to 40,000 girls in 50 states. That’s the same number of girls who graduate each year with a degree in computer science. Want to learn more?  Check out their website. Want to start a Girls Who Code club in your area?  Check out how! Data2insight is excited to see opportunities for young girls in school being offered....

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31 Jul NGLCC Business and Leadership Conference, here we come!

From August 1 through August 4, 2017, data2insight founder, Veronica S. Smith, will be attending the 15th annual 2017 NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference.  This sold out, world-renowned, three-day educational conference delivers innovative leadership programming, networking, and engagement opportunities for business leaders. The cutting edge educational programs will include inspiring keynote speakers, the annual B2B Boot Camp for LGBT Business Enterprises, a chamber development track, marketplace expo, one-on-one matchmaker meetings, and much more. The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) started in November 2002, when co-founders realized no one had really considered the economic equality of LGBT people or the impact economics could have on the equality movement.  The two co-founders sought to showcase that LGBT people were business owners, employers, taxpayers, providers of healthcare – that they were a vibrant, essential part of the small business engine that makes the U.S. economy run and therefore, deserved a place at the equality table. Data2insight is proud to be a supporter and attendee at this conference.  Looking forward to celebrating, collaborating, and networking....

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24 Jul Best High Schools for STEM

With the new school year fast approaching, data2insight wanted to share some information for those looking for great STEM opportunities. Last month, Change the Equation wrote an article highlighting Five Top STEM Schools for Inclusion and Equity.  From their article: "The U.S. News & World Report recently released its list of the Best High Schools for STEM across the nation.  Schools like these help address STEM skills shortages felt by employers nationwide.  But some of the schools on this list are especially dedicated to addressing the STEM challenges of inclusion and equity with programs and recruitment efforts that strengthen STEM pipelines for underrepresented groups.  These high-achieving STEM schools make sure to serve the women, low-income, African American, and Hispanic students in their communities. Because the future of innovation relies heavily on our ability to find talent in untapped markets, we love to see schools ensuring STEM literacy for ALL." To determine the top science, technology, engineering and math schools, U.S. News looked at the top 500 public schools from their latest Best High Schools rankings, and then evaluated their students' participation and success in Advanced Placement (AP®) science and math tests. Congratulations to all the schools who made the list as Best High Schools for STEM....

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17 Jul Summer STEM Camp

This year, the University of Washington Seattle is beginning its 17th season hosting summer technology programs. In 1999, UW set out to reinvent "camp" for the 21st century.  Today, they are #1 in summer tech education, with 150+ locations nationwide and an expansive lineup of courses in coding, game design, app development, web design, film, photography, and more. At UW Seattle camps, kids and teens build valuable STEM skills in an inspiring, collegiate setting. Students experience personalized learning with a maximum of 8 students per instructor and use the best brand name products from industry leaders like Adobe, Apple, Autodesk, Google, and Microsoft. Kick-start your dream job and gain a competitive edge for college! Data2insight is happy to support UW and hopes you check out this list of STEM summer camp options available at UW Seattle. ...

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10 Jul Congratulations TAF Academy Graduates!

Congratulations are in order for the TAF Academy graduating class of 2017!  For most of the senior class, their academic journey with TAF Academy began seven years ago in sixth grade.  Since then, they’ve been given opportunities to shine as leaders in the community, scholars, artists, innovators and more.  Congratulations to the two-thirds of TAF Academy seniors who have been awarded college scholarships! In addition, four TAF Academy seniors who are College Bound Scholars will have part of their college costs covered through the program’s scholarship fund. To see a list of all the scholarship winners, click here. Join data2insight as we celebrate the amazing accomplishments of these students!  ...

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03 Jul data2insight Celebrates Independence

This week marks the 241st anniversary of America's Independence from Britain.  However, observing Independence Day only became commonplace after the War of 1812. On July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress unanimously adopted the Declaration of Independence, announcing the colonies’ separation from Great Britain.  You can read more about the history of July 4 from the Library of Congress. Looking for creative, STEM-inspired activities for your kids to celebrate this national holiday?  Check out education.com's list of teaching moment activities. In the Seattle area and looking for something local to get your kids involved in summer STEM activities?  Check out ParentMap's list of 20 STEM camps to teach the little ones. Join data2insight as we celebrate another year of independence in the way we enjoy best:  through STEM!...

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26 Jun Women in Business and Leadership Awards

Data2insight wants to congratulate the winners of the Women in Business and Leadership Awards (WIBLI).  The WIBLI Awards honors organizations and individuals who are making significant impact towards advancing gender equity in our region's workplaces and communities. The awards ceremony, which took place in April, included keynote remarks from Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland, as well as the performance of two original poems by former Washington State Poet Laureate, Elizabeth Austen. Three awards were given out: The WIBLI Business of the Year award went to CH2M, honored for being a business that has significantly contributed to gender equity in our local workplaces and our communities. The WIBLI Female Leader of the Year award went to Anna Steffeney, founder and CEO of LeaveLogic, honored as a woman who demonstrates exemplary leadership traits and has made significant contributions to gender equity in the region. The WIBLI Rising Star award went to Marilee Jolin, executive director of South Seattle Emerald, honored as a woman with 10 years or less of work experience who has exemplary leadership traits at an early point in her career and has worked to advance gender equity in the region. Data2insight is inspired by all of the finalists!...

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19 Jun #TogetherWeRise

PrideFest 2017 is coming soon! Saturday, June 24 on Capitol Hill and Sunday, June 25 at Seattle Center.  This year's celebrates all the ways we're stronger together: gay, bi, and straight; white, black, and brown; trans, cisgendered, and intersex; and every color of the rainbow in between. PrideFest will kick off with the 43nd annual Seattle Pride Parade, held at 11:00 AM, June 25 along 4th Avenue in downtown Seattle.   The theme for this year’s Pride will be “Indivisible” –  a single word that conveys the core principle of our country.  We are stronger together.  It’s “We the People.”  Inclusion and intersectionality make us stronger. Data2insight is proud to a supporter of this community!...

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12 Jun Data2insight Supports LGBTQ Entrepreneurs

Although it's well established that women and minorities experience a number of disadvantages at work, fewer conversations have been devoted specifically to LGBTQ discrimination in the workplace. StartOut, the national non-profit that creates great leaders by fostering LGBTQ Entrepreneurs, conducted a recent study which indicates it's a very real issue — and one that deserves attention. StartOut analyzed surveys of LGBTQ entrepreneurs, data from over 100,000 founders of companies, and additional interviews with LGBTQ founders.  Many respondents believed having a personal relationship with investors — which may include discussing matters of identity — was important, but some believed that if investors knew they were LGBTQ, it could hurt their chances at receiving funding and support. Data2insight hopes that you will join us as we continue the conversation.  To see the full article, click here....

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