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12 Aug A Passion Leads to Changing Lives

Data2insight would like to shine a light on Denise Shelton, a woman small business owner who inspires us. A passion to change lives and make an impact on at-risk communities drove Denise Shelton’s transition from Department of Corrections warden to CEO. (source) Shelton retired from the Washington, D.C., Department of Corrections in 2002 and formed Community Bridge, Inc (CBI). Her company was built “with the goal of empowering and rehabilitating local residents by providing viable, progressive employment and trade skills development.” Community Bridge is now a full-service facility management company that employs 200 people and services six wards in the District of Columbia.  (source) Thanks, Denise, for showing us how passion can turn into something that changes our world.  ...

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05 Aug Whole Child, Whole Day

Whole Child, Whole Day: A Social & Emotional Learning Symposium will be held on August 9, 2019.  The event, organized by Youth Development Executives of King County, is an interactive professional development symposium to strengthen your capacity to create equity based learning environments that support  the whole child across the whole day, with a focus on shifting adult practices and systems to better serve youth of color in the Road Map region. Youth Development Executives of King County (YDEKC) is a coalition of youth-serving organizations working together to improve outcomes for young people in our region. We build and unify the youth development sector through advocacy, cross-sector collaboration, and organizational development. Check out the event flyer to see what will be covered....

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29 Jul Lesbians Who Tech Leadership Forum

[caption id="attachment_19663" align="alignright" width="300"] Pictured left to right: Ambra Tieszen, UX designer; Halimat Alabi, visual analytics and gamification expert; and Veronica S. Smith, data2insight founder.[/caption] On June 14, 2019, data2insight founder, Veronica S. Smith, had the pleasure of attending the Lesbians Who Tech Leadership Forum Roadshow in Seattle, Washington. In partnership with Google, LWT hosted Leadership Forums in Austin, Boston and Seattle for LGBTQ women, trans, and gender nonconforming individuals; LGBTQ people of color; and demographics that are underrepresented in the tech sector and LGBTQ spaces. The inaugural Leadership Forums are invite-only and bring together some of the most accomplished local leaders for an intimate conference focused on both technology trends and all things YOU. The forum is a tech conference where the speakers happen to be 80% queer women, 50% women of color, 25% black & latinx and 15% transgender and gender non-conforming.  They cover topics from top technical trends, how technology will shape our future, career growth, so our community can grow and thrive.   ...

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22 Jul Building Diverse and Inclusive Teams

This week, data2insight founder, Veronica S. Smith, will be on the Insight Data Science panel discussing Building Diverse and Inclusive Teams.  The panel discussion will focus on strategies and best practices for building diverse and inclusive teams. The event will take place on Tuesday, July 22, at Insight Data Science.  The panel will be hosted at Insight’s office located in Pioneer Square at 605 1st Ave Suite 200, Seattle, WA 98104. Doors open at 6PM for networking happy hour, and the Panel will begin at 7PM. Light appetizers and beverages will be provided. Check out this link for materials that will be covered during the discussion. Stop by to hear Veronica discuss this important theme....

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15 Jul #STEMonFire

Data2insight founder, Veronica S. Smith, was recently nominated to be a potential guest on the STEM on Fire podcast. STEM on Fire is dedicated to helping high school and college students interested in pursuing a STEM career (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) make educated decisions regarding a career path.  The podcast hosts practicing professionals, college professors, and college students providing insights into STEM professions, what is required to get through the curriculum, and additional strategies to guide students towards a successful career. The overall goal of STEM on Fire is to increase the graduation rate by igniting student passion in a STEM career by exploring current and emerging STEM career opportunities. In addition, the podcast will help prepare students to manage challenges that may arise during their studies. Veronica was described as "using STEM to evaluate STEM" and was nominated by David Beck, an Associate Professor and Associate Director at the University of Washington. Check out STEMonFire and let us know if you hear about data2insight!   ...

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08 Jul Congratulations to WIBLI Awards winners

On June 6, 2019, the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce presented its Women in Business and Leadership Initiative (WIBLI) Awards, recognizing exemplary contributions businesses and women in our region have made to increase gender equity in the workplace. “This year’s WIBLI Awards winners demonstrate how our region’s business community is living up to its commitment to improve gender equity and economic opportunity,” said Marilyn Strickland, the Chamber’s president and CEO. During the ceremony, the Chamber presented three awards: Davis Wright Tremaine received the WIBLI Business of the Year award, which honors a business that has significantly contributed to gender equity in the workplace. Graciela Gomez Cowger, CEO of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, received the WIBLI Female Leader of the Year Award, which honors a woman who demonstrates exemplary leadership traits and has made significant contributions to gender equity in our region. Madeleine Winslow, a diversity and inclusion consultant with Mercer, received the WIBLI Rising Star Award, which honors 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 our region. Join data2insight as we send our congratulations to this year's winners!...

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24 Jun Celebrating Gay Pride Month

When Audrey Tang was just eight years old, she wrote a computer game to help her younger brother learn fractions. She began learning Perl at the age of 12, dropped out of high school, left Taiwan, and by 19 was hailed as an entrepreneur in Silicon Valley. Tang transitioned to a female gender role in 2005, and in 2016 became Taiwan’s youngest government minister — as well as Taiwan’s first transgender Cabinet member. Her ministry has spearheaded the island’s eight-year Digital Nation Plan, which the Cabinet expects to put Taiwan in the world’s top ten for information technology by 2025. (source) In a 2017 interview, Tang said, “I would say I’m just post-gender or post-genre, meaning that I don’t think there should be things that only one gender should do.” Join data2insight as we celebrate how Audrey breaks barriers and becomes among the top 100 Global Thinkers.  Learn more about Audrey in her own words....

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17 Jun Celebrating Gay Pride Month

Lynn Conway, born biologically male, invented a groundbreaking method for issuing multiple out-of-order instructions per machine cycle in supercomputers.  In the 1960s, she made possible the creation of the first true superscalar computer, and participated in its design at IBM, where she worked for years.  That is, until her firing in 1968, when she underwent gender reassignment surgery and transitioned to a female gender role.  She went on to rebuild her career from the ground up at Memorex, then Xerox, and beyond. In 1999, she made contact with a researcher looking into her early work at IBM (on “Project Y”) and reclaimed an essential part of her history and accomplishments. (source) In an interview, Conway said, “When I made the decision to have a gender-correction, everybody told me I was terrible, I was going to end up dead or in an asylum someplace.  But they were wrong.  I’ve had a great life, I’m very happy, and I’ve managed to do some productive, important work.” Join data2insight as we learn more about Lynn Conway here and here....

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10 Jun Celebrating Gay Pride Month

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan.  The Stonewall riots were a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States.  Today, celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts, and LGBTQ Pride Month events attract millions of participants around the world.  Memorials are held during this month for those members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS.  The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots....

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03 Jun Data2insight Out and About!

This week, data2insight founder, Veronica Smith, is looking forward to attending both the 2019 Seattle AWIS Banquet and the WIBLI Awards 2019 event. At the 2019 Seattle AWIS Banquet, Veronica and her wife, Natalie Hamrick, are looking forward to awarding the Smith-Hamrick scholarship to a promising undergraduate student studying science and support the student achieving their career goals.  They also look forward to  hearing from the inspiring award winners. On Thursday this week, Veronica will be attending the Women in Business & Leadership Initiative luncheon. This will be her first time attending this conference and she is super excited to be checking it out. If you are in the area, stop by one of these events, say hello, and join data2insight in supporting these amazing events....

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