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06 Aug #GirlScouts and #STEM

Thanks to the Girl Scouts of the USA for recently announcing the 30 new badges that focus heavily on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)!  With the new badges, girls 5 years to 18 years will be able to learn badges while learning skills in fields such as cybersecurity, environmental advocacy, mechanical engineering, robotics, computer science, and space exploration. As presented in the press release from July, "The unique Girl Scout environment provides fun, exciting, and essential experiences that carry into girls’ future careers and life success; the KPMG Women's Leadership Study of more than 3,000 professional and college women shows that early exposure to leadership has a significant impact on a woman’s perceptions of her ability to lead. Additionally, 76 percent of women today wish they had learned more about leadership and had more leadership opportunities while growing up, demonstrating how imperative it is for girls and volunteers to join Girl Scouts." Check out the Girl Scouts of the USA site for more information regarding these badges and more! Data2insight is excited to see the greatness that will come from the leadership that is yet to come!  ...

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23 Jul Amelia Earhart Day

Join data2insight as we celebrate Amelia Earhart Day this week on July 24! Legend and mystery surrounds the final flight and disappearance of Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan . They were on a record setting attempt to fly around the world, when they became lost in the Pacific Ocean.  On July 2, 1937, they headed on a difficult leg of the journey towards Howell Island in the Pacific.  Weather conditions were less than ideal. While still in radio communication, ships on the ground confirmed that Earhart was having difficulty finding the island. Ultimately, radio communications faded and died. The plane was never heard from again. The disappearance of Amelia Earhart's plane resulted in the largest search and rescue operation to date. It also sparked rumors as to what caused the disappearance. To this day, theories and speculation still exists about the cause of the disappearance. Some theories involve conspiracies, and even alien abductions. Hat's off to Amelia for being one of the first female pioneers!...

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16 Jul Congrats to the 2018 Smith Hamrick Scholarship Recipient!

Congratulations to Miwako K. Ito who is the latest recipient of the Smith Hamrick Scholarship!  Ms. Ito (pictured with the other AWIS awards) is a Chemical Engineering student who will begin her junior year at University of Washington this fall.  She is a member of the Pfaentdner Research Group where she is focused on computational chemistry, particularly materials development for batteries with green-energy applications.  She is passionate about high performance computing chemical simulations because of the flexibility and high data output they offer compared to traditional laboratory methods. A quote from Ms. Ito’s application:  “I was finally free to explore the meaning behind my years of memorizing chemical reactions, taking derivatives, and drawing free-body diagrams. They weren’t just words in a textbook, they were tools in reality’s workshop. And, I got to use them. You’ve probably seen a parent cry tears of joy when their baby takes its first steps. That’s how I felt when my first computer simulation, that I had written, successfully converged.” Data2insight is honored and privileged to contribute in this small, heartfelt way, to the continued success of this sterling chemical engineer and woman warrior.  Please join us in celebrating this year’s recipient of the Hamrick-Smith Scholarship—Miwako K. Ito! #AWIS, #SmithHamrickScholarship, #WomenInSTEM  ...

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25 Jun Happy Pride!

Did you know that data2insight is an NGLCC certified organization?  The NGLCC is the business voice of the LGBT community, the largest advocacy organization dedicated to expanding economic opportunities and advancements for LGBT people, and the exclusive certifying body for LGBT-owned businesses. Want to learn more about how you can become an NGLCC certified organization?  Check out the 2018 NGLCC International Business and Leadership Conference to be held this year in August in Philadelphia, PA.   The event will attract over 1,300 entrepreneurs, corporate decision-makers, affiliate chamber leaders, and government officials from across the country and around the world. The connections made at the conference can be the basis for contracting opportunities and strategic growth for years to come. This world-renowned, three-day educational conference delivers innovative leadership programming, networking and engagement opportunities for business leaders like you. Our 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. Join data2insight as we continue to celebrate Pride Month and other LGBT organizations....

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21 May Garden for Wildlife

Since 1973, Garden for Wildlife has been educating and empowering people to turn their own small pieces of Earth into thriving habitat for birds, bees, butterflies, and other wildlife.  In doing so, people across North America are making a difference in their cities, towns, and neighborhoods—all while deepening their connections to the natural world. Founded on the belief that everyone can enjoy and protect wildlife where they live, work, learn, play, and worship, the National Wildlife Federation’s Garden for Wildlife programs provide simple steps and resources to create beautiful spaces that make a big impact for local and migratory species, from small window boxes to vast habitat corridors. Celebrating 45 years in 2018, Garden for Wildlife has grown to encompass more than 2.5 million wildlife-friendly acres of backyards, gardens, fields, and community spaces across the United States. Scroll through the timeline to learn about the movement's impact through the years. Join data2insight as we Garden for Wildlife in all our locations!...

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14 May May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Since 1949, Mental Health America has led the observance of May is Mental Health Month by reaching millions of people through the media, local events, and screenings.  Data2insight has joined them in spreading the word that mental health is something everyone should care about. Last week, data2insight founder, Veronica S. Smith, was at the offices of Behavior Health Response (BHR) in St. Louis, Missouri.  BHR provides confidential telephone counseling to people in mental health crises as well as mobile outreach services, community referral services, and critical incident stress management (CISM).  BHR’s crisis hotline and mobile outreach services are provided free of charge to the public by paid professional staff who have masters degrees in their respective behavioral science disciplines.  BHR, the community’s behavioral health safety net, ensures compassionate and immediate barrier free access to behavioral health services. To be part of the celebration, check out the #4mindbody challenge.  Join data2insight as we strive to create gains for our overall health and well being! ...

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30 Apr Washington is home to the 2018 National Teacher of the Year

Stand for Children recently recognized this year’s National Teacher of the Year, Mandy Manning of Spokane, Washington.  Stand for Children is an organization that ensures that all children, regardless of their background, graduate from high school prepared for, and with access to, college or career training. Mandy Manning of Spokane was announced as the top teacher in the country last week after being named the Washington Teacher of the Year this past September.  She teaches immigrant and refugee students at Ferris High School’s Newcomer Center in Spokane and embodies a truly student-first approach to teaching.  Check out her interview here. Mandy’s work has also extended outside the classroom. At Ferris High she led an effort to include more voices in discipline procedures and helped decrease suspensions by 74 percent. Join data2insight as we say congratulations to one of our #sheros!...

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23 Apr data2insight Continues its Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Efforts

On Wednesday, April 25, 2018, data2insight founder, Veronica S. Smith, will be attending the Equity Leaders workshop in Seattle, Washington.   This event, organized by Cultures Connecting, is a workshop and networking opportunity for those leading diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. Whether it is called diversity, equity and inclusion, multiculturalism, or anti-racism, the role of leading equity initiatives in the workplace can be challenging.  Many organizations have created these positions in the past 10 years, and those hired are coming in without any clear direction.  Equity leaders often feel isolated and can quickly become frustrated or feel overwhelmed.  However, if we can come together to collaborate and learn from each other’s mistakes and successes, perhaps we can craft an easier path forward.  As Paulo Freire said, “We make the road by walking.” This workshop provides an opportunity for equity leaders to share strategies for organizational change, problem solve some of the challenges they face, and to network.  Each participant will be asked to bring an example of a success story, strategy, or tool to share.  Everyone will be given time to discuss challenges and hear the best thinking from their colleagues.  Facilitators will share a model of multicultural organizational development and strategies for change identified over the past 8 years in work with hundreds of organizations. There is still time to be part of this community where we share ideas to successfully address equity, inclusion and social justice in organizations.  The goal is for participants to come away with new tools for this important work as well as supportive partnerships they can lean on for many years to come. Join data2insight as we continue to engage in courage conversations about equity work, develop and strategize for moving equity initiatives forward, and join the network of equity leaders for on-going support....

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16 Apr Earth Day 2018!

Earth Day Network’s mission is to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide.  Earth Day Network is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 50,000 partners in nearly 195 countries to build environmental democracy.  More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. April 22, 2018 is the next Earth Day.  This year's theme:  End Plastic Pollution!  From poisoning and injuring marine life to disrupting human hormones, from littering our beaches and landscapes to clogging our waste streams and landfills, the exponential growth of plastics is now threatening the survival of our planet. In response, Earth Day 2018 is dedicated to providing the information and inspiration needed to fundamentally change human attitude and behavior about plastics. Join data2insight and learn how you can take part in an Earth Day activity here....

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09 Apr data2insight’s Contribution to Collective Impact

Founder, Veronica S. Smith, attended the 2018 Collective Impact Convening in Austin, Texas last week  participating in cross-sector dialog and peer learning to better solve complex problems around the world.  While at the conference, Veronica engaged with people from funding and backbone organizations, partners, and community members who are working on complex problems like training foster youth to be leaders in their communities, building healthier communities through access to healthier food, increasing college enrollment and completion for young people of color, and providing workforce development training and job placement for under-served job-seekers. A highlight of the event was the discussion about the recent research study of 25 Collective Impact sites across the United States showing that Collective Impact contributions to population level changes. Check out the results here. For more information about Collective Impact check out the resources here....

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