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28 Jan January is Mentoring Month

Launched in 2002 by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, National Mentoring Month focuses national attention on the need for mentors, as well as how each of us—individuals, businesses, government agencies, schools, faith communities and nonprofits—can work together to increase the number of mentors to help ensure positive outcomes for our young people. This campaign celebrates mentoring and the positive effect it can have on young lives. Its goals are to: Raise awareness of mentoring in its various forms Recruit individuals to mentor, especially in programs that have waiting lists of young people Promote the rapid growth of mentoring by recruiting organizations to engage their constituents in mentoring Data2insight founder, Veronica S. Smith, partners with Million Women Mentors (MWM) as a co-chair with Dr. Jillian Cadwell, Washington State University-Tri Cities professor.  MWM, founded in 2014, helps companies and corporations across the nation connect with local girl-serving mentee organizations to provide face-to-face and online mentoring opportunities for their employees. Click on the organization to read more about The National Mentoring Partnership, National Mentoring Month, The Mentoring Gap, or Million Women Mentors.  ...

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21 Jan TAF’s Untapped Talent Initiative

Data2insight founder, Veronica S. Smith, attended the January 11 STEM-focused learning work session with people from organizations all around Seattle.  Teams of four to six people worked together to develop an innovation challenge for high school students that would last 3 to 12 months and engage a team of four students around solving a STEM-based problem.  The driving question that guided the team that Veronica worked with was this: “What would a system look like that highlighted people’s talents, knowledge, and skills and how they match employer needs, and masked demographic characteristics like gender identity, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, or ability?” Solutions to this problem could help reduce the implicit bias that closes doors to underrepresented students in STEM. High powered women in STEM panelists that curated the conversations about the ideas of student innovation challenges were: Amberine Wilson, Port of Seattle; Zene Hall, TAF@Saghalie Senior; Diem Ly, ComcastNBCUniversal; and Julie Jenson, Capitol One. #untappedtalentbyTAF...

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15 Jan Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.

On January 15, the entire nation pauses in remembrance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a federal holiday that takes place on the third Monday of each January (source). The Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday celebrates the life and legacy of a man who brought hope and healing to America.  We commemorate as well the timeless values he taught us through his example — the values of courage, truth, justice, compassion, dignity, humility and service that so radiantly defined Dr. King’s character and empowered his leadership.  On this holiday, we commemorate the universal, unconditional love, forgiveness, and nonviolence that empowered his revolutionary spirit. We commemorate Dr. King’s inspiring words, because his voice and his vision filled a great void in our nation, and answered our collective longing to become a country that truly lived by its noblest principles. Read more...

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08 Jan Be Part of the #YouthQuake

The Oxford Dictionaries' Word of the Year is youthquake: a significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people. You can invest in the power of our incredible youth to change the world by supporting Young Women Empowered (Y-WE).  Y-WE provides mentorship and empowerment programs for teen women in the greater Seattle area.  They serve a diverse group of girls, ages 13-18, and women mentors, ages 19-70+.  The organization is open to young women from all walks of life. Y-WE youth and mentors also represent a myriad of family, sexual orientation, religious, political, and educational backgrounds.  They offer their programs free of charge, and Y-WE invites families to contribute as they are able.  Each year, Y-WE directly serves over 500 girls and women; and impacts over 1,500 community members. To learn more, watch their video “How did Y-WE begin and what do we do?” on their Videos Page. Data2insight hopes to continue supporting Y-WE and organizations like it in the new year.  ...

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25 Dec Data2insight receives LGBTBE certification from the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce

On December 18, 2017, data2insight became one of 1,010 LGBT business enterprises. We are thrilled to be part of this business community that is building a more inclusive and multicultural business world. 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. It all started 15 years ago when co-founders Justin Nelson and Chance Mitchell realized that the impact of LGBT people on the American economy had gone largely unnoticed despite economic equality being an important component of the LGBT equality movement. The two co-founders sought to showcase that as in addition to being LGBT, many LGBT people were also business owners, employers, taxpayers, providers of healthcare and a vibrant, essential part of the small business engine that makes the U.S. economy run. A recent win for LGBT businesses that NGLCC helped make possible is that the HRC Corporate Equality Index changed to make LGBT supplier diversity a standalone scored criteria. This gives corporations even more incentive to partner with LBGTBE businesses like data2insight!...

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04 Dec Computer Science Education Week #HourofCode

Computer Science Education Week is happening this week, December 4-10. It's an annual event that invites students to try coding for one hour through online games. In the Hour of Code website, you can find games for all ages in more than 45 languages, no prior programming experience necessary. The Hour of Code is just the first step on a journey to learn more about how technology works and how to create software applications. To continue this journey, find additional resources for educators here. Or encourage your children to learn online or in a local camp or workshop.   #HourofCode  ...

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28 Nov data2insight at the WERA Conference

Amanda Emerson and Veronica Smith will be attending the Washington Educational Research Association (WERA) Conference in Seattle this week. Keynote speakers include David Conley and Pedro Noguera. Dr. Conley is a professor at the University of Oregon, and founder and President of EdImagine. He has a deep commitment to education, which he views as the engine and vehicle by which society can address issues of social injustice. He will be presenting The Changing Face of Readiness for College and Careers. Dr. Noguera is a professor at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. His research focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions, as well as by demographic trends in local, regional, and global contexts. He will be presenting The Limits and Possibilities of Education: The Role of Research in Transforming Schools. We hope to see you there! Visit www.wera-web.org for further information about Washington Educational Research Association (WERA).  ...

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08 Nov data2insight is in Washington, DC #Eval17

Amanda Emerson, Courtney Dowdall, and Veronica Smith from data2insight are thrilled to be in Washington, DC this week for the 2017 American Evaluation Association conference.  This year’s them is: From Learning to Action: How can our community learn from evaluation to create better practice and outcomes? Veronica will be joining colleagues Svetlana Negroustoueva and Nils Junge to facilitate a round table discussion about international evaluation on Saturday, November 11.  Veronica will also be reviewing sessions on dashboards as she continues to work on a dashboarding field guide as part of the Sage Publication’s Evaluation in Practice Series. We hope to see you there! #Eval17...

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23 Oct 3rd Annual Million Women Mentors Summit & Awards

Data2insight founder, Veronica S. Smith, will be attending the 3rd Annual Million Women Mentors (MWM) Summit and Awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on Monday and Tuesday, October 23 and October 24, 2017. The two-day conference provides a great opportunity for learning, networking, and collaboration to advance the MWM movement and women and girls in STEM.  They will be hosting keynote presentations, panels, breakout sessions, and networking receptions.  Featured speakers include Arkansas Lt. Governor Tim Griffin; Ohio Lt. Governor Mary Taylor; and leaders from Sprint, PepsiCo, and more. Want to check out the event's agenda?  Click here...

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