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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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05 Jun NOGLSTP

The National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals (NOGLSTP) is a group of scientific and technical professionals who earn their livings in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).   They are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, and allies.  NOGLSTP advocates equal employment opportunity, professional networking, role modeling, science education, and scientific freedom/responsibility.  They practice STEM with PRIDE. NOGLSTP offers scholarships that are intended for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in STEM programs who are either lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or an active ally of the LGBTQ+ community.  The scholarships are designed to promote academic excellence and increased visibility of talented LGBTQ+ students in STEM careers. If you are a student currently enrolled, or know one that is, at any U.S.-based college or university that meets the eligibility requirements, you are encouraged to apply.  Download a tri-fold brochure about the NOGLSTP scholarship program to share with your colleagues.  The 2017 scholarship deadline is Saturday, June 10. Data2insight supports the mission and values of NOGLSTP....

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29 May Honoring and Remembering…

Monday, May 29, 2017 is Memorial Day.  Data2insight is taking a few moments to honor and remember the men and women who have died while serving in the U.S. military. Founder, Veronica S. Smith, comes from a family that has many military service members, and knows firsthand what sacrifices military service members and their families make on an off the battlefield. Please join us in saluting our military service men and women for their honor, courage, commitment, service, and the ultimate sacrifice....

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22 May #StrongGirlsStrongWomen in STEM!

Data2insight strives to encourage girls of all ages to find their place in the world of STEM.  We look to share our knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm for STEM to help those strong girls to become strong women in STEM. We were thrilled to read about the Girls Summit held in New York at the end of April.  The YWCA in collaboration with ESF, Syracuse University, Syracuse University’s STEP (Science, Technology Entry Program), and New York State CSTEP (Collegiate Science & Technology Entry Program) held the 9th annual event which aims to (1) spark the spirit, trigger the imagination and encourage young women to consider new and exciting career opportunities; (2) increase a girl’s interest in math, science and technology and in persistence with school; (3) provide girls with opportunities to meet and form personal contacts with women working in non- traditional fields; and (4) provide hands-on learning about alternative careers in a format that is committed to benefiting girls of all ethnicities, races, religions, abilities, and backgrounds. Looking for an event for your girl interested in STEM?  Check out Columbia University's Girls in STEM Initiative holding events across the country.  This initiative engages young women through hands-on instruction in STEM while developing their leadership and communication skills. Looking for an event more local?  Check out B-STEM Project, which focuses on helping young girls and women engage, learn, and grow in business and STEM related disciplines across industries.    ...

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16 May Gateway to Justice: Out of the Fire and into the Future

Our founder Veronica Smith is in St. Louis, Missouri this week at the 29th Annual Conference of the National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts. She will be on a panel titled "Measuring Progress to Move Forward Toward Equity" with Jennifer LaBaron, New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission and Luz Henriquez, Director for the Education Justice Program, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri. Veronica's presentation is titled "How to use data to make our justice system more just." #gatewaytojustice...

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03 May Key Note Speech

On May 2, 2017, data2insight founder and principal, Veronica S. Smith, delivers the key note speech at the St. Louis Silver Linings 2017 Conference.  This year's conference is focused on "edgy" and "forward-looking" technical topics to help attendees start to prepare for tomorrow. Veronica's key note speech kicks off the conference.  Following the key note, the conference will feature breakout sessions covering topics from data science, big data, machine learning, intelligent cloud, dev ops, tooling, and more! Want to see more about the sessions available?  Check them out here. Miss your chance at the conference and want a recap?  Check out the website for the conference for more information. If you are in the area, stop by and say a word of support to Veronica!  ...

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