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The Diversity Dilemma - Supporting our Sisters in STEM

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Keynote Presentation at Product Camp Melbourne by Paula Burton (Ngov) and Shennae Searle.

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The Diversity Dilemma - Supporting our Sisters in STEM

  1. 1. The Diversity Dilemma Supporting our sisters in STEM Paula Burton (Ngov) @paulangov Shennae Searle @shennaesearle #beautyOfTech
  2. 2. Transcript for Video 1 ■ Grade 6 Girls asked question “What did you used to think STEM was? ■ Student 1 - You said it would be something to do with Science and Technology and I said “I have no idea what that is”. And like I knew nothing at all about STEM, didn’t even know what it stood for. Nothing. ■ Student 2 - Well, I didn’t really know much about Science when I started, so I think I just left the question blank. ■ Student 3 - I knew a couple of things here and there from my dad. He’s a Project Manager, so I’ve been to his construction site and have seen what’s going on. ■ Student 4 - All I really knew is what it stood for. And I knew it was something to do with Science but I never knew more about it. Because in Year 2, I really wanted to do Science but I never got the opportunity to expand my interest in Science because we didn’t do a lot of it.
  3. 3. Term 1 2016 Results 1 Girl in Top 15 Australian Council for Education Research Standardised Science Testing
  4. 4. Intervention 1 . 5 Terms 1000% increase Australian Council for Education Research Standardised Science Testing Mid Term 2, 2016 Results 10 Girls in Top 15 Term 1 2016 Results 1 Girl in Top 15
  5. 5. Over 50% of the population is female, yet females only represent 20% of IT Professionals 25% of STEM workforce
  6. 6. Ada Lovelace (1815 – 1852) Tutored exclusively in math. Created the first algorithm intended to be carried out by such a machine. Grace Hopper (1906 – 1992) “Queen of Software” Math Professor, Computer Scientist Found a way to program computers using words rather than numbers — COBOL Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin (1900 - 1979) Figured out what the Sun was made of. Dissertation: ”The most brilliant PhD thesis ever written in astronomy"
  7. 7. Plenty of ponytails, very few females. #beautyOfTech
  8. 8. Why diversity? ■ High-performing teams, not ratios ■ Top companies with women on boards perform better ○ invigorates problem solving ○ balances biases ○ perspectives and values ○ facilitates specialization
  9. 9. Why diversity? ● In the US, women account for 85% of all consumer purchases ● We need to tap into as much of the population as possible ○ By 2022, Australia will need 700,000+ skilled ICT workers ○ 5.1 million jobs at risk from digital disruption over the next 20 years ○ If we shift just 1% of our workforce into STEM roles, we could see a $57.4bn increase in GDP Ref: PWC
  10. 10. The diversity dilemma ● Less women in the workforce ● Flexible work options ● Technical hiring habits ● Pervasiveness of technology ● ‘Bossy’ syndrome
  11. 11. The diversity dilemma ● Unconscious bias (halo effect) ● Shortage of talent coming through - you can’t be what you can’t see ● Children opt out of possible careers at kinder age http://theconversation.com/getting-in-early-to-avoid-gender-stereotyping-careers-39867
  12. 12. Who influenced you in choosing your career?
  13. 13. Teach you Visual Basic, I will. You can do it, Paula! #beautyOfTech
  14. 14. Intervention 1 . 5 Terms 1000% increase Australian Council for Education Research Standardised Science Testing Mid Term 2, 2016 Results 10 Girls in Top 15 Term 1 2016 Results 1 Girl in Top 15
  15. 15. How did we improve these results? ■ Perception ■ Connection to world/reality ■ Connection to experts/role models ■ Connection to cause
  16. 16. Computer Science + X #beautyOfTech
  17. 17. Tips to try on Monday When you get back to your desk #beautyOfTech
  18. 18. Keeping talent ■ Mind your culture ■ Connect people to cause ■ Internal initiatives rhokaustralia.org
  19. 19. Raise Awareness ■ Tracy Chou @triketora
  20. 20. Be human Know your audience renttherunway.com
  21. 21. HR team #BFF ■ Always interview women ■ You can go to market specifically for women ■ Re-define work/life balance ■ Check out Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA)Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and the Environment
  22. 22. Be a changemaker Tips to try - wherever, whenever #beautyOfTech
  23. 23. Talk tech up
  24. 24. Panel pledge Panel Pledge #panelhack http://bit.ly/1Hz29f9
  25. 25. Women in business Tech Tasters for Primary / Secondary Go Girl Go For IT
  26. 26. Be a Role Model You can’t be what you can’t see #beautyOfTech
  27. 27. #beautyOfTech “I believe if you’ve been successful in what you want to do in your life, then it’s your obligation to spend a good portion of your time sending the elevator back down.” Kevin Spacey
  28. 28. Transcript for Video 2 ■ Grade 6 Girls asked question “What do you think of STEM now? ○ Student 1 - I love it. Every time I had a session I’d be like “Oh I can’t wait for the next session!” ○ Student 2 - I found that it made my love for Science grow. ■ Grade 6 Girls asked question “What career do you think you’ll pursue?” ○ Student 3 - Either be a vet or engineer. So they both include Science. I didn’t really want to be an engineer but now I think it would be cool. ○ Student 4 - Architect, Forensic Scientist slash Detective. Or maybe some art on the side ○ Student 1 - Now I want to do something with Science, but also have that Journalist job. ○ Student 2 - I’ve always loved Forensics. I would love to meet people that do Forensics. ■ Grade 6 Girls asked question “What’s made the difference in the last year?” ○ Student 3 - I’ve kind of been more included in like, the Science sort of area. So I’ve kind of just gone along with it and now I really love it. ○ Student 4 - People around me. My dad, he talks about all this technical stuff and it’s made me want to learn about what he’s saying. ○ Student 2 - Show them what the outcome can be, what Science can do. And how it can help people.
  29. 29. Q and A RESOURCES ● Sheryl Sandberg on ‘bossy syndrome’ - http://bit.ly/1TvLiN1 ● Children ruling out careers that don’t fit with their gender at preschool age bit.ly/1FVWT3g ● Tracy Chou - Releasing gender numbers bit.ly/1LgtliM ● Women buy 85% of all consumer products -bit.ly/1EYITll ● Females in ICT stats bit.ly/2wehMHQ, and ABS ● Companies with women on boards perform better - bit.ly/1Dk1Vk0 Paula Burton (Ngov) @paulangov pburton@dius.com.au Always looking for great people to partner with Shennae Searle @shennaesearle shennae.searle@edumail.vic.gov.au Dr of Education (Current) Master of Education Specialising in Gifted Education Educational Consultant - Mensa ● Why diverse teams are smarter - bit.ly/2e8tqvX ● Jobs at risk from digital disruption - pwc.to/2xffK7d ● Shortage of skilled tech talent - bit.ly/2q8TXip ● Product Management Salary Survey - bit.ly/2wzkto9 ● Diversity - Phillips, K, Liljenquist, K.,& Neale, K. (2010) Heterogeneity can boost group performance stanford and North Western University ● Kevin Spacey speech - bit.ly/2wq0s2S

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