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Ada Lovelace Celebration- By ThoughtWorks


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This year ThoughtWorks hosted a By ThoughtWorks special breakfast event, in celebration of Ada Lovelace Day.

Ada Lovelace Day is a celebration of the achievements of women in STEM and aims to create new role models who will encourage more women to follow STEM careers.

Our four speakers shared insights into how we can get young women interested in tech careers, how we can retain great women technologists and close the gender pay gap, and the experience of a successful woman leader in building great organisational cultures.

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Ada Lovelace Celebration- By ThoughtWorks

  1. 1. © ThoughtWorks 2018 ADA LOVELACE DAY 2018 MELBOURNE Kelly Benson, Jaksha Shah, Samantha McIntyre (Sussan) & Ann Nicholson (Monash University)
  2. 2. Tweet this event with #ThoughtWorks
  3. 3. Ann Nicholson Encouraging & Celebrating Women in Tech
  4. 4. Ada Lovelace Day Encouraging & Celebrating Women in Tech Prof. Ann Nicholson, Faculty of IT October 9, 2018
  5. 5. 5 How do girls end up in tech? My story
  6. 6. 6 The Ada Programming Language Ada is a structured, statically typed, imperative, and object- oriented high- level computer programming language, extended from Pascal and other languages. It has built-in language support for design-by-contract, extremely strong typing, explicit concurrency, tasks, synchronous message passing, protected objects, and non-determinism. (Wikipedia)
  7. 7. 7 How do girls end up in tech? Ada’s story
  8. 8. 8 How do girls end up in tech? Ada’s story
  9. 9. 9 How do girls end up in tech? Ada’s story
  10. 10. 10 How are we doing?
  11. 11. 11 ▪ 1991: Ellen Spertus at MIT AI Lab Tech Report “Why are there so few female computer scientists?” ▪ 1997 the 4th Australian Women in Computing Workshop – Panel: “Improving retention rates of women in computing courses: what’s been tried, what works, what doesn’t.” – Panel: “Attracting girls into computing: more than hacking and playing computer games.” ▪ 1998: “Progression or stagnation: Women’s Involvement in IT courses”. A Review of Findings (Monash Uni Report) Back in the 1990s…
  12. 12. 12 How are we doing? • Across the board, the female students are doing better – higher average marks, higher progress rates
  13. 13. 13 What’s being done to encourage girls into STEM? • Monash Faculty of IT offer 50 scholarships ($6K) to female students entering our undergraduate degrees
  14. 14. Jaksha Shah Kelly Benson@_kellybenson _ @jakshas
  16. 16. ©ThoughtWorks 2018 WE’VE ALL HEARD THE 16 “REASONS”
  17. 17. “Women’s greater time out of the workforce impacts career progression” “Discrimination and bias in hiring and pay decisions” “Female-dominated industries attract lower wages” “Men are more likely than women to negotiate for what they want” “Women do a disproportionate share of unpaid caring and domestic work”
  18. 18. "the power of compound interest - the most powerful force in the universe" Albert Einstein YEAR 1 $45,000 $40,000 YEAR 10 $60,500 $53,700 $5,000 $6,700 THE COMPOUNDING PROBLEM
  19. 19. 100 To close the global gap 14.6% Australia’s Full-Time Gender Pay Gap YEARS IT’S A GLOBAL PROBLEM in New Zealand in the USA in South Korea 9.5% 17.5% 36.7%
  20. 20. SO WHO’S RESPONSIBLE FOR CHANGE? Organisations Management Individuals
  21. 21. HOW CAN ORGANISATIONS CHANGE? CREATE TRANSPARENCY Visibility into pay Transparent & clear policy SUPPORT LEADERS AND MANAGERS Unconscious bias training Education and advocacy COLLECT & ANALYSE DATA Look for patterns emerging in the data Publish promotion and exit stats for men & women CHAMPION EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES Create equal opportunities Set equal expectations
  22. 22. FIGHT UNCONSCIOUS BIAS Unfair comparisons Training and support PROMOTE DIVERSE CULTURE Recognise men and women approach salary negotiation differently BE SPECIFIC WITH EXPECTATIONS Goals and steps to improve Listening Specific Feedback MANAGERS OR LEADERS CAN...
  23. 23. 2 3 LET’S TALK ABOUT YOU
  24. 24. DO YOUR HOMEWORK What are you worth? Can you clearly define your expectations? Are you able to articulate your achievements?
  25. 25. LEARN TO NEGOTIATE Negotiation is a skill Be open to discussion Ask for clarity, or next steps
  26. 26. BE PROACTIVE Set goals Listen and demonstrate you can action feedback Actively think about what career progression means to you
  27. 27. IN SUMMARY Organisations Management Individuals
  28. 28. For questions or suggestions: THANK YOU Kelly Benson - @_kellybenson_ Jaksha Shah - @jakshas
  29. 29. Samantha McIntyre Building great Cultures, teams and talent that deliver and transform the work that organisations do!
  30. 30. ©ThoughtWorks 2018 Commercial in Confidence What does that mean? 3 0
  31. 31. 3 1 Work People Customers Yo u
  32. 32. 3 2 WORK
  33. 33. 3 3 Prioritise the major work. Make the work visible. Work on less. Start what you can finish. Don’t start before you start. Follow the work.
  34. 34. 3 4 PEOPLE
  35. 35. 35 Spend time with your team everyday. Help your team shine. Unlock the unwritten rules and what they mean.
  36. 36. 36 CUSTOMERS
  37. 37. 37 Spend time observing, listening and talking to real Customers.
  38. 38. 38 Yo u
  39. 39. 39 Purpose Learning Doing
  40. 40. ©ThoughtWorks 2018 Commercial in Confidence Advocating and celebrating women 40 Hire, promote, mentor, help and advocate for other women.
  41. 41. Q & A Tweet this event with #ThoughtWorks