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Girls Coming to Tech!

Amy Sue Bix, Ph.D.
Tuesday, June 9
1 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

‘Girls Coming to Tech!’:  A History of American Engineering Education for Women was published by MIT Press in January, 2014.It analyzes the story of how women gained entrance to the traditionally male field of engineering in American higher education, looking at both individual experiences and institutional evolution. Her book explores the history of female engineering students before and during World War II, as well as three detailed case studies of postwar engineering coeducation, at Georgia Tech, Caltech, and MIT.

About the Speaker:

Amy Sue Bix is an associate professor in the History Department at Iowa State University and director of ISU’s Center for Historical Studies of Technology and Science. Bix has also published a number of articles, book chapters, and essays connected to her specialty in the history of women and gender in science, technology, and medicine. Her subjects include the history of gender and alternative medicine, breast cancer and AIDS research funding, gender and the body in Islamic culture, gendered consumerism and home repair, and the history of female aviators, physicians, and home economists.

Bix also publishes more broadly in the history of science, technology, and medicine. Her book Inventing Ourselves Out of Jobs?: America's Debate over Technological Unemployment, 1929-1981 appeared with Johns Hopkins University Press in 2000. She has also published on the history of eugenics, post-WWII physics and engineering, and steampunk culture.

In 2014, Bix won the Betty Vetter Award for Research from WEPAN (the Women in Engineering ProActive Network), recognizing notable achievement in research related to women in engineering.

Also check out Bix's article Women are NOT for Engineering

Putting Faces to the Statistics: Experiences and Strategies for Retaining Women of Color in STEM

Hosted by Carmen Sidbury, Ph.D and Stephanie G. Adams Ph.D

Tuesday, June 9
5:15 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Although women remain underrepresented in STEM fields, as late as 2008 underrepresented minority women comprised only 2% of full-time full professors with STEM doctorates. This panel session led by Carmen Sidbury, Ph.D and Stephanie G. Adams Ph.D. will feature distinguished women of color in STEM leadership positions. It aims to foster dialogue toward building stronger alliances between WEPAN members that span gender and racial differences with the goal of identifying and addressing the special challenges facing women of color, both students and faculty, in STEM fields. In addition, it will serve as a vehicle to promote successful role models for minority women in STEM and shed light for attendees on issues that pertain specifically to women of color within the broader spectrum of women in STEM.

About the Hosts:

Carmen Sidbury is associate provost for Research at Spelman College.  In this role, she provides leadership for the cultivation of research capabilities at the college, and assists in the coordination of activities associated with undergraduate student research and research training programs.  She is also leading campus wide initiatives to strengthen the infrastructure and the development of policies and procedures that facilitate involvement of faculty in research and scholarly pursuits.

Dr. Sidbury is a seasoned professional with flexibility and adaptability rooted in a broad experience base, which includes experience in industry, government, and higher education institutions. She has developed strong relationships with local and national programs and serves as a diversity champion to promote the participation of underrepresented minorities in science and engineering.


Stephanie Adams is the Department Head and Professor of Engineering Education  at  Virginia  Tech. She served as Associate  Dean  for Undergraduate Studies in the School  of  Engineering  at  Virginia  Commonwealth University from  2008 - 2010  and  from  1998 -2008 she was a faculty member  and  administrator at the University of Nebraska -Lincoln (UNL). She also held the following positions while at UNL: Interim Associate Dean, Graduate Studies;  Assistant  Dean for  Research and  Associate  Dean  for  Undergraduate  Education, both in the College of Engineering. 

Her  research  interests  include  Team  Effectiveness,  Collaborative  and  Active  Learning, Engineering  Education,  and  Quality  Control  and  Management. In  2003  she  received  the CAREER  award  from the  NSF  to  support  her  goal  of designing, developing  and validating a model for the facilitation of effective teaming in the engineering classroom.


Clash! How To Thrive in a Multicultural World

Hazel Rose Markus, Ph.D., and Alana Conner, Ph.D
Wednesday, June 10
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Hazel Markus and Alana Conner are culture research rock stars! They are among the foremost thinkers and researchers on culture as it relates to diversity and inclusion. Their book CLASH! and their work on interdependent-independent cultural styles will give us a fuller understanding of engineering culture. Markus and Conner will engage us in using culture research to build engineering cultures that embrace inclusion and diversity and are better for everyone.

About the Speakers:

Hazel Rose Markus is the Davis-Brack Professor in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, where she studies how culture, race, ethnicity, social class, and gender make and mirror individual psychologies. A pioneer in the field of cultural psychology, she is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a recipient of the American Psychological Association's Award for Distinguished Scientific Contribution. She is a Faculty Director of Stanford SPARQ: Social Psychological Answers to Real-world Questions, founder and former director of Stanford's Research Institute of the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, and co-director of Stanford's Mind, Culture and Society Laboratory. She received her PhD in psychology from the University of Michigan


Alana Conner is a cultural scientist who studies, writes about, and consults on culture, psychology, and health. As the executive director of Stanford SPARQ: Social Psychological Answers to Real-world Questions, she helps create and share evidence-based solutions to social problems. She collaborates with clients like The World Bank, Kaiser Permanente, and the Stanford School of Medicine to design interventions that enhance the wellbeing of diverse people around the world. Her writings have appeared in many outlets, including The New York Times, The Huffington Post, and the Stanford Social Innovation Review, where she served as senior editor for five years. She received her PhD in psychology from Stanford University.

Praise for CLASH! 

“This book is a passkey that opens many doors. Using one simple principle, Clash! explains some of the most bedeviling cultural divides in our workplaces and communities. It’s mandatory reading for teachers, managers, and parents who want to raise their kids to succeed in a multicultural world.”—Chip Heath, PhD, coauthor, Switch: How To Change When Change Is Hard

“What a brilliant, eye-opening book! Filled with insight, and based on fascinating original research, Clash! offers a way to understand and break through some of the deepest cultural divides of our time. It’s a page-turner — fun, witty, engagingly written.”—Amy Chua, author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

“If you fear that cultural, political, and class differences are tearing America apart, read this important book to learn how we can turn some of our differences into strengths.”—Jonathan Haidt, PhD, author of The Righteous Mind

Measuring Culture Change Using the Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks

Joan Buccigrossi
Wednesday, June 10
5:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.

How do you measure something as abstract and intangible as culture change in an organization? Certain aspects of diversity and inclusion can be measured with traditional demographic metrics. How many women are in leadership roles or what is the percentage of women and people of color recruited into the organization in a given period of time? While these metrics are important, they only tell part of the story. Learn how Rockwell Automation and Harley-Davidson used the Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks tool to drive and measure culture change toward building a more inclusive workplace for all employees.

Joan Buccigrossi, PhD, formerly the Director of Global Diversity and Inclusion at Rockwell Automation, and Tchernavia Rocker, General Manager, Employee Relations & Workplace Environment at Harley-Davidson Motor Co., will tell you how they adapted the GDIB to guide the diversity and inclusion efforts of leaders and employees in their The GDIB was developed by Julie O’Mara and Alan Richter, working with an 80-person Expert Panel from around the world, to illustrate the breadth, scope, and relationship of various categories of work that comprise diversity and inclusion work. The 13 categories in four groups – Foundation, Bridging, Internal and External – are usable for all types and sizes of organizations in all sectors around the world. The GDIB is free of change but permission is required. Contact Julie O’Mara at Tool (GDIB)

About the Speaker:

Joan Buccigrossi is a highly regarded leader in diversity and inclusion. She has extensive global corporate and consulting experience and proven skills in leadership development, cultural change, race relations, organizational development, and employee engagement. In her recent role as Director of Global Inclusion and Engagement for Rockwell Automation, Joan lead the company’s diversity, inclusion and engagement efforts world-wide, in partnership with business leaders, employees, and HR professionals. Rockwell Automation is a Fortune 500 company with $6.35 billion in sales, operations in 81 countries, and 22,000 employees. Prior to that, she was the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Kellogg Company, producer of cereal and convenience foods around the world.

Throughout her career, Joan has gained international experience consulting with global companies such as Whirlpool, GE, and Mobil Corporation (now Exxon/Mobil). She has worked in-country in Bolivia, Hungary, and Switzerland as an international film producer. Joan received her doctorate in Organization Systems and Development from Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, California, with a focus on intercultural competencies and working across differences. She holds a master’s degree in Human Development from Fielding and a bachelor’s degree in education and English from The College of St. Rose in Albany, New York.


Closing Plenary

Thursday, June 11
11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

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