Before You Sign the Offer: Hallmarks of a Welcoming Culture for Technical Women - Oct 12 2012 at 1:00pm PST
Caroline Simard, PhD
STEM Diversity Consultant, Associate Director, Office of Diversity and Leadership, Stanford School of Medicine, Board Member, Ada Initiative
Approximate time: 1 Hour with Q&A
You are on the job market, considering a new career move, or planning your next step. Perhaps you are lucky enough to be entertaining offers from multiple companies. Are you interviewing your potential employers as diligently as they are interviewing you? The fact is, the culture and the group you select will be important factors in your future career success. Unwelcoming cultures, inflexible schedules, unsupportive managers, lack of support, and bias and stereotyping are known barriers to women in technology fields and key sources of turnover. What should you look for in a work culture as a technical woman? These factors depend on which career stage you are at. In this webinar, we will discuss the known hallmarks of a sound culture for technical women, and the specific questions you should ask before saying "I do."
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Caroline is passionate about building better workplaces for women and underrepresented minority talent in STEM fields through evidence-based solutions. She is Associate Director of Diversity and Leadership at the Stanford School of Medicine, responsible for the implementation of a novel approach for career flexibility in academia. Prior to joining Stanford, Caroline was Vice President of Research and Executive Programs at the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology, where she led the creation and dissemination of solutions to further diversity in scientific and technical careers in industry and academia, working with leading technology companies and academic institutions. Prior to ABI, Simard was a Researcher at the Center for Social Innovation of the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Caroline holds a PhD in communication studies from Stanford University. Her written work has focused on technical human and social capital, solutions to recruit and retain technical women, underrepresented minorities in STEM, the diffusion of best practices, open innovation, regional clusters of innovation, and social networks. Caroline is a board member of the Ada Initiative, an organization dedicated to increasing the representation of women in Open Source. Outside of work, Caroline is known as a foodie who enjoys spending time with family and friends.