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STATEMENT FROM THE BOARD

It’s is the eve of our 2nd WiSTEM Gender Summit and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome all of you tomorrow. We have lined up an outstanding roster of expert speakers who are eager to share their contributions to this important body of work.  It is our honor and delight to convene this critical conversation designed to focus on Behavioral Science; the framework for effecting dynamic, lasting change and designing products and solutions to do so. 

 

We can all agree on the need for a cultural shift in order to allow all genders to thrive.  This is why we prefer to bring diverse parties into the conversation: how do we design effective solutions and approaches to change or combat the behaviors of bad actors if we don’t know how they think? Throughout tomorrow’s Summit, just like the program we piloted at a local high school to encourage STEM in girls of color, our discussions will continue to navigate different approaches in a respectful manner.

 

We also want to applaud the initiative and commitment of founder, Meera Kaul, and the courageous and hard work of the WISTEM Gender Summit organizing team in planning this event and the agility required to work around the challenges and concerns raised regarding our original speaker lineup. As always, we are committed to incorporating feedback from the community to make the Summit a success. 
 

MKF is almost exclusively run on volunteer efforts and the Board is no exception. We share a commitment to create options for a better world by seeking solutions based on inclusive discourse involving a wide array of stakeholders. We are confident that tomorrow's Summit will offer valuable takeaways for participants; foster new threads of discussion; make room for fresh perspectives; and ultimately result in lasting change which, over time, will yield a better world for all. 

 

The MKF Board of Directors

 

 

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Statement From WiSTEM Gender Summit

We are four days from  our second annual WiSTEM Gender Summit, and could not be more excited. We are more committed than ever to our goals and objectives: to create a welcoming, safe space for Women in STEM, with a focus on gender issues including equality, empowerment, and freedom from any form of harassment.

 An important topic is sexual harassment in the workplace.  This is a challenging topic to discuss, and aspects of our agenda and speaker lineup was a strong source of concern and distress for some women.  We hear them, and do not take these issues casually. After conferring with participants and stakeholders, we made changes to the agenda and speaker lineup to address these concerns.  We hope we were successful in doing so and remain committed to trying to incorporate any constructive feedback we receive.

We are determined to continue the important work of seeking solutions based on inclusive discourse involving a wide array of stakeholders. We are confident that the upcoming summit will offer valuable takeaways for participants, foster new threads of discussion and make room for fresh perspectives. We can all agree on the need for a cultural shift in order to allow all genders to thrive without always being in lockstep on how to achieve it. We will continue to navigate these different approaches in a respectful and constructive manner.

 

For The Media

MEDIA ADVISORY (UPDATED) 


WiSTEM’S GENDER SUMMIT TO COMBAT SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND BIAS

IN STEM FIELDS

Summit seeks science-based solutions to issues brought on by the #MeToo movement   Friday, March 16, 2018

Mountain View, Calif. (March 12, 2018) – The #MeToo movement has rocked Silicon Valley and the nation as allegations of harassment and gender discrimination continue to make headlines. Silicon Valley non-profit WiSTEM is holding their second annual Gender Summit and Women in STEM Gender Diversity Awards on Friday, March 16, 2018. The summit’s goal is to accelerate the eradication of gender bias and harassment in science and technology (STEM) fields.

"The Gender Summit is about moving beyond the emotions of hashtags towards actionable plans for creating better workplaces supported by academic research from multiple disciplines,” said Erin Cizan, WiSTEM conference manager.  “The #MeToo movement has created great energy and visibility around a systemic problem for women worldwide.” Cizan continues, “This summit gives hope for women – and men – who are advocates, allies, and mentors to women in their workplaces looking for real solutions."

In a day of powerful panel discussions and engaging keynotes, issues that will be addressed include:

·       Why women drop out of the workforce as their careers progress

·       What behavioral science tells us about sexual harassment and its actors

·       Engaging men in the success of women: How do we create a safe world?

·       The Neuroscience of Gender Equality: How an Equal Brain works

·       How men can become mentors and supporters of women

The conference begins with the Women in STEM Gender Diversity Awards presentation followed by panel discussions and keynote presentations. Categories include research, diversity, best practices, gender champion, game changer and diversity and inclusion champion of the year.

To schedule interviews contact Kimberly Hathaway at 415-994-1097 or kimberly@spritzsf.com

 

 

We are confident that the upcoming summit will offer valuable takeaways for participants, foster new threads of discussion and make room for fresh perspectives.