The 2016 BIFF Global Town Hall has been generously sponsored by Brad Feld and Amy Batchelor.
1. Take the unconscious bias test at projectimplicit.com.
2. Visit the NCWIT resources page at ncwit.org/resources.
3. Track your company’s @DiversityData at opendiversitydata.org.
4. Join the sitwithme.org and get a red chair for the office.
5. Stop observing and start acting; no more single gender panels.
Watch the Complete Global Town Hall 2016
By 2020, there are going to be 1 million unfilled jobs in coding in the U.S. Although women today comprise half the world’s population and more than half of the U.S. professional workforce, they play only a small roles in inventing the technology of tomorrow. Why?
Join our esteemed panel, including Robin Hauser Reynolds, the filmmaker of a thought-provoking new documentary, CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap. This film takes a hard look at why more girls and people of color are not seeking careers in computer science.
CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap
Screened at the Boulder Theater on Friday, March 4th at 10:00 am.
Join the conversation live at eTown Hall or online via Google Hangout at 1:00 pm.
In one of history’s great ironies, computer coding was invented by a woman, Admiral Grace Hopper, in the 1940s. Yet today, women hold only a tiny percentage of software engineering jobs. How did this happen? Tech jobs are growing three times faster than our colleges are producing computer science graduates, and there is a vast well of unfilled software engineering jobs in the U.S. This film takes a hard look at the reasons why more girls and people of color are not seeking careers in computer science, and opens a dialogue on how cultural mindsets, stereotypes, educational hurdles and sexism play a role in this mounting crisis. No other film has attempted to capture this reality faced by a new generation of women.
We are excited to announce that Helen Forster will open the Global Town Hall!
Co-Host, Co-Founder and Executive Producer of eTown
Helen oversees virtually all aspects of the production of each live eTown taping, produces the program’s eChievement Award segment and contributes as writer/editor. Helen is also an accomplished professional actress, vocalist and voice-over talent.
Co-Founder of Merge Lane
Conversation crafted and moderated by Sue Heilbronner, co-founder of Merge Lane, a start-up accelerator broadening the on-ramp for women-run companies. Sue’s career spans a broad landscape from federal prosecutor with the US Department of Justice, to founding an online baby gift company in 1999 to digital marketing maven to adjunct law professor, mentor and angel investor.
Robin Hauser Reynolds
Director and producer of Code: Debugging the Gender Gap
Founder and Executive Director of Black Girls CODE
Director of Photography for Lighting at Pixar and Boulder High School Graduate
Nationally renowned researcher specializing in identity development in relation to STEM learning and career pathways
Aspirations in National Award winner, Notre Dame student and founder of STEM club at Denver’s George Washington High School
SendGrid’s Senior Director of People and champion of diversity
The Honorable Jared Polis
Representing Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District since 2008 and a champion of women in technology