Today, GE Global Research is kicking-off our two-day Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Symposium. The event is aimed at discussing best practices for attracting, developing and retaining women in science and engineering roles. This event is part of the WISE program, led by the technology leadership across all GE businesses globally and sponsored by Mark Little, GE’s Senior Vice President of Technology.
Some key highlights to look forward to include a keynote address by Rosalind Hudnell, the Chief Diversity Officer at Intel. In addition, there will be officers from GE, NRG, present at this event. I’ll be blogging and tweeting from the event live, so be sure to follow our twitter hashtag, #GEWiseWords for information from the event (and for future events and discussion). My colleagues will also be there, tweeting live, so make sure you follow us this week on twitter!
Kristen Brosnan, Materials Scientist
Andrea Schmitz, Experienced Researcher
When we designed the WISE program, we did research both internally and externally and realized that GE is not alone, many organizations are working on attracting, developing and retaining women in science and engineering. So to keep these conversations going, we are blogging on related topics on the blog.
Through our posts, GE women technologists will lead conversations, sharing, conversing and connecting with other women in technology. By subscribing, you’ll receive wise words from women starting, continuing or at the peak of their careers in technology and women learning how to balance their careers and other commitments.
As a female scientist, many of these issues are close to my heart as I navigate through my career as a scientist while balancing being a new mom and working in technology at GE. I’ve blogged in the past about women in science issues — specifically, the alarming rates that women leave science and technology careers in Navigating the Glass Maze. There seems to be a consistent stream of media around the reasons why women leave science and technology, for example this issue was featured in a recent broadcast on NPR’s All Things Considered and an article on Live Science. I am very excited to be a part of the conversation around these issues and that GE is spearheading these issues and encouraging open dialogue through our posts. We would love to hear from women technologists or women studying science and technology on what issues you feel are important to talk about. Please feel free to share any thoughts in the comment box below. I sincerely hope you will join me and my colleagues in the conversation!