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Ask SGO: How do we hold multiple truths at the same time?

In Ask SGO, Blog, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion by Rachel Sadler

So having multiple truths makes me think about quantum mechanics. And, just a caveat: I’m not a scientist and I don’t know science things. But quantum mechanics essentially is the study of the smallest parts of our universe, such as atoms, protons, and neutrons. When we start to hone in on these tiny parts of our universe, they present us …

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Ask SGO: How can we foster inclusion across teams?

In Ask SGO, Blog, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion by Rachel Sadler

How can organizations build cross-functional teams that are truly inclusive? These teams are better positioned to solve problems efficiently and support their employees, but there are some specifics you need to know. Rachel Sadler, DEI Facilitator for She+ Geeks Out, gives tips for how to foster inclusion across teams. Something came up yesterday when we were talking about inclusivity and …

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Ask SGO: How can teams build trust virtually?

In Ask SGO, Blog, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion by Rachel Sadler

After almost two years of working remotely, workplaces and organizations are trying to figure out how to move forward. Rachel Sadler, DEI Facilitator for She+ Geeks Out, gives tips for how to strengthen teams and build trust virtually. Teams can build trust virtually by primarily focusing on relationships. When we’re in the workplace, we get to chat around the water …

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A Guided Meditation for Workplace Stress

In Ask SGO, Blog, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion by She+ Geeks Out

We are thrilled to team up with Crystal Augustono from Temple Honey Healing, to bring a meditation for self care to our community in honor of World Mental Health Day. Rest and care are essential as we work to abolish inequity in the workplace and beyond. Enjoy this brief, guided meditation as you center yourself, leave distractions behind, and indulge …

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Ask SGO: Allyship in Action

In Ask SGO, Blog, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion by Felicia Jadczak

So we’re talking a lot about allyship, especially how to be an ally in the workplace these days. But what I find is that we don’t always know what do you actually do as an ally? And for me, the whole definition around acting and serving as an ally is hinged on that word “act.” What do you do? What …

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Ten Recent TV Shows That Pass the Bechdel Test

In Blog, Resources by Rachel Murray

A few years ago, we compiled a list of recent TV shows and movies that pass the Bechdel test and thought it was time to revisit this with a focus on TV – we live in a golden age of television! As a reminder, the Bechdel test is named after Alison Bechdel who introduced the concept as part of her …

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Assessing Your Current DEI Initiatives

In Blog, Community, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion by Rachel Sadler

The events of the past year and half have prompted many organizations to make significant changes in their diversity, equity, and inclusion (‘DEI’) efforts. Remember – we initially started this conversation with how to select the right DEI facilitator, but what happens next? Once you get the proverbial ball rolling, how do you assess whether or not your DEI efforts …

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Ask SGO: How do we hold multiple truths at the same time?

In Ask SGO, Blog, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion by Rachel Sadler

So having multiple truths makes me think about quantum mechanics. And, just a caveat: I’m not a scientist and I don’t know science things. But quantum mechanics essentially is the study of the smallest parts of our universe, such as atoms, protons, and neutrons. When we start to hone in on these tiny parts of our universe, they present us …

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Episode 107: Felicia & Rachel Try Not To Panic-Spiral About 2022

In Blog, Community, The She+ Geeks Out Podcast by She+ Geeks Out

Rachel Murray and Felicia Jadczak sat down in early December to recap 2021 and make predictions for 2022. They get dark at times (when looking at the past year, who could help it?), and attempt to pull each other out of their panic spirals- to varying levels of success. We’re covering politics, attempted coups, Animal Crossing, alien overlords, annoying beauty …

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Top 5 Blog Posts of 2021

In Blog by Vienna DeGiacomo

In so many ways, 2021 felt like 2020 Part 2. But while it wasn’t the year we hoped for, there were bright spots in what people were looking for. When we look at the top viewed posts published on the She+ Geeks Out blog this year, we see people looking to see how they can get involved in equity work. …

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Holiday Gift Guide 2021: Books!

In Blog, Holiday Gifts Guide by Vienna DeGiacomo

This year, we’re rounding up some of our top picks that our team members read this year. These are some of the excellent books that have been featured in our newsletter’s SGO Shares section in 2021. For more recommendations, make sure to sign up for our DEI newsletter, and also check out the 2021 DEI Book Club list. Visit more …

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Celebrating Inclusively

In Blog, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion by Rachel Sadler

The holiday season is well underway with many people participating in or preparing for a myriad of cultural celebrations housed in the months of December and January. And while companies already have their version of holiday parties planned and ready to go in the upcoming days, this is still a good time to consider your company’s approach to holiday celebration …

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Assessing Your Current DEI Initiatives

In Blog, Community, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion by Rachel Sadler

The events of the past year and half have prompted many organizations to make significant changes in their diversity, equity, and inclusion (‘DEI’) efforts. Remember – we initially started this conversation with how to select the right DEI facilitator, but what happens next? Once you get the proverbial ball rolling, how do you assess whether or not your DEI efforts …

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Episode 107: Felicia & Rachel Try Not To Panic-Spiral About 2022

In Blog, Community, The She+ Geeks Out Podcast by She+ Geeks Out

Rachel Murray and Felicia Jadczak sat down in early December to recap 2021 and make predictions for 2022. They get dark at times (when looking at the past year, who could help it?), and attempt to pull each other out of their panic spirals- to varying levels of success. We’re covering politics, attempted coups, Animal Crossing, alien overlords, annoying beauty …

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Episode 106: Digital Accessibility with Perkins Access

In Blog, Community, The She+ Geeks Out Podcast by She+ Geeks Out

In honor of October’s designation of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, we spoke with our friends, Taylor Snook, and Jennifer Sagalyn from Perkins Access about digital accessibility. Perkins Access is the digital accessibility group from Perkins School for the Blind. Perkins Access partners with organizations of all kinds to help them create digital products, services and experiences that engage and …

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Episode 105: Beyond Leaning In with Melanie Ho

In Blog, Community, The She+ Geeks Out Podcast by She+ Geeks Out

Melanie Ho, author of BEYOND LEANING IN: Gender Equity and What Organizations are Up Against, sits down with Rachel and Felicia to discuss the cumulative and ripple effects of discrimination against women in the workplace. The novel offers unique insights in a fictionalized (but very familiar) office as men and women try (and often fail) to create an equitable and …

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Episode 104: Meghan Markle and The Royally Toxic Institution of Whiteness

In Blog, Community, The She+ Geeks Out Podcast by She+ Geeks Out

She+ Geeks Out Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion facilitators Fatima Dainkeh and Jacquis Watters sit down to respond to Oprah With Meghan And Harry: A CBS Primetime Special. Fatima and Jacquis look at the Royal Family’s connection to and complicity with the institutions of whiteness and white supremacy, and why it’s dangerous to separate institutions from people. They also dive into the …

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Episode 103: The Wonderful World of DEI Metrics with Erika Powell

In Blog, Community, The She+ Geeks Out Podcast by She+ Geeks Out

To learn more about goal setting and meaningfully measuring DEI metrics, read Measuring Diversity and Inclusion Meaningfully Diversity, equity, and inclusion experts Felicia Jadczak, Fatima Dainkeh, and Erika Powell talk about the myriad of ways companies can meaningfully measure the impact of DEI programs, how to move on from initial benchmarking data, destigmatizing DEI data, what metrics are important to …

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Meditation for Self Care

In Blog, Community by Vienna DeGiacomo

She+ Geeks Out teamed up with mindfulness educator Sarah Jane Shangraw to bring a meditation for self care to our community. Rest and care are essential as we work to abolish inequity in the workplace and beyond. Enjoy this 20 minute meditation as you center yourself, leave distractions behind, and indulge in self care for times of crisis and change. …

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What’s Your Voting Plan?

In Blog, Community, Persist by Vienna DeGiacomo

Every election, it’s important to prepare a voting plan. Throw in a global pandemic, protests, voter suppression attempts, postal insanity, and an election where our survival literally hangs in the balance, and whew, friends, we’ve got a hot, steamy 2020 mess. As we count down to November 3, 2020, here are some questions you need to be asking yourself to …

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She+ Geeks Out Daily Routine Since COVID-19: Co-CEO Rachel Murray

In Blog, COVID-19 by Rachel Murray

This is the second part of a series where we share the daily routine of each member on the She+ Geeks Out team! It’s been over two months since we’ve been physically distancing and mostly staying at home. As a company, many things are in the air so we’ve been embracing the uncertainty and our co-founders have been extremely transparent …

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How to Transition to Working from Home: Update

In Blog, COVID-19, Resources by Felicia Jadczak

The She+ Geeks Out team has been fully working from home for approximately two months at this point. While we were a blended team beforehand with roughly half our team predominantly remote, the past few months have seen everyone settling into a remote-first work environment. When we initially realized that due to COVID-19 concerns we (and many other organizations) would …

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She+ Geeks Out Daily Routine Since COVID-19: Co-CEO Felicia Jadczak

In Blog, COVID-19 by Felicia Jadczak

This is the first part of a series where we share the daily routine of each member on the She+ Geeks Out team! It’s been two months since we’ve been physically distancing and mostly staying at home. As a company, many things are in the air so we’ve been embracing the uncertainty and our co-founders have been extremely transparent and …

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ASK SGO: How can we support our colleagues who observe Ramadan during COVID?

In Blog, COVID-19, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion by Rachel Murray

Ramadan Mubarak to those observing the month of Ramadan During this time, many Muslims around the world will be fasting from sunrise to sunset, praying, reflecting, and thinking of ways to gather as a community. This year community gatherings will look different since many of us are practicing physical distancing as best as we can. As a result, there are …

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Supporting Our Colleagues During Times of Crisis Webinar Recap

In Blog, COVID-19, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion by Fatima Dainkeh

This blog post is a recap of our webinar hosted on April 15th: Supporting Our Colleagues During Times of Crisis featuring Dr. Charmain F. Jackman, Dean of Health & Health Wellness at Boston Arts Academy. Get access to all of our diversity, equity, and inclusion webinars Dr. Charmain F. Jackman shared her wisdom and resources to help us think of …

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Podcast Episode 93: Crushing COVID with Karina Popovich

In Blog, Community, COVID-19, The She+ Geeks Out Podcast by She+ Geeks Out

Karina Popovich is a first year student at Cornell, but that barely defines her, as she’s also a serial entrepreneur (read, problem solver). She is a self-defined maker who is currently bringing together a community of other makers to create 3D printed face shields for health care workers on the front lines of the coronavirus crisis. An avid lover of …

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Why is diversity, equity, and inclusion more important in times of crisis?

In Blog, COVID-19, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion by Felicia Jadczak

How are we thinking and talking about the issues around diversity, equity, and inclusion in this new reality- in this new age of coronavirus that we find ourselves living through? I’ve seen an interesting shift in a lot of the partners and companies and clients that we’ve been chatting and working with. Some companies are really doubling down and putting …

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Recap: Our First Virtual Geek Out

In Blog, COVID-19 by Rachel Murray

We like to say that because we’re a small team, it’s easier for us to be nimble; boy are we glad we can be nimble during times like this! As many of you know, one of our core ways to create community has been our in-person events. So, needless to say, when those weren’t possible anymore, we were nervous. We …

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Assessing Your Current DEI Initiatives

In Blog, Community, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion by Rachel Sadler

The events of the past year and half have prompted many organizations to make significant changes in their diversity, equity, and inclusion (‘DEI’) efforts. Remember – we initially started this conversation with how to select the right DEI facilitator, but what happens next? Once you get the proverbial ball rolling, how do you assess whether or not your DEI efforts …

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Ask SGO: How do we hold multiple truths at the same time?

In Ask SGO, Blog, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion by Rachel Sadler

So having multiple truths makes me think about quantum mechanics. And, just a caveat: I’m not a scientist and I don’t know science things. But quantum mechanics essentially is the study of the smallest parts of our universe, such as atoms, protons, and neutrons. When we start to hone in on these tiny parts of our universe, they present us …

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Celebrating Inclusively

In Blog, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion by Rachel Sadler

The holiday season is well underway with many people participating in or preparing for a myriad of cultural celebrations housed in the months of December and January. And while companies already have their version of holiday parties planned and ready to go in the upcoming days, this is still a good time to consider your company’s approach to holiday celebration …

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Ask SGO: How can we foster inclusion across teams?

In Ask SGO, Blog, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion by Rachel Sadler

How can organizations build cross-functional teams that are truly inclusive? These teams are better positioned to solve problems efficiently and support their employees, but there are some specifics you need to know. Rachel Sadler, DEI Facilitator for She+ Geeks Out, gives tips for how to foster inclusion across teams. Something came up yesterday when we were talking about inclusivity and …

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Rethinking Thanksgiving 2021

In Blog, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion by She+ Geeks Out

For the past few years, we have shared some thoughts and resources on why we should rethink Thanksgiving (and how we choose to celebrate it, or not). This year, we have another opportunity to do just that: rethink what, how, and why we choose to celebrate this holiday. For many people, Thanksgiving 2021 will be the first time that they’ll …

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November DEI Virtual Meetup: Moving Forward- DEI Trends and Focus Areas for 2022

In Blog, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Events by She+ Geeks Out

The issues affecting our world and workplaces have forced us to critically think about what is not only needed, but also possible for our organizations and employees to thrive. From changes to office structures, hiring, engagement and strategic plans, many companies continue to center diversity, equity and inclusion in all efforts. Through these changes, we’ve learned a lot about organizational …

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Ask SGO: How can teams build trust virtually?

In Ask SGO, Blog, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion by Rachel Sadler

After almost two years of working remotely, workplaces and organizations are trying to figure out how to move forward. Rachel Sadler, DEI Facilitator for She+ Geeks Out, gives tips for how to strengthen teams and build trust virtually. Teams can build trust virtually by primarily focusing on relationships. When we’re in the workplace, we get to chat around the water …

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November DEI Virtual Meetup: Moving Forward- DEI Trends and Focus Areas for 2022

In Blog, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Events by She+ Geeks Out

The issues affecting our world and workplaces have forced us to critically think about what is not only needed, but also possible for our organizations and employees to thrive. From changes to office structures, hiring, engagement and strategic plans, many companies continue to center diversity, equity and inclusion in all efforts. Through these changes, we’ve learned a lot about organizational …

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July DEI Virtual Meetup: Maintaining Momentum Around DEI Work

In Blog, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Events by She+ Geeks Out

The summer of 2020 transformed many of our personal and professional lives. We saw how the outcry of racial injustice in the United States motivated companies to make anti-racist commitments and buckle down on their DEI initiatives. One year later, and some of us are noticing a decrease in the sense of urgency for change. While progress has been made …

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How we’re responding to COVID-19 – Community

In Blog, Community, COVID-19, Events by Rachel Murray

We hope you’re safe and doing all the self-care things that you’re able to do during this uncertain time. In case you’re looking for it, we’ve got more resources below to help with the stresses that this time is causing. We’d like to give you an update on how we’re responding to COVID-19 for our in-person community events. Ensuring that …

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5 Ways To Incorporate Community Care in the Workplace

In Blog, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Events by Fatima Dainkeh

A Recap from our DEI Meetup – From Self-Care to Community Care: How Can We Show Up for Ourselves and Our Colleagues?  Panelists:  Adriana Black, Associate Director for Diversity and Inclusion Education at Tufts University Chloe Davis-Carden, Senior Director of People and Culture at BetterLessonJaylee Momplaisir, Talent and People Strategist at Sendwave and CEO/Co-founder of You Good Sis?  At our first …

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Why Women+ Focused Events Are Important

In Blog, Community, Events by Rachel Murray

About two years ago, we wrote an article called “Why Women-Only Spaces are Important.” We still very much agree with everything in the post, but as we evolve, so does our work and our approach to community. Last year, we began opening up some of our events to all genders, except for our monthly Networking Events (now called monthly “Geek …

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Announcing our San Francisco Speed Recruiting Event!

In Blog, Community, Events by Rachel Murray

We are thrilled to announce our targeted speed recruiting event in San Francisco! Our goal is to maximize everyone’s time by directly connecting job seekers with recruiters who are hiring for specific roles. As always, we’re working to facilitate direct connections between companies and our amazing community of women. Special thanks to the good humans at Salesforce.org for hosting this …

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Announcing our NYC Speed Recruiting Event!

In Blog, Community, Events by Rachel Murray

We are thrilled to announce our targeted speed recruiting event in New York City! Our goal is to maximize everyone’s time by directly connecting job seekers with recruiters who are hiring for specific roles. As always, we’re working to facilitate connections between companies and our amazing community of women. Event details Location: NYC Date: January 24, 2018 6:00pm-9:00pm Process 11/14-12/15: Applications open …

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On Everyday Empowerment, Creating a Work Environment that is Beyond Equality and Living an Authentic Life

In Blog, Events, Speakers by Rachel Murray

May’s She+ Geeks Out event was hosted by EF Tours in their Cambridge office. Panelists shared their stories and advice around the evening’s theme: advocating for work empowerment and creating cultures that emphasize authenticity. Lilah Williams, Director, EF Educational Tours Lilah Williams from EF Tours kicked off the evening with her discussion around Everyday Empowerment. She started her career at …

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On Writing With Purpose, Taking Control of Your Financial Destiny and Building Teams With the Help of Rubber Ducks.

In Blog, Events, Speakers by Rachel Murray

Effective communication: on writing with purpose, taking control of your financial destiny and building teams with the help of rubber ducks. March’s She+ Geeks Out event, sponsored by Toast, Inc. featured three speakers that shared advice and anecdotes about how effective communication can build successful teams. We heard about how written communication can be a tool for effective collaboration within …

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Podcast Episode 80: Geeking Out About Intellectual Property with Lucinda Longcroft

In geek life, The She+ Geeks Out Podcast by She+ Geeks Out

Guess what, this Thursday is World Intellectual Property Day! That’s a thing we might not have known about, but we promise it’s important! And to celebrate, we spoke with the Head of WIPO’s (World Intellectual Property Organization) NYC office, the super impressive and super passionate Lucinda Longcroft! This year’s theme celebrates the brilliant women creating change in our world and …

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20 Books by Women to Look for in 2018

In Blog, geek life, Resources by Rachel Murray

In the middle of a world gone insane, my favorite places to hide have always been books. We’ve collected a list of 20 books written by women that are coming out this year. Some are an escape from the world, others are an unflinching look at the worst of it. Whatever your tastes are, we have found something for you. …

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Podcast Episode 68: Getting Spotted with Janet Comenos!

In geek life, The She+ Geeks Out Podcast by She+ Geeks Out

Janet Comenos is the CEO and Co-Founder of Spotted, a digital platform that helps brands make informed decisions on celebrity endorsements by using data. DATA! We talk about Janet’s journey, what it’s like running a successful company, the beauty and wonder of sales, and Britney Spears. You can learn more about Spotted over here! Download the episode on iTunes, Stitcher, …

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Why Digital Accessibility is Critical to a Successful DEI Strategy

In Blog, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Guest Post by Perkins Access

In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, we’re thrilled to team up with Perkins Access to learn more about digital accessibility. NDEAM is held each October to commemorate the many and varied contributions of people with disabilities to America’s workplace. As noted by the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy, “The theme for NDEAM 2021, ‘America’s …

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Holiday Gift Guide 2021: Books!

In Blog, Holiday Gifts Guide by Vienna DeGiacomo

This year, we’re rounding up some of our top picks that our team members read this year. These are some of the excellent books that have been featured in our newsletter’s SGO Shares section in 2021. For more recommendations, make sure to sign up for our DEI newsletter, and also check out the 2021 DEI Book Club list. Visit more …

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Holiday Gift Guide 2021: Nonprofits

In Blog, Holiday Gifts Guide by Vienna DeGiacomo

What’s something you can give to someone who has everything? What about the gift of a better world? Make a donation to one of these organizations who do so much to protect the most vulnerable in the name of your loved one, and you don’t even have to worry about shipping or gift wrap. Please note that there are incredible …

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Holiday Gift Guide 2021: Home & Office

In Blog, Holiday Gifts Guide by Vienna DeGiacomo

We’re excited to bring back our annual Holiday Gift Guide, sharing all types of special products to you over the next few weeks. In this year’s guide, you’ll find some of our favorite treasures for everyone- friends, family, co-workers, near-strangers, and most importantly, yourself! All of the shops or products featured are mindfully created in support of women+ and other …

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Holiday Gift Guide 2020: Books!

In Blog, Holiday Gifts Guide by Rachel Murray

We combed through an embarrassment of riches of books published by women and other marginalized genders authors in 2020. Here’s a mere sampling of truly incredible and powerful books that will hit all the emotions. We’ve split it up between fiction, nonfiction, and coloring books. That last one is needed because, well, 2020. A note on our links. For the …

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Holiday Gift Guide 2020: Nonprofits

In Blog, Holiday Gifts Guide by Rachel Murray

Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday! While we think every day should be a day of giving, we’re taking this special time to focus on giving back to organizations who do so much to protect the most vulnerable. Please note that there are incredible local nonprofits as well that are impactful in your community. We recommend doing some research here. Visit more …

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Holiday Gift Guide 2020: Clothing & Accessories

In Blog, Holiday Gifts Guide by Rachel Murray

This year we’re mixing up our annual Holiday Gift Guide, giving you bits and pieces of love over the next several weeks. Why do we make this guide every year? Because we love to shop, give gifts, and support women and other marginalized genders-owned businesses. And we also love sharing. Sharing is CARING! Oh and let’s make one thing very …

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Holiday Gift Guide 2020: Home & Office

In Blog, Holiday Gifts Guide by Rachel Murray

This year we’re mixing up our annual Holiday Gift Guide, giving you bits and pieces of love over the next several weeks. Why do we make this guide every year? Because we love to shop, give gifts, and support women and other marginalized genders-owned businesses. And we also love sharing. Sharing is CARING! Oh and let’s make one thing very …

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2019 She+ Geeks Out Holiday Gift Guide

In Blog, Community, Holiday Gifts Guide by Rachel Murray

Another year – nay, another decade – is almost over! So it’s that time of year, when we indulge in all things gift giving for us, and likely for others as well. Yay!  This year we’ve listed our favorite books for 2019, yummy food and drinks, and some of the best online and IRL shops to make all of your …

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She+ Geeks Out Holiday Gift Guide 2018

In Blog, Community, Holiday Gifts Guide by Caroline Smith

Here we are, the season of giving is upon us and we’ve updated our holiday gift guide for 2018. Yay! It’s filled with incredible books by amazing authors, food and drink items that will delight you and your loved ones, personal care products to keep your skin happy and glowing, and other gifts (so many fabulous feminist gifts!) to make …

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SGO 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

In Blog, Holiday Gifts Guide, Resources by Rachel Murray

Welcome to our second annual Holiday Gift Guide! We’ve updated our first Holiday Gift Guide just for you, filled with lots of ways to make your holiday less stressful. And heck, you might find a few gifts you’ll want to buy for yourself! This year we’ve updated a few sections, most notably the Books section. In it you’ll find: Gifts, geeky and …

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Announcing our First Annual Boston Tech Diversity and Inclusion Survey

In Blog, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, local tech by Rachel Murray

We’re excited to announce our inaugural research project intended to assess the state of diversity and inclusion among Boston-area tech companies. We’ve found that while many surveys have been conducted on this topic, few if any have focused exclusively on the Boston area. We are partnering with Dr. Clare Mehta, a faculty member in the Psychology Department at Emmanuel College, …

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Why we’re a B Corp

In Blog, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, News by Rachel Murray

She+ Geeks Out became a Certified B Corp in early 2017. This is important stuff. We’re often asked if we’re a nonprofit because we’re a social enterprise. When we share that we aren’t, the responses and reactions sometimes vary. The myth that only nonprofits can be social mission-driven is lessening, but is still very much prevalent. The reality is businesses …

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Announcing our New Diversity & Inclusion Facilitators!

In Blog, News by Rachel Murray

We are thrilled to announce our newest facilitators to the diversity & inclusion workshops! Each embodies what we at SGO care deeply about: professionalism, intelligence, honesty, warmth and compassion.  You may notice one very familiar face in particular. That’s our very own co-founder, Felicia! You can learn more about our corporate workshops over here and as always if you have …

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Should We Have Tolerance for Different Ideologies in the Workplace?

In Blog, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Opinion by Rachel Murray

Events of the past few weeks have heightened an already fraught environment. Hardly a week goes by without another story about discrimination, violence, and intolerance (yes, all sides do claim this one). The past few weeks have seen a more vocal push for discrimination against minorities and women. From James Damore’s memo claiming that women are biologically inferior to men …

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Why Women-Only Spaces are Important

In Blog, Community, Opinion by Rachel Murray

2016 was a great year for bringing a deeper awareness to gender inequities in the workplace. Hardly a day goes by without tripping over an article about this topic which is great news, because there’s so much work to be done (as evidenced by the comments in many aforementioned articles). However, while we’re seeing a greater awareness, we’re also seeing …

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Why We’re Taking a Stand

In Blog, Opinion by Rachel Murray

When we first launched She+ Geeks Out, we were very clear about staying neutral in our political stance. We want to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for all women in STEAM*. We appreciate a diverse set of opinions and want all women to feel comfortable sharing their thoughts, but we also believe in positivity, inclusivity, transparency, science, provable facts …

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We’re With Her

In Blog, Opinion by Rachel Murray

When we first launched She+ Geeks Out, we made a conscious decision to not bring politics into the community. Everyone has a right to their own opinion and we felt it wasn’t right to state ours publicly. We’ve held to this, despite the historical nature of a woman getting closest to the United States presidency in history, and despite the …

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What’s Your Voting Plan?

In Blog, Community, Persist by Vienna DeGiacomo

Every election, it’s important to prepare a voting plan. Throw in a global pandemic, protests, voter suppression attempts, postal insanity, and an election where our survival literally hangs in the balance, and whew, friends, we’ve got a hot, steamy 2020 mess. As we count down to November 3, 2020, here are some questions you need to be asking yourself to …

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Our Feminism is Intersectional. Black Lives Matter.

In Blog, Community, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Persist, Resources by Felicia Jadczak

She+ Geeks Out was founded around feminist principles, and to be clear, our feminism is intersectional. We won’t ignore what is going on around us, because we are part of the problem and (hopefully) the solution.  Many of you may be hurting, grieving, raging, exhausted, feeling trapped, and helpless. We see you and we are with you. The protests and resulting …

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Ten Recent TV Shows That Pass the Bechdel Test

In Blog, Resources by Rachel Murray

A few years ago, we compiled a list of recent TV shows and movies that pass the Bechdel test and thought it was time to revisit this with a focus on TV – we live in a golden age of television! As a reminder, the Bechdel test is named after Alison Bechdel who introduced the concept as part of her …

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Climate Action Must Be Intersectional

In Blog, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Resources by Rachel Murray

When we think of Earth Day, many of us might think about plastic straws or recycling. Some of us might think about saving the rainforest, the whales, the polar bears. Where to begin? It’s overwhelming. And for many of us, the question is how much of ‘saving the planet’ is our personal responsibility?  While there’s nothing wrong with wanting to …

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Our Feminism is Intersectional. Black Lives Matter.

In Blog, Community, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Persist, Resources by Felicia Jadczak

She+ Geeks Out was founded around feminist principles, and to be clear, our feminism is intersectional. We won’t ignore what is going on around us, because we are part of the problem and (hopefully) the solution.  Many of you may be hurting, grieving, raging, exhausted, feeling trapped, and helpless. We see you and we are with you. The protests and resulting …

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An Open Letter to Black People Wanting to Find Peace in the Midst of Grieving

In Blog, Community, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Resources by Fatima Dainkeh

You know the feeling you get when there’s a scream or cry stuck in the back of your throat? That’s probably how many of us have felt as we collectively grieve over Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Muhlaysia Booker, and most recently George Floyd and Tony McDade. The thing about being Black is that you can’t wholeheartedly ignore what’s happening to people who …

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How to Transition to Working from Home: Update

In Blog, COVID-19, Resources by Felicia Jadczak

The She+ Geeks Out team has been fully working from home for approximately two months at this point. While we were a blended team beforehand with roughly half our team predominantly remote, the past few months have seen everyone settling into a remote-first work environment. When we initially realized that due to COVID-19 concerns we (and many other organizations) would …

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How to Transition to Working from Home

In Blog, COVID-19, Resources by Felicia Jadczak

In these ever changing times, one new reality that many of us have had to confront in the past few days is transitioning from working in an office to working remotely. More and more organizations are attempting to slow down the possibility for infection and transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. While we’re still learning details on how this disease …

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Nine Recent TV Shows and Movies That Pass the Bechdel Test

In Blog, Resources by Rachel Murray

The Bechdel test is named after Alison Bechdel who introduced the concept as part of her Dykes to Watch Out For comic series in 1985, but she attributes it to her friend Liz Wallace, who attributed it to Virginia Woolf. Here’s how the test works – a piece of fiction has to satisfy three requirements: It has to have at …

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On Everyday Empowerment, Creating a Work Environment that is Beyond Equality and Living an Authentic Life

In Blog, Events, Speakers by Rachel Murray

May’s She+ Geeks Out event was hosted by EF Tours in their Cambridge office. Panelists shared their stories and advice around the evening’s theme: advocating for work empowerment and creating cultures that emphasize authenticity. Lilah Williams, Director, EF Educational Tours Lilah Williams from EF Tours kicked off the evening with her discussion around Everyday Empowerment. She started her career at …

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Meet Andrea DiCastro

In Blog, Speakers by Felicia Jadczak

Andrea DiCastro is the Head of Product for ARTA Shipping. She is a speaker at our May networking event with Bevi in NYC.  You can find Andrea on Twitter and Instagram at @acdm.      How (and when) did you get into your current field or company?I have been in the practice of product development since the dawn of the …

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Meet Patricia Arancibia

In Blog, Speakers by Felicia Jadczak

Patricia Arancibia is a senior digital media and growth strategist working independently in New York where she advises publishers, advertising agencies, content studios, brands, e-commerce companies and startups on digital content strategy, social media, product, audience development, consumer and user base growth. She has created strategies and trained publishing teams for clients such as Edelman, ADP, Hola, Mars, Trojan Brands, …

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Meet Leslie Coles, ED of Moms as Mentors & Director of Programs of VentureLab

In Blog, Speakers by Rachel Murray

Leslie Coles is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Moms as Mentors. Leslie also serves as the Director of Programs at VentureLab, a non-profit organization that is helping develop the next generation of innovators and changemakers through experiential entrepreneurship education. Leslie’s prior role was Director of Strategic Initiatives & Programs at the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools, where she took the lead …

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Meet Tacita Morway, Senior Engineering Manager at Salsify

In Blog, Speakers by Felicia Jadczak

Tacita Morway is a Senior Engineering Manager at Salsify, where she works in support of a 25 person engineering team. She will be giving a talk titled “Criticism in the Workplace” at our April event at Salsify (tickets still available!). You can find and follow her on Twitter! Tacita earned a B.S. in Computer Science from Wellesley College, which she …

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Meet Kerry Robert, VP of People Operations at Velir

In Blog, Speakers by Felicia Jadczak

Kerry Robert is the VP of People Operations at Velir. She will be giving a talk titled “Leading during change… and other mistakes” at our April event at Salsify (tickets still available!). Kerry grew up in the small mill town of Woonsocket, RI and started her career in a diner there washing dishes at age 12.  Earning the confidence to pour …

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Meet Kathy Nolan

In Blog, Speakers by Felicia Jadczak

Kathy Nolan is a Corporate Attorney for Shoobx Inc. She gave a talk on teams composed of different specialties and training and how these teams can collaborate effectively, at our March networking event hosted by Toast. Kathy works with the founders of hundreds of early stage startups and helps them use Shoobx to create incorporation, founder shares, financing, stock incentive plan, board consents, IP and HR documents, just …

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On Writing With Purpose, Taking Control of Your Financial Destiny and Building Teams With the Help of Rubber Ducks.

In Blog, Events, Speakers by Rachel Murray

Effective communication: on writing with purpose, taking control of your financial destiny and building teams with the help of rubber ducks. March’s She+ Geeks Out event, sponsored by Toast, Inc. featured three speakers that shared advice and anecdotes about how effective communication can build successful teams. We heard about how written communication can be a tool for effective collaboration within …

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Meet Monica Hirst, Engineering Team Lead at Toast

In Blog, Speakers by Rachel Murray

Monica Hirst is Engineering Team Lead of Payment Processing at Toast. She gave a talk called “Use Your Words – Communication and Engineering” at our March event at the Hatch. Connect with her on Twitter!   How (and when) did you get into your current field or company? My (now) manager reached out to me around the same time my last company was …

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Meet Nimisha Asthagiri

In Blog, Speakers by Rachel Murray

Nimisha Asthagiri gave a talk on “Being Assertive and Owning Accomplishments” at our February networking event hosted by edX. Nimisha is a reborn software engineer and architect in the EdTech space.  She jumps with glee when she encounters “elegant” code/design and can spend countless hours tackling challenging problems of distributed computing and scalability.  Invigorated by electrifying brainstorms and discussions where “brutal intellectual …

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Introducing our newest partner: Addgene!

In Blog, Community, Sponsors by Rachel Murray

Addgene is a nonprofit biotechnology company. Their mission is to accelerate research and discovery by improving access to useful research materials and information. They facilitate the sharing of high-quality scientific materials, research reproducibility, and open science by archiving and distributing plasmids and associated DNA-based research reagents to scientists in 100+ countries around the world. Addgene also offers free online educational …

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Meet Aquabyte

In Blog, Community, Sponsors by Rachel Murray

Aquabyte is a San Francisco and Norway-based venture-backed startup applying machine learning & computer vision to aquaculture, one of the fastest growing sectors of food production on the planet, offering a meaningful solution to global food deficits. They have offices in San Francisco and Norway and are hiring engineers – you should totally work with them! Why did you decide to …

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Meet Invaluable

In Blog, Sponsors by Felicia Jadczak

Invaluable is a leading online marketplace for fine art, antiques and collectibles. Based out of Boston, Invaluable sponsored our December 2016 Happy Hour at a local art gallery. Read on to learn more!  Why did you decide to sponsor She+ Geeks Out? Invaluable’s Women’s Networking Group is made up of a dynamic group of women who span a broad range of …

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Meet Silverline

In Blog, Sponsors by Felicia Jadczak

We held our first ever NYC event in September, hosted by Silverline. What a treat to have our very first She+ Geeks Out NYC gathering in their gorgeous offices overlooking Union Square. The space was cool (Lego podiums, anyone?), the food and drink plentiful, and the speakers engaging. We had a wonderful time hearing from speakers Melissa Nelson, Jenny Fan, …

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Meet O’Reilly Media

In Blog, Sponsors by Felicia Jadczak

Laurel Ruma is Strategic Content Director at O’Reilly Media. Laurel has been with us since Day One. She’s one of our fabulous Ambassadors, and we even recently recorded a podcast episode with her! 2016 marks O’Reilly’s fourth time hosting SGO. We love working with awesome people like Laurel, and so we asked her to tell us a little more about …

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Meet Hudl

In Blog, Sponsors by Felicia Jadczak

Elizabeth Fierman is a Technical Recruiter at Hudl. We were super excited to have Hudl host our June SGO event. We even recorded a podcast episode while we were there! We had a fab time and want to share more about this awesome company.    Why did you decide to sponsor She+ Geeks Out? Hudl sits right at the intersection of two male-dominated …

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Meet athenahealth

In Blog, Sponsors by Felicia Jadczak

Bailee Walker is a Senior Technical Recruiter at athenahealth. We’re super excited to have athenahealth host our upcoming March SGO event on 3/29/16. Interested in joining us? Sign up today! Why did you decide to sponsor She+ Geeks Out? It’s a great organization, a great networking opportunity, and a unique recruiting opportunity.  We want to make sure that we are …

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Meet CarGurus– Our February 2016 Sponsor!

In Blog, Sponsors by Felicia Jadczak

Madeline Donohue is a Senior Technical Recruiter with CarGurus. CarGurus sponsored our February She+ Geeks Out event– we had a great night full of popcorn, swag, great food, and good times in their fabulous new space over in Cambridge. We heard from three speakers (Laura Lu of CarGurus, Marion McNabb of Pathfinder, and Shelagh Braley of Goalscorp Media and Founderswire). We …

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Meet Velir

In Blog, Sponsors by Felicia Jadczak

Mary Matthews is a Developer with Velir. Why did you decide to sponsor a She+ Geeks Out event?  I’ve attended several SGO events and have enjoyed them. Velir has taken a genuine interest in supporting local community initiatives, specifically those related the technology space and I thought it would a good way for us to get our name out there/invite the …

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Meet Hubspot

In Blog, Sponsors by Felicia Jadczak

Hannah Fleishman is a Marketing Manager at Hubspot. Why did you decide to sponsor SGO? HubSpot has been a supporter of SGO from the very beginning and we’ve always admired the motivation and energy behind the organization’s mission. We decided to become a sponsor to provide all the help we can to grow the SGO community because the more support …

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Hiring Spotlight: Meet Rachel and Juliet

In Blog, Success Stories by Rachel Murray

Written by Whitney Klepadio, Workable Two wonderful humans, Rachel and Juliet, work together at Workable. Guess how they met? At an SGO event, of course! We asked them to share something about themselves, how the hiring process was, and to tell us how things are going so far! Tell us a little bit about yourself – What’s your background and …

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A Speed Recruiting Match: Meet Alex and Eugene!

In Blog, Success Stories by Rachel Murray

Last Fall we held our first speed recruiting event in Boston. 30 job seekers and 13 employers attended and from that, we had several offers made and this lovely match happened! Learn more about Eugene Yang and Alex Mimms from Toast. Eugene joined Toast as senior software engineer on the Android Platform team in January this year. This is her …

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Hiring Spotlight: Meet Sam & Iris

In Blog, Community, Success Stories by Rachel Murray

Two of our favorite SGO people, Sam Hammar and Iris Amelia Febres, met at a She+ Geeks Out event and are now working together at the Treasury Department of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. LOVE! We asked them to share a little bit about them, how they met and how it’s going. Tell us a little bit about yourself– what’s your background …

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Hiring Spotlight: Meet Loren & Varsha

In Blog, Success Stories by Rachel Murray

When we heard that Loren, recruiter at Yesware, one of our lovely event sponsors, connected with Varsha at an SGO event and then hired her, we had to share. Their story is practically a romance. And yes, there’s a haiku at the end. We are SOO thrilled they met and made a happy match! Tell us a little bit about yourself– what’s your …

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Hiring Spotlight: Meet Jory & Lorin

In Blog, Success Stories by Felicia Jadczak

Jory and Lorin have been long time supporters of SGO and we couldn’t be happier to share their story. Jory, COO of Bocoup, was looking for a kick-ass project manager that would fit in with the team. Lorin wanted to work for a company that aligned with her mission and felt good about the people. It was easy to see how the …

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Superhero Series: Empathy, Active Listening, and The Platinum Rule

In Blog, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Superhero Series by Rachel Murray

Supergirl continues to be a treasure trove of lessons on inclusion in the workplace. In the same episode referred to in Part One of this series, Supergirl’s sister Alex is the new Director of the Department of Extranormal Operations (‘DEO’) and she’s managing a new employee, Braniac 5. This new employee is not only an alien (extranormal), but has replaced …

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Superhero Series: What It Means to Cover or Pass at Work

In Blog, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Superhero Series by Rachel Murray

In part two of our Superhero Series, let’s examine the concepts of covering and passing. These two concepts come into play frequently in the land of superheroes, but have particularly important meaning when it comes to certain superhero stories. X-Men is probably best known for exploring these complexities. X-Men (the recent movie versions) is about many things, but one key …

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Superhero Series: How Privilege Shows Up at Work

In Blog, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Superhero Series by Rachel Murray

I’m just going to admit this right up front. I watch a lot of movies and TV shows that involve superheroes – yes, that includes all the Avengers movies, X-Men, The Flash, and, most recently Supergirl. Last week was the season premiere of Supergirl. They aren’t shy about diving into issues around race, sexuality, and gender… but this last episode …

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Episode 107: Felicia & Rachel Try Not To Panic-Spiral About 2022

In Blog, Community, The She+ Geeks Out Podcast by She+ Geeks Out

Rachel Murray and Felicia Jadczak sat down in early December to recap 2021 and make predictions for 2022. They get dark at times (when looking at the past year, who could help it?), and attempt to pull each other out of their panic spirals- to varying levels of success. We’re covering politics, attempted coups, Animal Crossing, alien overlords, annoying beauty …

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Episode 106: Digital Accessibility with Perkins Access

In Blog, Community, The She+ Geeks Out Podcast by She+ Geeks Out

In honor of October’s designation of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, we spoke with our friends, Taylor Snook, and Jennifer Sagalyn from Perkins Access about digital accessibility. Perkins Access is the digital accessibility group from Perkins School for the Blind. Perkins Access partners with organizations of all kinds to help them create digital products, services and experiences that engage and …

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Episode 105: Beyond Leaning In with Melanie Ho

In Blog, Community, The She+ Geeks Out Podcast by She+ Geeks Out

Melanie Ho, author of BEYOND LEANING IN: Gender Equity and What Organizations are Up Against, sits down with Rachel and Felicia to discuss the cumulative and ripple effects of discrimination against women in the workplace. The novel offers unique insights in a fictionalized (but very familiar) office as men and women try (and often fail) to create an equitable and …

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Episode 104: Meghan Markle and The Royally Toxic Institution of Whiteness

In Blog, Community, The She+ Geeks Out Podcast by She+ Geeks Out

She+ Geeks Out Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion facilitators Fatima Dainkeh and Jacquis Watters sit down to respond to Oprah With Meghan And Harry: A CBS Primetime Special. Fatima and Jacquis look at the Royal Family’s connection to and complicity with the institutions of whiteness and white supremacy, and why it’s dangerous to separate institutions from people. They also dive into the …

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Episode 103: The Wonderful World of DEI Metrics with Erika Powell

In Blog, Community, The She+ Geeks Out Podcast by She+ Geeks Out

To learn more about goal setting and meaningfully measuring DEI metrics, read Measuring Diversity and Inclusion Meaningfully Diversity, equity, and inclusion experts Felicia Jadczak, Fatima Dainkeh, and Erika Powell talk about the myriad of ways companies can meaningfully measure the impact of DEI programs, how to move on from initial benchmarking data, destigmatizing DEI data, what metrics are important to …

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Episode 102: Back to Work! Job Searching in the Age of ‘Rona with the Career Contessa

In Blog, Community, The She+ Geeks Out Podcast by She+ Geeks Out

Boy are you in for a treat! We spoke with the incredibly wise Lauren McGoodwin, aka the Career Contessa, to talk all things job search! We got super practical. We got fantastic answers to these questions and more! I feel overwhelmed by the different options of going back to school to get my masters in CS, getting a certificate, going …

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Episode 101: Loneliness and Belonging with Cat Moore

In Blog, Community, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, The She+ Geeks Out Podcast by She+ Geeks Out

Cat Moore. She is a delight and a joy. And has probably the best head of hair we’ve ever seen. Cat is the Director of Belonging at University of Southern California & President & Chief Communications Officer of ReHuman, which is an app that helps us create strong relationships among friends, family, coworkers, + neighbors. We talk about loneliness, belonging, …

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Episode 100: Felicia & Rachel Reflect and What Even Is Time?

In Blog, Community, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, The She+ Geeks Out Podcast by She+ Geeks Out

She+ Geeks Out Co-CEOs Felicia and Rachel are interviewed by SGO team Fatima and Vienna on this very special 100th episode of the She+ Geeks Out podcast! We got INTO it… after 5 official years, and 7 unofficial years of working together, there’s a lot to reflect on! Hear what we had to say on the following questions. Here’s to …

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Podcast Episode 99: Being a Better Ally with Karen Catlin

In Blog, Community, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, The She+ Geeks Out Podcast by She+ Geeks Out

The world is a dark place, and Felicia and Rachel intro this episode recounting their feels.  The interview starts 15 minutes in, where they interview the wonderful Karen Catlin, author, coach, and advocate for inclusive tech workplaces. Karen spent 25 years in tech as a software engineer, VP, and CEO. Then she moved into leadership coaching, speaking, and advocating for …

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Podcast Episode 98: Making Shift Happen with Edie Stringfellow

In Blog, Community, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, The She+ Geeks Out Podcast by She+ Geeks Out

Edie Stringfellow is the Director of Diversity & Inclusion at MassBio, an organization dedicated to advancing Massachusett’s leadership in the life sciences to grow the industry, add value to the healthcare system, and improve patient lives. We wanted to talk with Edie as someone who is on the forefront of the work toward finding a solution to COVID-19 from a …

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Connecting the Data Dots: Heather Mattie Studies, Teaches, and Lives Connection

In Blog, Unsung Women's Project by Rachel Murray

Welcome back to the Unsung Women’s Project! We’ll be highlighting amazing women in STEM, sharing the stories of all of the incredible, meaningful things women have done in their STEM careers that haven’t gotten the recognition they deserve. Dr. Mattie’s network science research interests include tie strength estimation and prediction for large-scale social networks and network data imputation. Her data …

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Wear All the Hats!: Melissa Chan Climbs Boulders and Saves the Earth

In Blog, Unsung Women's Project by Rachel Murray

Welcome back to the newest installment of the Unsung Women’s Project! We’ll be highlighting amazing women in STEM, sharing the stories of all of the incredible, meaningful things women have done in their STEM careers that haven’t gotten the recognition they deserve. Dr. Chan has over 15 years of experience in evaluating energy technology innovation to satisfy regulatory and policy …

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“I’m Interested in Everything”: Jennifer Livengood on Lifelong Learning

In Blog, Unsung Women's Project by Caroline Smith

Welcome back to the third installment of our newest blog series: the Unsung Women’s Project! We’ll be highlighting amazing women in STEM, sharing the stories of all of the incredible, meaningful things women have done in their STEM careers that haven’t gotten the recognition they deserve. Many consider Jennifer Livengood to be the next driving force in the instructional design …

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Decoding the Female Lung: Patricia Silveyra Researches How Air Quality Affects Us

In Blog, Unsung Women's Project by Caroline Smith

Welcome back to the third installment of our newest blog series: the Unsung Women’s Project! We’ll be highlighting amazing women in STEM, sharing the stories of all of the incredible, meaningful things women have done in their STEM careers that haven’t gotten the recognition they deserve. Dr. Patricia Silveyra is an Associate Professor and Director of the Biobehavioral Lab at …

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Data Whisperer: Jessica Milli Uses Economics to Help Women

In Blog, Unsung Women's Project by Caroline Smith

Welcome back to the latest of our newest blog series: the Unsung Women’s Project! We’ll be highlighting amazing women in STEM, by sharing the stories of all of the incredible, meaningful things women have done in their STEM careers that haven’t gotten the recognition they deserve. Jessica Milli is an economist and study director at the Institute for Women’s Policy …

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Immigrant, Inventor, Lifesaver: Rany Busold Talks Biofoam and More

In Blog, Unsung Women's Project by Caroline Smith

Welcome back to the third installment of our newest blog series: the Unsung Women’s Project! We’ll be highlighting amazing women in STEM, sharing the stories of all of the incredible, meaningful things women have done in their STEM careers that haven’t gotten the recognition they deserve. Rany Huynh Busold is the Senior Director of Clinical & Regulatory Affairs and Research …

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Drones that Stop Bullets: Leah La Salla Wants to Improve Policing

In Blog, Unsung Women's Project by Caroline Smith

Welcome back to the second installment of our newest blog series: the Unsung Women’s Project! We’ll be highlighting amazing women in STEM, sharing the stories of all of the incredible, meaningful things women have done in their STEM careers that haven’t gotten the recognition they deserve. Leah La Salla is a self-taught, polyglot software architect of Sicilian-Irish origins.  She spent …

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Talking Genetics and Authenticity with Janina Jeff

In Blog, Unsung Women's Project by Caroline Smith

Welcome to our newest blog series: the Unsung Women’s Project! We’ll be highlighting amazing women in STEM, sharing the stories of all of the incredible, meaningful things women have done in their STEM careers that haven’t gotten the recognition they deserve. Dr. Janina M. Jeff is a Human Geneticist and the first African American to graduate with a PhD in …

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