It's not very often that I boast about our Diversity/Careers staff, but this is one of those times. I am so proud of our editor in chief, Kate Colborn, that I hardly know what to say.
As you'll read in our News & Views section, Kate has just received the 2006 Diversity Leadership Award from the Los Angeles chapter of Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS), a networking and professional development group for women engineers and others in the transportation industry.
No award was ever better deserved. Since we started the magazine in 1993, Kate has worked to keep our editorial focused and relevant to our readers' concerns. She conducts many interviews herself, and manages a large staff of writers, guiding them as they seek out the most relevant information and the best role models for our readers.
Gloria Dixon, VP of diversity for the Dallas Area Rapid Transit organization, said it best when she presented Kate's award in Los Angeles on January 17th: "Kate Colborn is the brain, pen, and heart behind the magazine called Diversity/Careers in Engineering and Information Technology." All of us at the magazine rely on her to craft the stories that make Diversity/Careers what it is.
As Kate tells us over and over, the many profiles in every issue of Diversity/Careers are designed to show our readers how rewarding technical careers can be for people of diverse backgrounds. They serve as models for our readers as they make their own career decisions.
Gloria Dixon illustrated the importance of role models with a story of African American baseball great Hank Aaron. Aaron credited Jackie Robinson, who broke baseball's color barrier in 1947, with being the inspiration that prompted Aaron himself to aim for a career in the major leagues. "As you can see, having a role model changed Hank Aaron's life for the better, and ours as well," Dixon said.
Accepting the award, Kate said, "Interviewing the people we profile is the part of my job that I enjoy most. Hearing the stories of women who have had good careers in a male-dominated profession, and people of color who have done well in a 'pale-dominated' profession, gives me hope for the future."
We know that with Kate on board, Diversity/Careers will continue to make that future a better one for diverse technical folks. Congratulations, Kate!