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April/May 2013

Diversity/Careers April/May 2013

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The Anita Borg Institute announces winners of 2013 Women of Vision and Top Company for Technical Women awards

Palo Alto, CA – The Anita Borg Institute (ABI, anitaborg.org) has announced the winners of the 2013 Women of Vision awards and the Top Company for Technical Women award, to be presented at the 2013 Women of Vision Awards Banquet on May 9 in Santa Clara, CA.

The Top Company for Technical Women award recognizes companies for “having demonstrated measurable results in the recruitment, retention, and advancement of technical women at all levels throughout their corporations.” This year’s winner is Intel Corporation. “Intel’s impressive forward momentum on almost every top company metric set it apart from other companies competing for the award,” says Dr Telle Whitney, ABI’s president and CEO. Intel has progams in place to retain technical women and has one of the lowest voluntary turnover rates among technical women, holding steady at 2 percent.

The Women of Vision awards honor women who have made significant contributions in technical fields. The winners were chosen for their outstanding achievements and important contributions to technology in innovation, effecting positive changes to the way technology serves society, and for their meaningful leadership in the technology industry which extends beyond the workplace.

The winners include Genevieve Bell, director of interaction and experience research at Intel Labs, recognized for leadership; Vicki Hanson, professor of inclusive technologies at the University of Dundee and research staff member emeritus at IBM Research, recognized for social impact; and Maja Matari, PhD, professor of computer science, neuroscience, and pediatrics at Viterbi School of Engineering, University of Southern California, recognized for innovation.

According to Whitney, this year’s individual award winners represent the substantial achievements and contributions that women are making in technical roles. “ABI is proud to recognize Genevieve’s, Vicki’s, and Maja’s achievements and the contributions they have made in their fields. Additionally, we are delighted to recognize Intel for their success in recognizing, valuing, and rewarding the capabilities of technical women,” said Whitney.

ABI is a nonprofit organization focused on the advancement of women in computer science and engineering.

Siemens PLM Software continues investment in STEM education

Plano, TX – Siemens PLM Software has made a free high school edition of its Solid Edge software for 3D computer-aided design (CAD) available for educators in secondary schools throughout the world. The intent is to expose students to the engineering and product design tools used by manufacturers worldwide, and encourage them to pursue STEM careers, helping address the global skills shortage in engineering and related fields. Educators can download a free twelve-month academic site license at www.siemens.com/plm/solid-edge-highschool.

“The global manufacturing community, including our customers, needs a steady stream of engineering talent that understands how to use modern technology to innovate and create products to meet the demands of the marketplace,” said Karsten Newbury, senior vice president and general manager for mainstream engineering software at Siemens PLM. “As students enter high school they begin making decisions about higher education and potential careers. The free high school edition of Solid Edge will expose students to advanced CAD design, giving them a glimpse into possible career opportunities.”

The high school edition of Solid Edge contains Siemens PLM Software’s unique synchronous technology, which combines the speed and flexibility of direct modeling with the precise control of dimension-driven design. Schools will have access to the full function modules of Solid Edge drafting, sheet metal, surfacing and advanced assembly design. Educators can renew the free license annually.

Chrysler Group named 'Corporation of the Year' at seventeenth Annual Urban Wheel Awards

Auburn Hills, MI – An independent panel of journalists representing multicultural and mainstream media chose Chrysler Group LLC as Corporation of the Year for its leadership in developing women leaders in the automotive industry.

“It is an honor to accept this recognition,” said Georgette Borrego Dulworth, director of talent acquisition and diversity, who accepted the award for the company. “Chrysler Group aspires to be a diversity leader and an employer of choice, not just among automotive companies, but among all companies. This important recognition will inspire us to continue our passionate pursuit of diversity and nurturing a high-powered work culture that is inclusive of all. To Chrysler Group, developing a diverse workforce is a fundamental part of our formula for success and a strategic imperative in today’s multicultural marketplace.”

The Urban Wheel Awards promote awareness of inclusiveness and honors companies and individuals who have made progress toward embracing this reality. Proceeds from the event support the Emerging Diversity Education Fund, which provides internships, scholarship and mentoring to students pursuing careers in the auto industry, communications, and green jobs. For more information, visit www.urbanwheelawards.com.

Aetna appoints Nancy Ham chief executive officer of Medicity

Salt Lake City, UT – Aetna has announced the appointment of Nancy Ham to chief executive officer of Medicity. Medicity, an Aetna subsidiary, provides health information exchange technology solutions for hospitals, physicians and health information exchange (HIE) organizations.

“Nancy’s extensive health care leadership experience, and in particular her experience working with providers on solutions for practices and health systems, will greatly benefit Medicity,” said Charles E. Saunders, MD, chief executive officer of emerging businesses for Aetna. “Our goal is to create a fully connected health care marketplace. Nancy will help Medicity drive better connections and integration in the provider marketplace.”

Ham was most recently president and CEO at MedVentive, a provider of performance analytics to accountable care organizations and payers. She has more than twenty years of experience in health care, including health care finance, population health management solutions, enterprise software and transaction processing. She has held leadership roles at Sentillion, Inc, a provider of identity and access management solutions for hospital organizations, ProxyMed, a healthcare transaction processing company, ActaMed and Healtheon/WebMD.

Medicity provides HIE technology to more than 800 hospitals and 250,000 physicians. For additional information about Medicity, please visit www.medicity.com.

Aetna is a diversified healthcare benefits company, serving approximately 37.3 million people. For more information, see www.aetna.com.

Lockheed Martin employees honored at BEYA

Bethesda, MD – Lockheed Martin engineers and scientists received fifty-three prestigious honors at the annual Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA) Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Global Competitiveness Conference, held in Washington, DC in February.

“We’re proud of our long history of supporting this conference because we understand the critical importance of introducing young people to careers in science, technology, engineering and math,” said Lockheed Martin president and CEO Marillyn Hewson. “Through our partnership with BEYA, we’re able to broaden our reach and build a stronger pipeline of talent to help maintain our nation’s technology leadership.”

Shan Cooper, vice president of aeronautics and general manager of the Marietta, GA facility, received a career achievement award honoring her broad social and economic impact in the field of engineering as well as her commitment to serving as a mentor for minorities in technology.

Patricia Lewis, human resources vice president, Information Systems & Global Solutions, received an affirmative action award acknowledging her efforts to promote advancement in education, job promotion, small-business development and community activities.

Anthony Wingate, manager of subsystems and components for quality engineering at Sandia National Labs, received the diversity leadership award for his commitment to minorities in technology. Sandia is managed by Lockheed Martin.

“One of the best parts of leading Lockheed Martin is the opportunity to work with men and women like these,” said Hewson. “Our honorees have extraordinary records of professional achievement, dedication to their communities and contributions to STEM education.”

CH2M Hill joins Think Beyond the Label collaborative to find and recruit job seekers with disabilities

Chicago, IL – Global engineering and construction firm CH2M Hill (www.ch2mhill.com) is the newest employer to join Think Beyond the Label, a private-public collaborative that connects businesses, job seekers and the public workforce system to ensure greater employment opportunities for workers with disabilities.

Think Beyond the Label will help CH2M Hill attract new candidates and build awareness for the company’s disability hiring efforts. The collaborative will promote the firm’s career opportunities on the Think Beyond the Label jobs board, and help raise CH2M Hill’s profile through digital marketing and advertising initiatives.

“CH2M Hill has an outstanding reputation as a leader in diversity hiring, and they make our work easy for us,” says Barbara Otto, CEO of Health & Disability Advocates, the Chicago-based policy and advocacy organization that operates Think Beyond the Label. “People with disabilities add tremendous value to the workplace, and employers like CH2M Hill are looking to us to help them tap into this talent pool. We’re proud to have them as a sponsor, and we look forward to helping them find and hire qualified candidates to match their business capabilities as well as their values.”“We’re committed to providing an inclusive, respectful and creative work environment that values diversity, including people with disabilities,” says John Madia, CH2M Hill’s chief human resources officer. “Our partnership with Think Beyond the Label will help us attract and appeal to qualified job candidates who will drive our business goals and make our company an even better place for all our employees.”

Think Beyond the Label’s next online career fair will be held May 21. Go to www.thinkbeyondthelabel.com.

Chrysler Group engineer receives prestigious Black Engineer of the Year Visionary Award

Auburn Hills, MI – Larry Williams, director of interior engineering at Chrysler Group LLC, received the 2012 Black Engineer of the Year (BEYA) Visionary Award at the twenty-seventh BEYA STEM Global Competitiveness Conference and Awards Gala in February.

“Larry is an accomplished engineer and exceptional leader who approaches life and work with passion, using his breadth of experience to create exceptional products and committing himself to the development of young, talented engineers in our company,” said Mark M. Chernoby, senior vice president of engineering at Chrysler Group. “Larry’s vision, drive and technical expertise have made him a valuable member of the Chrysler engineering team and a respected leader across the company.”

Williams was appointed director of interior engineering at Chrysler Group in 2011. He’s responsible for leading and managing the design, development and release of interior systems and components for all Chrysler Group vehicles. He joined Chrysler Corporation as a product development engineer in 1985.

“I owe much of who I am to the strong African American leaders who met adversity and paved the way for my success,” Williams said. “Inspired by these outstanding people and role models, I know that it is both my responsibility and privilege to lead and inspire the next generation. I am very appreciative of this recognition of my career accomplishments.”

Dr Ellen Ochoa named Johnson Space Center director

Houston, TX – Dr Ellen Ochoa, a veteran astronaut, has been named the eleventh director of the Johnson Space Center (JSC). She succeeded Michael L. Coats when he retired at the end of 2012. Before being named director, she had served as the deputy director at JSC since September 2007.

“Ellen’s enthusiasm, experience and leadership, including her superb job as deputy director, make her a terrific successor to Mike as director of JSC,” said Charles F. Bolden, Jr, NASA administrator.

Ochoa, from La Mesa, CA, became the first Hispanic woman to go to space when she served on a nine-day mission aboard the space shuttle Discovery in 1993. Prior to her astronaut career, she was a research engineer and inventor, with three patents for optical systems.

Ochoa earned a bachelors degree in physics from San Diego State University, and a masters degree and doctorate in electrical engineering from Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA. She managed the intelligent systems technology branch at NASA’s Ames Research Center (Moffett Field, CA) before being selected as an astronaut in 1990. She flew on four shuttle missions from 1993-2002, logging a total of 978 hours in space.

Ochoa was deputy director of flight crew operations at JSC in December 2002 and director of flight crew operations in September 2006. She will be JSC's first Hispanic director and its second female director.

Chrysler Group named among the fifty best employers for Hispanic women

Auburn Hills, MI – The editors of Latina Style magazine have selected Chrysler Group LLC for inclusion on the magazine’s annual list of the fifty best companies for Hispanic women in the U.S.

The Latina Style 50 Report, now in its fourteenth year, highlights companies that have diverse recruitment and promotion initiatives, including programs to recruit veterans and military personnel. Chrysler Group was recognized for its inclusion on the list at the February Latina Style awards ceremony in Washington, DC.

“This is another important recognition of the strategic value of Chrysler Group’s commitment to diversity and inclusion,” said Nancy A. Rae, senior VP of human resources at Chrysler Group. “Chrysler Group is committed to recruiting and fully engaging diverse talent as a source of energy and innovation to fuel our continued success.”

Mitre employees honored at Black Engineer of the Year Awards

McLean, VA – Three engineers at the Mitre Corporation were recognized for their technical expertise and leadership at the 2013 Black Engineer of the Year Awards STEM Global Competitiveness Conference in February. Ben King, Sr, received a career achievement award; James Tolbert II, and Nickyra Washington received modern-day technology awards.

“We’re honored that BEYA chose to recognize Ben, James and Nickyra for their professional achievements and commitment to their communities,” said Karen Quinn-Quintin, VP and chief HR officer at Mitre. “Their dedication to fulfilling Mitre’s mission to address issues of critical national importance while investing in and inspiring the next generation of STEM leaders gives us great pride in their accomplishments.”

Ben King, Sr is a multi-discipline systems engineer in the organization’s command and control center within the DoD-sponsored National Security Engineering Center (NSEC). Through the Mitre and T.C. Williams High School Engineering and Enrichment Program, King has volunteered to help students with several technical projects, striving to instill a love of science and research in the next generation. He also is a member of the Chantilly Pyramid Minority Student Achievement Committee, which recognizes minority youth in the Fairfax County area for their academic achievements. King holds a masters degree in computer and information sciences from George Mason University, and bachelors degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of South Alabama.

James Tolbert II is a senior software engineer in Mitre’s Center for Integrated Intelligence Systems (CIIS) within the NSEC. Tolbert holds a masters degree in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University, a masters degree in computer science from Howard University and a bachelors degree in computer science from MIT. An accomplished dancer, Tolbert has performed competitively and professionally and earned a minor in theater arts from MIT. While completing his graduate studies, Tolbert volunteered to run a motion capture lab at a local high school, where students learned how to use sensors to capture human movement and convert it into data that computers can process. Nickyra Washington is a senior information security engineer/scientist in the CIIS. Outside Mitre, she is co-chair of the board for the Jennifer F. Lewis Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to raising awareness about ovarian cancer, and leads the foundation’s academic scholarship program. She is also a mentor to inner-city adolescents and teenage girls through the Daughters of Destiny mentoring program. Washington holds masters degrees in information systems management and business administration from the University of Maryland-University College, and a bachelors degree in criminology and pre-law from the University of Maryland-College Park.

The Mitre Corporation is a nonprofit organization that provides systems engineering, research and development, and information technology support to the government. To learn more, visit www.mitre.org.


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