This week in our WiCipedia roundup: Welcome Robotics Engineer Barbie; VMware CEO hikes Mount Kilimanjaro; Zillow aces hiring practices; and more.
Join Women in Comms for a breakfast workshop and networking at the NFV & Carrier SDN event in Denver on September 26. The workshop is open to all women and men in the telecommunications, STEM and IT fields --
communications service providers get in free!
A new study finds that women and men ask for pay raises at the same rate, yet women aren't granted the same amount of raises as their male counterparts. Quartz explains that while men have their raise requests granted 20% of the time, women only see money coming their way 15% of the time. This rate seems to get worse with age, as older women tend to see the lowest percentage of raises, The Harvard Business Review study concluded. So while this turns the old adage of "Women don't ask for raises" on its head, it does mean that "Asking does not mean getting -- at least if you are a female." (See WiCipedia: Breaking Biases & Squashing Self-Limiting Fear.)
Joining a host of other career-inspired Barbies is the new Robotics Engineer Barbie from Mattel. In a press release, the company introduced the STEM doll, which is "designed to pique girls' interest in STEM and shine a light on an underrepresented career field for women." It also states that Barbie has held more than 200 careers, though only a handful are available on the Mattel website. Barbie's career interests have wandered down the STEM road before: "...since 1959, Barbie has held STEM roles including astronaut, scientist, video game developer and computer engineer," the press release states. She sure leaves Ken in the shade. (See WiCipedia: The Barbie & Unicorn Edition.)
Robotics Engineers Save the Day
A new Silicon Valley poll of views on working in tech doesn't offer much hope for women. Mercury News and the Silicon Valley Leadership Group polled 1,110 working voters in the Bay Area -- a rather specific group -- to find out their views on careers and opportunities in tech. They also interviewed women to hear about their specific experiences of discrimination. For example, a 24-year-old engineer spoke of her experience teaching a class in a factory: "...the closest women's bathroom [was] three stories down, because they converted the women's bathroom to a men's bathroom. They said there's not enough women to justify a women's bathroom on every floor." Also somewhat suprisingly, "Half of those polled said they feel women have fewer opportunities for advancement at their current workplaces than men, and 43 percent said they are paid less. In contrast, fewer than one-third of Bay Area women outside of tech felt held back or underpaid because of their gender." (See Survey Says: Women in Comms Tell All.)
Numbers Don't Lie
Over in the virtualization sector,
VMware Inc. (NYSE: VMW) CEO Pat Gelsinger will be hiking Mount Kilimanjaro with the goal of raising $75,000 (a goal he's already surpassed by raising $100,000) in order to build a high school for girls in Kenya. CRN reports that Gelsinger is working with charitable organization Missions of Hope International, "which supports orphan and vulnerable children and their families throughout Kenya." No stranger to charitable work, Gelsinger is bringing VMware's chief customer officer Scott Bajtos, Afterburner CEO Joel Neeb and missionary Keith Ham along with him for the 19,341-foot hike. "Girls in particular are susceptible to be prevented from education, falling back to tribal patterns of being married off and child bearing at very young ages and continuing the terrible cycle of poverty," said Gelsinger on his fundraising website. "I'm thrilled with the potential to click off a bucket list item but doing it for the noblest of causes -- bringing hope and life to the world's most vulnerable. Truly changing the face of eternity for these kids." (See VMware Invests in Stanford's Women's Leadership Lab.)
We love stories about companies that question their hiring practices and then actually do something about any issues or inequalities they may find. Zillow is one of those success stories, states Quartz. Upon reviewing its diversity numbers, Zillow rectified diversity setbacks, such as prejudicial job descriptions and hiring for cultural fit vs. hiring for skillsets, in order to create a more wide-ranging staff. Since the changes were implemented, Zillow's tech staff has gone up by 6%, though they will be the first to admit that they still don't have enough female engineers. Zillow's entire workforce is made up of 41% women, and their hiring rate of 100 to 200 new employees per month ensures this is an ever-evolving diversity breakdown. (See WiCipedia: Best Initiatives for Women & Highest-Ranked Companies.)
With 'the talent' all on holiday we're left with Jamie and Ray for this week's installment. The dynamic duo both had a chat with a senior Ericsson bod about its cunning US 5G investment plans, and Jamie updates us on what Samsung is up to -- namely its AI efforts, 5G and a seemingly pointless Bixby. Lastly, Ray ponders the vacant Cisco position in its service ...
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Parallel Wireless is focused on making networks more flexible under the guidance of Co-Founder and VP of Development Kaitki Agarwal, who shares her thoughts on the industry's most game-changing technologies – past, present and future – as well as offering advice for other female founders with a great idea.
Heidi Westbrook, Fujitsu's director of ICP and North American Carrier Sales, shares the secrets to advancing in comms with a work/life balance in tact, including networking, self-advocacy, unapologetically pursuing the next step and more.
Service providers are refreshing their IMS and looking for real cloud native IMS functions, according to Micaela Giuhat, Metaswitch's VP of product management, Cloud Native Core, who shares her thoughts on everything from container-based approach to VNFs to her experiences and advice as a leading woman in comms.
At the Big Communications Event (BCE) 2018 event in Austin, Melissa Arnoldi, president of Technology and Operations at AT&T, spoke about AT&T's path to 5G and the important role software plays. 5G will eventually have a significant impact on how businesses work and how they engage with their customers.
Executive Producer Janet Leahy, President of Arrow Solutions Kathy Boelter, CEO of Women of Wall Street Karen Ashworth Macfarlane and the Founder and CEO of Corporate Cowgirl Up Wendy Bohling join Women in Comms Director Sarah Thomas in Denver to discuss ways to combat sexual harassment in the workplace, help women advance and level the playing field.
DALLAS -- Automation Everywhere -- Srilakshmi Valisammagari, senior technologist & strategist - SDN/NFV Innovations for Verizon, addresses the operators' efforts to deliver automation to enterprise customers via Verizon Service Designer. Valisammagari says Verizon Service Designer simplifies the process flow -- from service design to implementation to provisioning ...