This week in our Women in Comms roundup: Marissa Mayer and the $55 million payout; men hog the boardroom limelight; when did tech get trendy?; and more.
Datanauts has perhaps the best tagline of all: "It really IS rocket (data) science." The 2016 program is just underway with 49 coders. (See WiCipedia: Victory in a 'Culture of Victimology'.)
Mayer, who spent 13 years at Google, has been outspoken on the topic of women in tech throughout her career. After the announcement of the Yahoo/Verizon deal, she told the Financial Times (subscription required), "I've tried to be gender-blind and believe tech is a gender-neutral zone but do think there has been gender-charged reporting. We all see the things that only plague women leaders, like articles that focus on their appearance... It's a shame."
Should Mayer leave the company, which it looks like she will, she'll walk away with a severance payout of roughly $55 million. (See Verizon to Buy Yahoo for $4.8B, Yahoo Signing Off in $4.83B Sale to Verizon and watch the CNBC video below for additional insight from Mayer on the deal and her plans for the future.)
Black says, "If we just carry on with the way things are, it's going to take 50 or 100 years to make a difference." And with the cyclical nature of trends, we may all be living unplugged lives by then anyway. (See Women in Tech Coming Into Focus, Recruiter Sees 7% Rise in Female Placements and No Service, No Problem: 5 Places That Want to Be Unconnected.)
— Eryn Leavens, Special Features & Copy Editor, Light Reading