Wednesday Feb 20, 2008

Dr Audrey Nelson speaks in Broomfield

Approximately 50 internal and external men and women turned out on a snowy Valentines Day in Colorado to attend Dr. Audrey Nelson's seminar "He Speaks, She Speaks, What Different Things They Say." Dr. Audrey Nelson is a mother of two (she calls them her own gender research lab) and holds a B.A., M.A. and Ph.D in Communications. She discussed topics like the seven MOST asked questions regarding gender communication differences, the "Split Ear Phenomena," nonverbal messages, and touched on some communication practices to use within our virtual environment. Her award-winning research is cited in such books as "More Power to You and Communication Between the Sexes." You can learn more about Dr. Audrey Nelson by visiting her website at www.audreynelson.com. Personally, I walked away with a better understanding of how to communicate more effectively with men and women not only in my professional life but in my personal life as well. By understanding the differences in communication styles and knowing that neither way of communication is good or bad,  I am able to be more patient and understanding when miscommunication does happens.

A big thanks to our Professional Development Committee Chairs, Jamie Hughes and Carol Neustadter, for putting this together!  We hope to have more of these great professional development events in the future, so be on the look out for more from Women@Sun-Colorado!

Thank You, Nicole Eisele, Co-Chair of Women@Sun-Colorado

Thursday Jan 03, 2008

Rise Up. Reach Down.

A few weeks ago, I blogged about Sun Women in the Boston area attending the annual Mass. Conference for Women

Today, I'm tidying up my workspace, and found the program from this event with some of my notes (I resolve that next year, I'll bring a real notebook to write in because there was so much good content to jot down!)  

A quote that I'd jotted down from Pulitzer Prize winning author, Anna Quindlen's keynote caught my eye. 

 

 "Rise Up. Reach Down."

She talked about her family and how women's roles have changed over time and during her lifetime.  Her story was of three women who happened to be her mother, herself and her daughter.  But, the one thing that she said that really made an impact on me was something very  simple but profound: "Rise Up. Reach Down."

With the start of the New Year, we look for inspiration as we look ahead to the next 365 days (actually 366 days in 2008!)  

These 4 words are my inspiration.

Monday Nov 26, 2007

The season of giving

Women@Sun organizaitons around the world are organizing different holiday drives this time of year to give back to the communities where we operate.

As I find out more about details, I'll update with those here.

Meanwhile, I wanted to quickly give you visiblity into some fantastic work led by Sandy Belknap, Terri McClellan, and Cynthia Tello, who are based at Sun's offices in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. 

It's a gift drive that will benefit the Nashua Children's Home.

The Home is home 44 children, ages 7-18 who are put in their care by the courts, as result of abuse or neglect.

Every year, since 2001, Women@Sun in this region have organized a drive to make sure these children receive something special for the holidays.

I had the opportunity to visit the Nasuha Children's Home last year.

I've seen the investment that Sandy and the very generous employees her efforts have helped mobilize have made over the years; and the people who've benefited.

It makes me so to be able to call these people my colleagues.

Mary

Multicultural Women Townhall

I'm honored to get to participate in the Multicultural Women's Townhall behing hosted by Working Mother Media in Washington D.C. this week.

I'll represent Women@Sun there. 

I'll post details on my experience here later this week.

Mary

Thursday Oct 25, 2007

Women Who Light the Dark

A Conversation About Leadership: Women Who Light the Dark

DATE: Friday October 12th & Monday October 15

Women @ Sun sponsored 2 outstanding and inspiring events. A live event was held on Oct. 12th on the Menlo Park campus where we had approx. 80 people attended and Paola sold 58 books where 100% of her royalties will go to the Global Fund for Women. In addition a Webex event was held on Oct. 15th where approx. 30-40 people attended from other Sun locations. We had Terry McKenzie, Executive Sponsor to Women in the West & Sr. Director ,Global Employee Communications & Change Management, speak about the Women @ Sun organization and we had  Stans Kleijnen, former Sun Executive and Board Member of the Global Fund for Women speak about the Global Fund for Women. The highlight of the event was when Paola Gianturco, renowned photojournalist and author of the photographic essay book Women Who Light the Dark talked about some of the photo's in her book and the stories surrounding those photo's. We learned about remarkable women from around the world who have improved the lives of women and girls in their communities through extraordinary leadership and innovative strategies. It is safe to say that we all walked away inspired and amazed.

If you were not able to attend this event and you are interested in supporting the Global Fund for Women and reading about the amazing women in Paola's book you can purchase Women Who Light the Dark from independent and chain bookstores, as well as online booksellers around the globe. In addition all are listed on he BUY IT page of www.womenwholightthedark.com, 100% of Paola's royalties will be donated to the Global Fund for Women.

Monday Oct 22, 2007

I Invent the Future

October 22, 2007 - Twenty-four members of the engineering staff represented Sun at the annual Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC).

 

GHC is presented by the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology and the Association for Computing Machinery.

Sun was a Platinum Sponsor for the event, continuing the company's support for women in computing. Sun sponsored GHC in 2002, 2004 and 2006 (GHC used to be held every other year.)

Sun's GHC attendees represent the broad and diverse opportunities Sun affords to women in computing and technology, ranging from researchers at Sun Labs and engineers in Microelectronics, Software and IT, to managers and directors in Sales and Human Resources.

Sun's attendees were involved heavily at the event. Ten participated on panels and BOFs including:

  • "Advancing Your Career, Advancing Your Life" (panel submitted by Robin Wilensky, Architect in Sun Global Sales & Service Thursday, Session 1
  • "The Road to Executive Leadership" (includes a Sun panelist Kathy Jenks, Director in Sun Software)
    Thursday, Session 2
  • "Managing your career 2-5 years out of school" (includes a Sun panelist Sukyoung Ryu, Member of the Technical Staff in Sun Labs)
    Thursday, Session 3
  • "Girl Geeks in High School - Technical Experiences of Future Inventors" (panel submitted by Katy Dickinson, Director in Sun's CTO group, and daughter Jessica Dickinson Goodman, soon-to-be Freshman at Carnegie Mellon University)
    Thursday, Session 4
  • "Real Teamwork in the Virtual World" (includes a Sun panelist Leslie Lambert Vice President, IT Service)
    Thursday, Session 4
  • "Mentoring Makes MAGIC for Middle and High School Girls" (BOF submitted by Ira Pramanick, Sun Senior Staff Engineer in Software)
    Thursday, Session 6
  • "Successful Latinas Opening Doors to the Future: Advancing Latinas in Computing" (panel submitted by Gilda Garreton, Staff Engineer in Sun Labs; the panel also includes Ivonne Valdes, Sun Director in Global Services)
    Friday, Session 3
  • "Technical to Management: Expect the Unexpected - A Synopsis of Two Women's First Year Experiences" (includes Susan Miller, Director)
    Friday, Session 4
  • "Innovation Inside Corporations" (includes a Sun panelist Yvonne Wilson, Sun Principal IT Architect)
    Friday, Session 5
  • "Latinas in Computing" (BOF submitted by Gilda Garreton, Staff Engineer in Sun Labs)
    Friday, Session 6
  • "Outstanding Women in Computer Security" (includes a Sun panelist Kathy Jenks, Director in Sun Software)

Gilda Garreton, Sun Labs; Valerie Fenwick, Software; and Katy Dickinson, CTO, were Official Bloggers. Gilda blogged in Spanish.

Gilda focused on the track for Latinas in Computing: Latinas in GHC07, which produced a panel titled "Successful Latinas Opening Doors to the Future: Advancing Latinas in Computing," with six distinguished Latinas from industry and academia; follow-up BOF session and lunch event.

The attendees staffed a recruiting table, participated in Sponsor Night and gave away a Sun SPOT as part of the Sponsor's Raffle.

GHC 2007 was the seventh in a series of conferences designed to bring the research and career interests of women in computing to the forefront.

Presenters represented industrial, academic and government communities. Leading researchers presented current work, while special sessions focused on the role of women in computer science, information technology, research and engineering.

Past GHC events have resulted in collaborative proposals, networking, mentoring, and increased visibility for the contributions of women in computing.

Tuesday Oct 02, 2007

First a Wage Gap....Now a Happiness Gap?

A colleague from California passed along a link to an Economist blog entry re: Women and Happiness.  

Research is showing that women are less happy than men.   I find this intersting and decided to click some of the links in the entry to read more. 

Of particular interest to me was the comment in a NY Times article ('He's Happier, She's Less So') that "there appears to be a growing happiness gap between men and women."

According to the research, women aren't necessarily working more than 30-40 yrs ago - we are just doing different kinds of work. Less homemaker-type of work and more career/business work.

But many of us still have to do homemaker-type work - aka: housework -  on top of our career business work -- this is what is making so many of us unhappy.   It's like they say, "A woman's work is never done."

Bottom line (at least to me), is that we need to stop putting so much pressure on ourselves (Yes! That's easier said than done, I guess.)  Goes back to the need to 'have it all.'  Which apparently is taking a priority over our need for happiness.   

First a wage gap, now a happiness gap --- I'm going to keep reading about this to see if there is any research that ties the two gaps together.  

I wonder which gap we can close first? (And how long it will take?)

Thursday Aug 16, 2007

Sun Woman Speaks on NPRs 'Talk of the Nation': Aug 17

Listen to NPR's Talk of the Nation: Science Friday this week!

WHEN: Friday, Aug 17, 11:00am PT, 2:00pm ET
NPR's Talk of the Nation: Science Friday segment on your local NPR station


Susan Landau, A Distinguished Engineer at Sun,will discuss the Science of Wiretapping, particularly as it relates to the Protect America Act of 2007

recently signed into law.

The law, an amendment to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (FISA), extends the government's authority to wiretap without a warrant.

We featured Susan on our Women's blog just last week to highlight her article in the Washington Post.

Monday Aug 06, 2007

Record Number of Women Enroll at CalTech

Today's Los Angeles Times has a great article on the good news out of Cal Tech - a record number of women are enrolling as part of the Class of 2011!

According to preliminary figures, 87 women are entering a freshman class of 206 students in September. That 37% share is Caltech's highest since it began admitting undergraduate women in 1970, when pioneering females comprised 14% of the entering class. (Female doctoral candidates first arrived in the 1950s.)

Wednesday Jun 27, 2007

Interesting Headlines this Week on Women, Wages and the 'Glass Ceiling'

There are two interesting news items that caught my attention this week.

Both are are pertintent to a blog for women in business and may inspire some interesting discussion!

Women's Purse at Wimbledon Now Equals Men's

I never realized that this was an issue in Tennis - but now I do! 

The topic brings me  back to the discussion on Women and Wages that Evelyn Murphy had with us during a visit to Sun's Burlington, MA campus over a year ago. 

I like what Serena Williams  had to say about this news at Wimbledon: "It's a step in the right direction, I mean, for just not only tennis, but just for women's sports and just for women all." 

Here's the other headline.  This one surprised me!

SC Man Could Be First Male PTA President

I was interested in what the commentary would be in the article.   It was very positive about the role that fathers play in their childrens' education.

Susan Bailey of Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College said the election of a man to the PTA's top post is "exactly the kind of thing we would hope would happen more often." 

I think that this is great for an organization that was founded as The National Congress of Mothers 110 years ago. 

What do you think???? 

 

Wednesday May 09, 2007

It's Good When Some Things are "Still the Same"

Colleen, one of the co-leaders of Sun's Boston Women's network, and I had a great 'girl's nite out' last evening!!

We sat stage-side in the 2nd row(!!) for the Rod Stewart 'concert in the round.'  Colleen took this picture with her Treo, which has no zoom capabily, so yes, we really were this close to a true rock icon.  

 

Here's what the one big thing that I noticed that was different from the last time I went to one of his concerts back in the early 90s: 

People all around me had their cellphones on and were using them for all sorts of things!  

A few people were talking on their phones, letting their friends outside of the concert listen in live. 

The young woman sitting 2 seats down from me was creating an MP3 file of the live show to listen to later and almost everyone was taking pictures with their cell phones. 

The woman in front of me was creating video files on her cell phone. I'm sure that they will end up on YouTube sometime today! 

(I remember, not so long ago, when cameras were banned from these types of events)

Times change.

But I do have to report, as a longtime Rod Stewart fan who enjoyed participating in what felt like a huge  'sing-a-long' concert last evening, this man and his performance are "Still the Same." 

(I know you're wondering, so here' the answer - Yes! He sang all of his hits from Tonite's the Night, Maggie May, Hot Legs (my favorite!) , Do You Think I'm Sexy, etc., etc., etc.)


 

 

 

Thursday May 03, 2007

A Maya Angelou Poem Arrived in my Inbox Today

The email said that if I sent this Maya Angelou poem to 3 people, I'd have good luck all day.
I'm hoping that by sharing with the readers of our Women's Blog, the luck will go thru tomorrow!

After so many of Sun's Women in Boston saw Dr. Angelou last December at the Mass. Conference for Women, I thought this
was a good place to share such inspiration! 

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ...
enough money within her control to move out
and rent a place of her own,

even if she never wants to or needs to...

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ...
something perfect to wear if the employer, or date
of her dreams wants to see her in an hour...

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE...
a youth she's content to leave behind....

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ...
a past juicy enough that she's looking forward to retelling it in her old age....

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE .....
a set of screwdrivers, a
cordless drill, and a black lace bra...

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ...
one friend who always makes her laugh... and one who lets her cry...

A  WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ....
a good piece of furniture
not previously owned by anyone else in her family...

A WOMAN SHOULD
HAVE ...
eight matching plates, wine glasses with stems,
and a recipe for a meal,
that will make her guests feel honored...

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ...
a feeling of control over her destiny..

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...
how to fall in love without losing herself..

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...
how to quit a job, break up
with a lover,
and confront a friend without;
ruining the friendship...

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...
when to try harder... and
WHEN TO WALK AWAY...

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...
that she can't change the length of her calves,
the width of her hips,

or the nature of her parents..

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...
that her childhood may not
have been perfect..but it's over...

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD
KNOW...
what she would and wouldn't do for love or more...

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...
how to live alone . even if she doesn't like it...

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW..
whom she can trust, whom she can't,
and why she shouldn't take it personally...

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...
where to go...
be it to her best friend's kitchen table...
or a charming inn in the woods...
when her soul needs soothing...

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...
what she can and can't accomplish in a day...
a month...and a year...

Wednesday Apr 25, 2007

Mission Accomplished?? Take Our Daughters (& Sons) to Work Day

I just read that today is the last official "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day" (formerly known as Take Our Daughters to Work Day). 

The program was created by the Ms. Foundation in 1993 after a Harvard University study showed that girls’ self-esteem began to plummet by the time they turned 12.

Sun in the CA Bay area is hosting a small group of young women for a tour of Sun Labs -- and part of the day will include a video conference connection to Sun's campus in Burlington, MA.   It's a great oppty for young women to see the workings of a tech company, first hand.

According to the article, the Ms Foundation "believes it has accomplished the mission of integrating the program into the workplace."  

“It has entered the employee handbooks,” said Sara Gould, president and chief executive of the Ms. Foundation, which is based in Manhattan.   “It really is part of the life of many workplaces around the country.”

So, if you are taking your daughters or sons to work today,  have a wonderful time &  keep in mind the goal of the program.

And don't forget to mark you calendar to take a leadership role in your organization to ensure that the mission of integrating this program into the workplace does, indeed, continue.

Tuesday Apr 24, 2007

Today is Equal Pay Day (A Fact - Not a Rant)

Back in October, the Boston area Women at Sun had the opportunity to host former Lt. Governor Evelyn Murphy at our campus in Burlington for an evening session.  She talked about her book - Women Are Getting Even (WAGE) and her goal for equal pay for women.

Evelyn Murphy (2nd from Left) with Women from Sun in Burlington, MA - Oct 2006

Why am I reflecting on this session from 6 months ago today?

April 24, 2007 is Equal Pay Day.
Equal Pay Day is observed in April to indicate how far into each year a woman must work to earn as much as a man earned in the previous year.   As amazing as it sounds, according to the 2006 US Census Bureau, women still only earn 77cents for every dollar that men earn. 
  

Equal Pay Day is even a headline story in my local hometown newpaper today! 

Take some time to read about the WAGE Project and learn what you can do to help women 'get even.'   (Because it we do nothing, according to some statistics, it's going to take 50 years to catch up -- that's a legacy that we don't want to leave for young girls who will be entering the workforce in the next 10 - 20 years!)

                                    

Thursday Apr 12, 2007

Melancholy and "Collective Joy"

While I was driving down yesterday, stuck in traffic (the eternal rush hour on 101 S), I was half listening to a conversation on NPR about how societies have over time done away with opportunities for individuals to come together, express themselves, and lift their collective spirits and therefore, we see higher incidences of depression and isolation among their members. The discussion was based on the hypothesis set out in the book "Dancing in the Streets" by Barbara Ehrenreich. I was immediately taken to images of Burning Man, and while those might not claim to be the healthiest minds by conventional definition, they certainly seem to be the most liberated and fulfilled. (For that time- then they come home to the rent, and the boss, and the spouse, and the dog, and the disillusionment sets in again - but that's another blog). 

And then I thought of Sun, and though we are not as "melancholic" as we have been in the past, we certainly aren't all smiles and cackles yet either. I believe that organizations such as Women@Sun can provide the opportunity for members of the Sun community to "Dance in the Streets"(there are others – Beer Bashes are back - hooray! We're having our own in SFO tomorrow).  It's all about organic growth, and we are starting small, but I expect the effects of the "Collective Joy" to be widespread..

Who needs Prozac when you have Women@Sun!!

 (Ack.)



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