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Women in STEM

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Rodman Hall Art Centre

109 Saint Paul Crescent

St. Catharines, ON L2S 1M3

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Women in STEM

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Women have always worked and succeeded in STEM fields. But women have also faced barriers to their full participation in STEM stemming from both overt discrimination and implicit bias. Today, the successes and obstacles to women in STEM are at the forefront of public attention. Movies like Hidden Figures highlight the forgotten role of women of colour in space exploration. Studies about the lack of women in senior management at tech firms make headlines. Businesses, governments, universities, and civic organizations run a range of programs to promote more women in STEM, from camps to teach girls to code to better maternity leave policies.

In this keynote talk, Kira will draw on the insights from the latest research on gender and diversity in STEM organizations, so that we can think together about the ways that organizations can help or hinder women. Research shows that gender-balanced firms are crucial to ensuring that social biases don’t get replicated in designing technology– to ensure, for example, that crash-test dummies aren’t designed with only men in mind. History shows us that women have been responsible for major scientific discoveries, like DNA, and for programming the first computers. The aim of this talk is to bring the insights from this research to bear on your own experiences as women in tech organizations.

About Dr. Kira Lussier:

Dr. Kira Lussier is a researcher, writer, and speaker committed to advancing understanding of diversity, inclusion, and inequality in organizations. She uses history to illuminate pressing contemporary issues about work, technology, and gender within the global economy. Raised in the Niagara region, Kira now lives in Toronto, where she works as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Toronto, jointly appointed at the Institute for Management & Innovation and Rotman’s Institute for Gender and the Economy. Her current research project examines how implicit bias training is used as part of organizational diversity initiatives.

Kira is currently working on a book, “Personality, Incorporated,” on the history of personality testing in business, which shows how businesses have increasingly emphasized soft skills as key components of human capital. Her writing on business uses of personality tests has appeared in Slate, The Conversation, and The National Post, in addition to academic journals. Kira holds a PhD in history of science & technology from University of Toronto and a BA in history and political science from McGill.

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2:00 - 2:30 p.m. - Networking

2:30 - 3:30 p.m. - Keynote Presentation and Q&A Session

3:30 - 4:00 p.m. - Networking

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