CANCELED - DEI Speaker Series December 10th Event



Thank you to those who have registered already for our December 10th Speaker Series event. Unfortunately, this event has been canceled. Please keep an eye out for our next installment of the DEI Speaker Series in the new year.


The US-RSE Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Working Group (DEI-WG) is proud to present the next event in the US-RSE DEI-WG Speaker Series: Dr. Athina Frantzana of Spread the Word

Date/Time: December 10, 2021 1ET/12CT/11MT/10PT


Why are women still underrepresented in tech, and why does it matter? In this talk we will discuss the potential reasons for the underrepresentation of women in the Tech community, the problems this causes to the community and the world, the benefits of increasing women’s representation and inclusion, and the effectiveness of a range of approaches designed to improve gender diversity.

About the speaker

With a STEM background and a passion for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI), Dr. Athina Frantzana works tirelessly to create more inclusive work and study environments in industry and academia, with equal opportunities and respect for diversity. Her PhD thesis formed the first step to understand the women’s representation and experiences within the advanced computing community and suggested solutions to tackle the barriers causing the gender gap in STEM. Athina has presented her work and participated at many local and international conferences as a keynote speaker, paper and poster presenter, workshop leader, and organising committee member. Highlights include her Keynote talk at Europython 2019, her invited talk at Python Global Summit 2020, her talk at Gender Summit 6, and her committee position as the Inclusivity Training Chair at the Supercomputing Conference 2021 (SC21). In 2019, Athina founded Spread the Word to help STEM companies and organisations, as well as individuals, create inclusive workplaces, using innovative, evidence-based and tailored practices and strategies. She also continues conducting research, promoting and advocating EDI through various projects and collaborations inside and outside academia.

US-RSE DEI-WG Speaker Series

The US-RSE Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Working Group (DEI-WG) is working to bring to the US-RSE community quarterly visits from RSE professionals with vested interests or research into DEI in the RSE community at large. Our community pledges to continually educate ourselves through research on best practices focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion. The US-RSE is committed to providing an inclusive environment with equitable treatment for all and to promoting and encouraging diversity throughout the RSE community. We encourage everyone to suggest speakers and topics and are open to different formats and timelines of the events. Feedback is much appreciated.