This report is an outcome of the event What are we Missing? Rethinking Strategies to Advance Women in Technology (the conference), which was hosted by the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation and the UCLA Office of Information Technology on April 30, 2015. The report is divided into four main sections, starting with an introduction, then a literature review of a wide range of strategies to advance women in technology, recommendations for further research, and an appendix that includes a summary of the conference.
The literature review was authored by Rebecca Sadwick, Sophie Mako Tanaka, and Adina Farrukh of the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation. The summary of conference findings was authored by Rhianon Anderson and Kiana Taheri, with editing by Rebecca Sadwick.
The bios below list both past and present affiliation. All work was done when the authors were with the Luskin Center for Innovation.
Rebecca Sadwick is the Digital Technologies Program Manager for the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation. She also serves as Director of Marketing for GoGuardian, an education technology company providing device management software to schools. Rebecca’s prior work includes research on the effects of teacher tenure on K-12 education, youth Internet safety, and the role of merit-based teacher pay on student outcomes.
Sophie Mako Tanaka was a researcher with the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation’s digital technologies initiative. She is now a researcher for the Social and Identity Lab a UCLA and the Chief of Marketing and Finances for the Undergraduate Research Journal of Psychology at UCLA. Sophie’s prior work includes research into the relationship between women’s mindset, stereotype threat vulnerability, and perceptions of STEM.
Rhianon Anderson was a researcher for the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation. She is now the Executive Director of the Congressional App Challenge, a nationwide congressional initiative aimed at engaging high school students in coding and STEM. She holds a Master’s in Public Policy from UCLA, where she focused on technology policy.
Adina Farrukh is an analyst at Analysis Group, an economic consulting firm. She has worked as a researcher for the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation, and holds a B.A. in History and a Masters in Public Policy from UCLA.
Kiana Taheri is a Bohnett Fellow in the LA Mayor’s Office, and formerly a researcher with the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation’s digital technologies initiative. She is currently completing a Masters in Public Policy at the UCLA Luskin School, where she has specialized in science, technology and innovation policy as they apply to equity, diversity and social change.