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Women Up to the Challenge

Posted by Hannah Conrad on May 19th, 2011

Guests: Holly Stump, Chair, Women in Electronic Design and Carol Hallett, Vice President Worldwide Sales, Real Intent
Hosts: Karen Bartleson, Sr. Director, Community Marketing, Synopsys Inc., Yvette Huygen, Director, Worldwide Public Relations and Corporate Communications, Synopsys Inc.

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We had a very lively discussion on Conversation Central this morning! Karen and Yvette were excited to welcome Holly Stump and Carol Hallett into the studio to discuss some of the challenges that women today face in the tech industry. Having spent much of their careers in the semiconductor industry, Holly and Carol both had interesting thoughts and advice to share with women of all ages about working in high tech. From talking about Lisa Johnson Mandell’s Six Subtle Moves That Hold Women Back From Success to discussing how to mentor and encourage young women to enter the technology industry, this show was full of valuable information that women and men alike won’t want to miss!

Links of Interest:

WWED Group Blog

Real Intent

Six Subtle Moves That Hold Women Back From Success

“Talking 9 to 5: Women and Men at Work” by Deborah Tannen

A Letter to Women in Tech, I Let You Down

“Women in Engineering: 2010 Literature Review” from Magazine of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

Carol Hallett and Holly Stump


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7 Responses to “Women Up to the Challenge”

  1. Holly Stump says:

    Interesting book on dangerous stereotypes: “Same Difference: How Gender Myths are Hurting our Relationships, our Children and our Jobs” Rosalind Barnett and Caryl Rivers

  2. This is quite interesting and very nice to hear Carol’s perspective on this important subject. She has always been up to the challenges of anything she decided to do in the bay area.

  3. Candy Bailey says:

    I enjoyed both Carol Hallett and Holly Stump’s discussion. I definately agree that mentoring and encouraging young women to enter the business world is still important and valuable.

  4. Mac McDonald says:

    Great discussion and topic….Both Holly Stump and Carol Hallet made points that if taken will help to rocket today’s young women into the business world….We need get more of these ideas out there…..Thank you ladies for a job well done…

  5. Jin says:

    It is so wonderful to hear the open discussion by Carol and Holly on how to encourage young females going into engineering. Many great thoughts and ideas, really enjoyed listening to it.

    When I came to US in 1994 (from China) to work on my Ph.D in E.E., I was shocked there was no female student from U.S. in the graduate program. Now as a mother of two girls, I am working hard to make sure that they excel in math and science, so they don’t fall into the sterotype that girls are not smart enough for science and enigeering. Changes need to happen from the early ages. Often kids say they want to be a doctor, a teacher, a firefighter etc. when they grow up, because they see what they do, they don’t normally get to see what scientists or engineers do. We need to expose the children on what an engineering career is about and how cool it is (all the cool things made by engineers), then they will hopefully add engineer as a dream job when they grow up.

    Great conversation, got me thinking of what we can do to help children to know more about engineering…

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