Good stuff Chris, really great work you're doing in NC. Great to hear the
truth about a state besides the headlines driven by self-aggrandizing
politicians. Would love to connect on a phone call at some time to get your
thoughts on how PuPPy can improve.

Our normal turnout is about 25% women out of an attendance that ranges from
150-200. PuPPY's first ever meeting was a mini-conference on women in tech.
Lynn Root fortuitously was visiting Seattle at the same time. She
graciously launched our group as a speaker and as a panelist on a
discussion on improving gender diversity in tech professions.

The woman turnout for our first meeting was about 40% women.

Recently in February, Jessica McKellar joined us with Dropbox's support as
a speaker and a panelist that included Bridget Frey the CTO of Redfin. That
event drew 52% women attendees. Unfortunately space was limited because
Dropbox just opened in Seattle this past May. We had over 120 on our
waitlist.

Our first year speakers was 44% women. Currently in 2016 we're running
about 80% women speakers.

Seattle PyLadies has really done a great job under new leadership of Wendy
Grus and Erin Shellman. However on a personal connection, I'm far
friendlier with Michelle Glauser the organizer of PyLadies SF. She was part
of Zana when they participated in Startup Row that I run with Yannick
Gingras for PyCon.

I really want to do better. My mother is illiterate. I think of how that's
limited her opportunities in life, and also the pain that causes for my
family. I want to spare others the pain. For the world today I think
literacy includes understanding computing and tech. That software resembles
living in Saudi Arabia is an embarrassment for any modern society.

On Thu, May 5, 2016 at 10:32 AM Chris Calloway <c...@unc.edu> wrote:

> On 5/4/16 4:12 PM, Don Sheu wrote:
> > I'm in the process of instituting guidelines for handling Code of
> > Conduct reports with my group in Seattle, PuPPy. First step is
> > recruiting a diverse committee. Unfortunately, currently our organizing
> > team is overwhelmingly male. Last thing I want is for a Code of Conduct
> > procedure where a member who's not white or male is facing a process run
> > entirely by white males.
>
> Don,
>
> The hardest part of diversity is attempting to diversify an already
> non-diverse group. I searched for a long time for how to do this.
> Finally, after watching the Code: Debugging the Gender Gap documentary,
> I got a clue, applied it, and it worked. The secret is pro-action. You
> must go out and specifically and specially invite people individually,
> and invite them not just to participate, but to lead. I did this for the
> PyData Carolinas conference coming up this fall and it worked so well
> that the majority of people on our board of organizers are female and
> twenty percent are non-white:
>
> http://pydata.org/carolinas2016/about/organizers/
>
> I went to PyLadies and other groups and asked for their help. They
> responded with several highly qualified Python data scientists. I didn't
> just ask for volunteers. I approached them each individually, told them
> each why their qualifications are needed, and invited them to come take
> the reigns of various conference committees. You can get diversity. You
> just have to work at it and not wait for it to come to you. You must
> reach out and reach out specifically to individuals, recruiting each
> with an offer of leadership.
>
> --
> Sincerely,
>
> Chris Calloway, Applications Analyst
> UNC Renaissance Computing Institute
> 100 Europa Drive, Suite 540, Chapel Hill, NC 27517
> (919) 599-3530
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