5 must-know leaders in medicine, science and tech

Now more than ever, it is undeniable how integral science and research have become to public health. Nationwide, doctors, scientists and experts are working around the clock to find the most up-to-date and reliable information to prevent and stop the spread of Covid-19.

Here are five must-know women who are shattering ceilings, making groundbreaking discoveries, and spreading public awareness during the global pandemic.

Joy Buolamwini

Joy Buolamwini, founder of Algorithmic Justice League, speaks in New York on March 27, 2019.Bess Adler / Bloomberg via Getty Images

Joy Buolamwini is the founder of the Algorithmic Justice League (AJL), a computer scientist and an expert in artificial intelligence bias. Four years ago, when Buolamwini was a graduate student at MIT’s Media Lab, she began looking into the racial and gender disparities in commercially-available facial recognition technologies. Her research culminated in two groundbreaking, peer-reviewed studies, published in 2018 and 2019, that revealed

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Why We Need Women Leaders To Rebuild Our Broken Systems

Over the past seven plus months, as Covid-19 has devastated communities around the globe, we’ve seen plenty of media coverage of women leaders responding quickly, decisively, and compassionately to the pandemic (consider how Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand’s premier, conducted a Facebook Live chat from her couch at home to reassure fellow New Zealanders the evening she ordered an early lockdown on the island country). Other female leaders – including Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, and Denmark Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen – acted swiftly to shut down their countries, while communicating information calmly, clearly, and empathetically.

Now, a study published by the Center for Economic and Policy Research and the World Economic Forum confirms what many of us already suspected: Covid-19 deaths in countries led by women are significantly lower than those in countries led by men. According to the study’s authors, Supriya Garikipati and Uma

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Bullying worsens when leaders model and promote it | Opinion

By Stuart Green

U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer’s announcement of new state and national initiatives addressing bullying deserves praise and support. Bullying is a problem for which leadership is a critical part of the solution. It increases when leadership does not address it and worsens when leaders model and promote it.

It is not a coincidence that bullying and bias crimes have increased since 2016, according to studies at the University of Virginia. Multiple studies suggest that bullying victimization is an adverse experience of childhood that contributes to many of the problems we experience as adults, from depression and anxiety to racism and xenophobia.

Bullying is a pattern of negative acts – physical, psychological or social – in which an imbalance of power makes it difficult for those repeatedly hurt to defend themselves. It is very common, with about 20% of all students victimized, year after year, according to a bi-annual

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October means final group at Women’s PGA won’t have leaders

So much for that notion of a 54-hole lead giving players more time to sleep in.

The PGA of America had to get creative with an October date for the Women’s PGA Championship at Aronimink in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, not only with about three fewer hours of daylight but with NBC having other programming commitments on the weekend.

Kerry Haigh, the chief championships officer for the PGA, says the tee times will be adjusted Sunday so that the final four groups will be at the bottom of the pack. Provided there are no weather delays or incomplete rounds, the leading threesome will tee off on No. 1 at 8:43 a.m. The last group will tee off at 9:27 a.m.

The TV window for the Women’s PGA on Sunday is 10 a.m. to noon on Golf Channel, and noon to 2 p.m. on NBC. The network has a NASCAR race in

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Working from home means more trust from leaders, says tech exec

LONDON — When the coronavirus pandemic closed workplaces earlier this year, businesses effectively went from having one or more locations to having as many offices as they did employees, as staff worked from home.

For software company Splunk, this effectively meant going from 35 offices to more than 6,000 “overnight,” according to the firm’s Chief Technical Adviser James Hodge. Having so many people working at home has meant a more trusting style of leadership is necessary, Hodge told CNBC’s “Squawk Box Europe” on Monday.

“The first few months (of the pandemic) were incredibly challenging, I think a lot of us ended up working incredibly long hours. If I just take Splunk as an example, we’ve spent a long time communicating with our employees, understanding what the impact’s like,” Hodge described.

“There’s been some brilliant parts about it to give people flexibility, but … on the other side, we do need

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Flagship Purdue Polytechnic High School center named to honor $4M gift from business leaders Ed and Beatriz Schweitzer

INDIANAPOLIS — Purdue University President Mitch Daniels announced on Friday (Oct. 2) that the university’s flagship Purdue Polytechnic High School will honor Purdue alumnus Edmund O. Schweitzer III and Beatriz Schweitzer for their $4 million commitment to programs and scholarships to support the educational and career success of underrepresented students.

The naming of the Schweitzer Center at Purdue Polytechnic High School Englewood was approved by Purdue’s Board of Trustees during its meeting in Indianapolis, where Purdue created its first of three alternative charter high schools in 2017. The high schools were launched to better prepare traditionally underserved students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines. 

The naming honors the latest gift to Purdue from the couple, based in Pullman, Washington. Edmund Schweitzer earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Purdue’s School of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 1968 and 1971. He is the founder, president and chief technology officer

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American Banker names U.S. Bank leaders to 2020 Most Powerful Women in Banking lists

American Banker has recognized U.S. Bank leaders among its 2020 Most Powerful Women in Banking, naming vice chairs Gunjan Kedia and Kate Quinn among 25 individual honorees on their respective lists and the company among five team honorees.

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Kate Quinn (left) and Gunjan Kedia (right) have been honored by American Banker in the publication’s Most Powerful Women in Banking and Finance lists for 2020. (Photo: Business Wire)

In an article accompanying the lists, American Banker wrote, “There are many women and men across financial services who are doing extraordinary work in a year unlike anything we have ever experienced before, Against this backdrop, where the circumstances have raised the bar for everyone, the women selected for this honor continue to stand out as the best of the best.”

Kedia, a vice chair and member of the 14-person Managing Committee,

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5 New Ways Leaders Can Support Women During COVID-19

COVID-19 is a once-in-a-lifetime type of crisis, and there’s virtually no element of life that it hasn’t disrupted in some way. On the positive side of the pandemic, the virus can challenge us to abandon systems that were toxic or inefficient and to develop entirely new, sustainable, socially beneficial ways of living.

Lauren Green sitting at a table using a laptop computer

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But experts now understand based on COVID-19 data that the virus affects certain groups disproportionately, such as African Americans. And across a wide range of demographics, it’s also clear that there is a gender gap in terms of socioeconomic consequences of the pandemic. Consider the following:

  • A United Nations report asserted that women are feeling the financial influence of the disease more strongly, women’s disrupted access to health services can negatively influence wellbeing, unpaid care work has gone up, and violence against women is increasing as the pandemic forces them into lockdown
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From designers to Anna Wintour, fashion industry leaders say they are determined to improve diversity. How will we know whether they’ve succeeded?

In May, after the death of George Floyd while in police custody, activists poured into the streets with demands for racial justice and police reform. That multiethnic chorus expanded into a call for equity in every corner of the culture, from politics to fashion. In response, social media was quickly flooded with fashion companies, influencers and boldface names touting their support of Black Lives Matter with symbolic black squares and historical quotations about racial equality. The words of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and James Baldwin were in heavy rotation. But like a litany of “thoughts and prayers,” the brief messages resonated as perfunctory rather than instructive.

“A lot of people posted on Instagram, ‘We stand in solidarity.’ What does that even mean?” says designer Tom Ford, who serves as chairman of the Council of Fashion Designers of America. This is not the first time outrage has overflowed its

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Anna Vladymyrska, One Of McKinsey’s Next Generation Women Leaders

Believe it or not, once upon a time horse manure was the biggest problem in the Western world. So much so there was the Great Horse Manure Crisis of 1894 and it was the late-1800s equivalent of global warming. With industrialization came growth which meant more horses in the streets, which meant more excrement. It was such a terrible situation, the government in the UK predicted London would eventually be buried under 9 feet of it because the only solution to get rid of it was to employ more horses to clean it out, which only meant more manure in the street. It seemed unsolvable.

But then came the invention of the car, not

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