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International Women's Day at Hewlett Packard Labs


beboldforchange-4.jpgBy Curt Hopkins, Managing Editor, Hewlett Packard Labs

The observation of International Women’s Day on March 8, with the theme “Be Bold for Change,” comes at a particularly appropriate time.

This year, HPE’s celebration is more extensive, and more relevant, than ever. It is focused on practical, real-world ways for women to realize their promise and communicate their power.

Lisa Pallotti, Senior Systems Engineer in the Enterprise Group and chairperson for the Women’s Employee Resource Group in Fort Collins, walked us through some of the events that HPE is hosting.

These include and internal executive panel discussion and an internal personal branding workshop.

At HPE’s research facility in Ft. Collins, Colorado, there will be a panel featuring researchers involved in organizations devoted to promoting gender inclusivity, such as WomenGive, which provides childcare funds to women going back to college; Technology Camp for Girls, hosted collaboratively by HPE and Hewlett Packard Incorporated and focused on educating 8th graders about science, technology, engineering, and math careers; Girls Who Code, summer and after-school programs for nerd girls; and the HPE STEM internship program.

Additional activities include the re-launch of HPE Lean In Circles, discussion groups based on Sheryl Sandberg’s book “Lean In.


Each one of us – women, men and non-binary people joining forces – can be a leader within our own spheres of influence by taking bold pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity. Through purposeful collaboration, we can help women advance and unleash their limitless potential the world over. – International Women’s Day website


Involvement has led Pallotti to an attempt to deal with more subtle and unexamined issues than she had before.

“I think participating in IWD brings an awareness that there is a gender gap, but also that there are things we can do to close it – and even small things can make a difference,” said Pallotti. “I also think it brings a sense of community that energizes all the participants.  One of the goals of the panel discussion is to motivate the audience to identify their own goals.  We are going to have everyone write their goals on sticky notes and post them on a large sheet of paper, as visible reminders of those commitments to action.”

Please check out our profiles of women researchers and others at Labs on our Twitter account, @hpe_labs.

International Women’s Day was first celebrated in 1909 in New York City to honor the previous year’s strike by the International Ladies Garment Workers’ Union. Since then it has grown in scope and reach to the present day. Its adoption in the west was triggered in part by the United Nations’ 1977 invitation to member nations to declare March 8 the official International Women’s Day.

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