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The First Women in Tech Didn’t Leave - Men Pushed Them Out

Posted on December 12, 2017

The Wall Street Journal
By Christopher Mims
Dec. 10, 2017

Sexism in the tech industry is as old as the tech industry itself.

Memos from the U.K.’s government archives reveal that, in 1959, an unnamed British female computer programmer was given an assignment to train two men. The memos said the woman had “a good brain and a special flair” for working with computers. Nevertheless, a year later the men became her managers. Since she was a different class of government worker, she had no chance of ever rising to their pay grade.

Today, in the U.S., about a quarter of computing and mathematics jobs are held by women, and that proportion has been declining over the past 20 years. The situation is generally worse at the biggest tech companies: Only one in five engineers at Google or Facebook is a woman, according to the companies’ recent diversity reports. A string of recent events—from women coming forward about sexism, harassment and discrimination in the industry, to the controversy over a memo written by a Google employee arguing that women overall are biologically less suited to programming—suggest the steps currently being taken by tech firms to address these issues are inadequate.

A growing army of women and members of other underrepresented minorities are working on solutions to these issues. The history of computing, in the U.K. in particular, backs up one of their central conclusions—that simply educating more women and other minorities to be engineers won’t solve the problem.

http://on.wsj.com/2BXJZ61

NDT returns to MIT School of Engineering and Computer Science in January

Posted on December 5, 2017

New Dimensions in Technology (NDT) returns to MIT School of Engineering and Computer Science in January for our 10th annual interactive discussion with students.

NDT has successfully partnered with generations of MIT students and alums to build and grow their careers!

Date: January 24, 2018
Event time: 5pm - 7pm
Building/Room: 56-154 / Access Via 21 Ames Street


All are welcome - MIT students and anyone else who may benefit from this discussion.
No advance sign-up required

If the Fall recruiting season hasn't resulted in the perfect job offer, NDT can help you!
Our presentation will share with you what transpires in the hiring process that is beneath the radar screen, and help you figure out how to avoid pitfalls, present yourself well, get through interviews, and land a great job.

Join recruiting industry veterans in an interactive discussion led by Beverly A. Kahn, Founder/President, and Risa Kahn, Recruiting Manager of NDT.

NDT (www.ndt.com) is a boutique Boston-area recruiting company that has partnered successfully for over 35 plus years to place many MIT students and alumni.

NDT president, Beverly A. Kahn, attends MassTLC TRANSFORM conference

Posted on November 21, 2017

New Dimensions in Technology (NDT)'s president, Beverly A. Kahn, joined over 100 industry executives on Friday, November 17, 2017 for MassTLC’s second annual TRANSFORM conference.

The conference called upon attending leaders to think about global issues and how they not only impact us here in Massachusetts, but how we, with some of the most brilliant minds in the world, can provide solutions to a host of issues ranging from cyber and physical security threats, the ethics of AI, training for the next generation of workers, inequality, climate change,and more.

Photo:
Beverly A. Kahn speaking with Edna Conway, Chief Security Officer, Global Value Chain, Cisco

The Girl Hackathon, 10-14-17

Posted on September 5, 2017

Risa Kahn, Recruiting Manager, at New Dimensions in Technology (NDT) was asked to be on the 2017 Advisory Board of The Girl Hackathon
http://www.linkedin.com/in/risakahn

The Girl Hackathon was initially envisioned by a group of women in technology.
Understanding the opportunities that are created when technology is embraced, a founding group of women and men have created an event that will empower girls to think of technology as an experience that is creative, fun and exciting.
Our first program was held at Boston Public Schools Bolling Building on May 1, 2016. Forty-six girls representing both urban and suburban communities and at least 16 independent private and public schools spent the afternoon coding together.
The program was covered by both the Boston Globe and Fox News.
http://bit.ly/2eCsOMS

The Girl Hackathon
October 14, 2017
2 – 4 pm
The Office of Localytics
2 Center Plaza, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02108

Designed to teach the basic concepts of coding through Hopscotch, a coding platform used to create original games, the Girl Hackathon pairs mentors with teams of two girls to provide a hands-on experience into the world of coding, ultimately sparking a lifelong interest in the possibilities of technology.
New this year, our mentors will be selected from area high schools to optimize the experience of near peer learning.
https://hubweek.org/events/the-girl-hackathon/

NDT's Tech-Recruiting Experts setting up at MIT, speaking on how to find "the best opportunity" in a robust job market

Posted on January 19, 2017

mit

The discussions was led by Beverly A. Kahn, Founder/President of NDT, a Boston-area recruiting firm that has worked successfully to place many MIT students and alums over the past 37+ years; Risa Kahn, Recruiting Manager at NDT, who offers 16+ years of coaching "early career" tech professionals. NDT has successfully partnered with generations of MIT students and alums to build and grow their successful and promising careers! Alan Wagner, MIT 2014 alum and former NDT candidate will joined NDT’s interactive discussion this year!

Sponsor(s): MIT-Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department

New Dimensions in Technology (NDT) invited back to MIT for our 11th year!

Posted on January 4, 2017

New Dimensions in Technology (NDT) invited back to MIT for our 11th year!

NDT's Tech-Recruiting Experts will share Valuable Employment Nuggets of information from Tech companies that interviewees seldom hear and how to find "the best opportunity" in a robust job market with multiple opportunities to consider!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 5:00PM to 7:30PM
34-401A MIT, Cambridge, MA


Enrollment: Unlimited - No advance sign-up - ALL ARE WELCOME!

Discussions to be led by Beverly A. Kahn, Founder/President of NDT, a Boston-area recruiting firm that has worked successfully to place many MIT students and alums over the past 37+ years; Risa Kahn, Recruiting Manager at NDT, who offers 16+ years of coaching "early career" tech professionals. NDT has successfully partnered with generations of MIT students and alums to build and grow their successful and promising careers! Alan Wagner, MIT 2014 alum and former NDT candidate will join NDT’s interactive discussion this year!

Sponsor(s): MIT-Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department

What if there were more women in tech?

Posted on October 13, 2016

What if there were more women in tech?

By Zoe Kleinman
Technology reporter, BBC News
October 11, 2016

From gender-neutral bots to period-friendly healthcare trackers, cars with more storage and clothes with bigger pockets - the world could be a very different place if there were more women working in tech.

We asked a group of women who are working in the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem) how the world might be compared to now, if more women were present in these male-dominated industries.

Now in its eighth year, the annual celebration of women working in Stem is named after the woman regarded as the world's first computer programmer - Ada Lovelace - because of her work with inventor Charles Babbage on his idea for an "analytical engine" in the 1800s.

Kriti Sharma, director, Bots and AI, Sage
"If there were more women working in bots & Artificial Intelligence (AI), women wouldn't be an afterthought when building new technology.
"Early voice recognition software didn't always recognise female voices, because none of the developers had been female and no-one thought to test out the technology on women (Car safety failed to take into account female anatomy - female-sized crash test dummies were only enforced in the US in 2011).
"Artificial Intelligence learns like babies do: it picks up data and knowledge from the world around it. So if that world is all male, it's going to have a very limited sphere of knowledge indeed.
"There would be more of a gender mix in AI voices - dutiful personal assistants wouldn't be largely female (Siri at launch, Cortana, Alexa) and advanced humanoid robots wouldn't be mostly male (SoftBank's robot companion NAO and, going more retro, R2D2 and Hal 9000).
"I've always been insistent that Pegg, the first accounting chatbot, that I developed at Sage, is gender neutral."

Suw Charman-Anderson, founder, Ada Lovelace Day
"If there were more women in tech, health apps wouldn't forget that women have periods and period tracking apps wouldn't focus almost exclusively on planning for pregnancy.
"New laptops and phones aimed at women would focus on technical specifications and features rather than on being pink and DSLR cameras would have smaller, lighter bodies with buttons positioned for smaller hands.
"Social networks wouldn't tolerate abuse and better moderation and curation would make the comment sections on news articles much more welcoming.
"And finally, women's clothes would get lots of decent-sized pockets in which we could put all our devices."

Naomi Climer, outgoing president of the Institution of Engineering and Technology
"Some of the technology developments under a women-only tech workforce might surround cars, which would be less of a status symbol and include more simple woman-friendly aspects such as extra storage, different body size assumptions and different features highlighted on the displays.
"We would also see healthcare technology aimed at specifically female aspects of physiology. Gone would be the days of vast numbers of women having appalling, quality-of-life affecting health issues and being told it's 'one of those things'!
"Kids would automatically ask their mums - rather than their dads - for help fixing, designing and building things."

Deborah Clark, senior director, Neustar
"As women we tend to have natural multi-tasking and negotiating skills that come with other aspects of life, particularly when it comes to balancing work and home life or caring for a family.
"From a cybersecurity standpoint, women are inquisitive and stay calm under pressure. They tend to look at problems from different angles and come up with creative solutions that may not have been thought of before.
"Cyber-attack vectors and motives have changed significantly over the years, so having this agility is critical to success in my field - especially when you're fighting cybercriminals who, at the end of the day, are trying to figure out new ways to steal from you, your family and friends in one way or another."
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Women in tech in numbers:
Twitter's goal for 2016 is for 16% of its tech staff and 35% of its overall staff to be female
In figures released this year, Facebook revealed that 17% of its tech staff and 33% of its overall workforce were women
19% of Google's tech staff and 31% of its overall staff were women in its latest figures from January 2016
At Microsoft, 16.9% of its tech staff and 26.8% were women in 2015
Apple says that 32% of its overall workforce is female and that 37% of the people it has hired in 2016 so far have been women
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Becky Plummer, senior software engineer, Bloomberg
"The reality is that there is no shortage of innovations pioneered by women - not least the handheld syringe (Letitia Geer), gas central heating (Alice Parker), residential solar heating (Dr Maria Telkes), Kevlar (Stephanie Kwolek), and even the foundations for wi-fi (Hedy Lamarr).
"There is no question that women have brought, and will continue to bring, great innovations to the world we live in. So what would the technology industry - and the world - look like if there were more female developers?
"With more women participating in the tech industry, I think we would (and I hope we will) see more products that focus on increasing the quality of life for the individual.
"It could be as simple as extending a fitness tracker to monitor our reproductive health or prompt us to seek medical treatment. Relatively simple innovations like these could democratise healthcare globally."

Sophie Vandebroek, chief technology officer, Xerox
"It's not a question of women or men dominating the technology industry. What makes a big difference is creating an organisation that is 'inclusive' for all. An organisation where all can bring their 'whole self' to work and their intellect and passion are appreciated and channelled effectively.
"For anyone to be truly happy and productive at work, they need to work for an organisation which is inclusive. People need to identify and be inspired by the people around them.
"Diversity means working for an organisation where you are not the only woman but likewise, you shouldn't be the only man, the only person with an accent, the only gay person, or the only person of a certain age or ethnic and social background."

Dr. Karen Masters, astrophysicist, Portsmouth University
"In astronomy there's a long history of women making important contributions, but they've always been a minority group.
"I'm not sure the field would change significantly, but the experience of women in it would.
"They would no longer have to battle stereotype threats and constantly have to feel the need to justify their presence as astrophysicists. I like to imagine how much extra energy all those women would have to get on with understanding the Universe."

Gen Ashley, Director, Women Who Code London
"If there were more women in tech, there would be more role models to inspire young girls to pursue a career in tech.
"It would be easier for them to relate to a woman who is actually in a role they are looking to get into.
"There would also be more women available to give time to mentor other women."

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-37605943?SThisFB

our president, Beverly A. Kahn attends HUBweek 2016!

Posted on September 1, 2016

As a second year attendee of #HUBweek, our president, Beverly A. Kahn, will be at many of the programs scheduled.

https://hubweek.org

NDT is excited to be a part of Girl Hackathon-HUBweek 2016!!

Posted on August 25, 2016

NDT is excited to be a part of Girl Hackathon-HUBweek 2016!!

New Dimensions in Technology (NDT) is a Hackathon Sponsor and our Recruiting Manager, Risa Kahn, will be Mentor to "Team Girl Power".

https://www.facebook.com/girlhackathon/?fref=ts

Our VP Recruiting, Larry Kahn, quoted in the Boston Globe Business Section

Posted on June 15, 2016

Our VP Recruiting, Larry Kahn, is excited to be quoted in the Boston Globe Business Section on GE's hunt for talent in the Boston tech market!

General Electric focuses on tech in its talent hunt
by Curt Woodward GLOBE STAFF JUNE 12, 2016

The company also is trying to spiff up its image, especially among younger techies. GE has run a series of lighthearted commercials revolving around a tousle-haired guy with hip glasses who explains to befuddled friends and relatives that he’s taking a cool software job at GE.

That kind of marketing will be needed to compete with the titans of tech and fast-growing startups, said Larry S. Kahn, a vice president at the Swampscott recruiting firm New Dimensions in Technology.

“The perception is still that it’s a much older organization . . . and that they’re building products that are not as sexy as some of the software companies,” Kahn said. “If they’re able to rebrand that image, they’ll at least get candidates to talk with them. But the hardest part is closing those candidates.”

http://bit.ly/1Yn9aW9

Boston University MS-MBA Program Career Session

Posted on November 5, 2015

Boston University MS-MBA Program Career Session – ALL ARE WELCOME!

"Today, Tomorrow, and the Future: Interviewing, Building Relationships, and What's Next in Tech"

Larry Kahn - Vice President of Recruiting
http://www.linkedin.com/in/larrykahn

Risa Kahn - Recruiting Manager
http://www.linkedin.com/in/risakahn

Monday November 16th 4:00pm to 5:00pm – Room 208
Questrom School of Business - 595 Commonwealth Avenue - Boston, MA

Boston’s Tech market is crying out for Tech-Business Talent!
NDT specializes in finding exceptional Engineering, Product Marketing, Product Management and Service Delivery Professionals - NDT will share the academic foundation and skills needed to grow a Tech-Business career

Today, Tomorrow, and the Future: Navigating the Tech Landscape

Posted on March 13, 2015

Today, Tomorrow, and the Future: Navigating the Tech Landscape

BC Grad Tech Club Blog, posted by David LoVerme

We all know Tech Startups have many differences from traditional businesses but identifying them and how to navigate these differences to build a successful career can be challenging. That is why we were so fortunate to have industry veteran and NDT VP of Recruiting Larry Kahn visit the Heights last Tuesday! With more than 20 years experience recruiting for high tech, he brings a great perspective on how to break in and make it in the industry. I have done my best to summarize some of his key insights here.

A huge thank you to Larry for taking the time to share his knowledge and experience with us!

http://bcgradtechclub.net/category/blog/

Beverly A. Kahn is on the Host Committee for the March Boston IE Club Meeting

Posted on March 9, 2015

Beverly A. Kahn, Founder/President of New Dimensions in Technology (NDT) (www.ndt.com) is on the Host Committee for the March Boston IE (Innovation & Enterprise) Club meeting.

"Successful Partnerships Between Large And Small Companies"
Building Great Success With Very Different Teams Working Together: How To Make It Work

Wednesday - March 11, 2015 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Venture Cafe at the Cambridge Innovation Center
Kendall Square at MIT
One Broadway, 5th floor
Cambridge, MA

5:30pm - Available Tour of Cambridge Innovation Center
6:00pm - Networking
6:45pm - Panel discussion
8:00pm - Networking

Moderator:
David Feinberg, Esq., Feinberg Hanson LLP. (Counsel to over 300 startups)

Panel Members:
Robert Kalocsai, Founder, Software Continuity
Bernard Haurie, General Manager, Geopost
Ann Halford, Executive Director of Digital Technology, Boston University School of Management
Daniel Behr, CEO at Slips Technologies (Slippery Liquid-Infused Porous Surfaces)

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boston-ie-club-successful-partnerships-between-large-and-small-companies-tickets-16026693271

Larry Kahn to speak at the Boston College 'Graduate Technology Club'

Posted on March 3, 2015

Larry Kahn, Vice President of Recruiting at New Dimensions in Technology (NDT) (www.ndt.com), will speak at the Boston College Graduate Technology Club.

"Today, Tomorrow, and the Future: Interviewing, Building Relationships and What's Next in Tech"

Tuesday - March 10, 2015 - 5:30pm at Boston College in Fulton Hall, Room 130

http://bcgradtechclub.net/events-2/

#BCmeetsNDT

In tech hiring, there’s ‘demand for everything’

Posted on February 4, 2015

February 01, 2015
Boston Sunday Globe Business – G4

In tech hiring, there’s ‘demand for everything’
By Sarah Shemkus
Globe Correspondent
http://bit.ly/1voV3UE

The past two years have been busy ones for Sean McLoughlin, head of the technology practice at Cambridge recruitment firm HireMinds. The economy is on the upswing, the tech sector is thriving, and clients are clamoring to find talent for their companies.

“We’ve definitely seen the market heat up,” McLoughlin said. “There’s demand for everything.”

Employment in the information sector has surged 8.5 percent in Massachusetts over the past year, far outpacing overall job growth of 1.8 percent, according to state data. But where in that sprawling field is hiring the hottest? What skills and talents are managers looking for?

Programming, as always, remains a skill in high demand, recruiters said. Fluency in Java, Ruby on Rails, and mobile app programming languages is highly desirable. In addition, demand is growing for people who can write code for the so-called Internet of Things, the growing number of networked home and personal devices sending and receiving data.

“Anyone who has the latest-and-greatest experience is going to be in high demand,” McLoughlin said.

As the software space becomes more crowded, businesses increasingly hope to differentiate themselves with clean, easy-to-use websites and apps, McLoughlin said. And that means the demand for designers is growing even faster than interest in engineering skills, he said.

About 35 percent of the jobs McLoughlin is called on to fill today are design-oriented, up from less than 10 percent three years ago, he said. For example, he is asked to find workers with psychology or design backgrounds to hire as user researchers, who investigate the ways people interact with particular applications. In other cases, he places user interface designers, candidates with art backgrounds who create the look and feel of software.

Technology hiring is strong across the board, but two of Massachusetts’ most robust industries — health care and cybersecurity — are doing a lot of it as companies in these fields receive infusions of venture capital, said Beverly Kahn, founder and president of New Dimensions in Technology, a Marblehead recruiting company.

Massachusetts health care and life sciences companies have received more than $8 billion in venture funding since 2009, according to investment analyst firm CB Insights. Boston-area cybersecurity companies raised more than $100 million last year alone.

As the Big Data revolution continues and businesses amass unprecedented amounts of information about products and customers, they need employees who can manage, manipulate, and squeeze insights from the numbers, Kahn said.

“It’s anything to do with data: cleaning the data, securing the data, personalizing the data,” she said.

While technical skills are valued, more employers are looking for candidates who can blend business savvy with knowledge of coding and circuits, said Dave MacKeen, chief executive of the Wakefield staffing firm Eliassen Group.

Increasingly, he said, marketing and information technology roles are merging and overlapping. Jobs in the sphere of DevOps — positions that bridge software development and business operations functions — are also very hot, he said.

“They are combining a high IQ in software development with experience on [the] business end,” he said.

The explosion of the tech labor market is good news for younger and less experienced candidates. Eliassen has worked with some companies willing to take on interns they can train to take on the full-time positions. At HireMinds, the most common requests are for employees early in their careers, those with between two and seven years of experience, McLoughlin said.

“They’re people who have a little bit of experience, who know best practices, who have professional experience, but they are still up-and-comers,” he said.

With higher demand comes bigger paychecks. The average salary of the technology workers McLoughlin places has jumped 13 percent over the past two years, he said.

Even with generous offers, employers have to act quickly to hire the talent they need because of the demand for workers, MacKeen said. Too often, he said, new hires back out at the last minute because they receive better offers elsewhere.

“Clients really have to lock in the candidates quickly and make sure there’s no uncertainty,” MacKeen said. “Until they are on board, those recruiting efforts don’t stop.”

Beverly A. Kahn attending the MassTLC CXO Holiday Party

Posted on December 9, 2014

Beverly A. Kahn, Founder & President of New Dimensions in Technology (NDT) (www.ndt.com), will be attending the MassTLC CXO Holiday Party on Wednesday, December 10th in Cambridge, MA.

http://www.masstlc.org

The Mass Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC) is the region’s leading technology association and the premier network for tech executives, entrepreneurs, investors and policy leaders.

MassTLC’s purpose is to accelerate innovation by connecting people from across the technology landscape, providing access to industry-leading content and ideas and offering a platform for visibility for member companies and their interests.

Beverly A. Kahn attending the MassTLC 2014 Healthcare Conference

Posted on November 26, 2014

Beverly A. Kahn, Founder & President of New Dimensions in Technology (NDT) (www.ndt.com), will be attending the MassTLC 2014 Healthcare Conference "Transforming Healthcare through Technology and Innovation" on Wednesday - December 3, 2014 at UMass in Boston.

http://www.masstlc.org/events/event_details.asp?id=506051&group=

"There are few industries in which technology is having a bigger, more transformative impact than healthcare. The use of innovative technological applications is revolutionizing patient care every step of the way – from preventative care through patient rehabilitation - and establishing a patient-centric paradigm in which technology is powering a new future in human health.

The rapid pace of technological development, the availabilities of new infrastructures and the cloud, and decreasing the costs of medical testing and procedures have opened the door for massive growth in industries serving the healthcare market."

Beverly will be joining MassTLC and leading experts in the healthcare industry for this full-day conference, "which will explore the myriad of ways Massachusetts’ technologies and innovations are transforming the healthcare ecosystem and the future of patient care."

Beverly A. Kahn attending MassTLC's 2014 Innovation unConference

Posted on November 3, 2014

Beverly A. Kahn, Founder and President of New Dimensions in Technology (NDT), Inc. will be attending MassTLC's 2014 Innovation unConference Friday, November 14, 2014 at the Hynes Convention Center.

The 2014 MassTLC (Mass Technology Leadership Council) unConference is a conference unlike any other. An iterative mashup of thought leaders, experts, and budding entrepreneurs. There’s no agenda, no pre-planned format.

http://masstlcuncon.org/