In 2014, as part of teaching a course at Stanford, Karen started the field research that led to identifying a framework for understanding what workplace factors keep women engaged. To date we’ve conducted 20 field interviews and constructed a survey with over 300 respondents. The field research focused on women currently in management, engineering, user experience design and research and product management, as well as women who left their jobs. The field interviews take a 360 look at women’s lives. Women told stories of their current team, manager, corporate culture, promotions, family, teamwork, job choice, and speaking out. They recounted getting into the tech field and their influencers from home and school. They shared joy, frustration, values, and the love of creating.
We are continuing the field research and collecting survey data. Sign up to help!
Graduate students from University Maryland are currently conducting interviews with women working in research organizations in large companies, research associates working in collaboration with professors, assistant professors, and associate professors. If that’s you and you’re willing to be interviewed, we’ll love to hear from you! Go here to answer a few questions.