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Julie Kantor

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Mentoring Culture is Good for Business

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 12:11 AM

"I am leaving my company," Bridgette, a very senior executive told us.

"We just don't have a mentoring culture."

In this world of GO, GO, GO productivity and massive technology dependence (of can I boldly go ahead and say, addiction), it becomes harder for people to take out time...

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STEM Learning STEMs from Transitions

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 9:58 AM

It's Friday as I write and brutally cold out there. As usual, I had so many, too many meetings and my brain is on overload trying to connect the dots of all the learning.

This is what I wanted...

After a 20 year career running an amazing charity that teaches...

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Every Mom and Dad a STEM Mentor

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 7:24 PM

"What can we do to expose our daughter to coding and get her 'tinkering' or building things?"

"I am not a STEM professional, what do I do to get my child aware of these new careers?"

I had an amazing two hours visit with the parents and teachers from a...

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(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2014 | 3:58 PM

If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulder of giants. Isaac Newton

"Mike, I will come work with you and be your assistant,"

"You can come Julie, but as my associate and friend"

My heart fills with gratitude when I remembers those...

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Mentor 2.0 (Mentor + Sponsor)

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 2:56 PM

I was on cloud 91/2 last week at the Diversity Women's Leadership Conference conference put on Diversity Woman Magazine at the Grand Floridian (heaven, two thumbs up!). It had heart, some of America's top Diversity Leaders, 1:1 coaching, and great content. A common theme was how to...

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(1) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 11:39 AM

A mentor once told me that "inch by inch life is a cinch, yard by yard life is hard."

It is hard for us to hear the stats and facts coming out of top tech companies that under 20 percent of the tech jobs are filled by women...

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45 Things I've Learned By 45

(2) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 3:00 PM

OK, I am still a month away, but there is no time like the present to reflect on the biggest lessons learned by 45 (or 44 and 331 days). These are the 45 pieces of advice I have pondered and learned (sometimes the hard way).

1. Be an entrepreneur...

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Tampons for Innovation and STEM Underwater Dreams

(2) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 4:48 PM

Last night, we sat at the Smithsonian Institute for the kick-off dinner of The STEM Innovation gathering. Our table had a vibrant and humorous conversation over wine and lavender infused lemonade about OB Tampons as a proven engineering solution. No, it's not what you think and before you dismiss this...

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STEM Mentoring: I'm In. Now How Do I Find My Mentee?

(4) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 1:19 PM

Co-written with Justin Miteng, Atlas Corps Fellow

In light of the diversity reports coming out of the top tech companies in the country such as Google and Linkedin, we hope that we all can jump into STEM mentoring to make sure women and...

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Google Diversity Report and Unleashing STEM Mentors

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 2:27 AM

This post was co-authored with Dominik Sauter.

The cats out of the bag...

Google's big news about the diversity of their workforce is sending shockwaves through corporate and nonprofit America this week in a bold announcement by Google's SVP of People Operations Laszlo Bock who shared on PBS...

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Through the Winter, 5 More Things I Have Learned From Downsizing Our Lives

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 10:48 AM

I shared seven months ago (Part 1) that we downsized from a 4 bedroom home to a two bedroom apartment rental last August and the excitement, joy and shame that went along with it. We got our daughter into a better school and we cut down our...

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Choose to Find Her and Mentor Her

(1) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 8:27 PM

Editor's Note: This post is part of a series produced by HuffPost's Girls In STEM Mentorship Program. Join the community as we discuss issues affecting women in science, technology, engineering and math.

Recently I was talking to a new friend, Leslie,* who has a very prominent...

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In Praise of the Hybrid Company: When .Com Meets .Org

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2014 | 11:37 AM

I am completely intrigued with the hybrid company. It is a corporation that has a mission towards social good. Some would call it a B-corp. It's a for-profit making company that has the passion of changing the world with each and every deep breath.

I live in this world now...

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Ladies, We Can Do This! 6 Ways to Mentor Her, Sponsor Her, Elevate Her Career

(1) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 4:24 PM

Editor's Note: This post is part of a series produced by HuffPost's Girls In STEM Mentorship Program. Join the community as we discuss issues affecting women in science, technology, engineering and math.

Men do it well.

They take a young man (or woman) under their...

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Teachers and School Leaders Make It Real

(1) Comments | Posted November 12, 2013 | 1:15 PM

Editor's Note: This post is part of a series produced by HuffPost's Girls In STEM Mentorship Program. Join the community as we discuss issues affecting women in science, technology, engineering and math.

Walk into Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering in Needham, Massachusetts, and...

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We the Country of Chocolate Labradors

(0) Comments | Posted October 18, 2013 | 4:16 PM

There is something very trusting about Americans. When foreigners meet us, they have shared that they find us to be very open and friendly. When people fall we want to see them get back up and we might even invite them for dinner or to sleep in our guestrooms to...

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5 Things I've Learned From Downsizing Our Lives -- Part 1

(3) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 3:30 PM

Yes, we are in the process of moving. From a four bedroom mid-century modern to a two bedroom rental located in one of the better school districts in the country.

The dream... get married, have a child, own a home, make things pretty, the clink of champagne glasses and...

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Oh Dear! My Dear... A Call to Mentor Girls in STEM

(5) Comments | Posted September 24, 2013 | 9:40 AM

My goodness! Did I miss the ball(s), the Raspberry Pi or a key ingredient?

As I reflect backwards and check off the boxes -- I've had an awesome career, awesome education, a loving family -- was I blind and ignorant to the growing skill and gender divide in...

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Embrace Our E-STEM Workforce

(2) Comments | Posted August 2, 2013 | 4:41 PM

Walk into any university, any coffee shop in D.C., Austin, N.C., N.Y., Boston., any incubator or accelerator program and you will see our Entrepreneurial (E-STEM) workforce hovered around each other and their laptops building their new companies.

They will have such an inspiring vision and idea, you will pull out...

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Troubleshooting The Need For More Girls In STEM

(10) Comments | Posted July 23, 2013 | 10:36 AM

Over the past few months our team has been laser-beam focused on how we get more young women into STEM careers. In our travels we have been gleaning so many perspectives of what motivates girls and why they drop out. We have spoken to Government officials, campaign managers, top women...

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