Associate Dean of Diversity and Access and Professor Eve Riskin was a featured speaker at last month’s “Advancing Women in STEM” seminar at Starbucks.
The seminar, which addressed challenges and solutions for Women in STEM studies (science, technology, engineering and math), was held at Starbucks’ headquarters. The event was hosted by the Starbucks Women’s Development Network (WDN).
“I really appreciate Starbucks’ commitment to supporting different affinity groups including women, African-Americans and LGBTQ people, just like we do at the UW,” Riskin said in an article published by the UW. “The future for women in STEM professions is very bright because companies everywhere understand the benefits of having a more diverse workforce.”
The WDN presents opportunities for Starbucks employees to engage in the work of diversity, inclusion and accessibility with community partners.Through these networks, partners with shared interests in areas such as race, gender, accessibility and sexual orientation address serious issues and celebrate special achievements. Riskin and other faculty and students at the UW are a part of this partnership.
Starbucks presented the month-long series in honor of Women’s History Month, focusing on industries where women have historically faced barriers to advancement, including business and the military.
“Companies are realizing that they need to change how they do business to ensure that all groups — not just majority males — have successful careers or they will lose out on important talent,” Riskin said in the article.