In honor of Women’s History Month, Karen Davis, chief information officer for the Social, Statistical, and Environmental Sciences and vice president, research computing division at RTI, urges women leaders to be needed mentors.
In the public sphere, innovation is too often discussed in terms of the next groundbreaking technology or product that will single-handedly shape the human experience. We look at end products and assume they’re the result of giant leaps, straight lines, or eureka moments. At research institutes like RTI, the innovation reality is quite different. For us, innovation follows deliberate paths that require commitment to strategy, perseverance, and collaboration.
While there has been increased research on how developmental changes in executive functions (EF) during early childhood contribute to children’s school readiness, most of it has focused on children in high-income countries. Much remains unknown about the impact of executive functions on the performance of children in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).
Currently, we are surrounded by exciting signs of a strong global movement toward gender support and activism. #MeToo and #TimesUp have brought a resounding call for transparency and an impetus to action the U.S. has never seen. An increasing number of reports (McKinsey & Co) highlight that better decisions and business outcomes result from women being part of the process. This is notable progress as we jet toward gender parity.
Imagine walking into a school where a sense of community pervades the entryway and enlivens the hallways. A collective mission and vision and a set of shared values are evident not only through artifacts and displays on the walls but also, more importantly, through the actions of everyone you meet – students, teachers, and staff. Everyone, including students, feels ownership of the school and everyone shows respect to you, to the school environment, and to one another. No one is singled out or bullied, and everyone has a sense of safety and personal well-being.