Purdue WHPC February 27, 2019 Meeting: How to Develop Diverse Teams for Increased Innovation and Productivity

February 27, 2019  12:00pm – 1:00pm
RAWL 2077

Purdue Women in HPC (WHPC) is pleased to host a meeting on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 from 12:00 to 1:00 PM in RAWL 2077.

This month we are excited to host Jackie Milhans from Northwestern University, Manager in Research Computing Services, as part of our professional development offerings. In this presentation, we will explore the topic of diversity and inclusion as it relates to recruitment and building effective, innovative and successful teams. This is a topic that applies to all audience levels - whether your are a student, staff, or leadership who are looking to recruit your next hire, you won't want to miss this event!

How to Develop Diverse Teams for Increased Innovation and Productivity

It is widely reported that diverse teams are more productive and innovative. In this talk, we will explore the different facets of diversity, such as age, race, education, work experience, and communication styles, and how teams can benefit from different perspectives.

To benefit from these different perspectives, it is often not enough to have a diverse team, but also an inclusive team culture. We will discuss what it means to have an inclusive and equitable team environment. Often times, it can be overwhelming to get from our current state to an improved one when it comes to diversity, equity, and inclusion. I will share simple ways to enhance your hiring process to attract diverse talent, how to work with your team to become a more inclusive culture, and how to ensure that opportunities are more equitable.

About Jackie Milhans:

As the manager in Research Computing Services at Northwestern, Jackie has built and developed a diverse, high-performing team. Her responsibilities encompass providing researcher support for high-performance computing, cloud environments, data science, data workflow, and data visualization support. Jackie has a passion for learning and sharing methods on building and leading effective, engaged, and diverse teams through improved hiring and management practices. She serves on several steering committees and working groups in support of Higher Ed IT and Research Computing in organizations such as EDUCAUSE and CaRCC.

Her education and research background is in Materials Science and Engineering and Computer Science, focused in developing and employing multi-scale modeling, homogenization models for multi-phase materials, and using statistical models to predict overall mechanical, microstructure, and thermal properties in materials. She received her B.S. from Carnegie Mellon University, Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and completed her postdoc at Los Alamos National Laboratory.


Register for the February 27th meeting here.

ALL individuals with an interest in learning more about high performance computing (HPC) and supporting the advancement of women in technology are encouraged to attend. Please share with others who you think might interested in attending!


Questions, comments or feedback? Email: whpc-info@purdue.edu

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Originally posted: February 11, 2019  8:55pm