In a male-dominated field such as HPC, male allies are particularly vital to ensure that women advance equitably in their careers. Research shows that men who work to support, mentor, and sponsor their women colleagues are viewed favorably, while women advocating for equity are viewed unfavorably. Organizations with effective male allies exhibit improved career satisfaction and better retention of women. In this BoF, panelists will explore how male allies have made a difference in their careers and contrast their allyship with examples of exclusionary experiences.
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
650 S Griffin St
Dallas, Texas, 75202
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Osloer Str. 5
Most of us recognise that diverse teams foster increased productivity and output. However, in recent years it’s become increasingly clear that recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce is the single biggest challenge. What can we, each of us, do to improve diversity and build a more inclusive environment? Although, microaggression is not something people tend to talk about, it is a real issue that many of us have to face on a daily basis. But what is it? Have you ever heard of, or experienced microaggression?
Following a successful series of BoFs from Women in HPC (WHPC), this year we are joined by individuals not directly affiliated with WHPC, to focus on a topic that can affect any of us and contributes to workforce inequality. This BoF will discuss the real effects of microaggression on workplace culture and the danger it poses to recruiting and maintaining a diverse workforce, as well as its impact on the welfare and associated loyalty of employees. We will discuss microaggression across the spectrum of differences both those outwardly visible and those that are not.
The BoF will encourage audience participation by collecting and discussing attendees’ personal experiences of inclusion, exclusion and microaggression supported by a panel Q&A at the end of the session. The output of this BoF will be used to develop an online resource to understand and address microaggression for everyone in the HPC community.
Emmanouil Farsarakis, EPCC
Manos is an Applications Consultant at EPCC, The University of Edinburgh with a background in Physics and High Performance Computing. Working in HPC as a student, developer and ultimately a consultant, Manos has been involved in a many of novel multidisciplinary projects, collaborating with industry and academia, focusing on code modernisation, Exascale research and data science. Manos is also greatly involved in HPC training.
Since 2016, Manos has taken on the role of Communication and Media Officer of the “Staff Pride Network for LGBT+ Staff and Allies” at the University of Edinburgh. The network’s work since then has made a significant impact on inclusion and diversity at the University of Edinburgh, helping improve the university’s Stonewall Workplace Equality Index ranking by more than 130 places. Manos also coordinates diversity and inclusion activities for ARCHER, the UK’s National Supercomputing Service.
Mozhgan Kabiri Chimeh, University of Sheffield
Dr Mozhgan Kabiri Chimeh is a Research Associate/Research Software Engineer in Massive Scale Complex Systems Simulation with Accelerated Computing at University of Sheffield (Department of Computer Science), UK. Her role focuses on facilitating the use of accelerated architectures such as Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) to accelerate scientific discovery.
She is actively involved in delivering tutorials at conferences/workshops, GPU training for CUDA and research software consultancy. Mozhgan has chaired several technical and scientific conferences. She is an active member of University of Sheffield Diversity and Equality Committee.
She earned a Ph.D. in computer science in 2016 and a master’s degree in Information Technology in 2008, both from the University of Glasgow in the UK.
Toni Collis, Appentra Solutions & WHPC
Dr Toni Collis is the CBDO for Appentra Solutions, Director of Collis-Holmes Innovations and Chair of Women in High Performance Computing (WHPC). Toni is a strategic manager in the HPC community as well as an experienced lecturer and trainer. The focus of her work has been on enabling those without detailed training in computer science and HPC to still use supercomputers. Her current role at Appentra focuses on democratising access to HPC by using the new Parallware technologies to lower the barrier for academics to write and maintain parallel software. Toni is passionate about enabling a broader range of people to make effective and efficient use of HPC facilities to help further their research. As Chair and Co-Founder of WHPC Toni also developed and led training aiming to diversity the HPC workforce by providing HPC tutorials for women academics and students in Europe.
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
700 14th Street
Denver, CO, 80202
There is often the unspoken expectation that those best equipped to work in HPC have studied computer science or a physical science to PhD level. However, those who have not taken such a ‘standard ‘ or ‘traditional’ route to HPC can and do contribute meaningfully to the field. In this BoF we examine how to broaden the community’s perceptions to access a more diverse talent pool. We will hear from three women who came to HPC from non-standard directions, followed by discussion with audience participation on how to recruit from non-traditional backgrounds, broadening the HPC talent pool.
- Kristy Kallback-Rose, Storage Systems Engineer at NERSC
- Asmae Mhassni, Engineer at Intel
- Fernanda Foertter, Staff Member in the data group at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility.
1:45 pm - 2:45 pm
Osloer Str. 5
Most of us recognise that diverse teams are good for productivity and output. But do you know how to improve diversity and build a more inclusive environment? Have you ever heard of unconscious bias, stereotype threat or imposter syndrome? Do you ever feel like you aren’t good enough to be in the community or feel like a ‘fraud’? This BoF will discuss the real effects of these three topics on the workplace, providing the audience with an introduction to each theme, how they may affect you and how they impact employers, employees, advisors, managers or your peers.
The BoF will encourage audience participation with the use of audience focused discussions based on case studies developed with generating ideas, encouraging attendees to tackle difficult situations and understand the underlying, often hidden, causes for the under-representation of certain groups in our community. This discussion will also be of benefit when considering improving diversity underrepresented groups other than women.
- Kim McMahon: McMahon Consulting (USA); XandMcMahon (USA), Women in HPC
- Toni Collis: The University of Edinburgh (UK) & Women in HPC
- Kelly Gaither: Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin (USA)
- Joanna Leng: The University of Leeds (UK)
5:15 pm - 7:00 pm
100 West Temple
Salt Lake City, Utah, UT84101
Most of us recognize that diverse teams are good for productivity and output. But do you know how to improve diversity and build a more inclusive environment? Have you ever heard of unconscious bias, stereotype threat, or imposter syndrome? Do you ever feel like you aren’t good enough to be in the community or feel like a ‘fraud’? This BoF will discuss the real effects of these three topics on the workplace, providing the audience with an introduction to each theme, how they may affect you, and how they impact employers, employees, advisors, managers, or your peers.