<span class="var-sub_title">Women in HPC: the Importance of Male Allies</span> SC18 Proceedings

The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis

Women in HPC: the Importance of Male Allies

Authors: Rebecca Hartman-Baker (National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC)), Kelly Nolan (Talent Strategy Institute)

Abstract: 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.

Long Description: A simple definition of a male ally is a man who will advocate for women even when there are no women in the room. Without the help of male allies, many women can find themselves being ignored or marginalized, and their careers stagnating. Male allies are able to help women’s careers advance equitably by supporting, mentoring, and sponsoring their women colleagues, which in turn provides a boost to their own status in the organization.

In this BOF, we have invited four panelists to speak about their positive experiences with male allies in their workplace. The panelists come from across the world, work in academia, industry, and national laboratories, and in technical and non-technical roles in HPC. These women will first recount how their careers have benefited from male allyship, and characterize what it means to act as a male ally. We will then turn it over to the audience to ask questions of the panel, as we tease out the characteristics of male allyship, with a particular focus on HPC, and how men can help women when they are being marginalized in this field.

URL: https://womeninhpc.org/

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