Addressing Gender Inequity

StartUpTown is currently working on a number of projects addressing gender inequity. Click here to download handout.

The Roizen Cleopatra Hopper Parks Lovelace (RoC HoPLo) Lab looks to address gender inequity by teaching girls entrepreneurial skills and also that there is not just one way for a woman to become successful. The RoC HoPLo Lab will take place at Larchmont Library in four (4) sessions: October 15th, 22nd, 29th, and November 5th.

We are also working on an event to help women obtain government contracts. We are initially looking to focus on E-Rate and increasing broadband access. We are also looking to submit a comment for the “Model City” (see below) based on developing a Smart Wi-Fi system (beam steering, beam forming, adaptive signal path selection, quality of service, traffic classification, and fancy RF routing) and an experimental mobile phone network that uses the Smart WiFi system (e.g. http://repository.cmu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1175&context=silicon_valley). The contracting event will most likely take place in January in Larchmont, NY. These events will be featured in a documentary called I Could Be…

I Could Be...

I could be a congresswoman
Or a garbage woman or
Police officer, or a carpenter…
https://startuptown.wordpress.com/2014/06/18/i-could-be/

If the federal government is a customer, women-owned businesses are 23 times more likely to be million-dollar businesses.

The NTIA and FCC seek public comment on the creation of an urban test city that would support rapid experimentation and development of policies, underlying technologies, and system capabilities for advanced, dynamic spectrum sharing:

Model City for Demonstrating and Evaluating Advanced Spectrum Sharing Technologies
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/07/15/2014-16529/model-city-for-demonstrating-and-evaluating-advanced-spectrum-sharing-technologies

There was also a recent FCC decision to refocus E-Rate funds?

U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Friday voted… to begin to transition E-Rate, the largest U.S. educational technology subsidy program, to focus on high-speed Internet and increasingly on Wi-Fi in the next few years.

If the federal government is a customer, women-owned businesses are 23 times more likely to be million-dollar businesses. So we at StartUpTown are working on an idea for an event that will help women obtain government contracts at every level of government: school board, local, county, state, and federal. The event will feature Fran Pastore (see attachment).

Ms. Pastore is a strong proponent of women’s empowerment through economic stability. WBDC focuses on financial and entrepreneurial training assisting aspiring and established business owners to start and grow their small business.

She has testified at Congressional hearings and has recently finished a three year term as a member of a Presidential advisory council the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) and is currently a board member of Women Impacting Public Policy.

This event will also be featured in a documentary addressing gender inequity called I Could Be… The documentary will also feature The RoC HoPLo Lab that will take place at Larchmont Library in October.

A version of the documentary will initially air on LMC-TV. It will also be screened at StartUpTown Weekend – Stanford where we will ask “Does Your Business Understand Women?

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