WIE Panel –September 24th, 2020

Gender bias in the workplace

Women scored higher than men on 17 of the 19 most important leadership skills, according to a recent survey [1]. Nevertheless few women reach the top of the institutions in which they work. Moreover, lots of research has shown that unconscious bias plays a significant role in hiring and promotion decisions, which further contributes to the lower number of women in key positions. Therefore even if gender should not matter anymore in the 21st century, it still does.
Which are the strategies to combat gender bias in the workplace?
The WIE panel held during the 2020 IEEE Radar Conference aims at discussing these issues.

WIE Panel Chair:

Silvia Liberata Ullo
IEEE Senior Member, University of Sannio (BN), MIT Sloan School of Management (SM’92)

WIE Panelists:

Jill S. Tietjen
P.E. Author of the book “Women in Engineering and Science“, edited by Springer

Tietjen is a frequent keynote speaker at engineering, science, and women’s conferences and is often profiled in the media. She regularly speaks on women’s contributions, women in engineering, historical women in engineering and science, and leadership topics. Her positive energy and her ability to relate to the audience result in inspired and energized listeners. Tietjen has written articles for and been profiled in SWE: Magazine of the Society of Women Engineers, Graduating Engineer, U.S. Woman Engineer, Woman Engineer, and Engineering Horizons. Tietjen has been inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame. She has co-authored several Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) papers.


Lynda Shaw
PhD CPsychol PSAE. Author of the book “Your Brain is Boss”, edited by SRA Books

As a cognitive neuroscientist with business psychology and an entrepreneurial background, Lynda’s aim is to offer a deeper understanding of what it takes to thrive and prosper.
When unconscious bias blinds people from seeing resolution and valuable insights. When uncontrolled emotion hinders communication. When women find it hard to negotiate for promotion or becoming partner. When stress levels swamp productivity. She has spent her whole working life building a reputation for practical insights that make a real difference to the running of successful businesses by enabling an efficient and happy workforce that gives a business competitor advantage. Lynda works with business leaders through consultancy, masterclasses and mentoring.


In collaboration with

[1] Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman, Research: Women Score Higher than Men in Most Leadership Skills, June 25, 2019, Harvard Business Review (https://hbr.org/2019/06/research-women-score-higher-than-men-in-most-leadership-skills)