STAREAST 2020 Women Who Test Session - Breaking the Glass Ceiling and our Biases | TechWell

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Friday, May 8, 2020 - 9:30am to 10:30am

Breaking the Glass Ceiling and our Biases

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Gender bias exists not only in our workplace, but also in our personal lives. Companies and communities have been working hard to be more inclusive and diverse, yet this is a very difficult problem to solve. Why? Is it just a matter of time or can there be other factors involved? Let's take a dive into what is preventing women from progressing or reaching the top and how we can help bring the balance. To go beyond mere stereotypes, we will get familiarized with the basics of how our brain operates, how biases form, and other factors that contribute to a gender-biased system. We will work together to explore ideas and approaches like 'mindfulness' that can help us identify biased situations and also make us aware of our own biases. Use the techniques learned in this session to better deal with biases and hard conversations during your professional and personal growth—ultimately helping re-shape our future. What more can we do as 'women who test' to help build a more inclusive future? Get involved as a tester in the world of AI, through the initiative 'An Algorithm for Stories on Women' dataset challenge which is attempting to break the biases in AI systems.

Aprajita Mathur
Guardant Health

Aprajita Mathur is a Senior Bioinformatics Software Test Manager with an engineering background in Bioinformatics. She has more than 10+ years of software testing experience. She has worked as a manual and automation tester on a wide range of products like instrument software, LIMS, web- applications, integrated solutions and data analysis pipelines which are used in the fields of agriculture, transplant genomics, forensics and oncology. Currently she leads the Bioinformatics Software Test team at Guardant Health, which builds the world’s leading comprehensive liquid biopsy. This non-invasive tool for accessing and sequencing tumor DNA is used by oncologists to help advanced cancer patients. She has recently started a chapter for “Women Who Test” in the bay area and hopes to grow this community. In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her family and write new songs for her son.