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Getting Real on Diversity in Tech: Three Tactics That Will Actually Make a Change

October 17, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow On Oct. 13, at Quartz’s The Next Billion conference in San Francisco, I had the privilege of moderating a panel on diversity in tech with Kimberly Bryant, the founder of Black Girls Code, and Kate Mitchell, a co-founder of Scale Venture Partners. Panelists like these notwithstanding, the tech industry is...

This Is What the Hospital of the Future Sounds Like

August 31, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Nothing sounds like a hospital. The incessant beep of monitors. The squeak of clogs on the tile floor. The whir of automatic doors and rolling cots. The moan of suffering patients and the drone of families huddled in a waiting room. Anyone who’s spent a night in a hospital knows...

There’s a Simple Way to Have Meetings That Result in Something Meaningful

August 5, 2016 Earlier this summer, I attended a meeting at the White House hosted by Stanford Medicine X and the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). The daylong workshop had a wide range of attendees, from Pfizer and Apple executives to patients researching their own fatal illnesses. The group of 90...

The One Word Everyone Needs to Stop Using in the Office

April 12, 2016 In the Bible, Eve is created to serve Adam. “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him,” muses God in Genesis 2:18. Twenty-first-century office culture is no exception. More than 3,000 years later, the word “help” is used all...

People Joining the US Workforce Today Are Less Educated Than Those Leaving It

June 18, 2013 Things are looking grim for young Americans starting work. According to a new report on the state of US education from the Council on Foreign Relations, Americans going into the labor force today are less educated than those retiring from it. This phenomenon is unique among developed countries. For 55-...