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International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8 around the world to bring attention to the historical, cultural, and political achievements of women. This year’s theme is to #BreaktheBias with “gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow.”

For many women in technology, this often means working in a male-dominated industry. This common factor was a catalyst for a group of women at Clearsense who wanted a support system to elevate one another’s success in their careers and beyond. Together they founded our Women’s Council to identify, develop, encourage, advance, link, and support the women at Clearsense.

“The mission of the Clearsense Women’s Council is to develop systemic approaches to support and advance women at Clearsense. We are committed to promoting an inclusive culture where women thrive,” said founding member and co-chair, Kaley Volkmann.

The Clearsense Women’s Council is built on five pillars for its collective goals:

ENGAGE: Attract female talent
ENRICH:
Cultivate the women at Clearsense
ELEVATE:
Support women in progressing in their careers
EDUCATE:
Provide professional development opportunities
EMPOWER:
Promote strength and confidence

The Clearsense Women’s Council hosts monthly webinars featuring guest speakers for a “Superwomen Series,” including topics like health and wellness, career advice, and overcoming obstacles. They also sponsor a mentorship program, book club, volunteer opportunities, and virtual runs open to all women at Clearsense.

I want to learn everything I can about advancing technology in healthcare and use this knowledge to make a difference. You don’t make a change by changing the world (not always). You make a change in lives by influencing one life – can we ease the way they receive care? Can we alert them to health predispositions at an earlier rate? Can we engage in a more beneficial way? Can we “Wag the Dog,” so to speak, to drive better habits that allow them to play with their grandkids or pick up a new hobby?

I am fascinated by the “why” behind things and people, and I am fascinated by the how. If we notice X and can determine the “why” (i.e., patient motivations such as an emotional response to a stimulus), then how do we drive change? How do we notice that at 12 years old, patient X experienced an event their brain perceived as traumatic, leading to X result? Why did they respond the way they did to a new stimulus at 27? Then, how can we take this knowledge and help the patient take control of their health and have a more positive response?

It has been difficult since the pandemic to build the relationships we once had in a traditional office setting. At the core of our Women's Council is to cultivate those relationships and build a network for the women in this healthcare data space. We strive to meet our women where they are, know what they're interested in, and give them resources for personal and professional growth.

Nyoka SeymoreFounding Member and Co-Chair

Clearsense celebrates International Women’s Day today and is working to break the bias in the workplace year-round, offering a company culture that celebrates diversity, inclusion, and our differences.

If you are interested in joining our team, we invite you to connect with us.

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