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Podcast: Men As Diversity Partners with Pat Harper of Keysight

Our Men As Diversity Partners Podcast Series continues as FY17 SWE President Jessica Rannow talks to Patrick Harper of Keysight Technologies.

Published On: May 2017

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Hi, I’m Jessica Rannow, FY17 President of the Society of Women Engineers and this is SWE’s Diverse podcast series. Please remember to add this podcast to your iTunes and like or follow us on social media. Visit swe.org for more details.

Joining me now is Patrick Harper. He is the Vice President and General Manager of the Technology Order Fulfillment team at Keysight Technologies. Pat has been in the tech industry for more than 35 years including 20 years with Hewlett Packard and 13 with Agilent Technologies. For the last the three years Pat has been a member of the Keysight Society of Women Engineers Enterprise Program (KSWEEP) and has sponsored dozens of employees to attend SWE conferences. Most recently Pat helped sponsor a local SWE event in Penang Malaysia.

Pat, thank you so much for participating in SWE’s Diverse podcast series.Thanks for joining us Pat.

(Questions/Talking Points)

Tells us more about KSWEEP.

KSWEEP is just one of the programs you have at Keysight to support technical women.  Another one geared toward work/life balance is Hidden Valley Elementary, which is a school built on Keysight’s land in Santa Rosa, California. Tell us about that.

Keysight is a measurement company. How does Keysight use that expertise to accomplish another important objective for technical women, which is pay equity.

What other strategies does Keysight use to combat unconscious or implicit bias against women in engineering and technology?

Pat, for about 37 years you’ve worked to help promote technical women. Your efforts date back to the HP Technical Women’s conferences of the 90s. How were you impacted by attending your first conference with a lot of professional women in technology?

What can men do to be better diversity partners for women engineers?

What can women engineers do to make their companies more diverse?

In changing the culture of organizations to be more diverse, what has been your biggest challenge?

To learn more about Keysight, go to Keysight.com.

(Conclusion)

Patrick Harper is the Vice President and General Manager of the Technology Order Fulfillment team at Keysight Technologies.

Pat, thank you so much for participating in SWE’s Diverse podcast series.

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SWE – SWE Research and Stats