Posts on Jun 2017

Women in STEM Careers

At our last DISH ATM, we were given a mission to launch the first 5G nationwide Narrowband Internet of Things (IoT) network. This effort will launch DISH into a new phase of innovation. While most of DISH will be devoted to efforts that fund the future of DISH and the IoT effort, some DISH departments will be directly contributing to the wireless effort. In those ranks will be women who have careers focused in computer science, engineering, mathematics and the business units that support them.

Women’s representation in STEM fields has increased since the 1970s, with exception of the fields of engineering and IT occupations. These STEM areas account for 80% of STEM employment. “While women earn almost 60% of the nation’s bachelor’s degrees, they account for only about 13% of computer science graduates. Across all industries, meanwhile, women hold only a quarter of STEM-based jobs (Anid, 2017).”  One area of noticeable decline has been in the number of women in IT jobs. That number has declined since the 1990s (Landivar, 2013).

The problem seems to start as far back as grade school. Young girls are not encouraged to pursue math and science as much as boys are. This is … Read more and comment

Meet the Liaisons

The Meridian Liaison program provides a point of contact in each department and aims to grow membership, increase engagement and facilitate feedback among our members. Find your department’s liaison.

Liaison Program Manager  – Julie Harrigan
Accounting  – Laurie Carlson
Billing & Credit – Sara Grabowski
BPaT – Chelsea Welsch
Commercial James Barr
CXO –  Lana May
Finance –  Nicole Elzas
HR –  Paige Anderson
HR Recruiting OPEN – reach out to Julie Harrigan if you’re interested in becoming a Liaison!
IHS –  Kaila Bayes
IHS Command Center –  Tali McRee
IT –  Then Asokan
IT –  Jeremy Van Essen
LEAD – Christina Hollister
Legal –  Diann Beck
Marketing –  Jocelyn Mrha
Marketing OneTen –  Linda Carpenter
PR –  Chrissy Tansey
Procurement – Paula Robson
Product –  Sanam Chakraborty
Programming –  Rebecca Call
Sales – Christie Groves
Sales Operations – Andie Dodd
Sales Training – Leigh Rasmussen
Sling Marketing – Susan McBride
Sling Product – Sabrina Szymczak… Read more and comment

Dish Women’s Network: Liaison Launch

       As the DISH Women’s Network continues to grow and foster member’s connections, we are excited to announce the recent launch of our Meridian Liaison program! The goals of the Liaison program include increasing member engagement, growing membership and male involvement, and facilitating feedback between various departments and the greater organization. Through networking, education and career-development, our driving force is to empower women at DISH to become leaders.

       The 23 DISH Liaisons will be the main points of contact between individual departments and the network. These representatives work to engage new employees, promote awareness, encourage participation in events, and represent their department’s suggested events, speakers and other involvement opportunities. Throughout the year, the Network organizes a multitude of events, including Leader Series, Networking, Book Clubs, Education Trainings and Community Involvement. We want to ensure that the information is disseminated to you and your department in a timely fashion, and we want to hear from you!

       As you may become more involved in the Network, we encourage you to reach out to your Liaison to ask questions, provide feedback and foster new connections within- and outside of- your departments. To meet your liaison, check out the team here. We look forward … Read more and comment

Featured Woman – Patti Fries

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Leader Series: Lt. Governor and COO of Colorado, Donna Lynne, DrPH.

Please join us on Wednesday, June 21st from 12:30 to 1:30 PM where we continue our Leader Series with guest speaker Lt. Governor and Chief Operating Officer of Colorado, Donna Lynne, DrPH.

This event has limited seating. Please notify us if your availability changes ( We look forward to seeing you there!

About Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne:

The Lieutenant Governor serves as the state’s second highest-ranking elected or appointed official in the executive branch. In her dual role as the Lieutenant Governor and Chief Operating Officer, Donna Lynne engages in all aspects of state leadership, including the development and execution of policy, legislation, operations, and the budget. Lieutenant Governor Lynne acts as the chair for multiple commissions and programs, such as the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs, Colorado Space Coalition, the Early Childhood Leadership Commission and the Governor’s Commission on Community Service. The Lt. Governor’s Office also oversees the Colorado State Innovation Model and the Office of eHealth Innovation.

Prior to assuming her roles in Colorado state government, Dr. Lynne served as the executive vice president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc. and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, and as group president responsible for its Colorado, Pacific Northwest and Hawaii

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