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VIBE Brown Bag Series

February 28, 2018

Wednesdays 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Tioga Library Building Room 307A
1907 Jefferson Ave., Tacoma, WA


The Veterans Incubator for Better Entrepreneurship (VIBE) would like to introduce its upcoming Brown Bag Series on  Wednesday January 17, 2018. These workshops will give start-ups, teams, and students a chance to learn practical knowledge, as well as provide hands-on training and networking opportunities with professionals in various branches of business. All are welcome to attend.


Suzanne Boyd, Founder and CEO, Anthro-tech

“Women and Tech”

There is a noticeably deep and wide gender disparity gap in technology-driven career fields.  This gap exists in U.S., European, and Asian companies.  More importantly, we see it at rank-and-file, executive, and board levels across various tech companies. Female tech entrepreneurs also receive far less venture capital for startups than those led by men. 

Research conducted by Harvard University’s in 2005 suggested that the innate differences between boys and girls does explain the lack of female scientists and mathematicians.  This conclusion leads to a grim reality: the education pipeline doesn’t fix the problem.  Even though high school girls outperform boys in math and science, boys are most likely to ace the standardized tests that lead to a college major in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects.

Another study noted that college women tend to steer clear of STEM majors because they perceive that tech jobs require a degree of brilliance on top of working to succeed. Women also leave high-tech jobs at twice the rate of men placing a spotlight on the culture of tech workplaces.   

Please join VIBE for a candid talk with Suzanne Boyd about starting and running her high-tech company Anthro-tech.




Suzanne is the Founder and CEO of Anthro-Tech based in Olympia. She has more than 18 years of experience in leading user-centered design and customer research initiatives for government organizations, non-profits, and organizations with a social impact mission. As a trusted advisor for many clients, Suzanne has a proven track record in successfully positioning user-centered design as a catalyst for delivering better customer experiences and helping organizations shift to customer-centric business processes and cultures.  She is a proven leader and expert by institutionalizing user-centered design, cross-channel customer experience and E-Government strategy.

Suzanne is also an Assistant Affiliate Professor in the Human-Centered Design & Engineering Master’s Program at the University of Washington where she’s been teaching user-centered design since 2001. She has a keen interest in connecting the academic world with industry practitioners in the UX community. As a close mentor for many professionals, Suzanne inspires people to use their talents in user experience to affect positive social change.

Suzanne received a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of British Columbia where she graduated magna cum laude and possesses a Master’s in Communications from the University of Washington.

When Suzanne isn’t leading her talented team of user-centered design experts and building the best UCD consultancy for social impact, she spends time with her husband and three kids travelling the world, spearheading art projects, erupting volcanoes, and improving her cartwheels.