Dr. Jamie Mulkey, Caveon Test Security
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ATP Women Give Back
Caveon's annual ATP pre-conference Women in Testing reception aims to celebrate and support the women in this industry, all while providing an opportunity to meet new friends and renew old friendships. This year's reception had a public service focus, and invitees kicked off the conference by supporting the Magdalena House, a transitional home in San Antonio, Texas that serves mothers and children who have fled dangerous and abusive lives by providing transformation through education, nurturing community, and programming.
Caveon’s annual ATP Pre-Conference Women in Testing Reception has had a long history. In 2006, it started with just six women, sitting outside by the pool on a balmy Palm Springs evening during the conference, drinking something bubbly, and toasting ourselves as women contributors to the field of assessment. This year’s reception took on a whole new meaning. With the recent women’s empowerment initiatives sweeping the country, it seemed fitting that the women of Caveon do something beyond acknowledging talented women in assessment. We needed to give back to other women who were less fortunate. Our Caveon colleague, Sally Valenzuela, lives in the San Antonio area and has worked with a local women’s shelter, the Magdalena House, in the past. Supporting this shelter became our mission for the event. We quickly learned that the best way to contribute to this worthy charity was to provide “Mag House” with small-denomination gift cards to Walmart, Target, or HEB grocery stores. We asked invitees to each bring a $10 gift card. The response was overwhelming! Guests were excited to attend, they wanted to know if they could bring friends, and bring additional money to purchase cards during the event. We ended up raising over $1,300 for the Magdalena House, with Caveon agreeing to triple the donations from the attendees, and donate the furniture that was used at the booth in the ATP exhibit hall as well.
The event itself was well-attended, with more than 40 attendees, and feedback from the reception was very positive. “This year's ATP Caveon Women's reception was exceptional. Camaraderie, connecting with colleagues, good food, and knowing that we were collectively supporting a worthwhile organization, made the reception even more meaningful,” said Karyn Waller-Finklestein, the Director of Certification at Teradata. Making meaningful connections in the assessment industry is the essence of continuing this annual event. Dr. Linda Althouse, the Vice President of Research and Psychometrics at the American Board of Pediatrics, said, “I found there is power in connecting; the Caveon Women’s reception provides an easy way to establish a social connection as soon as you arrive at ATP.  When you make these social connections, relationships start to form.  Soon, you are calling upon each other when you have a question and maybe presenting together at a future conference.”
While our objective is to celebrate women’s accomplishments in assessment, we also decided that we wanted this event to become inclusive. Our own CEO, David Foster, attended this reception for the first time this year. He summed the event up perfectly: “Not being a woman, I had never attended a previous event, and now I realize what I have missed. It is an ongoing privilege for me to work alongside so many competent women, whether at Caveon or among the broader landscape of partners, clients, and industry groups.” Will Caveon continue the tradition of hosting this annual event of celebration and giving? You bet! We look forward to seeing you next year at ATP in Orlando, where we will celebrate women’s success in assessment and find another local charity to support.
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Sally Valenzuela presenting the donation to Rev. Denise Barker, Executive Director of the Magdalena House.

Camaraderie, connecting with colleagues, good food, and knowing that we were collectively supporting a worthwhile organization, made the reception even more meaningful.

Photos from the 2018 Women in Testing Reception

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