Piotr Moncarz is a Consulting Professor of Civil and the Department of Environmental Engineering at Stanford University. He is the founder and Chairman of the Polish-American Trade Council. He also works as Principal Engineer for Exponent Inc. in Menlo Park, California.

The talent contests1 are not just a part of the culture of innovation but also a part of the social reality in which women—unlike in the earlier days of the industrial revolution, where the key developments where introduced by men—are becoming integral to the innovation revolution. In this world creativity and technical know-how are combined sparking new, necessary, and desirable solutions. This is a key phenomenon.

Traditionally, Polish women of middle and upper ...

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