So, why am I afraid to trust you, my sister? This immediate impact program explores the obstacles of women in STEM disciplines, as most work in isolation, fighting every day to prove themselves in a “man’s face additional obstacles. This workshop provides the tools for all women to harness their individual skills, experiences, strengths and gifts into a collective effort to radically improve equity and inclusion in STEM industries.
Senior Advisor and Director, SEA Change, American Association for the Advancement of Science Shirley Malcom is Senior Advisor and director of SEA Change at AAAS. She works to support transformative change in teaching and learning, research and practice to improve the quality and increase access to education and careers in STEM fields. She served on the National Science Board, the policy-making body of the National Science Foundation (NSF), and on President Clinton’s Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology. In 2003, Dr. Malcom received the Public Welfare Medal of the National Academy of Sciences, the highest award given by the Academy.
Valeria Sinclair-Chapman’s work focuses on American political institutions, legislative politics, minority representation in Congress, and minority political participation. Sinclair-Chapman is past president of the Women’s Caucus of the South in the Southern Political Science Association, and former co-president of the Race, Ethnicity, and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association. She teaches courses on Race and Ethnic Politics, African-American Politics, Political Representation, Black Political Leadership, Congress as an Institution, and Introduction to American Politics.
Idalin is founder of TechActivist.Org, a grassroot organization providing free technical training and political education workshops to working-class youth, activists, and disruptors interested in using technology for social good.
Quincy Brown previously served as a Program Director for STEM Education Research at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She served as a Senior Policy Advisor in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). Her portfolio included Agricultural Entrepreneurship, STEM Education, and the My Brother’s Keeper STEM+ Entrepreneurship initiatives. Prior to this position, she served as an American Association for the Advancement of Science Science & Technology Policy Fellow aka AAAS S&T Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation.
Nikole Collins-Puri is a social justice visionary, strategist, advocate and mentor who has committed her life to unleashing the potential of untapped communities. She’s the CEO of Techbridge Girls, a nonprofit organization that excites, educates and equips girls from low-income communities through STEM, empowering them to pursue STEM careers and achieve economic mobility and financial security as adults. Nikole is a master collaborator who is able to leverage her rich professional experiences in tech, philanthropy and education to bring diverse groups of stakeholders together to urge social change in our communities. She’s committed to removing barriers and increasing access and opportunities for all those who are often left behind but essential to the success and growth of our society. Prior to Techbridge Girls, Nikole worked at AT&T where she spearheaded their diversity and inclusion efforts, at the College Board where she advised states on their college completion strategy for Black and Latinx students, and at the Women’s Foundation of California where she advanced women’s economic security by supporting and awarding grants to visionary grassroots organizations. Nikole holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of South Florida and MPA from City University of New York.
Dr. Culbreath oversees the clinical service for the largest diagnostic laboratory in the State of New Mexico. She is actively engaged in research to design and evaluate new diagnostic tests for complex medical conditions. Additionally, she is passionate about providing diagnostics to rural communities throughout New Mexico and internationally. Dr. Culbreath is passionate about creating a more inclusive environment for girls and students of color who are interested in STEM. She is the director of the Building Outstanding STEM Students Program at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. Driven by her passion to empower girls to be anything they desire to be, Dr. Culbreath authored her first children\'s book which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award, Daddy\'s Little Girl. Dr. Culbreath earned her bachelor\'s degree at Fisk University, PhD at Vanderbilt University and post-doctoral fellowship in Medical and Public Health Microbiology at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
Sarah EchoHawk, a citizen of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma, has been working for Native people for over 20 years. She has been the CEO at AISES since 2013. Ms. EchoHawk previously worked for First Nations Development Institute and the American Indian College Fund. Currently, she serves as Vice Chair for Native Americans in Philanthropy, Chair for the Native Ways Federation, and Chair for Red Feather Development Group. She also serves on the Champions Board for the National Girls Collaborative, and the Collaborative Advisory Board for Women of Color in Computing Research. She is Co-PI on three National Science Foundation grant projects and served as an Ambassador for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Minorities in Energy Initiative. Ms. EchoHawk has a Master of Nonprofit Management (MNM) degree from Regis University and an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Native American Studies from Metro State University of Denver.
Dorothy received a B.A. in Psychobiology from Wellesley College, and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Michigan. She worked as a scientist in the Bay Area before moving to Washington, DC, as an AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow in 2012. In this role, she worked at the National Science Foundation investigating non-”traditional” technologies, policies, practices, and business models for STEM education.
Charlayne oversees the Museum’s stakeholder civic, corporate and community relationships to advance its mission, programs, public profile, and financial health. She also plays a pivotal role in BCM’s many outreach initiatives benefitting the children and families of Boston and beyond. Prior to joining BCM, Charlayne was Director of Client Services and Strategic Planning for the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce; Project Vice President and General Manager of the Wishnow Group, a media public affairs consulting company; Community Affairs Director for WHDH-AM and WZOU-FM; and a guidance counselor in the Cambridge and Newton Public Schools. A native of Denver, Colorado, Charlayne holds a BA from Wellesley College and a MEd from Northeastern University. She serves on a host of nonprofit boards and has been widely recognized for her civic involvement and leadership. She resides in Roxbury, MA.
Founded by Professor Scott, ASU’s Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology is a one-of-a-kind research unit focused on exploring, identifying, and creating innovative scholarship about underrepresented women and girls in STEM. Having written and successfully won nearly $10 million in grant funding to support research about and programs for women and girls of color in STEM, Scott was named in 2014 as a White House Champion of Change for STEM Access. Since 2018, Scott has been a member of the NSF STEM Education Advisory Panel created to encourage U.S. scientific and technological innovations in education and assembled in consultation with the U.S. Department of Education, NASA, and NOAA. Scott earned her BA from Smith College in art history and French literature, an MS from Long Island University in curriculum and instruction/elementary education and her EdD from Rutgers University in social and philosophical foundations of education, and completed the high potentials leadership program at Harvard Business School.
Pia Wilson-Body is the President of Intel Foundation, where she oversees the Foundation’s approach for achieving impact and realizing the organization’s mission and goals. The Intel Foundation is active world-wide focused on supporting the philanthropic efforts of Intel\'s employees in education and their communities. She is also responsible for the International Science & Engineering Fair, the largest and most admired competition of its type in the world. Pia also served as Executive Director of the Intel Foundation and Director of Greater Americas Corporate Affairs where and commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR) and social impact in underserved communities. Before joining Intel foundation, Pia served as Director of Global Diversity External Relations formulated a first-in-class Diversity in Technology awareness campaign encompassing traditional and social media, editorial content, earned speaking events and several awards for the company. A 14-year Intel veteran, Pia has held various leadership positions in corporate affairs, human resources and communications. Pia led the design and deployment of Intel’s Veteran’s initiative as part of the White House “Joining Forces” initiative led by former First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden. In 2014, she was named Working Mother Magazine’s Working Mother of the Year; and Pia was contributor to Center of Talent Innovation (CTI) published research ‘Black Women: Ready to Lead. Ms. Wilson-Body holds a bachelor’s in Economics from Spelman College. She has served on numerous non-profit boards including: YWCA National, Center of Women’s Leadership, Council of Foundations Advisory Council and Oregon Black Historical Museum. She currently resides in Portland, Oregon with husband and two sons.
Danielle Wood established a new research group, called Space Enabled. Her mission is to advance justice and development in Earth\'s complex systems using designs enabled by space. “Let’s keep striving for the ideal that space really is for the benefit of all humankind,” Wood said at a Media Lab event in March when she took part in a panel discussion about the future of space research. A scholar of societal development with a background that includes satellite design, systems engineering, and technology policy for the U.S. and emerging nations, Wood added that “space research is just a link in a bigger chain, part of a broad system of technology and art and science and design.” Her passion, she said, has been in designing satellite systems that serve societal needs while integrating new technology. Growing up in Orlando, where she frequently witnessed space shuttle launches, Wood was inspired by how NASA teams came together to achieve such precise and challenging missions. But she also wanted to find opportunities to serve people directly in her career. Ultimately, that combination of interests led her to study aerospace engineering, policy, and international development. As a doctoral student at MIT, Wood traveled to 15 countries over 10 months as part of in-depth research on new satellite programs in Africa and Asia. The study explained how governments can harness international collaboration to foster domestic capability building and national development.
Rooftop Meet & Greet
• “Seeing” each other and “being seen” by one another
• Moving past the superficial to the significant
• Sharing how women have helped or betrayed one another professionally
This Will Be Followed By Breakout Sessions Of Smaller Groups Who Will Explore:
• What being a strong Black or brown woman means
• Overcoming the burden of leadership, and why it is so heavy for women of color
• How and why women of color internalize and reinforce the strategies and prejudice and fear
• How all women in STEM can create a “sisterhood” to better support one another professionally
• Dispelling the “myth of Superwoman”
• How do we approach/handle “White fragility”
• Creating a safe harbor for dialogue about our differences and similarities
Sister To Sister: From Hurt To Healing, Loving Ourselves – Testimony From Crystal R. Emery
• What does hurt look like when inflicted by another sister?
• What does healing look like?
• How do we stay on the road to healing?
An expression of coming together into a new paradigm.
Dinner / Preparation For Monday