This way, Valtrex helps to regulate the immune system within a short period of time and restrict possibilities of the infected cells After the purchase of Ventolin the situation was changed a lot.
The doctor prescribed me Flagyl. Zithromax without prescriptionPremarin works just fine for me. I used this pill for three months after a full hysterectomy at the age of 50.

100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM- Steve Fisher, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer

This blog series features senior corporate executive from the 100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM publication sharing their insights on business and innovation from a technology and information perspective. Today’s Leader is Steve Fisher, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at eBay.


Steve Fisher
Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer
eBay Inc.

Steve Fisher is Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at eBay. Steve reports to eBay President and CEO Devin Wenig and serves as a member of the executive team. Steve leads a team of software developers, quality engineers and infrastructure engineers powering eBay’s multi-screen experiences, core marketplace capabilities, big data insights, and the next generation commerce ecosystem.

With more than 20 years of industry experience, Steve joined eBay from where he served as Executive Vice President, Technology. He led a team of software developers, quality engineers and infrastructure engineers for its entire award-winning application and platform product line, which is used by more than 100,000 companies around the world, including eBay. Steve also held engineering positions at Apple and AT&T Labs. He also founded and served as CEO for NotifyMe Networks, an interactive voice-alerting platform application service provider. Steve graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Mathematical and Computational Science and a master’s degree in Computer Science from Stanford University, and holds 21 patents.

About eBay

eBay delivers one of the world's largest online marketplaces to customers via any connected device, connecting people with the things they need and love.

With 157 million active buyers globally, eBay is one of the world's largest online marketplaces, where practically anyone can buy and sell practically anything. Founded in 1995, eBay connects a diverse and passionate community of individual buyers and sellers, as well as small businesses. Their collective impact on ecommerce is staggering, and approximately 800 million items are listed on eBay.

Diverse talent in the STEM field
Technology is core to eBay’s global business and commerce platform. As one of the world's largest online marketplaces, eBay connects people with the things they need and love via any connected device.

With a global community of 157 million active buyers who browse and buy from approximately 800 million listed items, our technology charter is to create the most innovative, scalable commerce platform in the industry. With security, search, structured data, mobile, site availability and technology architecture all within our domain, the scope, scale, and complexity of our work is virtually unparalleled.

As eBay’s chief technology officer, my organization enables eBay’s diverse community of buyers and sellers to transact reliably, securely and seamlessly, across multiple screens. We are writing the next chapter in eBay’s history by advancing our technology strengths and focusing on our Purpose to empower people and create opportunity.
Delivering on these commitments takes high-caliber skills and abilities of a diverse group of technologists, who work together to innovate eBay’s world-class global commerce platform on behalf of our customers.

Why we need diverse talent in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)

Why a diverse group of technologists? Simply put, diverse groups of technologists bring different and more ways of viewing problems, and faster and better ways of solving them.

And yet, somewhere along the way, the technology industry, and the STEM field in general, has failed to adequately cultivate the interest of girls and invest meaningfully in the careers of female technologists, depriving our industry and the STEM field of untold efficiency and improvement gains. Our industry, technologies, and work teams are the poorer for the lack of gender diversity.

As the CTO of eBay, I believe that hiring, developing, and advancing diverse talent in technology roles is both a business imperative and the right thing to do. This dual purpose speaks to eBay’s mission and our business success. After all, eBay’s success is tied to our social purpose—creating more opportunities and enabling others to win while making a positive social impact.

Some of the programs I invest in to hire, develop and advance female technologists at eBay include:

  • eBay has a strategic talent initiative with the goal of enabling eBay to be a place where women can build lasting careers. As a part of the Women’s Initiative Network (WIN), we focus on growing the number and representation of women in technology leadership roles. A key part of WIN is executive leadership commitment to mentor and/or sponsor 3 women annually.
  • I support eWIT, eBay Women in Technology, our employee-founded and -led community that offers networking, development and speaker opportunities to our female technologists in 6 locations globally.
  • I partner with the Anita Borg Institute for Women in Technology and sponsor the annual Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conferences in both the U.S. and India.
  • Through Girls Who Code and Hackbright Academy, we host and nurture an interest in technology for girls through 1-1 mentoring, internships, shadowing the role models, hackathons, and coding camps.

There are many other wonderful rewards in pursuing a technology career: the constant ability to learn and grow, take on new challenges, solve difficult and complex problems, and make a meaningful impact in the lives of others. With technology, individuals can truly change the world. In the course of a technology career, it’s likely one will learn persistence, and also the ability to make adjustments when necessary, to learn from mistakes, and to invest in the potential of others. Those interested in a challenging, fulfilling career, should consider and explore a STEM career.

 STEM careers offer the ability to learn and grow as a career evolves. It requires enthusiasm about new things, excitement about technology, and dedication to the impact of technology and its value on our everyday lives. It means to passionately believe in a new way of doing things and be able to stand one’s ground amidst naysayers to convince them. STEM teaches persistence, flexibility and the importance of making adjustments when necessary, risk-taking and the ability to move forward even when things go wrong, and the commitment to giving back.

STEM careers are not easy – but nothing worthwhile is. It is fun, exciting and rewarding and for every STEM woman we have in our company we can have three more follow her as role models in her footsteps in the near future.





100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM- Kathy Fish, Chief Technology Officer at Procter & Gamble

This blog series features senior corporate executive from the 100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM publication sharing their insights on business and innovation from a technology and information perspective. Today’s Leader is Kathy Fish, Chief Technology Officer at Procter & Gamble.


Kathy Fish
Chief Technology Officer
Procter & Gamble

Kathy Fish was elected as P&G’s first female Chief Technology Officer on February 1, 2014. In his role, Kathy brings over 35 years of Research & Development experience and expertise.

In 1979, after graduating from Michigan State University with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Kathy joined P&G in process development and has a broad range of experience across process, products research, technology and packaging. Early in her career, she worked on World Liquid, which became the initial launch of Heavy Duty Liquid for Tide and Ariel globally. Following this, Kathy moved to Hair Care where she worked on 2-in-1 shampoos for Pert Plus and Pantene. While in Hair Care, she also worked on efficacy upgrades to Head & Shoulders and on the styling business.

Kathy managed R&D for the global Downy/Lenor business from 1999 to 2002 before moving to Baby Care. There, she led the upstream program before becoming R&D Vice President leading Pampers to strong and steady growth behind innovation on the premium tier, Baby Stages of Development and strong growth in Low Income Markets. She returned to Fabric Care in 2009, and led the R&D team on the launch of Tide/Ariel Pods in NA and Greater Europe and Downy Unstopables in NA and Japan.

Kathy is committed to leading the R&D organization. She is focused on driving new capabilities and technologies to deliver discontinuous innovation that creates enduring brands and enables the long-term growth of the business.

Kathy is a member of the University of Michigan Engineering Advisory Board and was previously President of the Board of the Cincinnati Marlins competitive swimming team. Kathy is a native of Fort Worth, TX and grew up in South Bend, IN. She lives in Cincinnati with her husband Stephen and has two adult children, Bryan and Margaret.

About Procter & Gamble

Innovation has been P&G’s lifeblood for more than 175 years. We serve nearly five billion people around the world with our brands, which include Tide, Pampers, Crest, Olay, Pantene, Swiffer, Gillette and others.

Our 8,000 R&D employees are at the heart of our innovation pipeline. They are technical masters who use their expertise in digitization, modeling, simulation and prototyping to bring world-class innovation to our consumers. We have more than 40,00 active granted patents worldwide, and invested more than $2 billion in research and development in 2014.

We believe innovation starts with the consumer. We gain insights into their everyday lives so we can combine “what’s needed” with “what’s possible.” Our goal is to provide them with product options at all pricing tiers to drive preference for our products and provide meaningful value.

P&G operates in approximately 70 countries worldwide.  For the latest news and information about P&G visit

Diversity at Procter & Gamble

Since P&G was established in 1837, innovation has been the lifeblood of our Company. Year after year, decade after decade, innovation has built brands, transformed categories, and created entirely new businesses.

For us, innovation starts with the consumer. We gain insights into their everyday lives so we can combine “what’s needed” with “what’s possible.” Our goal is to improve consumer’s lives around the world everyday with products that deliver a delightful experience and offer a meaningful value.

Diversity plays a powerful role in driving innovation. Innovation doesn’t happen in a straight line. We are successful when we bring together individuals from different backgrounds, cultures and thinking styles in order to connect seemingly unconnected ideas. The healthy tension that comes from a diverse, well-functioning team is what’s needed to deliver big, breakthrough innovations that lead to the long-term growth of our business.

Diversity in our STEM fields, such as Research & Development (R&D) and Engineering, is an essential part of how we drive innovation. When I joined the Company back in 1979, R&D was primarily a male dominated field. Women had been in management roles for less than 10 years. There were three women leaders within R&D that stood out and became pioneers to those of us who had aspirations for rising to a higher level. They forged a path for others to follow in their footsteps.

Over time, the representation of women in R&D leadership roles has grown exponentially. Today, we have over 2,300 women managers within our function, with over 40% female representation on the R&D Leadership team. The company continues to demonstrate its commitment to diversity in STEM leadership positions with my appointment as the first female Chief Technology Officer.  I hope this serves as inspiration to our young female employees.

As a Company, we work hard to support our employees through a variety of teams so everyone can feel valued, included and perform at their peak. Within R&D, we established the “Women in Innovation Network” to support the retention and advancement of women in STEM. This group strives to bridge the diversity gap and foster an environment where women can succeed and excel both personally and professionally in the area of innovation.

While we are making strong headway, there is always more work to do. Our R&D organization is focused on driving even more women into our most technical disciplines – technology, packaging and process. To do this, we have established a disciplined approach to recruiting and training. We offer courses that equip females with the tools and capabilities needed to enhance their professional development. These courses are highly interactive and expose top talent to senior leadership throughout their career. We believe this is an important step in retaining strong talent across the globe. We also strive to make the work environment more inclusive, leveraging key external thought leaders to strengthen our approach.

But this work shouldn’t start when women apply for positions at P&G. We must expose females and minorities to the areas of STEM early on in their education. As an industry, we have an opportunity to invest in programs that promote students to consider STEM careers. Planting this seed early is important to the success of our industry, our innovation and our ability to compete on a global level.

At P&G, we offer a variety of unique programs and workshops that are designed to give top diverse students the chance to learn about various careers with our company – including STEM opportunities.

  • Our Research Your Future in Science Seminar allows students to participate in experiments, tours and presentations while networking with P&G researchers, research managers and other top science students from other colleges.
  • P&G’s Higher Education Grant Program (HEGP) was established to support the efforts of regionally accredited U.S. colleges and universities to prepare students for success. An example of a project supported through HEGP is Georgia Institute of Technology’s Women in Engineering Ambassador Program. Ambassadors visit local elementary and high schools to talk to students about different engineering disciplines. Acting as role models, the ambassadors strive to pique students’ interest in math and science, and educate them on how exciting science can be.
  • The Resident Scholar Program introduces high school students to careers in STEM; 80% of those who participate in the program go on to pursue a STEM degree.

Connect+Develop, our open innovation program, works with key external strategic partners to bring new ideas and technologies to market. The C+D network includes more than 2,000 innovation partners around the world including top universities. Our partnership with these universities provides us the chance to work closely with PhD students, including women and minorities. These high performing students are exposed to the breadth of sciences at P&G, as well as our facilities.

Personally, my goal is to drive diversity in our organization within all roles and at all levels, to create an inclusive work environment where everyone is valued and making a difference.  Having an environment where we challenge each other openly and transparently will benefit from the collective power of the organization, and ultimately lead to breakthrough innovation. This healthy tension can only happen in an inclusive organization with a high level of trust and respect. We must be successful in order to deliver the long-term health of our business supported by innovations that are meaningful for our consumers.



Following Colbert’s Lead, CA Technologies Funds STEM Teacher Requests in Nevada

This is a press release from CA Technologies 

Company announces statewide donation at CA World bike ride, emulating late night talk show host

November 20, 2015 — LAS VEGAS — CA WORLD ’15 (BUSINESS WIRE) | As CA Technologies (NASDAQ:CA) closes out its annual CA World event in Las Vegas, the company’s CEO, Mike Gregoire, announced at a Lake Mead bike event that CA will fund all existing high-need science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teacher requests in Nevada. These are the highest poverty schools in the state, where at least 40% of the student population is eligible for free or reduced lunch. The $100,000 contribution was inspired by The Late Show host and Board of Director Stephen Colbert, who funded all South Carolina teacher requests earlier this year., a CA Technologies nonprofit partner, is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. Public school teachers can post requests, and individuals can give to projects of their choice. Through the CA Technologies Double Your Impact STEM Campaign with, the company has already assisted more than 15,000 students in high-need schools.

“We are proud to partner with to help advance STEM learning in Nevada schools,” said Gregoire. “CA and its employees have a long history of giving back and we’re excited to make this donation on behalf of all the participants at our annual CA World bike ride through the Lake Mead River Course.”

“On behalf of, I’d like to thank everyone at CA Technologies for their continued support of STEM learning,” said Charles Best, founder and CEO, “We truly appreciate CA’s commitment to helping students realize their untapped potential, and encouraging the next generation of technology leaders.”

About CA Technologies
CA Technologies (NASDAQ:CA) creates software that fuels transformation for companies and enables them to seize the opportunities of the application economy. Software is at the heart of every business in every industry. From planning, to development, to management and security, CA is working with companies worldwide to change the way we live, transact and communicate—across mobile, private and public cloud, and distributed and mainframe environments. Learn more at


This April: Join Some of America’s Most Prominent Companies at the Festival & Expo to Inspire Students in STEM!

This post is part of our ongoing series highlighting awesome events going on at the USA Science & Engineering Festival, taking place April 16th & 17th at Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Learn more here:

Corporate America represents one of the nation's largest supporters and employers in STEM. And at the USA Science & Engineering Festival & Expo in April you'll experience the collective power of these firms when they gather as hands-on sponsors and exhibitors to wow the next generation of innovators in science and engineering!  Companies such as: Lockheed Martin (the Festival's founding and presenting host),  MedImmune (presenter of the Festival's Extreme STEM Symposium), InfoComm International (presenter of the Festival’s Nifty Fifty school visits), Booz/Allen/Hamilton (presenter of the Festival’s Career Pavilion), Chevron, Illumina, Forbes/Wolfe, Genentech, Bose, and many others. Be at the Festival & Expo to discover and to be inspired by these STEM leaders!

INROADS Top 10 Strategic Corporate Partners

This is a press release from INROADS, Inc.

Bringing Social Impact to STEM and Business Workplace Diversification

ST. LOUIS, MO, November 17, 2015 | INROADS, Inc., a multi-cultural non-profit whose mission is leadership development, career preparation and creating opportunity for talented, underserved youth, recently announced its Top 10 Strategic Corporate Partners. “Proactive and progressive companies build a natural ecosystem of talent to fill their workplace needs for the future,” said Forest Harper, President and CEO of INROADS, Inc. in a recent article. “By doing so with INROADS, the Top 10 are making a social and economic impact beyond their own companies, transforming lives and communities.”

Selected based on the number of INROADS internships they sponsored this year, the 2015 INROADS Top 10 Strategic Corporate Partners are:

1.    United Technologies Corporation
2.    Travelers
3.    Kaiser Permanente
4.    MetLife
5.    PricewaterhouseCoopers
6.    Blue Cross and Blue Shield
7.    JC Penney
8.    Liberty Mutual Insurance Company
9.    KPMG International
10.    Wells Fargo & Company

Increasingly, these Top 10 companies are looking to INROADS for diverse STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) talent. Over the past five years, the Top 10 have filled nearly 40 percent of their INROADS internships with STEM majors. In so doing, they have had a measurable effect on STEM diversity in the workplace: 47 percent of their interns were women, 40 percent were African American and 25 percent were Hispanic/Latino. 

“When one considers the diversity numbers and percentages reported by leading technology companies — fewer than 100 diverse employees, less than two percent — the five year aggregates of INROADS’ Top 10 are astounding,” notes Harper.

“Finding and developing talented, economically disadvantaged youth – often the first in their families to attend college – has a duel impact: Improving lives and communities, while increasing the country’s proficiency in science and math to mitigate the projected shortage of 1 million technology workers.” 

Founded in 1970, INROADS develops and places talented underserved youth in business and industry, preparing them for corporate and community leadership that effects community renewal and social change and elevates economic status and quality of life. INROADS has placed students in over 127,000 paid internships throughout its history, and graduated over 27,000 alumni into fulltime professional and leadership positions with over 1,000 corporate partners. Currently, INROADS serves nearly 1,500 interns and 230 corporate clients. To learn more, visit


National Math + Science Initiative Named A Highest-Rated Applicant In U.S. Department Of Education i3 Scale-Up Grant Competition

This is a press release from NMSI

Funding Will Support STEM Teaching and Learning in Diverse School Communities Nationwide

DALLAS, Nov. 17, 2015 (PRNewswire) | The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) was recently named among the 13 highest-rated applicants for the U.S. Department of Education's Investing in Innovation (i3) 2015 grant competition, from more than 400 applications. A nearly $20 million Scale-up grant, contingent upon the organization raising an additional $1 million in matching funds from the private sector, will enable NMSI to expand its proven College Readiness Program (CRP) to ten urban and rural school districts across eight states, serving a high proportion of underserved students. CRP dramatically increases the number of students taking and earning qualifying scores on Advanced Placement® (AP®) math, science and English exams, while expanding access to rigorous coursework to traditionally underrepresented students.

The i3 program aims to develop and expand practices that accelerate student achievement and prepare students to succeed in college and career. Scale-up grants are awarded only to those projects with the strongest possible evidence of improving student outcomes. NMSI received its first i3 award, a nearly $15 million "Validation grant," in 2011 to support regional expansion of the College Readiness Program in Colorado and Indiana and to further establish the program's effectiveness at increasing student achievement.

"NMSI's College Readiness Program has proven time and again that all students, regardless of background and zip code, can achieve at high levels when they have the proper encouragement, resources and support," said Matthew Randazzo, CEO of NMSI. "This Scale-up grant will enable us to broaden CRP's reach to 60,000 additional students, most of them from historically underserved populations, and help ensure that they have the knowledge and skills they need to thrive."

The 2015 i3 grant will allow NMSI to partner with 40 schools in geographies selected specifically for their concentration of high-need students, science and engineering-based economies and known opportunity gaps. District partners include: Atlanta Public Schools (GA); Cleveland Metropolitan School District (OH); Detroit City School District (MI); Houston Independent School District (TX); Noble Network of Charter Schools (IL); Oakland Unified School District (CA); St. Louis Public Schools (MO); and Bismarck Public Schools, Mandan Public School District and West Fargo Public Schools (ND).

By partnering with existing schools and educators, CRP empowers school communities through a comprehensive model that provides extensive training for teachers, more time on task for students, equipment and supplies to support rigorous STEM curricula and achievement-based awards. In just one year, the program boosts the number of AP qualifying scores in math, science and English in partner schools by ten times the national average. Among African-American and Hispanic students participating in the program, the increase in qualifying scores is more than six times the national average, and for female students, ten times the national average. To date, CRP has expanded to nearly 800 schools across 30 states from coast to coast.

About National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI)   
NMSI, a nonprofit organization, was launched in 2007 by top leaders in business, education and science to transform education in the United States.  NMSI has received national recognition for training grade 3-12 teachers and improving student performance through the rapid expansion of highly successful programs: NMSI's College Readiness Program, NMSI's Laying the Foundation Teacher Training Program, and NMSI's UTeach Expansion Program.  Inaugural funding for NMSI was provided by ExxonMobil, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation.  For more information, visit


100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM- Victor Fetter, Managing Director and Chief Information Officer of LPL Financial

This blog series features senior corporate executive from the 100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM publication sharing their insights on business and innovation from a technology and information perspective. Today’s Leader is Victor Fetter, Managing Director and Chief Information Officer of LPL Financial.


Victor Fetter
Managing Director and Chief Information Officer
LPL Financial

As managing director, chief information officer, Victor Fetter has oversight of the LPL Financial Business Technology Services business unit. He is responsible for bringing to life the company’s commitment to investing in the people and processes necessary to deliver the best technologies in the industry for LPL Financial advisors and employees.

Prior to joining LPL Financial in 2012, Mr. Fetter was vice president and chief information officer for Dell Online, where he led the digital transformation of Dell’s approach to providing global, multichannel solutions for consumers and commercial customers. His accomplishments include driving IT efficiency with a focus on increased innovation, delivering highly scalable infrastructure solutions, and enhancing sales and corporate systems—including the architecture of global online, mobile, and social commerce capabilities.

Earlier, Mr. Fetter worked at Mercer Human Resource Consulting, where he served as director of global applications development, chief information officer, and ultimately global chief information officer during his tenure. He held previous positions at Hewitt Associates LLC and Electronic Data Systems.

Mr. Fetter has a Bachelor of Science in computer information systems from Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL.

About LPL Financial

LPL Financial, a wholly owned subsidiary of LPL Financial Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:LPLA), is a leader in the financial advice market and serves $485 billion in retail assets. The Company provides proprietary technology, comprehensive clearing and compliance services, practice management programs and training, and independent research to more than 14,000 independent financial advisors and more than 700 banks and credit unions. LPL Financial is the nation's largest independent broker-dealer since 1996 (based on total revenues, Financial Planning magazine, June 1996-2015), is one of the fastest growing RIA custodians with $105 billion in retail assets served, and acts as an independent consultant to over an estimated 40,000 retirement plans with an estimated $120 billion in retirement plan assets served, as of March 31, 2015. In addition, LPL Financial supports approximately 4,300 financial advisors licensed with insurance companies by providing customized clearing, advisory platforms, and technology solutions. LPL Financial and its affiliates have 3,352 employees with primary offices in Boston, Charlotte, and San Diego. For more information, please visit

Expanding the STEM education/workforce​

There is a tremendous opportunity for the youth of our nation to pursue a career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. There are more than twice as many job postings for STEM careers as non-STEM for college graduates. In addition, STEM careers, on average, pay more (a 26% premium), which is helpful to college graduates who take out student loans and average nearly $30,000 in debt.

It makes sense for those who have an interest in STEM to look into this career path. Jobs in STEM are vast and deep, and companies need a wide variety of skill sets to be successful. For example, some may see LPL Financial as a career path for strictly Finance majors; however, our technologists on my team prove differently. Technology drives our society and our businesses, and as the world evolves, STEM disciplines will become an even more vital part of every organization. Job seekers will find that many STEM jobs require more than just technical skills; these positions can also allow you to simultaneously pursue other passions, such as writing, management, psychology or even sports. I can personally testify that at LPL we are always looking for applicants with a diverse and well-rounded knowledge base to join our Information Technology team.

Expanding the STEM education/workforce is critical to the success of our nation. Henry Ford said, “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.” We all have the ability to think creatively, but a background in STEM allows you to put those thoughts in motion. Our students are struggling in these STEM proficiencies; the U.S. is ranked 35th in mathematics and 27th in science out of 64 countries. History must be taught so we don’t repeat our mistakes, and at the same time, STEM must be a priority to ensure our kids can embrace and lead the future.

I grew up in a southern suburb of New Orleans, Louisiana. St. Bernard Parish is primarily an oil and fishing town and was among the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina. It was, and still is, a small town where family life was valued and almost all live paycheck to paycheck. Growing up here, it was more common for children to follow their parents’ trade than pursue a college education. However, I was lucky to have great mentors through my parents and grandparents who 100% supported my love of learning and computers. They always had time to listen, even when I carried on about how I was teaching myself coding on my Commodore 64. With their support, I was able to be the first member of my family to graduate from college, charting a new path and giving hope to my family who never thought a college education was attainable. Education has opened doors that my parents and grandparents would have never thought possible. Similarly, I want others to have this same opportunity.

Since arriving at LPL, I’ve partnered closely with our LPL Foundation and its quest to “Lift People Locally” through our local summer college internship program, high school mentorship program, and job shadowing initiative. For the past three years, the technology team has sponsored more than 25% of LPL’s interns—who are all underserved students in our local communities—to give them workplace experience. My team and I also support LPL’s “Explore Your Future” job shadowing program, where we connect with Title 1 students and share our thoughts on technology and opportunities that are out there. Some of these students never considered a career in technology before walking through the doors of LPL, but many have changed course once they saw the possibilities that a STEM career could offer. It is truly an honor to be able to help shape these bright minds.

I am also a supporter of bringing technology education into the schools through programs such as and was excited to have my two younger children participate in that curriculum. This love of STEM must be cultivated from an early age, as our nation’s ability to drive innovation and be competitive long term in this global economy is being threatened. No longer does a college degree equate to a golden ticket, as nearly half of recent college grads work in jobs that do not require a degree. We need to excel in these crucial areas, as the market for these jobs are in high demand and low supply. For example, by 2020 projections show 1,000,000 more job openings than computer science students. Many schools still have a blind eye toward this shifting need, as 25 states still do not count computer science as a requirement for high school graduation.

Let’s give our students the best opportunity to live out the American dream and perhaps even be the next Mark Zuckerberg or Bill Gates. Companies, including LPL, can always benefit from more STEM talent. In fact, nearly 30% of LPL’s open requisitions have a major technology component. And, we can expect that number to continue to grow as we work toward creating technology solutions that are smarter, simpler, and more personal to enable advisors and institutions to help more Americans achieve their financial goals and continue to make LPL a great place to work.


100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM- David Eyton , Head of Technology at BP America 

This blog series features senior corporate executive from the 100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM publication sharing their insights on business and innovation from a technology and information perspective. Today’s Leader is David Eyton , Head of Technology at BP America.

David Eyton
Head of Technology
BP America

As head of technology, David Eyton is accountable for BP’s technology strategy and its implementation across the company, and conducting research and development in areas of corporate renewal. In this role, Eyton sits on the U.K. Energy Technologies Institute board.

Prior to this, Eyton was BP’s exploration and production group vice president for technology. In this role, Eyton was responsible for research and development, technical service work, digital and communications technology, and procurement and supply chain management for BP’s upstream business.

Eyton joined BP in 1982 from Cambridge University, where he earned an engineering degree. During his early career, he held a number of petroleum engineering, commercial and business management positions. In 1996, he was named general manager of BP’s North West Shelf interest in Australia. Eyton later managed Wytch Farm in the U.K. and then BP’s gas businesses in Trinidad. Following that assignment, Eyton was vice president of deepwater developments in the Gulf of Mexico.

Eyton is a fellow of the U.K. Royal Academy of Engineering, Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining and Institute of Directors.

About BP America

BP is a leading producer of oil and gas, employing about 18,000 people in all 50 states. To provide the energy that keeps America moving, the company invests in leading-edge technologies that improve energy discovery, recovery and efficiency, as well as enhance safety and reliability. BP depends on the brightest people with strong foundations in STEM subjects to drive these technologies. Over the past three years, BP has invested more than $60 million in activities that encourage students across the U.S. to pursue STEM education – a commitment that earned the company the No. 1 spot on the 2015 list of STEM Jobs Approved Employers. For more than six decades, BP has supported national and regional initiatives to equip educators to excel in STEM teaching, to inspire students to pursue STEM pathways, and to mobilize employees to make a powerful contribution in STEM.

Investing in STEM to Foster Talents

There is a consensus that future economic sustainability depends not only on financial and other business services, but also on manufacturing, engineering and other sectors requiring science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills.

However, studies suggest the gap between the skills available in the current U.S. workforce and those needed for many 21st century jobs creates a serious challenge. These are the job vacancies for people with skills that are essential for designing, developing and testing the products and services we need in modern society – highways, buildings, new materials, food and medicine. And yes, the skills that are essential for finding and producing the energy that warms our homes, fuels our cars and powers our workplaces.

As BP’s group head of technology, I am excited by the promise of imminent technological advancements in our company and the wider oil and gas industry. These innovations will be made possible because we have access to some of the brightest minds in our own workforce and through collaborations with university and joint venture partners. Almost two-thirds of BP’s U.S.-based employees work in STEM-related roles, and more than half of all new BP graduate hires over the next decade will require a STEM degree. 

Investing in STEM is therefore important to foster the talent needed to advance innovation in BP, the energy industry and across the country. For more than six decades, BP has supported activities that help improve pathways to STEM education and careers. Across the U.S. alone, we’ve invested more than $60 million in STEM education since 2012.

In the U.K., we have collaborated with the Science Museum Group and King’s College London to conduct research on why there is a STEM skills gap and how to fill it. We believe that it is critical to engage young minds with the potential of STEM subjects and the possibilities of a career in STEM, long before students make their college choices. And with such a mountain to climb, collective action is needed on many fronts. Companies such as BP need to work together with parents and educators to help build a stronger STEM pipeline.

Let’s consider parents as the starting point. Behavioral scientists say attitudes and habits form and harden as early as the age of seven, and research has been done that highlights the perceptions, misconceptions and unconscious bias within society toward STEM subjects and careers. Parents can help by being open-minded about STEM, and by challenging antiquated career stereotypes.

Educators have an important contribution to make too. At school, I was encouraged to study math, physics and chemistry, which meant that by the time I made my degree choice, I was instinctively drawn toward engineering, the passport I needed for a career in technology at BP.

For educators, BP supports programs that provide the training and tools they need to teach STEM more effectively, especially in economically disadvantaged communities. We have partnered with the Association of Science Technology Centers to develop an energy-focused STEM learning module that advances teacher development.

Research shows the students studying STEM subjects after the age of 16 still fall roughly into the same gender, ethnic and social groups as they did 20 years ago. Analysis of Department of Education data by Change the Equation, a Washington-based coalition of business leaders promoting STEM education, shows that women earned only 18 percent of bachelor’s degrees in engineering in 2013. Furthermore, despite making up more than a quarter of the U.S. population age 21 or older, minorities hold only a tenth of science and engineering jobs.

To infuse additional diversity into our STEM strategy, BP America joined the Million Women Mentors initiative, designed to help girls learn about careers in STEM. BP also supports LATINO Magazine’s STEM AHORA program, where BP leaders and employees engage with college-bound Latino students to discuss STEM careers in the energy industry. For the past 40 years, BP has partnered with the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME), which offers scholarships to African-American, Native American and Latinos in engineering education. Today, the six-year graduation rate of NACME Scholars is 79 percent, compared to just 39 percent for all minority engineering students at NACME’s partner institutions. 

Inside and outside the classroom, we must provide opportunities for students to excel in critical thinking and problem solving. For example, we held the BP Ultimate Field Trip again this year, which asks college students to work in teams to answer a real-life energy challenge.  

This year, the teams were challenged to apply STEM skills to identify and develop a novel technical solution that would reduce the amount of water produced from operations. The winning team from Rice University earned a two-week field trip to explore BP’s operations in Trinidad and Tobago.  

The true impact of the BP Ultimate Field Trip, as with all STEM activity, is almost impossible to measure directly. Over the next decade or so, how many more of the Ultimate Field Trip entrants will turn into engineers or technologists as a result of this early experience?

The importance of STEM is greater than ever before, and we all have an obligation to help bridge the skills gap. In this high-tech world, it is critical to encourage more young people to opt for STEM subjects at school and in college. It’s equally critical to showcase STEM careers as an attractive option among the many choices offered to highly talented graduates. Let’s all play our part.   

100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM- Robert Dixon, Senior Vice President and Global Chief Information Officer for PepsiCo, Inc

This blog series features senior corporate executive from the 100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM publication sharing their insights on business and innovation from a technology and information perspective. Today’s Leader is Robert Dixon, Senior Vice President and Global Chief Information Officer for PepsiCo, Inc.

Robert Dixon
Senior Vice President and Global Chief Information Officer
PepsiCo, Inc

Robert Dixon is senior vice president and global chief information officer for PepsiCo, Inc., a global food and beverage powerhouse with net revenues of more than $66 billion. Robert joined PepsiCo as Global CIO in 2007 and leads PepsiCo's information technology function, a global network of 6,000 employees and strategic supplier partners known internally as Business + Information Solutions (BIS). Dixon’s team supports PepsiCo’s 250,000 employees and the diverse and complex business units and brands of PepsiCo. Dixon has positioned the IT function to Digitize PepsiCo for Growth, his vision to deliver technology capabilities that automate business processes, enable associates to connect and collaborate more easily, and collect and mine data for analytical insights, improving business and financial performance across every aspect of the company’s value chain.

Dixon is a strategic partner to all of PepsiCo's business leaders. Before PepsiCo, Dixon was a vice president in Procter & Gamble’s Global Business Services, where he was a five-year member of P&G’s global business council of top executives and diversity advisor to the CEO.

Dixon is a passionate advocate for the STEM disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. He earned his degree in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta and continues to champion STEM education and careers for our next generation of leaders.

His professional affiliations include:

  • Board member, Anthem, Inc.
  • Member, CIO Strategy Exchange
  • Member, IT Senior Management Forum
  • Member, The Cash CIO Forum
  • Member, IBM Board of Advisors
  • Member, College of Engineering Advisory Board, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Former member, President's Advisory Board, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Distinguished Engineering Alumni, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Transformational CIO Leadership Award, 2012
  • “Top Ten Breakaway Leader Award,” Global CIO Executive Summit, 2012

About Pepsico

PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated more than $66 billion in net revenue in 2014, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker and Tropicana. PepsiCo's product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales. At the heart of PepsiCo is Performance with Purpose – our goal to deliver top-tier financial performance while creating sustainable growth and shareholder value. PepsiCo investment in STEM education includes the Spirit of Innovation Challenge, in which PepsiCo partnered with the Conrad Foundation to invite students to use STEM skills to develop commercially viable products addressing real-world issues, and membership in the STEM Food & Ag Council, which leverages the collective intellect, wisdom and resources of its members to identify clear actions plans that connect and create careers in food and agriculture.

Pepsico STEM Vision

It is impossible to understate the importance of STEM education and professions to our global economic health and our wellbeing as citizens of the world. In today’s dynamic environment, we depend on science, technology, engineering and mathematics to survive and thrive. As an engineer and information technology executive, I am personally and professionally passionate about STEM. It is my honor to advocate for STEM programs on behalf of future generations.

I am proud that PepsiCo is a STEMconnector Platinum member. STEMconnector is helping to create a diverse workforce with diverse thinking capable of solving today’s problems and anticipating tomorrow’s challenges.

To advance PepsiCo’s STEM vision, I have created and led several STEM initiatives, including these three focused on our technology organization:

  • An aggressive college intern and new-hire program;
  • An IT career model that provides STEM education and growth opportunities; and
  • A mentoring program for junior associates

The college intern and new-hire program is changing the demographics of our IT organization. We are recruiting digitally native millennials who will develop the next generation of technology solutions and are already providing fresh insights. My goal is to have these millennials challenge PepsiCo to act more like a technology start-up and use our company’s considerable resources to move faster than our competitors. Over the past five years, we have brought more than 100 young professionals into PepsiCo through this program.

The IT career model, called Careers in Motion, is a comprehensive program that provides education, career “tracks” and job opportunities for our approximately 3,500 technology employees globally. The career model defines specific STEM paths, such as data and analytics, to propel our employees into areas of growth. The career model also highlights critical experiences needed to succeed as an information technologist of the future, along with personal success stories that demonstrate there is no one path to senior leadership. More than 2,100 employees are enrolled in our IT career model this year.

Our mentoring program pairs accomplished executives with junior professionals to provide career guidance and support. Mentors and mentees are matched through online profiles, ensuring that associates in every corner of our organization have the opportunity to engage with and benefit from our senior IT talent. STEM education and careers are a frequent topic of conversation, as we work to develop the talent and skills to realize our vision to Digitize PepsiCo for Growth. The mentor program has more than 400 mentor pairs across 17 countries.

In addition to those programs, I take every opportunity to champion STEM initiatives across PepsiCo. As an example, I have assigned one of my most senior leaders – Joan Pertak, senior vice president and chief information officer for North America Beverages – to participate on PepsiCo’s STEM Council. The STEM Council is composed of PepsiCo executives across multiple functions and business units globally. This year the Council is focused on three signature programs:

  • New York Academy of Science (NYAS): The PepsiCo Foundation has donated $1 million and partnered with NYAS to create an Innovation Challenge open to all students. The challenge seeks ideas for feeding the world’s population and providing clean, safe water. I have asked one of my most promising associates to be an expert advisor, in addition to serving on the judging panel. 
  • Career Accelerator Week: PepsiCo is developing a program to provide high school students with a day full of exciting and motivating immersion into STEM careers. The initial focus will be on underserved students in New York, Illinois, Texas and Mexico City, Mexico, with plans to expand the program in 2016. 
  • Million Women Mentors (MWM): Two senior female leaders on my team are defining this STEMconnector program for PepsiCo. PepsiCo’s MWM will support STEMconnector’s engagement of 1 Million Women Mentors to increase the interest and confidence of girls and women to succeed in STEM careers.

Outside PepsiCo, I have been active for years with these organizations that promote STEM education and careers, especially in underserved populations:

  • NPower is a nonprofit whose mission is to mobilize the tech community and provide individuals, nonprofits and schools opportunities to build tech skills. Earlier this year I was proud to represent PepsiCo at the inaugural NPower Jazz Dallas, a fundraiser benefiting U.S. Armed Services veterans. In Dallas alone, NPower has trained more than 300 veterans, with an 80% job placement rate.
  • The IT Senior Management Forum (ITSMF) is a professional association whose mission is to develop the next generation of African-American IT executives. I was the founding dean of ITSMF’s Executive Academy leadership development program, and I have been honored to represent PepsiCo at numerous ITSMF events and for PepsiCo to be a corporate sponsor.
  • The Links Inc. is an international, not-for-profit corporation led by women of color who are committed to enriching and ensuring the cultural and economic survival of African-Americans and other persons of African ancestry. I was thrilled to recently co-host with my wife, Sheree, a STEM session at PepsiCo for 50 Dallas-area high school-age girls. They spent the day learning about technologies that support collaboration and PepsiCo’s “make, move and sell” operations, which are real-life priorities for our technology organization.

I take my responsibility to increase STEM education and careers globally very seriously. I have dedicated, and will continue to dedicate, personal and professional resources to ensure that we are developing young professionals with the power, vision and skills to improve our world.


100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM- Scott Dillon, Executive Vice President and Head of Enterprise Information Technology at Wells Fargo

This blog series features senior corporate executive from the 100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM publication sharing their insights on business and innovation from a technology and information perspective. Today’s Leader is Scott Dillon, Executive Vice President and Head of Enterprise Information Technology at Wells Fargo.

Scott Dillon
Executive Vice President and Head of Enterprise Information Technology
Wells Fargo

Scott Dillon is head of Enterprise Information Technology at Wells Fargo, one of the country’s largest and most innovative information technology groups with more than 13,000 talented team members who help keep Wells Fargo at the forefront of America’s diversified financial services companies. 

Under his leadership, technology team members set IT strategy, deliver systems software design and development,  and provide Wells Fargo global customers ‘round-the-clock’ banking access through in-store, online, ATM, mobile device and telephone transactions. They serve customers directly through systems availability and security, as well as indirectly, through internal business partners who deliver a wide range of financial products and services.

During his nearly two decades with the company, Scott has held various executive positions, including global head of Technology Infrastructure Services, head of Enterprise Hosting Services, chief information officer for Wholesale, Trust and Investment Banking, and head of Payment Strategies – where he created and led the Strategic Alliances & Ventures groups.
Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Scott was a Partner at Deloitte Consulting holding various leadership positions in the Strategy and Financial Services practices while also acting as a Lead Client Services Partner for multiple top 10 financial services organizations.

Scott received a Bachelor of Science degree in Banking from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management.

About Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.7 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,700 locations, 12,500 ATMs, and the internet ( and mobile banking, and has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 266,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 30 on Fortune’s 2015 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. 

From start-ups to students – STEM breeds innovation
The financial services industry is truly in a time of extreme change. The pace of innovation and proliferation of mobile devices has completely altered our expectation of technology.  We are all using technology in new ways to do everyday tasks like deposit a check, order groceries, pay for coffee or board a plane. The current buzz word is disruption but it comes in many forms.  To Wells Fargo, disruption means anything that causes us to change or rethink our approach and, in some cases innovate our model --whether in security, operations or consumer habits.

The reasons for the disruption we feel are clear and obvious. Customers want what they want when they want it. To meet these ever-growing expectations, most companies are redefining customer interactions and how they address them. Many are developing omni-channel approaches to ensure they provide customers the tools they need. In order for companies to stay ahead and to continue offering superior customer service, it is vital that STEM stay at the forefront.

STEM education provides upcoming generations the opportunity to continue embracing new ideas and technology that will drive innovation in the future. Developing skills in science, technology, engineering and math will give young people the opportunity to succeed in any field they decide to go into. There are many aspects of the world where STEM education is vital. It can lead to medical advances, the way people interact with each other from various locations around the world, and it can even lead to solutions for some of the world’s greatest challenges such as climate change -- to name a few. However, to narrow in on the financial services industry, skills in STEM will bring about the next wave of disruption that will ultimately change the way and help our customers succeed financially in the future. 

Venture capital firms, private equity firms, portfolio companies, universities and large technology vendors all make up the technology ecosystem within the financial services industry. In order to promote advances in technology and STEM education, Wells Fargo dove into the ecosystem by conducting our first campus “protothon” with students from Stanford University and UC Berkeley in October of 2014. During the protothon, people with different skill sets from different backgrounds formed teams to develop initiatives and prototypes designed to help millennials start saving and build financial health and stability using online and mobile platforms. 

At the protothon, each team worked side-by-side with leaders in our company from different lines of business, as well as professionals in startup businesses and data analytics who served as mentors for the college students. The protothon was a great opportunity for us to participate and engage with the millennial generation to stimulate interest in STEM opportunities. The winning idea incorporated an online website where millennials could express their financial issues or concerns, without needing to go to traditional advice channels. The runner up developed a mobile app to assist millennials in saving for their futures. This is one of several examples of how companies, like Wells Fargo, have stepped up to help build an exceptional, technically skilled workforce.

Disruption is good for business. It enables change and investments to position a company towards the future. Customers in any kind of business, using any type of product or service, deserve to have a seamless experience. Technology helps companies to offer this to their customers, and that is why STEM education is so important. Innovation won’t do it alone. Our greatest successes will come from our ability to build environments and a culture that promotes STEM skillsets in all levels of education. The importance of STEM will only increase as technology becomes even more pervasive in aspects of our daily life. The investment of time and resources to prioritize STEM will lead our industries into the future because people will always be your company’s biggest competitive advantage. 


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