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100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM: Mark E. Russell- Vice President of Engineering, Technology and Mission Assurance for Raytheon Company

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 Mark E. Russell is Vice President of Engineering, Technology and Mission Assurance for Raytheon Company.


Mark E. Russell
Vice President of Engineering, Technology & Mission Assurance
Raytheon Company

Mark E. Russell is vice president of Engineering, Technology and Mission Assurance for Raytheon Company. In this role, he provides leadership and guides the company’s vision in technology and research, engineering, operations, performance excellence, programs security, Raytheon Six Sigma and Mission Assurance.

Russell has more than 32 years of experience in the defense industry. He has worked in design engineering, operations, field testing and project and program management for many of the company’s advanced systems.

Russell serves on Raytheon’s Executive Diversity Leadership Team, which drives diversity strategy, programs and projects across Raytheon. He serves as an advisor for Raytheon’s Young Employee Success Network, an employee resource group focused on encouraging and assisting early-career employees to build strong workplace and community connections.

Russell chairs the board of directors for the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering and serves on the boards of trustees for Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the Joslin Diabetes Center.

Russell has received 37 U.S. patents and has written numerous peer-reviewed papers on radar, missiles, communication systems and other technologies. He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and a master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Russell was named as a Fellow by both the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He has also been awarded an honorary doctorate in engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

About Raytheon

Raytheon Company, headquartered in Waltham, Mass., is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 93 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as cybersecurity and a broad range of mission support services.

Raytheon believes that strengthening education enhances global innovation and that technology companies have a responsibility to act in the best interest of building tomorrow’s workforce. Raytheon’s broad-based STEM program, MathMovesU®, is an initiative committed to increasing student interest in math and science education. Since the program’s inception in 2005, the company has invested more than $100 million in STEM programs, scholarships and grants that impact students from kindergarten to college, as well as STEM educators.

STEM Talent

Recruiting STEM talent at our nation’s colleges and universities and seeking to fill today’s technology jobs is becoming increasingly challenging. We need to recommit to tapping into the potential within underrepresented STEM groups, military veterans and our nation’s youth.

If we can make tech jobs more welcoming to underrepresented groups in STEM – i.e., minorities and women – we can increase the diversity of our workforce, leading to the diversity of ideas that make our corporations more innovative. Regardless of what a company produces, it’ll be more competitive if produced by a workforce that includes the best people from all backgrounds.

Untapped top talent also exists with our returning veterans. These men and women are uniquely qualified to fill the skilled labor gap. Military service prepares them for STEM-based careers. Veterans have much to contribute to some of the fastest-growing STEM fields, such as cybersecurity.

To fill the tech jobs of tomorrow, we need to inspire students throughout their academic lives. Raytheon’s MathMovesU program is a great example of providing STEM advancement opportunities at all stages of a child’s education; through programs like Engineering is Elementary, MATHCOUNTS, and the Team America Rocketry Challenge.

An educated population, particularly in STEM, is vital for America’s future. Students need confidence to pursue STEM disciplines later in life. We must reach them during their formative school years and continue to foster that connection through college.

Through my work with the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, we help underrepresented minorities succeed within a STEM discipline through scholarships and STEM education advocacy. NACME helps each scholar to grow and develop within their select STEM field while contributing to an engineering workforce that “looks like America.”

For our STEM professionals, job rotations can help to round out an employee’s development. For example, through the Raytheon Engineering Leadership Development Program, we’re building tomorrow’s engineering leaders. This differentiator not only attracts STEM talent early, it gives employees leadership experience to help them succeed.

Before we enter the workforce, educators have often been our mentors. They have the ability to inspire the next generation of STEM talent. I think many STEM professionals can remember a teacher who had a profound impact on their education and career choice. It is critical that students from all walks of life have the opportunity to excel in STEM, and educators play an important role in this.

I’m proud that many of our STEM professionals are giving back to their communities as mentors. They volunteer for MathMovesU programs, such as mentoring and tutoring, science fairs, math team coaching and school visits. Raytheon also awards scholarships and grants to students, teachers and schools at all levels to support STEM achievement. As a parent of a college student in a STEM-related field of study, it is rewarding for me to see the excitement and satisfaction my child experiences through success in STEM pursuits, much as I did.

Strengthening education enhances our nation’s global competitiveness and leadership in innovation. Corporate America has a responsibility to inspire our nation and our citizens to act in the best interests of building tomorrow’s workforce. A highly skilled and robust technology workforce is essential not only to our national security, but also to our economic prosperity. Our need for U.S.-developed technical talent is particularly critical to ensure a world-class aerospace workforce ready to lead in a global economy.

Within Raytheon, we encourage innovation with a variety of programs. One in particular is our annual Raytheon Innovation Challenge. This challenge solicits solutions from across Raytheon to a set of challenge problems of importance to our customers. We want to identify a diverse range of new approaches that have the potential to extend our current technical capabilities or lead to new products for Raytheon.

As a technology leader, we are always looking for opportunities to partner with the public sector to help fuel research and development. One example is our partnership with the University of Massachusetts Lowell. We recently launched the Raytheon UMass Lowell Research Institute (RURI) – a joint research facility focused on the advancement of innovative technologies, including flexible and printed electronics. RURI serves as a launchpad for collaboration and learning among UMass Lowell faculty and students and Raytheon employees.

Raytheon employees represent our talent, identity and future. As one component of our Diversity & Inclusion program, Raytheon’s Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) provide a cross-business, collaborative structure that supports both employee and company needs. Raytheon’s  ERGs bring new perspectives to the table, where leveraging these insights help us to deliver the right solutions for our customers.

We partner with our nine Raytheon ERGs for community and diversity talent outreach. With more than 20,000 employee members, these groups offer a forum where employees can build their networks and share experiences. Our employee resource groups include the Raytheon American-Indian Network, Raytheon Black Employees Network, Raytheon Women’s Network, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Allies, Hispanic Organization for Leadership Advancement, Raytheon Asian-Pacific Association, Raytheon Persons with Disabilities Association, Young Employee Success Network and the Raytheon Veterans Network.

We attend numerous STEM-related national diversity conferences, where recruiting is a top priority. All of our ERGs are involved in Community Outreach, much of which is related to STEM, including tutoring in math and science locally or conducting MMU workshops at conferences locally, regionally and nationally.

100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM- Robert Reeg, President, MasterCard Operations & Technology

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 Reeg, President, MasterCard Operations & Technology.


Robert Reeg
President, MasterCard Operations & Technology

Robert Reeg is president, MasterCard Operations & Technology. He oversees the strategic processing platform, global network and quality of technology operations at MasterCard. Based in St. Louis, Missouri, he is a member of the company’s Executive Committee.

Under his leadership, the MasterCard network processes billions of transactions each year. 
Prior to joining MasterCard, Mr. Reeg held IT and business leadership positions with Sprint Corp., Cleveland Pneumatic, Totco Inc., and Conoco Inc.

Mr. Reeg serves on the University of Missouri-St. Louis’ Leadership Council, Washington University’s Professional Degree Programs Academic Advisory Board, the United Way of Greater St. Louis’ Technology Committee, and on the board of directors for Junior Achievement USA.

About MasterCard

MasterCard, is a technology company in the global payments industry. We operate the world’s fastest payments processing network, connecting consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. MasterCard’s products and solutions make everyday commerce activities – such as shopping, traveling, running a business and managing finances – easier, more secure and more efficient for everyone.

Why STEM Skills Matter

The pace of technology and change will only continue to increase.  Students graduating from college today and going forward need to have the appropriate qualifications to take on the types of roles that will be generated. 

Reigniting Interest in STEM Skills for Students, Teachers and Families
As the president of a technology company, it’s our responsibility to reignite the interest students have in STEM skills, and make sure they know that careers in technology beyond coding.  There are so many different jobs out there, in a lot of specialty areas – but many require specialized training to be able to take them on. 

Companies like MasterCard play an important role in creating interest and engagement in STEM roles.  We dedicate funding and volunteer opportunities toward the goals of advancing interest and engagement in STEM skills.   We look for a variety of programs to support, including those that help teachers understand how to teach STEM skills differently for increased engagement to programs that provide students with hands-on, experiential STEM learning opportunities and more.  We fund programs that help families learn about STEM skills together – to help foster better discussions at home about the opportunities available.

What We’re Doing to Reach out to the Community to Find the Next Generation of STEM Leaders
There has never been a more critical time to make a really big deal about the opportunities that come with pursuing education in the STEM skills.  But the discussion has to be compelling for your audience – you can’t just tell kids to take more advanced math, science, technology and engineering courses.  You have to show them, their parents, and teachers what is compelling about those classes – through experiential learning, demonstrations and networking with people who are actually in roles that use these skills each day – that’s what helps influence thinking and changes minds.

Last year, MasterCard introduced a program called Girls4TechTM, aimed at helping young women in middle school understand technology roles available now, and those that are on the horizon.  It’s done through experiential learning and coaching from MasterCard employees.  We invite the students to our technology offices, so we can shape their perceptions of technology careers – something that might be less if they weren’t seeing it in person.

The results are compelling. Young women may begin the day saying things like “I don’t think careers in technology are for me…” tell our volunteers at the end of the day “I can absolutely do this – and I can’t wait for my career in technology to start!”

We’re At a Pivotal Time in Technology
Now, more than ever, there are an ever-increasing number of jobs available in STEM-based fields.   And, the individuals that are ready to come in and fill these roles need to reflect the diversity and different needs of consumers around the globe – to produce the next technology innovation.

If you’re a student, parent or teacher, there are resources available for you.  Your local school may offer a coding club, such as Girls Who Code.  There may be opportunities to meet with mentors or make connections through organizations like Women 2.0. 

Students, when it comes to pursuing your education – seek out mentors in the jobs that look interesting to you.  People are very willing to talk about their own career paths, and offer advice on what they think will help in your own career.

Finally, take the more challenging math, science, technology and engineering courses.  This advice goes for students, parents and teachers alike!  Take them on, learn what you can, and make the time to hear from speakers that come to your school.  Ask questions, and try new things.  You may discover a passion for a career that you didn’t even know existed – and you’ll know the path to get there!

How mentorships and apprenticeships to build and strengthen the STEM pipeline
For those of you already in STEM careers now, thank you!  You’re making a difference – and you can continue to do so by looking for mentoring opportunities.  And, whether you mentor students or colleagues  -  you’ll likely get just as much, if not more, from the experience as the person you’re mentoring!

And, think beyond the traditional processes when it comes to recruiting new talent.  Not everyone who will be an excellent technologist follows the traditional route to come to you.  Some skip college in favor of going right into the working world, eager to begin their career with a start-up, or lead their own companies.  And that’s ok!  Some people transition to technology careers after working in other fields – because they’ve always had an interest in the space, but haven’t had the time to pursue a specific degree.   Also ok – the diversity and backgrounds people bring to the table are important.

For example, MasterCard works with an organization called Launch Code.  Launch Code helps to connect new talent to corporations for apprenticeships.  This arrangement lets the company train and test out the employee (who has received tech training from Launch Code) during a fixed time period, and the company can decide whether or not to hire him/her after the apprenticeship concludes.  

Moving Forward
We have an important challenge ahead of us – and we’re doing a lot of good things to help reignite that interest in STEM careers.  When companies, schools, and families work together to demonstrate and encourage students to these emerging careers – the results – well, they’re priceless.



The SunPower Horizons™ Program Offers Customizable, Experiential Science Technology, Engineering and Math Education

This is a press release from SunPower

More Than 10,000 Students Have Been Reached With Hands-On Curriculum and Lesson Plans

SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 4, 2016 (PRNewswire) | SunPower (Nasdaq: SPWR) announced today that the SunPower Horizons program, the company's suite of educational programs, has reached more than 10,000 students in the U.S. since 2008.

For students from kindergarten age through college, the SunPower Horizons program offers hands-on curriculum, lesson plans and teacher professional development to support student engagement and knowledge retention in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The program is designed to prepare students for STEM-related advanced academic study and professional careers by building STEM knowledge as well as skills in critical thinking, communication and collaboration.

"As solar power plays an increasingly critical role in meeting global energy demand, students participating in SunPower Horizons programs may become the engineers and business leaders charting our energy future," said Howard Wenger, SunPower president, business units. "In the process of learning about solar technology and energy solutions, the students' enthusiasm and ability to understand complex concepts is very inspiring. SunPower is proud of the increasing number of participants in the SunPower Horizons program we attract each year."

SunPower Horizons program offerings range from an innovative Summer Solar Energy Academy, which is a work-based summer learning experience in solar energy, to classroom project-based STEM curriculum delivered in partnership with Project Lead the Way, a provider of world-class STEM programs.

According to 2015 data from The Solar Foundation, the number of solar industry jobs is increasing almost 12 times faster than growth of the overall U.S. economy. With nearly 209,000 solar jobs in the U.S. by the end of 2015, the solar sector is expected to increase approximately 15 percent this year.

SunPower is a leader in delivering energy solutions to California school districts. At 21 school districts across the state, the company has installed solar power systems totaling more than 87 megawatts which, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association, is enough to power almost 14,000 average California homes.

In 2014, The Solar Foundation estimated that more than 3,700 K-12 schools in the U.S. have solar power systems, serving nearly 2.7 million students across the nation and saving about $77.8 million in electricity costs annually.

About SunPower
As one of the world's most innovative and sustainable energy companies, SunPower (Nasdaq: SPWR) provides a diverse group of customers with complete solar solutions and services. Residential customers, businesses, governments, schools and utilities around the globe rely on SunPower's more than 30 years of proven experience. From the first flip of the switch, SunPower delivers maximum value and superb performance throughout the long life of every solar system. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, SunPower has dedicated, customer-focused employees in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North and South America. For more information about how SunPower is changing the way our world is powered, visit


100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM- Don Prodehl, Chief Technology Officer at EverFi

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 Don Prodehl, Chief Technology Officer at EverFi.


Don Prodehl
Chief Technology Officer

Don has been in the technology industry for over 20 years and has successfully launched several SaaS products ranging from Digital Learning, ERP, Crowd-Funding and Event Management offerings. He has a passion to create great software and build strong technical teams.  Don came to EverFI after leading the Research and Development, and Product Management teams at software companies Avectra and CVENT.  He received his undergraduate degree in Math and Science and has a MBA in Finance.  A transplant from the Midwest, Don now resides in Arnold, MD.  Where he enjoys the water, a nice glass of wine while boating on the bay and having a good time with family and friends.

About EverFi

EverFi, Inc. is the education technology innovator that empowers learners with the skills that prepare them to be successful in life. With backing from some of technology's most innovative leaders including Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, and Twitter founder Evan Williams, EverFi has built a comprehensive critical skills platform focused on Financial Education, Digital Citizenship, Cyberbullying, STEM Readiness, Entrepreneurship, Alcohol Abuse and Sexual Assault Awareness. The EverFi Education Network is powered by over 1,200 partner organizations across all 50 states and Canada and has certified over 12 million students. Learn more at

The Importance of Techonolgy and Technology Companies

The modern world is becoming increasingly dependent on technology. Within the United States as well as around the world, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) is creating new fields of competition, whether it be in the field of alternative energy, or in Tech development in Silicon Valley. Occupations are changing, the onus shifting to STEM rather than a more hands-on, industrial based approach that was common as late as a mere decade ago. STEM and technology in general is bringing an exponential proliferation of innovation and opportunity, yet corporations and educational institutions must identify the shift and adjust accordingly.

CTO (Chief Technology Officer) of EverFi Don Prodehl obviously agrees that Technology and Technology companies are integral to the success and further development of STEM initiatives within schools and corporations in the States and across the world. Explaining that the title of CTO carries many responsibilities, he highlights one very important aspect of the position, outreach. Elaborating, Don believes that technology is the bridge that connects learning with the means it requires to be able to better prepare our youth for a more skilled, high-pay opportunities. His main responsibilities as CTO are to educate, develop and implement application that enable schools to provide digital learning initiatives to their students that augment traditional methods. Security and privacy are priorities.Technology is one of the main pillars of success at EverFI, going hand in hand with Education, Content Management, Sales and Marketing.  As Don affirms, technology and a technically competent workforce are critical to the success of EverFi, and both need to continue to grow, evolve and adapt for continued success.

Don is very straightforward when it comes to principle.  Whether at home or in the office, the mantra is the same, the opportunity is always there for you to grab it regardless of age, gender or background.  Diversity is welcomed as EverFi and Don provides the opportunities, the tools to succeed, and a cooperative work environment that is flexible yet structured. All the pieces are available for an employee to succeed, and it is up to them to rise to the challenge. This accounts for the diversity seen within EverFi, rendering the work experience more enjoyable and insightful. Relating to engineers, Don has a goal to provide a workplace that enables engineers to be more successful and to maximize productivity. Providing an environment that is challenging, yet comfortable and flexible - we use open work spaces, comfortable lounge areas, flexible hours and a liberal approach to tele-communings as ways to bring out the best in our engineering teams. Each engineer is a bit different and it is the mutual responsibility the company’s management and the employee to find the right balance. Hiring and retaining employees in great demand, be it engineers or others offer unique challenges. Modern day software companies like EverFi need to continue to evolve and provide opportunities, challenges and rewarding work experience to young professionals.

In regards to STEM, Don is a huge proponent of teaching children early. In a world where technology rules, children are less and less inclined to go into fields that guarantee jobs in the future. Don believes that by utilizing STEM; as well as encouraging corporations to partner with local schools, financial assistance and shaping programs that provide specific tracks to high skill/high paid/high demand careers (application development, data analysis, program management, etc) will reinvigorate students to these areas of study, a difference can and will be made. Children must be immersed in STEM programs early in their development, this will offer more opportunity as well as make it easier for employers to find candidates to fill the growing technical roles. Even if technical careers are not your passion - STEM programs offer basic life skills that are imperative in our world today.

Don has also noticed important trends in relation to data. it is undermined; yet understanding how data impacts our lives is critical. From kids understanding how merchants, mobile providers and social media sites use data, to businesses crunching "big data" to make strategic decisions, data affects us all.  A basic level of competence is required to understand how “data” impacts us on a personal and professional level, in order to be successful today.

By intercepting the issue early, and formulating strategies to assist our future workforce, a STEM generation can be brought into the working world; where it is sorely needed. The affect STEM has will not only show within the workplace, but a generation with the critical skills augmented by EverFi goals as well as companies’ efforts will spawn a group able to tackle global challenges that go far beyond business competitiveness. The focus will instead spread to major human challenges including health, poverty, environment sustainability and more. The modern world is becoming increasingly dependent on technology, and with Don, EverFi and hundreds of other corporations, the shift will be effortless.



100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM- Doug Philbin, Chief Information Officer for American Express Global Business Travel

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 Doug Philbin, Chief Information Officer for American Express Global Business Travel.

Doug Philbin
Chief Information Officer
American Express Global Business Travel

As a tenured technology executive, Doug Philbin is best known for delivering award-winning innovations, superior customer satisfaction and streamlining operating efficiencies. With deep professional experience spanning both IT and business management disciplines, Philbin has worked in all aspects of global IT and technology operations for market-leading global companies in diverse industries.

Technology has played an important role in each of the positions Philbin has held throughout his 20+ year career. In March 2015, Philbin joined American Express Global Business Travel to oversee the company’s technology function and manage all information technology needs for GBT and its customers. Prior to this role, he worked as a Client Executive for Dell Services where he was responsible for Dell’s overall relationship and the delivery of services to one of its top healthcare clients. Before joining Dell, Philbin was a tenured executive at Perot Systems where he served numerous roles including Chief Information Officer for Parsons Corporation. As CIO, Philbin led the development and implementation of cutting-edge management tools, processes, best practices, and technology infrastructures to achieve multi-million dollar cost reductions and foster collaborations across geographically dispersed business units. As a top technology leader, Philbin oversaw Parsons’ enterprise architectures and worked with its Executive Committee to execute its corporate strategy and company operations across Europe, the Middle East and North America.

Prior to these successes, Philbin worked as an Account Manager for several of Perot Systems’ major clients including Volkswagen North America and Western Pacific Airline where he directed IT operations, managed multi-million dollar annual budgets and spearheaded a number of IT turnaround efforts.

In addition to securing prominent professional positions, Philbin has also served as a speaker at industry events and as an Advisory Board Member of FarkasBerkowitz. In his earlier years, Doug earned his B.S. in Computer Science from Trinity University.

About American Express Global Business Travel

American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) enables corporations and empowers business travelers with insights, connections and exceptional customer service on a global scale. Through technology and information, GBT provides leading travel solutions, integrated consulting services, proprietary research, and end-to-end meetings and events capabilities. These innovative offerings enable clients to optimize the return on their travel and meetings investments. GBT has operations and network partners in nearly 140 countries worldwide with approximately 12,000 employees. GBT is a joint venture between American Express and an investor group led by private investment firm Certares. GBT ranked first among corporate travel providers in the 2014 Corporate Travel 100 (“CT100”), an annual listing compiled by Business Travel News which ranks companies with the largest volume of U.S. air bookings.

STEM Education

In today’s global business environment, STEM education and workforce development plays a key role in allowing companies like American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) to lead their industries and drive success. STEM is core to our competitiveness from a workforce perspective and as a means of establishing companies as leaders in STEM fields worldwide. From retaining top talent to fostering advanced employee education opportunities, STEM is essential to propelling our company and global economy forward.

In March 2014, American Express announced it had signed an agreement to enter into a joint venture with an investor group and closed the deal later that year, resulting in GBT becoming a standalone company for the first time. As a new company with more than 100 years of experience in travel and technology, GBT’s identity consists of a unique combination of a startup and a tenured brand that embodies an environment of professionals looking to disrupt the travel industry. Throughout this transition, technology has always been and continues to be at the heart of our company’s growth strategy and a key component to our success. We are deeply committed to providing our customers with superior technologies and exceptional traveler care, and have embraced STEM education as a key aspect of delivering on this promise.

We are greatly invested in our people, encouraging a learning culture that empowers and supports the development of our employees across all levels and business functions. Our approach to strengthen talent is rooted in how we have embraced a model that features frequent feedback and coaching at all levels of our organization. We’re creating a culture that encourages employees to own their career journeys as a way to drive true growth and change. In a short period of time, we’ve been able to successfully fuel performance for the future, rather than dwell on the past, because as technology continues to push forward, so will we.

An unfortunate reality across the broader technology industry is scarcity of talent and lack of diversity in the workforce. For companies who embrace diversity, funneling the talent pool to attract diverse individuals can be complex. It is critical for companies to create workforce strategies that align with their current business needs and define required technology skills to meet the company’s future goals.

To address these challenges, at GBT, our recruitment strategy is centered on our ability to identify a diverse group of candidates from different markets and a variety of backgrounds. Upon becoming a standalone company, a key driver of our strategy is focused on delivering leading technology solutions on a global scale. To enable that strategy we are recalibrating our recruitment strategy to tap into a more diverse set of talent pools including university, military veterans and early career hiring as well as sponsorship of students pursuing STEM career via internship programs.  

In recent decades, it has been remarkable to see how careers in science, technology, engineering and math have become attractive arenas students are pursuing. For me, this shift has been very refreshing. With an expanding number of present and future opportunities, STEM careers have become attractive paths students are eager to embark on.

One of the greatest opportunities ahead lies in the ability to introduce STEM to students at young ages. In today’s world, technology at home is becoming ubiquitous. Children are increasingly exposed to technology at a very early age. Therefore, as STEM education becomes increasingly ingrained in school curriculums, students will be able to better position themselves for STEM careers.

On the other hand, a significant challenge for STEM education will be to keep up with the rapid pace of change. Curriculums can no longer remain static, and therefore teachers and content must continuously evolve with the changes happening across the industry as students and STEM professionals regularly learn how to use new tools and platforms.

In the coming years, it will be exciting to see how GBT and other companies continue to develop STEM initiatives and embrace STEM education, to fortify a bright future for the students and young professionals of tomorrow.

American Express Global Business Travel (“GBT”) is a joint venture that is not wholly-owned by American Express Company or any of its subsidiaries (“American Express”). “American Express Global Business Travel”, “American Express” and the American Express logo are trademarks of American Express, and are used under limited license.


Million Women Mentors Launches State Campaign in Arkansas!

(from left to right): STEMconnector CEO Edie Fraser, Wal-Mart SVP Sharon Wibben, Arkansas Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin, and MWM Advisor Sheila Boyington 

Million Women Mentors-Arkansas (MWM-AR), led by Sharon Wibben, Senior VP of STEM Strategy at Wal-Mart, hosted the kick-off event for the state on February 2nd at Wal-Mart. Lt. Governor Tim Griffin, who serves as the Honorary Chair for MWM – AR, helped launch the initiative for the state, pledging to provide 5000 mentors for girls and women in STEM over the course of the next few years as part of Million Women Mentors. Lt. Governor Griffin cited the importance of cultivating STEM talent to the support the needs of the state’s workforce.

“MWM is a critical part of partnerships all working together and you are critical. I am here to recruit you," said Lt. Governor Tim Griffin speaking to the kickoff event attendees Nearly 500 girls and young women were brought in to participate in the kick-off event, featuring leaders from business and industry, government, and education. KWNA was on hand to interview Sharon Wibben and reported about the MWM event! (video embedded below).

STEMconnector® Statement on the White House Computer Science for All Initiative

Image Courtesy of The White House

Over this past weekend we were thrilled to learn of the White House announcement of its intent to make expanding access to computer science education in the United States through its Computer Science For All initiative. As an organization committed to expanding STEM opportunity for all students, we also support providing students with the skills that our employers require today and will require tomorrow.  It is clear that technology is an increasingly critical input in every industry and this trend will only become more widespread - not less. Digital fluency, a core tenant of our STEM 2.0 initiative, is only possible for all children if all children have access to computer science education.

In each of the last 3 years, we have partnered with Tata Consultancy Services to convene key thought leaders in the Computer Science education ecosystem to understand what is working, what is needed and what is not. These Computer Science Roundtables have given us an acute understanding that there are tools that Federal Policymakers can leverage to increase access to computer science. We also have learned that so much takes place at a state and city level. We believe that the #CS4ALL initiative is so promising because it takes into account the importance of national, regional and local collaboration in order to ensure that our students are ready for tomorrow’s jobs.

We commit to leverage our network, our energies and our voices to continue to encourage collaboration and creativity in this challenge.


100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM- Pam Parisian, Chief Information Officer at AT&T

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 Pam Parisian, Chief Information Officer at AT&T.

Pam Parisian
Chief Information Officer

Serving 34 years at AT&T and its predecessor companies, Pam Parisian was named the new CIO in September 2014. She is responsible for the technology development of the supporting systems that enable ordering, care, rating and billing for the Mobility, Business and Home Solutions businesses. Prior to this role, she had a number of leadership positions AT&T’s Technology Development Organization.

During her time at AT&T, Pam has made exceptional contributions to improve customer experience by harnessing technology and data to re-define the way customers interact with AT&T. She led the charge of turning customer transactions into interactions by developing a suite of innovative solutions that created a knowledge-enabled workforce, improving the customer experience from beginning to end. Under Pam’s leadership, AT&T combined mobile self-service options that blurred the lines between the physical and digital with customer care analytics to empower systems that help the company understand the customer interactions and how they are impact customers.

As a result, AT&T now has the ability to answer customer questions faster and even predict why customers are calling. This enables the company to adjust business strategies in real time and continually improve AT&T’s touch points with customers in an unprecedented way. The impact of Pam’s groundbreaking approach to technology and the customer has been recognized as best-in-class by recognizable independent studies such as J.D. Power and Fortunes Most Admired – setting a standard across the industry.

As a senior female executive in a historically male-dominated role, Pam places great focus in encouraging and facilitating the recruitment, development, advancement and retention of women in STEM fields. By opening doors to educational and networking opportunities, Pam continually inspires women to develop their leadership capabilities, seize career growth opportunities and increase their knowledge in technology.

About AT&T

At AT&T, we know the tech industry needs a capable and diverse pipeline of people to fill 21st century jobs.  Almost three-fourths of our new hires begin their careers with us in a technology-centric position. Now, the need for qualified employees in STEM disciplines is outpacing their availability. That’s why we’ve given more than $103 million to support STEM initiatives since 1987. From our employees who e-mentor students in math and science to supporting afterschool programs and robotics competitions, we’re investing in STEM. Through AT&T Aspire, our signature education initiative, we’re collaborating with Udacity on the Nanodegree program to provide fast, affordable and accessible online training for high-demand tech jobs. We’re also reskilling our own workforce with courses in emerging technology, cybersecurity, network transformation, and others to prepare for them for our changing business needs. Just last year, AT&T invested more than $250 million in employee training.

Pam Parisian and her STEM Career

When I first started out, I didn’t know I wanted to pursue a career in STEM. In fact, I started at the very bottom, as the assistant to the assistant of a district manager. The job wasn’t glamorous… I vividly remember being asked to organize a dark musty file room and thinking, “If this is what they need me to do, I am going to whip this room into shape like nobody’s business.” That attitude led to more opportunities opening up for me, leading to a wonderful career in technology. Today, I still approach every job like this and urge others to do so as well. Those who succeed in technology are not afraid to roll up their sleeves, take on challenges and leave things better than the way they found them.

Throughout my tenure at AT&T and in the industry, the moments I’ve had to mentor someone have been especially rewarding. There is immense power in mentoring and I have seen it in many instances firsthand – marked with support from family and colleagues.  In addition to building mentor relationships with, I also act as an advisor on the AT&T Women in Technology (AWT) organization and a vocal advocate of STEM education for high school students. It is crucial to introduce students, especially girls, to STEM fields at an early age as they develop curiosities and skills in a wide range of topics. How else will they learn about the possibilities?

As an advisor of AWT, I have the pleasure of participating in the recruitment, development, advancement and retention of women in STEM through educational and networking opportunities. AWT is a great avenue to inspire women to develop leadership capabilities and seize growth opportunities. From my experiences working in technology and engineering, I understand that through struggles come success and it is key for women to grasp that early in their careers and not feel discouraged.

One way that AT&T is supporting STEM education for youth is through AT&T Aspire. AT&T Aspire is a program that brings together AT&T employees, nonprofits and community members to help equip students with the skills they need to lead the digital, global economy. The company is investing in innovative education organizations, tools and solutions; and employing technology and capabilities that are unique to our company to make a positive impact on education.

Every student deserves opportunities to reach his or her full potential. By removing barriers, sparking innovative solutions and making connections, we can help every student achieve a bright, successful future.

I’m proud to be a part of a company that invests so heavily in our future workforce. Aspire has given me the opportunity to connect directly with high school students by bringing them to our office to learn and experience STEM jobs firsthand. These experiences allow students to connect what they learn in school to a career in a tangible way, which sparks excitement for their futures.  As leaders in STEM fields, particularly female leaders, it is our responsibility to cultivate girls’ interest and curiosity in these fields. Not only do they need to know that they can have a career in science and technology, but they need to understand that they can succeed and have advocates who will help them.

In addition to encouraging women in STEM throughout their careers, I enjoy spending time coaching those in my own backyard – my team. Because many of them face some of the same challenges I’ve encountered in my professional journey, I love taking time to sit down and share my experiences and learnings to help them grow.

It is essential to provide your team members with developmental opportunities, which is crucial to their success. In one-on-one mentoring meetings, I strive to create an open atmosphere conducive for engagement and learning on both sides. Once I have learned more about my team, I will assign team members to high-profile projects where they have the chance to apply their knowledge and skill, as well as grow as leaders. Of the many mentoring relationships I have developed with team members, three have even resulted in promotions of my direct reports to the executive level in the past two years – a notable achievement at AT&T. I feel extremely proud of the successes and advancements like these because they are a testament to the power of mentoring.

In my 34 years at AT&T, there have been few organizations within the company that have seen as much change as the Technology Development team. However, rather than being intimidated or challenged by change, I embrace it – simply breaking down what may seem big and unknown into incremental challenges, or “inches.” Over time, those inches added up to a complete response and allowed my team and me to make adjustments along the way.

It is important to be an ambassador of change, and anyone can do this by volunteering for big and uncertain challenges. These risks enable the person to stretch his or her limits and adapt in various environments, some more uncomfortable than others. People have to bring everything they have to the table – earning every bit of recognition, promotions or whatever they may be seeking.


100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM- Mark Papermaster, Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President at Advanced Micro Devices

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 Mark Papermaster, Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President at Advanced Micro Devices.


Mark Papermaster
Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President
Advanced Micro Devices

Mark Papermaster is chief technology officer and senior vice president at AMD, responsible for corporate technical direction, and AMD’s intellectual property (IP) and system-on-chip (SOC) product research and development. His more than 30 years of engineering experience includes significant leadership roles managing the development of a wide range of products spanning from mobile devices to high-performance servers.

Before joining AMD in October 2011, Papermaster was the leader of Cisco’s Silicon Engineering Group, the organization responsible for silicon strategy, architecture, and development for the company’s switching and routing businesses.

In prior roles, Papermaster served as Apple senior vice president of Devices Hardware Engineering, where he was responsible for the iPod products, and iPhone hardware development. He also held a number of senior leadership positions at IBM, serving on the company’s Technical Leadership Team and overseeing development of the company’s key microprocessor and server technologies.

Papermaster received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Vermont. He is a member of the University of Texas Cockrell School of Engineering Advisory Board, Olin College Presidents Council, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Papermaster has published numerous articles on topics ranging from security to semiconductor energy efficiency to the future of immersive computing platforms. He speaks frequently at technology industry and business events. In April 2015, Papermaster hosted the annual international math competition, Math Kangaroo, from AMD’s Sunnyvale, CA, campus.

About AMD

AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) designs and integrates technology that powers millions of intelligent devices, including personal computers, tablets, game consoles and cloud servers that define the new era of surround computing. AMD solutions enable people everywhere to realize the full potential of their favorite devices and applications to push the boundaries of what is possible.

AMD Changing the Game, funded by the AMD Foundation, fosters collaboration between schools, private industry, NGOs, and other organizations to advance science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education in new and innovative ways. The program inspires youth to learn STEM skills and experience STEM careers through the creation of socially responsible video games. Through the process of making games, students learn problem solving, critical thinking, language skills, and teamwork. AMD Changing the Game has been implemented in seven regions around the world, including United States, China, Malaysia, Canada, Europe, United Arab Emirates, and Brazil and has reached over 227,000 students.

Enabling Today, Inspiring Tomorrow

At my company, we believe in enabling today and inspiring for tomorrow. That’s actually the basis for our tagline at AMD, but it is also very apt for discussing the importance of STEM. AMD is a semiconductor company focused on the processing that makes high-performance computing and visualization technologies come alive in a diverse set of markets. Our heritage starts in the personal computer, but has expanded into a number of new markets and devices, including gaming consoles, medical imaging, digital signage, and much more.

My background is in engineering and I’ve spent my career working on leading edge technologies at IBM, Apple, Cisco, and now with AMD. I’ve been involved with the development of some amazing products and look forward to many more. I joined AMD because its employees and intellectual property make a tremendous difference in the industry and the world around us. The importance of science, technology, engineering, and math was instilled in me early on are important to my family, which boasts many engineers.

There’s really no better time to be involved in the technology industry, as it provides the foundation for modern life. Just think of the enabling and inspiring progress made over the last 30 years. Computer processor performance has improved 10,000 times in this timeframe. I doubt any other engineered system has ever delivered this rate of improvement.

In fact, if fuel efficiency in the US started following the engineering theory of Moore’s law beginning in 1980, then by 1994 a gallon of gas would have been enough to get from Los Angeles to New York and by 2002 that same gallon of gas would take you around the world.

In 2014 there were more than 100 semiconductors in use for every person alive. Beyond phones and computers, those exist in myriad places, from aircraft cockpit controls and displays to traffic management systems to digital billboards. Semiconductors have truly become woven into nearly every part of modern life. And this will become only more so with Cloud Computing and the Internet of Things.

Nearly every part of society – from manufacturing, to financial services, to science, education, entertainment, transportation, and beyond is dependent on the continuing adoption of ever more powerful semiconductors to drive new experiences and improve services. Not only are there new products and services arriving almost daily, but there are huge opportunities for improving efficiency. Just one example from the GeSI SMARTER 2020 study: digitally enabled systems could cut greenhouse gas emissions 16.5% by 2020, resulting in $1.9 trillion savings in energy costs.

We need to help young people see that STEM education and industries create careers that empower them to change the world, whether it is using science to solve global warming or nanotechnology for cancer research. I strongly encourage people to consider semiconductor industry careers. As semiconductor engineers, we have an unprecedented opportunity to change the world and create the future.

Today, much of the technology exists in silos, unable to effectively communicate between applications and platforms, to connect the dots that would simplify modern life. To further grow in competence and pervasiveness, technology needs to become more intuitive and emotionally intelligent. And this requires, I think, teams made up of diverse backgrounds, inclinations, and talents.

There are numerous studies on the importance of workforce diversity, but most of them can be boiled down very succinctly to diverse teams are better at solving problems. If that’s true, the message to the technology industry is clear. Since we are in the business of solving increasingly complex problems better and faster, it’s imperative we utilize the best diverse talent. The bottom line is that we need creative problem solvers who can look at a challenge for many different angles and offer inventive solutions in order to tackle the huge tests ahead of our global community in the future.

There’s a lot of focus on this now in the technology world, for bringing more women into the workforce for example, and more people from diverse backgrounds overall. Besides AMD, a number of technology companies including Intel, IBM, and Cisco have developed STEM programs and encourage diversity. And it’s not just technology giants. There are initiatives underway at multiple levels. For example, there are a new generation of toys, such as GoldieBlox, designed to spur young girls' interest in technology and could inspire a more diverse talent pool to enter STEM fields down the line.

My own belief is that we are in the midst of a technology industry transformation that will bring substantial to how we work and play. Paired with that change will be a new kind of workforce that solves problems and develops technology in a whole different way. As new generations raised on technology become the CIOs, engineers, entrepreneurs, and inventors in their own homes, communities, and businesses our industry and world will be transformed from the inside out.

100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM- Nicola Palmer, Senior Vice President and Chief Network Officer for Verizon Wireless

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 Nicola Palmer, Senior Vice President and Chief Network Officer for Verizon Wireless.

Nicola Palmer
Senior Vice President and Chief Network Officer
Verizon Wireless

Nicola (Nicki) Palmer is senior vice president and Chief Network Officer for Verizon Wireless, with responsibility for planning, engineering, building and operating Verizon Wireless' industry-leading voice and data networks.  A premier technology company, Verizon Wireless operates the nation's largest and most reliable 4G LTE network.

Prior to her current role, Palmer was senior vice president of Global Network Operations and Engineering at Verizon, responsible for planning, designing and operating the company's global voice, data and IP networks, which span more than 2,600 cities in 150+ countries on five continents. In that role, she also led the engineering and operations of the fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network, which enables Verizon's FiOS data and TV services.

She has served as vice president of Network for Verizon Wireless, overseeing design and deployment of the 4G LTE network with responsibility for network performance, quality assurance, product and service rollouts and regulatory compliance. She also served as vice president of Video Services at Verizon, responsible for overall program management and performance assurance.

Nicki began her career at Bell Atlantic in 1990 and has held leadership positions in engineering, operations, and project and service management supporting advanced data and IP products in the consumer and business markets.

Active in a number of organizations including the National Academy Foundation, Nicki is a staunch advocate for women in business and promoting education and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).  For the past three years (2012, 2013 and 2014), she has been named to the Fierce Wireless list of Most Influential Women in Wireless. In 2014 she was named as one of the Working Mothers of the Year by Working Mother and an honoree of MAKERS, a digital video initiative featuring women’s stories. In addition, the Girl Scouts of Greater New York honored Nicki with its 2013 Woman of Distinction award.

Nicki earned a bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering from Penn State University and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York, employs a diverse workforce of 178,500 and generated more than $127 billion in 2014 revenues. Verizon Wireless operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with 109.5 million retail connections nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America’s most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers worldwide. For more information, visit www.

Why is STEM education/workforce development critical to the future of our nation?

As one of the world’s leading technology companies, we are acutely aware that technology influences every aspect of our lives -- and its importance grow daily. Everyone from farmers to fashion designers increasingly rely on technology to be successful.

Over the next 10 years, the most robust job growth will be in fields requiring science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills. The STEM job market is growing at twice the rate of any other job market - in fact, 62% of STEM job growth is in technology. By 2018, the U.S will be graduating only 52% of the needed Computer Science and IT workforce from its universities.

STEM jobs help young people set themselves up for careers in solving real-world problems, like climate change and healthcare. We must use technology to underpin how we attack these problems and if we prepare young people to play a meaningful role in an increasingly tech-based economy.

What challenges and opportunities do you see in the way we teach technology?

At Verizon, we see that mobile technology has the potential to play a crucial role in revolutionizing classrooms and sparking interest in STEM subjects. After all, this is technology that kids love - technology that’s unique in its ability to put the world into individual students’ hands, no matter where they live.

Through our Verizon Innovative Learning Schools (VILS), we’re bringing connectivity and digital devices to young people - especially those who otherwise would be left on the distant side of the digital divide - and showing teachers the best ways to use the technology for learning. We’ve been working in underserved schools, across the nation in rural, urban, suburban environments since 2012.

Concentrating on science and math classes, we recognized that if we could train teachers on how to use smartphones, tablets and technology in the classroom, we could change the way that they teach and the way students learn. We also focus on schools with technology in place and help teachers understand how to best leverage the technology to increase effectiveness, engagement and comprehension.

In addition, we’ve partnered with NAF, a national program that uses a public/private partnership model to set up specialized academies within public schools, with a mission of preparing students for success in college and careers. There are 667 NAF academies serving more than 81,000 students that focus on career readiness in fields such as engineering and IT. NAF academies have a proven record of success: average high school graduation rate is more than 90%, and more than half of these graduates earn bachelor’s degrees in four years.

How do we encourage students to continue their study of STEM subjects, particularly women and underrepresented minorities?

Many students may not realize that jobs requiring STEM skills are very lucrative jobs. For example, engineering majors have the highest median earnings at $92,000 a year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2014 report on STEM graduates. A STEM education can be the ticket for young women and underrepresented minorities to support themselves and their families and fulfill the promise of a better life, which can benefit them for decades to come.

We also know that if we are to be serious about getting more girls into STEM, we have to change societal attitudes about girls in math and science. That’s why we partnered with the group MAKERS and produced a digital campaign called #InspireHerMind. The campaign was highlighted by a video showing a young girl being discouraged by her parents from pursuing her love of science. Ultimately, the spot asked viewers to encourage our daughters to aspire to be not only “pretty,” but “pretty brilliant,” too.

What counsel would you provide on “collaborating to achieve success” in STEM education and the workforce?

There are three critical factors. First, ensure you have measurable results. Our social impact programs are metrics-driven. In everything we do, we apply a logicbased model that systematically captures data against short-term, mid-term and long-term goals. The results provide insights on how to replicate and scale our programs up for greater impact, or make adjustments and tweaks.

Second, have a true partnership with teachers in the classroom. Our work with VILS and NAF academies are examples of how we can enlist frontline teachers, engage students and bring real-life challenges and teaching moments, helping to foster an environment to learn, create and innovate.

Another example of how Verizon actively engages students in real-life workplace experiences is through our App Challenge. The goal is to train regional and national winning teams to develop their winning concepts into apps. We’ve also launched an app development course in underserved schools through a partnership with Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship as well as in after-school locations through a partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Third, you must engage the employees in order to be successful. Your employees are your face of the company, and they can encourage girls and minorities in their communities, extending the reach of how important STEM skills are for a bright future and serving as examples to these young women and underrepresented minorities.

Finally, there’s nothing preventing all of us from doing more to encourage young people to engage in STEM education. Parents, aunts and uncles, mentors, community members - we all must get involved and do more. Whether it’s hosting a career day, mentoring a young person, or hosting a school at your workplace, there are things each of us can do amplify the message around the importance of STEM education. 


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