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Call for Entries in the 2016 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology

This is a press release from the Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education

Registration Opens for Premier Research Competition, Chance to Win College Scholarships of up to $100,000

Regional Competition Rounds will be Conducted Virtually

​ISELIN, N.J., May 3, 2016 | Registration has opened for The 2016 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology - the nation's premier science research competition for high school students. 

The Siemens Competition, established in 1999, is a signature program of the Siemens Foundation, administered by Discovery Education. Each year, the program invites high school students nationwide to submit original research projects in math, science and technology for the opportunity to win college scholarships ranging from $1,000 up to $100,000. Students can compete as individuals or as members of a team. 

As with last year, the regional competition rounds will be held on-line in a secure virtual environment. Participants will present their projects via a secure cloud-based technology platform to a panel of judges who will be assembled at regional hosting universities in November. 

The regional judging will take place at six leading research universities across the country: California Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Notre Dame and The University of Texas at Austin. 

Winners of these Regional Finals will be invited to present their research in-person to nationally renowned scientists and mathematicians at the National Finals in Washington, D.C. in December at The George Washington University.    

Last year’s Grand Prize individual winner utilized small plastic beads to remove sulfamethazine, a common contaminant, from drinking water in a way that was reusable and scalable in many of today’s water delivery systems. The winning team utilized a loofah sponge to help clean up oil from oil spills and then turn it into electricity which could be used to generate clean power i.e. for remote sensors.  The previous year, winning teams identified an approach to improve program obstacle avoidance for drones and self-driving cars, and a computer model that simulates how a tree will grow in varying conditions, which could improve current practices in harvesting timber and growing tree-based foods. 

Video, photos and bios of the 2015 finalists are available at:

The Siemens Foundation
The Siemens Foundation has invested more than $95 million in the United States to advance workforce development and education initiatives in science, technology, engineering and math. The Siemens Foundation mission is inspired by the culture of innovation, research and continuous learning that is the hallmark of Siemens’ companies. For further information, visit or follow @sfoundation.

Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12.  Serving 3 million educators and over 30 million students, Discovery Education’s services are in half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world. Explore the future of education at    


Futurestep Survey: Executives Believe Women in STEM Roles Helps the Bottom Line

This is a press release from Korn Ferry

However – Less Than One-Third of Respondents Say Their Companies Require Female Candidates Be Part of STEM Recruiting Pool

May 3, 2016 — LOS ANGELES — (BUSINESS WIRE) | Companies that want to increase profits should work to increase the number of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) roles, according to an executive survey released today by the Futurestep division of Korn Ferry (NYSE:KFY), the preeminent global people and organizational advisory firm.

Of the nearly 1,000 executive respondents from around the globe, 63 percent said having more women in STEM careers would have a “great impact” on their company’s bottom line.

However, less than one-third (30 percent) of respondents say their organizations either often or always require there be at least one female candidate as part of the process for hiring STEM employees.

“Clients who understand the positive cultural and financial impact of having women in STEM roles often require that women candidates be included in the recruiting mix,” said Samantha Wallace, Futurestep Technology Market Leader for North America. “This doesn’t mean that the women will get preferential treatment, it simply helps create a diverse pool from which to choose.”

Statistics point to a significant under-representation of women in STEM careers. According to the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS), women comprise 48 percent of the U.S. workforce, but just 26 percent of STEM workers. In other words, about half as many women are working in STEM jobs as one might expect if gender representation in STEM professions mirrored the overall workforce.

In the Futurestep survey, the respondents said STEM careers are being considered by less than a quarter of the high school girls and college women they know (e.g. children, grandchildren, children of friends/colleagues).

“There are many reasons why today’s companies have a low percentage of female STEM workers, including the fact that fewer young women than young men are choosing this field as their college major and profession,” said Wallace. “The silver lining though, is that we do see a slow but positive trend for more women in these roles.”

More than half of respondents (59 percent) said there are more women in STEM careers in their organization than five years ago. In addition, 58 percent said having an employee referral program targeted toward women STEM recruits would have a great impact on finding qualified candidates.

“We see that companies that make diversity efforts core to their recruiting and retention strategies have a better chance of attracting and keeping the most dedicated, engaged and productive employees,” said Wallace. “It’s no surprise that our survey respondents say that they expect having more women STEM employees will have a positive impact on financial performance.”

About the survey*

There were 913 responses to the global executive survey, which took place in April 2016.

About Korn Ferry
Korn Ferry is the preeminent global people and organizational advisory firm. We help leaders, organizations, and societies succeed by releasing the full power and potential of people. Our nearly 7,000 colleagues deliver services through our Executive Search, Hay Group and Futurestep divisions. More information on Futurestep can be found at


Long Island's Portable Technology Solutions (PTS) Helps Florida Students Address School Shootings

This is a press release from Portable Technology Solutions

Gives High School STEM Team the Tools It Needs for a High-Tech Solution

MIAMI, May 2, 2016 (PRNewswire) | With the help of a Long Island company, three Florida high school freshmen are using technology and ingenuity to try to end school shootings. Faced with the challenge of designing a group capstone project for their STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics] class at Scheck Hillel Community Day School in Miami, Florida, Esther Benasayag, Albert Wolak, and Abraham Woldenberg looked to recent headlines and tried to find a way, as they put it, "to save lives."

The team thought that RFID (Radio Frequency IDentification) technology could be used to alert schools to guns coming through their doors, an idea inspired by a ski trip where Woldenberg encountered RFID chips embedded in lift tickets. "Every time you go on a lift, the RFID knows that you went through and it tells you through an app how many feet you skied by knowing exactly which lifts you went on and how many times. I was like, 'Hey, you can do a lot of cool things with RFID'—I think that's one of the factors that brought the idea into my head."

With the help of a Long Island company, three Florida high school freshmen are using technology and ingenuity to try to end school shootings.

Overcoming Budget Obstacles

But as the group set about researching the equipment they would need to carry out their project, they ran into a problem: each team in the class was allowed to spend only $100. "We couldn't find a system for less than $2,000," said Woldenberg. "I told them, 'This may not be feasible,'" said their teacher, Charlie Mahoney. "In addition to [the cost], I don't have a background in this sort of technology, so a lot of it was going to be up to them."

The students however, were not deterred. While scouring the Internet for answers, they came upon the website for Long Island-based Portable Technology Solutions (PTS), featuring a trial version of its ClearStream RFID software, which enables users to build customized RFID applications. They noticed that PTS also offered a loaner demo kit so that businesses lacking the necessary hardware could test the software.  So they wrote PTS CEO Brad Horn to pitch the project. "I said, 'Let's go check them out and tell them our idea and maybe they'll give us a demo,'" said Woldenberg. "Maybe they'll like it and want to help us out. And now here we are—it worked out pretty well."

"I thought what those guys were doing was kind of amazing, especially at their age," said Horn, who had PTS send the students a demo kit with RFID chips, Zebra fixed readers, and fully operational ClearStream software—a package with a value of about $4,000.

"The Debate Club"

The team realized that their project had the potential to stir up controversy—and so it did, starting with the students themselves. "In the class, we started referring to this group as 'the debate club,'" said Mahoney, laughing. The debates within the group started with the initial question of cost and continued to include such topics as Second Amendment and privacy rights. The RFID software enabled them to not only detect when a RFID-enabled gun had entered the building but also show information about the gun owner.

Consulting with PTS lead developer Howard Heckman, the team developed a program that, when and if a gun entered the school, would instantly pull up the owner's photograph and relevant data, such as whether or not the owner was law enforcement or had a criminal record—"basically, a whole bio that would help security determine if they should watch this person with caution," explained Woldenberg. On April 13, the team presented their initial project at a statewide conference of STEM classes within the Florida CIJE (Center for Initiatives in Jewish Education) network. The students used a BB gun for the test, resulting in a successful POC, or "proof of concept"—a tech term for a demonstration that the theoretical can work in practice.

"To be able to find all the resource and put them all together with a database and everything that they had to do was very impressive" for students that met only four days a week between January and April, noted Mahoney with pride.

Moving Forward

Of course, the students' solution would face legislative hurdles before it could work as a real-world answer to school shootings. Manufacturers would have to be required to embed RFID chips in their guns, something that the military does in certain cases but has yet to happen with civilian arms manufacture. Legislation would also be required if RFID chips were to allow access to information about registered owners.

The students are acutely aware of these issues, and are now taking their work into the political realm. "We knew from the beginning that if we were going to move forward we would need to change some of the laws," said Woldenberg. To that end,

Woldenberg and Wolak recently met with their congressman, Ted Deutch (D-FL 21) in Washington, DC, to discuss their project, and they plan a follow-up demonstration for the press and public in a few weeks.

"We need to publicize it," said Wolak, "so people say, 'Look, there is the technology'—that, even if we don't introduce it, someone will."

For now, though, they have proven that their solution can work. "They're proving that there's no reason it couldn't be done," said Horn. "The technology is there. When you have the President of the United States saying I wish we could do more with the technology—these kids showed that it's not a tremendous investment, and maybe if we changed a few laws we could protect schools."

About PTS: 
Portable Technology Solutions, LLC (PTS) is a leading provider of user configurable, mobile data collection software and systems with over 7,000 active customers. As developers of the TracerPlus line of mobility software, the primary focus of PTS has been to create user customizable and affordable mobile data collection and integration software that does not require programming experience to configure, deploy or use. Founded in 2000 and headquartered in Calverton, NY, Portable Technology Solutions also maintains an active presence in Europe and partners with mobile hardware manufacturers, worldwide distributors, and OEM solution providers.


AEOP Selects New Partners to Promote STEM Initiatives

This is a press release from AEOP

Competitive grants awarded to increase diverse student participation in STEM


COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 29, 2016 (PRNewswire) | The Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP), in collaboration with Battelle, has awarded grants to eight organizations and technical associations to expand student participation in enriching science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) exploration and learning, particularly for underserved students. AEOP offers students and teachers Army-sponsored programs that effectively engage, inspire and attract the next generation of STEM talent.

Through AEOP's suite of programs, students from elementary school to college, representing all proficiency levels and ethnic, economic and academic backgrounds, participate in real-world experiences involving STEM disciplines. Scientists, technology experts, engineers and mathematicians, who act as mentors and guides, introduce students to the various opportunities in STEM fields through hands-on experiences and provide advice for technical skill development and career planning.

"By leveraging strong local networks, we will provide even more students with high-quality experiences that deepen their engagement with science and expose them to the wide variety and opportunity offered by STEM careers," said Jeffrey Singleton, Director of Basic Research, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology or ASA(ALT). "These partnerships will leverage critical programs already proven to help students reach their potential."

AEOP's new partners were selected specifically for their leadership in STEM learning and outreach to African-American, Hispanic, female and military-connected students. Together with these federal, academic and industry partners, the Army seeks to strategically work investments together so that its programs provide the highest quality experiences and contribute to an exceptionally prepared workforce. Bringing together the strongest thought and strategic partners also allows the Army's programs to better reflect the best of our diverse nation.

"Mentorship and hands-on learning opportunities allow students to step into the role of the engineer, inventor or scientist, and begin a path toward a future in STEM," said Aimee Kennedy, Vice President, Education, STEM Learning, & Philanthropy at Battelle. "Expanding these opportunities for students of all backgrounds and zip codes also ensures a more diverse pool of future innovators."

The grantees will each receive awards ranging from $45,000 to $52,000 to facilitate meaningful collaboration that will ultimately integrate with or enhance the suite of opportunities already offered by AEOP. Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis. First-round recipients include:

DC STEM Network, Carnegie Academy for Science Education (Washington, D.C.): The DC STEM Network will align its STEM Teacher Leader Cadre (STEM TLC), Network Ambassadors and digital communications to create a three-fold, comprehensive strategy to reach more than 3,000 D.C.-area students, parents and teachers.

EduCare Foundation (Van Nuys, Calif.): EduCare's STEM Pilot Project will serve at-­‐risk, underserved middle and high school youth from ten Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) schools. EduCare's STEM Pilot Project is a unique project that builds the STEM proficiencies, skills, and knowledge of youth, while developing necessary life skills for youth to pursue and be successful in STEM careers. EduCare will create a comprehensive, coordinated STEM program that incorporates AEOP's Junior Solar Sprint (JSS), eCYBERMISSION, and Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS) programs. It serves as an introduction of AEOP and the beginning of a process of integrating the entire AEOP portfolio within LAUSD's after school STEM programming.

Harmony Public Schools (Houston, Texas): Harmony Public Schools is a network of high-performing K-12 public charter schools across Texas that operates 46 high-quality schools serving a diverse student population of 30,000: 61 percent of students receive free or reduced price lunch and 70 percent are under-represented minorities. Harmony plans to take part in an integrated suite of AEOP offerings with 400 students in grades 5-12, with the goal of training 40 STEM teachers to guide students to take part in AEOP programs and create awareness of STEM careers.

Research Foundation for the State University of New York - System Admin. (Albany, N.Y.): The State University of New York (SUNY) is planning to scale-up the highly successful AEOP eCYBERMISSION initiative in New York State through afterschool programs in collaboration with the New York Academy of Sciences and SUNY colleges and universities using the infrastructure established though the National Science Foundation- funded SUNY/New York Academy of Sciences Afterschool STEM Mentoring Program. SUNY will partner with the Academy to train SUNY graduate students in STEM programs to mentor middle school teams in three New York regions, New York City, Syracuse, and Utica, participating in eCYBERMISSION projects.

Society of Women Engineers (SWE) (Chicago, Ill.): SWE will support the expansion of its outreach programming for 5,000 K-12 girls nationwide and 750 K-12 STEM educators in order to engage, inspire and attract the next generation of talent in engineering and technology. While girls are traditionally underrepresented within STEM, and especially engineering, SWE is also committed to supporting girls from underserved communities. Through its existing and expanded programming, SWE will continue to work with organizations that provide services to underrepresented and underserved youth and will promote AEOP Programs (especially eCYBERMISSION, Camp Invention and RESET) to its students and teachers. 

Tiger Woods Foundation (TWF) (Irvine, Calif.): TWF will enhance AEOP's programs, specifically UNITE, GEMS and JSHS, by promoting these and other AEOP programs to TWF's network of 10,000 students and 500 teachers nationwide. Through its award-winning STEM Professional Development Program, TWF projects serving 100,000 students over the next five years. TWF also has an extensive history of working with and serving the military through its programming at Marine Corps Base Quantico. In addition, with programs for underserved youth in Washington, D.C., Orange County, Calif., and Stuart, Fla., and a strategic plan to serve 1,000,000 students by 2020.

Sanford Research (Sioux Falls, S.D.): STEMwise Communities: Building STEM Literacy through Community Problem Based Learning and eCYBERMISSION will create a series of workshops across South Dakota to inform and build teacher confidence in the use of community Problem Based Learning (PBL) in their classrooms and to create lasting partnerships between STEM educators and professionals. 

TechBridge (Oakland, Calif.): Techbridge will forge a powerful link between their after-school STEM education programs for girls in Oakland, California and the AEOP Research & Engineering Apprenticeships (REAP) at UC Berkeley, to give these underserved girls deeper exposure to STEM skills, careers and role models. Techbridge will engage 70 high school girls from low-income communities in a year-long after-school program and introduce them to a broad array of STEM disciplines.

About AEOP
The Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) is comprised of Army-sponsored research, education, competitions, internships, and practical experiences designed to engage and guide students and teachers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). From elementary school through graduate school, students at all levels, interests, ethnic, economic, and academic backgrounds are encouraged to participate in hands-on programs in STEM disciplines. More information is available at:


STEMconnector® Releases 100 CEO Leaders in STEM

Sponsors Include Diversified Search, Sodexo, Tata Consultancy Services, and Walmart

April 28, 2016 - Washington, D.C. | STEMconnector®, the one-stop shop for “who is doing what” in STEM education and careers, released its 100 CEO Leaders in STEM publication today at the Global STEM Talent Summit. The book features Chief Executive Officers who offer their unique perspective on the issues facing America’s STEM workforce. As leaders of companies in STEM-related industries, these 100 CEOs offer a unique perspective on those issues and share initiatives that they are currently working on in their respective companies.  Their insights will definitely help drive the discourse going forward.

America’s STEM workforce is at a critical juncture; the need for critical leadership on the part of all stakeholders could not be more vital. With women and minorities being so underrepresented in STEM fields, the education system falling short of meeting the demand of a 21st century economy, and the United States potentially losing its edge on innovation, the need for action is urgent. As leaders of major companies with involvement in STEM fields, these 100 CEOs are uniquely placed to provide exemplary leadership on these issues. “A crisis can be a crucible that forges moral leadership,” said Dale Jones, CEO of Diversified Search.

There is broad agreement on the severity of the challenges and the education front is a perfect example. Government and the private sector, these leaders note, should be at the forefront of education reform. They believe collaborative partnerships offer the best model for sustainable solutions in the long run. “This challenge can be solved if we broaden the base of American students interested in STEM, increase persistence and retention from K12 to college, and create career readiness for a truly diverse workforce. And industry, government, nonprofit, and education sectors need to collectively create effective, scalable solutions to build these skills,” said Natarajan Chandrasekar, Chief Executive Officer of Tata Consultancy Services.

Drawing from their Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives, these leaders believe that fostering a more inclusive STEM workforce should be the objective of any education initiative. Given the gender disparities in STEM, placing the emphasis on diversity is an area of broad agreement among these 100 CEOs. “By creating a pathway that begins in elementary school and goes through middle school, high school and continues into higher education and early career, women can establish and maintain a foundation of knowledge and support that will sustain them into their career,” said Lorna Donatone, Chief Executive Officer of Sodexo Schools Worldwide.

Edie Fraser, Chief Executive Officer of STEMconnector® shared, “We are proud to highlight 100 CEO leaders and recognize their leadership and excellence. The role of CEOs becomes critical to business and innovation. These role models are change leaders.  Special thanks to Lorena Fimbres, VP & Chief Business Development Officer, and team, for leading this series and contributing to STEMconnector®’s position at the forefront of STEM thought leadership.” 

Each Chief Executive Officer is profiled across a two-page spread, and their thought-provoking reflections on STEM education, workforce development, public-private partnerships, and diversity in STEM will influence the national conversation regarding these issues. 100 CEO Leaders in STEM is a STEMconnector® publication sponsored by Diversified Search, Sodexo, Tata Consultancy Services, and Walmart.

The selection process included thorough research and outreach to over 100 CEOs for nominations. Information for each nominee was collected in three areas: 1) the executive’s background and career; 2) the company’s STEM position within its industry; and 3) the nominee’s perspective on a variety of issues in the STEM space, from technology trends to talent pipeline. “We extend our appreciation to all corporate communications teams for making this possible. They should feel extremely proud,” said Lorena Fimbres, VP & Chief Business Development Officer of STEMconnector®.

About 100 Leaders in STEM Series
100 Leaders in STEM is a platform that brings together c-suite level executives to discuss the future of the economy and jobs from a STEM talent perspective. 100 Leaders in STEM works in cycles starting with the release of a publication and followed by a year of back-to back events to elevate the conversation. Four issues have published: 100 Woman Leaders in STEM (2012), 100 CEO Leaders in STEM (2013), 100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM (2014), 100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM. To date, over 330 leaders have been recognized in over 150 corporations. The 100 CEO Leaders in STEM vol. 2 will be released at STEMconnector®’s Global STEM Talent Summit on April 28, 2016.

About STEMconnector®
STEMconnector® is a consortium of over 150 companies, associations, academic institutions and government entities actively working to advance STEM education and the future of human capital. STEMconnector® is both a resource and a service, designed to link “all things STEM.” STEMconnector®’s network includes organizations at the global, national, state and local levels. Our work spans the entire pipeline (Kindergarten to Jobs) and how STEM education experiences translate into careers. STEMconnector® has a particular emphasis on diversity and women. For information on how to become a member, contact Lorena Fimbres at

Live Stream for Today's Global STEM Talent Summit #GSTS2016

Today's the big day! We're at Gallup HQ in Washington, DC for the Global STEM Talent Summit. If you're not able to join us, no worries! We have a live video stream on our YouTube page and embedded right below here on the blog. Check out the press release to learn more about the Summit, follow along with the program to find today's schedule of events, and join the conversation on social media using #GSTS2016!


STEMconnector® To Release 100 CEO Leaders in STEM this Thursday at #GSTS2016!

STEMconnector®, the one-stop shop for “who is doing what” in STEM education and careers, releases its 100 CEO Leaders in STEM publication this Thursday, April 28th at the Global STEM Talent Summit. The book features Chief Executive Officers who offer their unique perspective on the issues facing America’s STEM workforce. As leaders of companies in STEM-related industries, these 100 CEOs offer a unique perspective on those issues and share initiatives that they are currently working on in their respective companies. “A crisis can be a crucible that forges moral leadership,” said Dale Jones, CEO of Diversified Search. The publication will also be released electronically and will be available at www.


Event Program for the 2016 Global STEM Talent Summit

From keynote addresses by the Chief Medical Officer at Johnson & Johnson, Dr. Joanne Waldstreicher, to the release of STEMconnector's 100 CEO Leaders in STEM publication, and to exciting panels with industry STEM leaders, this Thursday's Global STEM Talent Summit has a full day planned of critical STEM discussions. Check out the full program listed below. For individuals unable to join us in-person, a live steam of the event will be available for remote viewing, and we encourage you to join this conversation on social media using #GSTS2016!

2016 Global STEM Talent Summit Event Program

Master of Ceremonies: Rob Denson, President, Des Moines Area Community College, Chairman, SHEC

7:30-8:30am Registration Opens

8:30-8:45am Welcome to the 2016 Global STEM Talent Summit:

  • Edie Fraser, Chief Executive Officer, STEMconnector & Million Women Mentors
  • Lorena Fimbres, Vice President and Chief Development Officer, STEMconnector

Announcement of the 100 CEO Leaders in STEM: Sponsored by Bank of America - Merrill Lynch

8:45-9:15am Global STEM Talent Pipeline - The Burning Problem

  • Dr. Heidi Kleinbach-Sauter, Senior Vice President Global R&D, PepsiCo, Chair, GSTS

9:15-9:45am Global Jobs Report 2015

  • Jon Clifton, Managing Partner, Gallup

9:45-10:45am Panel 1: Career-Focused Experiential Learning: An Unlock For STEM 2.0

  • Al Bunshaft, Chief Executive Officer, Dassault Systemes Government Solutions
  • Martin Scaglione, President & CEO, Hope Street Group
  • George Moore, EVP, Chief Technology Officer, Cengage Learning
  • Rob Denson, President, Des Moines Area Community College
  • Moderator: Frank Sesno, Director-School of Media & Public Affairs, George Washington University

10:45-11:00am Networking Break

11:00-12:00pm Panel 2: Professional Development Models for Retaining High-Skill Workers

  • John Staines, Human Resources Officer-Global Information Technology, Cigna
  • Steve Rae, Chief Professional Development Officer, Apollo Education Group
  • Jenny Morr, Assistant Vice President-Technology & Development, AT&T
  • Sharon Wibben, Senior Vice President-Global HR, Walmart
  • DeEtte Gray, President, Intelligence & Security, BAE Systems
  • Moderator: John Hughes, Editor, Bloomberg LLP, Former President of National Press Club

12:00-1:00pm Lunch: Sponsored by Johnson & Johnson

  • Opening remarks by Dr. Heidi Kleinbach-Sauter, Senior Vice President Global R&D, PepsiCo, Chair, GSTS

Keynote Address—Meeting the Challenges of Healthcare Talent

  • Dr. Joanne Waldstreicher, Chief Medical Officer, Johnson & Johnson

Keynote Address—Fire Side Chat - Technology Talent for All

  • Surya Kant, President-North America, UK and Europe, Tata Consultancy Services
  • Edie Fraser, Chief Executive Officer, STEMconnector & Million Women Mentors

1:00-2:00pm 3: Industry Specific Needs for STEM Talent

  • Gary Eppinger, Global Chief Information Security Officer, Carnival
  • Melissa Harper, Vice President Talent Acquisition & Chief Diversity Officer, Monsanto
  • Ray Dempsey, Vice President & Head of External Affairs, BP
  • Allyson Knox, Director of Education Policy & Programs, Microsoft
  • Sean Healy, Senior Vice President-Strategic Planning & Engineering, FedEx Freight
  • Moderator: Kevin Krolicki, Bureau Chief, Thomson-Reuters in Washington

2:00-3:00pm  4: Effective Utilization of STEM Information Resources - Featuring the Launch of the STEM Talent Resource Hub

  • Recognition of Jane Oates, Vice President, Apollo Education


  • Sarah Harris, General Counsel, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
  • William J. Wiatrowski, Deputy Commissioner, Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Matt Sigelman, Chief Executive Officer, Burning Glass Technologies
  • Mary Mason, SVP, Chief Medical Officer, Centene Corporation
  • Moderator: Edie Fraser, Chief Executive Officer, STEMconnector & Million Women Mentors

3:00-3:10pm Break

3:10-3:40pm Keynote Address

  • Dr. Mehmood Khan, Vice Chairman, Chief Scientific Officer, PepsiCo

3:40-4:40pm Panel 5: Global Talent Development - Leadership Panel

  • Michael Norris, Chief Executive Officer - Heathcare, Sodexo North America
  • Seema Kumar, VP of Innovation, Global Health and Policy Communication, Johnson & Johnson
  • Nina Vaca, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Pinnacle Group
  • Craig Giffi, Vice Chairman, Automotive Industry Leader, Deloitte
  • Griff Davenport, Chief Executive Officer, DLR Group
  • Moderator: Sam Fleming, Economics Editor, Financial Times

3:40-4:40pm Transitioning from STEM Theory to STEM Praxis, LET'S ACT!

  • Dr. Heidi Kleinbach-Sauter, Senior Vice President Global R&D, PepsiCo, Chair, GSTS
  • Rob Denson, President, Des Moines Area Community College

The Private Sector to Convene at the 2016 Global STEM Talent Summit to Address the Growing STEM Talent Gap in the US

STEMconnector® Uniting 25 Companies and 200 Participants to Drive Sustainable Impact and Deliver Tangible Solutions to Address the Demand for STEM Occupations

WASHINGTON, April 25, 2016 (PRNewswire) | The nation's top employers will join industry thought leaders at the Global STEM Talent Summit on April 28th, 2016, in Washington DC to address action for filling millions of skilled jobs. Led by STEMconnector®, the leading organization working closely with industry, higher education, NGOs and the public sector to provide resources that support corporate development and smart STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) investments. The Summit is the first step in this private sector initiative to tackle the STEM talent gap.

"The Global STEM Talent Summit is a major industry-led step in seeking to solve the STEM talent gap that exists in the US and in many other parts of the world," said Dr. Heidi Kleinbach-Sauter, Senior Vice President of R&D, PepsiCo and Chairwoman of the Global STEM Talent Summit. "It is now critical for the private sector to convene and create an actionable plan to develop at scale solutions to future proof economic growth."

The day-long event serves as a platform for discussion, sharing best practices in STEM talent development strategies, networking and taking collective action to drive scale and speed in helping to solve for the STEM shortfall. Together with its 25 strategic partners, STEMconnector® will outline a three-year strategic roadmap that aims to drive sustainable impact and deliver tangible solutions to diminish the STEM talent gap in the US.

"Business leaders have set the tone by ramping up investments and engagement in STEM education in order to prepare the next generation of skilled talent necessary to drive innovation and economic growth," said Edie Fraser, Chief Executive Officer of STEMconnector®. "Now we need to shift our focus of turning investments in education into a sustainable, long-term talent pool."

Over the past decade, growth in STEM jobs was three times greater than that of non-STEM jobs, according to Texas State University. Developing and retaining high-skilled STEM workers is crucial for employers. At the 2016 Global STEM Talent Summit, employers will share professional short and long- term STEM talent development models and best practices for training their employees and retaining high-skilled STEM talent.

Multiple industries, each with their own unique challenges, will be represented at the event. According to The World Health Organization the world is short by more than seven million doctors, nurses, and others who administer care, and this will grow to 12.9 million healthcare workers by 2035. Symantec noted that six million cybersecurity jobs will be created by 2019, and 1.5 million of those jobs will go unfilled by 2024.

The 2016 STEMconnector® strategic partners include Apollo Education Group, APCO Worldwide, AT&T, BAE Systems, BP, Burning Glass, Carnival Corporation, Cengage Learning, Centene Corporation, Cigna, Dassault Systems, Deloitte, FedEx, Gallup, Honeywell, Hope Street Group, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, Monsanto, Monster, PepsiCo, Smiths Group, Sodexo, Tata Consultancy Services, and Walmart.

Announcing the 100 CEO Leaders in STEM

At the Global STEM Talent Summit STEMconnector® will release 100 CEO Leaders in STEM, a publication that highlights the exceptional leaders contributing to the advancement of STEM careers around the world. The publication showcases the commitment, initiatives and values of 100 CEOs actively working towards a strong talent pipeline, and their companies. Excerpts include:

  • "The formula for innovation and growth in today's digital economy begins and ends with a workforce that has the right skills….businesses that fail to invest the time and resources to train, attract and retain the best talent will be left behind."  Randall L Stephenson, Chairman and CEO, AT&T
  • "The technological reality is a call to companies to think boldly and pragmatically to solve complex problems…. It's doubling our investment in innovation in the next three years so we can help companies shape next-generation capabilities and solutions."  Cathy Engelbert, CEO, Deloitte LLP
  • "Careers in STEM industries offer better compensation and more career advancement opportunities….Everyone benefits when our girls and young women can make full use of their abilities and supporting STEM Mentoring is a clear win-win."   Lorna Donatone, CEO of Sodexo School Worldwide and President of Sodexo North America

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EA Sports, NFL Players Association and Discovery Education Bring STEAM Careers to Life in 'Magic of Madden' Live Virtual Event!

This is a guest blog post from Discovery Education

Last week, thousands of students nationwide tuned-in LIVE to the Magic of Madden Virtual Field Trip for a behind-the-scenes look at the science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) careers powering the popular video game series, Madden NFL. Hosted by EA SPORTS™, the NFL Players Association (NFLPA), and Discovery Education, this live virtual event journeyed inside EA SPORTS Tiburon Studios in Orlando, Fla., to introduce students to the engineers, animators, analysts and producers behind the world’s coolest games.

Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins with Florida students Elizabeth Milks, Edwin Batista and Ashley Soto (L to R) at EA SPORTS Tiburon Studios for the Magic of Madden Live Virtual Field Trip. For the event Batista was transformed into a Madden NFL character using motion capture and was later inserted into the actual game.

Featuring Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins, the Magic of Madden Virtual Field Trip offered an exclusive studio tour of one of the largest studios among EA’s worldwide video game development facilities, and provided students with real-world insight about how STEAM skills bring Madden NFL to life. Participating students got a firsthand glimpse at motion capture – the process used to record movements of objects or people to animate digital character models – and saw Edwin Batista, a student from Florida’s Orange County Public Schools, transformed into a Madden NFL character and the final result when he was – surprise! – inserted into the game. Students also had their questions answered by Cousins during the live event.

Florida student Edwin Batista wears a motion capture suit allowing EA SPORTS experts to capture his movements and animate him into Madden NFL character.

The Magic of Madden Virtual Field Trip is part of EA SPORTS, NFLPA and Discovery Education’s EA SPORTS Madden NFL: Football by the Numbers initiative, which is available at no cost and offers a ground-breaking digital learning game that teaches math and science concepts using the game of football and real-world applications.

Here here to see an archive of the virtual field trip.



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