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100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM - Clint Lewis of Zoetis

The 100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM blog series features a new business executive Monday-Friday and the exemplary work his or her company is doing to support 21st century STEM learning and workforce development- particularly for women, minorities and under-represented groups. Learn more and download the whole copy at Follow the conversation on social media using #100STEMLeaders. Today's Diverse Corporate Leader is Clint Lewis, executive vice president and president, U.S. operations at Zoetis.

Clint Lewis, Zoetis

Clint Lewis
Executive Vice President and President, U.S. Operations

Clint Lewis is executive vice president and president, U.S. operations at Zoetis. Clint has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for over 25 years, holding key positions of increasing responsibility in the areas of sales management, marketing and general management. In his current role, he oversees the management of the livestock and companion animal businesses in the United States, the largest region within Zoetis. Clint is also responsible for leading the global genetics business for Zoetis.

Clint is a member of the Executive Committee for the Animal Health Institute (AHI), the trade association for animal health companies in the U.S., and he recently served as AHI's immediate past chairman of the board. Clint currently serves on the Dean's Advisory Board for both Cornell's College of Veterinary Medicine and Western University's College of Veterinary Medicine. Clint is a national board member and ardent supporter of INROADS, Inc. and formerly served as a member of the Board of Trustees for his alma mater, Fairfield University.

Clint holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Fairfield University and a Master of Business Administration degree in marketing from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

About Zoetis

Zoetis is the leading animal health company, dedicated to supporting veterinarians, livestock producers and people who raise and care for farm and companion animals in 120 countries. Building on more than 60 years of experience in animal health, Zoetis discovers, develops, manufactures and markets veterinary vaccines and medicines, complemented by diagnostic products and genetic tests and supported by a range of services. Zoetis applies research to a broad and diverse range of species, therapeutic areas and geographic regions, and its research encompasses vaccines and medicines. In addition, its R&D activities include the development of genetic and diagnostic products as well as biodevices and engineering investments for in ovopoultry applications. In 2013, the company generated annual revenues of $4.6 billion. With approximately 9,800 employees worldwide at the beginning of 2014, including 1,100+ R&D specialists, Zoetis has a local presence in approximately 70 countries, including 27 manufacturing facilities in 10 countries.

Clint on Diversity and STEM

How has your corporation coordinated investment in education with future workforce needs?

Zoetis has been at the forefront of advancing diversity in STEM initiatives, specifically in educating the next generation of veterinarians. For six consecutive years, Zoetis has invited second- and third-year students of veterinary medicine to apply for the Zoetis Veterinary Student Scholarship Program. Since the launch of the scholarship program in the fall of 2010, more than $2.7 million in scholarship funding has been awarded to more than 1,100 exceptional veterinary students. In addition to traditional selection criteria of academic excellence and financial need, the scholarship focuses on meeting ongoing needs of the veterinary profession such as diversity, sustainability, leadership and fostering diverse careers paths in veterinary medicine. The scholarship complements a number of other Zoetis programs supporting the veterinary profession, including millions invested in universities, industry education and training, scholarships, and allied organizations each year.

How do you translate your work into innovation?

Zoetis is focused on continuously innovating to develop animal health solutions that meet the needs of those who raise and care for animals. R&D is at the core of our efforts to provide innovation outcomes that anticipate the future needs of veterinarians and livestock producers in their local markets around the globe. Our new product R&D leverages relevant discoveries from the agribusiness, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Combining this capability with the most promising discoveries from existing Zoetis R&D generally yields a faster, less expensive and more predictable process and more sustainable pipeline as compared to human health R&D. Our R&D for existing products focuses on broadening and enhancing our existing portfolio through the addition of new species or claims, securing approvals in additional countries, or creating new combinations and reformulations that extend Zoetis innovations to a growing range of those who raise and care for animals worldwide.

Are you a mentor, and what is your view of mentorship?

Yes, I am a mentor, and I believe that mentorship is something that I must model every day -- not only because it’s the right thing to do in developing future diverse STEM talent -- but because it pays dividends for our business. One of the ways that I help instill the value of mentorship throughout Zoetis is by our active engagement in the INROADS organization. I am a national board member of INROADS, the nation’s largest non-profit source of paid internships for undergraduate, diverse youth. On behalf of Zoetis, I commit to providing a multi-year professional opportunity for four interns, and consider the interns for full-time employment upon graduation. We work with them to create, implement and monitor a career development plan, designate a business advisor to evaluate their progress, and offer guidance throughout the process. As a corporate sponsor, Zoetis pays an annual sponsorship fee to INROADS, as well as a competitive salary for the interns.

District Administration Reports Nepris is One of the Top Education Products

This is a press release from Nepris

Nepris Brings STEAM Experts to Classrooms for Virtual Discussions and Project Mentoring

DALLAS – January 8, 2015 | Nepris is heading into 2015 with recognition from District Administration magazine, which picked Nepris as one of the 100 Top Products being used by schools. Nepris—a cloud-based platform connecting STEAM (science, technology, engineering, Arts and math) professionals with teachers—manages the end-to-end process including matching professionals’ skills to teachers’ needs and hosting the interactive sessions that bring STEAM relevancy to the classroom. Click to Tweet.
The Readers’ Choice Top 100 Products is an annual program where District Administration readers nominate their favorite products. The magazine editors whittled down the 2014 list of 2,400 nominees to pick the best to feature in the year-end issue. This program aims to inform superintendents and other senior school district leaders about products their colleagues around the country are using to help their districts excel in a variety of areas, such as technology, sustainability and curriculum instruction. Read the full list of 2014 winning products here.
“Nepris opens the world of STEAM to students by making it possible to connect with professionals and subject matter experts from right next door or from across the globe,” said Sabari Raja, CEO and founder of Nepris. “Nepris is a simple and practical solution to what has been a real problem for K-12 education. We value and appreciate being recognized by the District Administration readers.”
“With the Top 100 award program steadily growing in size and recognition each year, all of our 2014 honorees should be very proud of their success,” said JD Solomon, District Administration’s editorial director. “We hope that all of our readers continue to be inspired and find innovative ideas from their peers who have had successful product implementations.”
Professionals and educators can see archived sessions and enroll their company or school at Companies can sponsor teachers, schools or districts. Individual teachers from elementary, middle or high schools can sign up for a free trial at any time.
About Nepris
Dallas-based Nepris brings STEM to life (and now STEAM, which adds the Arts to science, technology, engineering and mathematics) by connecting professionals with teachers who need speakers or project mentors for interactive, cloud-based sessions. Nepris makes this a turn-key process: identifying and registering professionals and teachers, matching professionals’ skills to the teachers’ needs, advising on best practices for classroom interaction and then hosting the interactive sessions. See Nepris in action at or sign-up as a teacher or STEAM professional at

100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM - Seema Kumar of Johnson & Johnson

The 100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM blog series features a new business executive Monday-Friday and the exemplary work his or her company is doing to support 21st century STEM learning and workforce development- particularly for women, minorities and under-represented groups. Learn more and download the whole copy at Follow the conversation on social media using #100STEMLeaders. Today's Diverse Corporate Leader is Seema Kumar, vice president, innovation, global health, and policy communication at Johnson & Johnson.

Seema Kumar, J&J

Seema Kumar
Vice President, Innovation, Global Health, and Policy Communication
Johnson & Johnson

Seema is a member of the Communications Leadership Council at Johnson & Johnson and responsible for maintaining the company’s leadership position in innovation and global health. She works closely with Johnson & Johnson Chief Scientific Officer and Worldwide Chairman of Pharmaceuticals, Dr. Paul Stoffels, as well as communication leaders in Corporate and R&D. Seema also serves as the communication leader for the Worldwide R&D Council and several innovation centers. Seema has published more than 200 news and feature articles on science and medicine, for which she has won several awards, including an Award of Excellence in writing from the American Medical Writers Association and three Gold Medals for Media Relations, Science Education, and Web Development.

Seema holds a master’s degree in science journalism from the University of Maryland, a fellowship at the National Cancer Institute, a bachelor of science and communication from the University of Maryland, a graduate diploma in journalism and mass communication, and a bachelor of science in physics from Stella Maris College, in Madras, India.

About Johnson & Johnson

Caring for the world, one person at a time, inspires and unites the people of Johnson & Johnson. The company embrace research and science - bringing innovative ideas, products and services to advance the health and well-being of people. Johnson & Johnson’s approximately 126,000 employees at more than 270 operating companies work with partners in health care to touch the lives of over a billion people every day, throughout the world. Johnson & Johnson is proud to be a strong supporter of numerous STEM education initiatives and science mentorship and diversity programs.

Seema on Diversity and STEM

Why is STEM Education/workforce development critical to innovation and the future of our nation?

Data from numerous sources shows that nearly half of the growth in the Gross Domestic Product of the United States since mid-20th century resulted from scientific discoveries and technological developments. The United States has been a world leader in innovation and scientific development because of a national spirit of individualism and inventiveness and because the country historically provided strong support for STEM education at all levels of the American education system. STEM education is the nation’s seed corn for progress and prosperity. It produces new crops of young scientists and engineers who grow up to be the innovators that drive the American economy forward. Anyone who worries about the future of the nation should ensure that we support STEM education at all levels. Nothing is more important to keeping America competitive for the future. To maintain our global leadership and competitiveness, the United States must continue to strengthen its investment in STEM education to ensure a future generation of scientists, engineers and innovators.

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

I think as a society we all need to work on inspiring young students to get into STEM careers. First of all we need to make sure that we portray careers in science and technology in a better light. There is not enough awareness and understanding about the myriad career options that a STEM education can create. We need to demonstrate that STEM topics are fun and interesting. We also need to break down stereotypes of scientist and technologists being "nerds" and communicate through a variety of ways that STEM professions can be rewarding, fun, impactful and glamorous. For example, we at Johnson & Johnson support SWIVET, a fun and entertaining way to bring STEM education to students, parents, and educators around the world through videos and online interactive content featuring cool kids exploring technology and applying it to their lives. Mentors– especially women and minorities working in the maths and sciences - are key to engaging underrepresented populations in STEM. They serve as role models and inspiration for young women and minority students..

Are you a mentor and what is your view of mentorship?

I have had numerous mentors guide me along my career path. They have helped me develop my own personal goals and objectives, build my professional network, and develop my technical and communication skills. From such experiences, I’ve come to recognize the value of these relationships. I am grateful that as an organization, Johnson & Johnson has a number of internship and job-shadowing programs that allow for students and young adults to learn more about the healthcare industry. J&J also partners with an organization that pairs graduate students with a mentor in a STEM related industry as a way for them to learn about professional opportunities and receive career development coaching and advice. The program also gives the mentees the opportunity to be hired. Anyone who has had a successful career probably owes it to a teacher or mentor or several along the way to instructed, inspired and made success possible. I think we owe it to society, and to ourselves, to return the favor.

What traits do corporate leaders need to effectively support and advance STEM education today?

Innovation is the lifeblood of companies like Johnson & Johnson. Leaders need to deeply appreciate the need for innovation in their business models. And the only way to ensure a ready pool of clear thinkers and creative minds is to support and actively engage in STEM education. We actively encourage government support for STEM education but we are also ourselves engaged in STEM education programs, in part to build the relationships with the best and the brightest coming out of the nation’s leading universities. These relations will fill the corporate ranks with the innovators who will create the future of any company.

Math Problem Solving is Elementary: LEGO® Education Introduces Hands-On Elementary Math Solution for First and Second Grades

This is a press release from LEGO Education

LEGO Education MoreToMath 1-2 Solution Teaches the Practices of Mathematical Problem Solving; Aligns to Common Core and State Standards

January 6, 2015 - BILLUND, Denmark - (BUSINESS WIRE) | Today, LEGO® Education announced the availability of LEGO Education MoreToMath 1-2, a supplemental tool for first and second grades, aimed at teaching and reinforcing the practices of mathematical problem solving as defined by the latest national standards. Mathematics problems can be a difficult concept for young children to grasp. This innovative classroom resource uses the familiar LEGO brick as the tool that makes abstract math tangible. The addition of MoreToMath builds on LEGO Education’s commitment to deliver engaging, elementary learning solutions across subject areas. A full MoreToMath 1-2 classroom solution includes:

  • One set contains 520 LEGO elements intended for two students at a time along with base plates, brick separators, and two LEGO mini-figures named Max and Mia
  • Building materials are delivered in a storage bin with sorting tray and organization stickers
  • Forty-eight lessons that teach the eight practices of mathematical problem solving
  • Curriculum standards descriptions along with a learning grid that aligns activities to key national standards and objectives
  • Teacher’s notes, lesson plans, student worksheets, integrated assessment tools, and ideas for activity differentiation
  • Runs on all major interactive white boards enabling teachers to model included activities for entire class
  • Includes all tasks from the forty-eight curriculum pack lessons
  • Enables teachers to create their own activities with an easy-to-use content editor
  • Delivers five e-learning videos for easy classroom implementation
  • Includes LEGO mini-figure animations to engage students in mathematical problem solving

“The MoreToMath materials assist in creating engaging mathematics lessons focused on problem solving, critical thinking, and logical reasoning,” said Dr. Shirley Disseler, Assistant Professor, Education Coordinator, Middle Grades Education, High Point University. “Using the MoreToMath Core Set and MathBuilder interactive whiteboard software in combination with the activities, educators can easily create inspiring mathematics lessons that also boost teamwork skills, encourage perseverance, and promote a positive attitude toward solving math problems.”

A classroom solution for 24 students is available for $829.95 USD.

About LEGO Education
Since 1980, LEGO Education ( has delivered hands-on, curriculum-based resources for teachers and students worldwide. LEGO Education believes a hands-on, minds-on approach helps students actively take ownership of the learning process and develop 21st-century skills such as creative thinking and problem solving through real-life, engaging experiences.

100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM - Ellen Kullman of DuPont

The 100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM blog series features a new business executive Monday-Friday and the exemplary work his or her company is doing to support 21st century STEM learning and workforce development- particularly for women, minorities and under-represented groups. Learn more and download the whole copy at Follow the conversation on social media using #100STEMLeaders. Today's Diverse Corporate Leader is Ellen Kullman, chair of the board & chief executive officer at DuPont.

Ellen Kullman, DuPont

Ellen Kullman
Chair of the Board & Chief Executive Officer

Ellen Kullman, 58, is the 19th executive to lead the company over the course of its 210 years of operations. She is co-chair of the National Academy of Engineering Committee on Changing the Conversation: From Research to Action. She is a board member of Change the Equation, a coalition of industry leaders who have pledged to foster widespread literacy in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) that sparks an innovative spirit in students and prepares them for postsecondary options. Ellen is also on the board of trustees of Tufts University and the board of overseers at Tufts University School of Engineering.

About DuPont

DuPont is a science company committed to using innovation to solve for the world’s greatest challenges through the spirit of inclusive innovation. The company launched its commitment to science research and science education in 1918, becoming the first corporation to award scholarships and fellowships to chemists at 48 colleges and universities in the United States. Today, DuPont continues to forge partnerships with universities and government laboratories worldwide and invests in science education programs to ensure science literacy, workforce preparation and business and community sustainability.

Ellen on Diversity and STEM

Why is STEM Education/workforce development critical to the future of our Nation?

Available STEM careers are projected to more than double the rate of non-STEM jobs in the US. To meet the needs of tomorrow’s workforce, STEM literacy is essential today. Two dynamics drive the need for STEM education and workforce development. First, most corporations are facing a crisis in talent. With an aging workforce at all levels, corporations will be experiencing a large requirement for new talent. Second, as our population grows to over 9 billion, it will create strains on our basic needs such as food, energy and protection. It will take innovative solutions to address these needs. Bringing new talent to the workforce and solving challenges requires a strong talent pipeline at all levels of education. Most of those jobs require some type of post-secondary education in a STEM related field. As a nation, it is critical that we have an educated STEM workforce.

It concerns me that our science curriculum has not kept up with modern science. Students should be learning how a solar panel works, not how to build a volcano. They should be learning how to create clean water filtration systems, how to protect people and the environment and how science can help us feed a growing population. These are the needs of society today. That is why I am proud of our partnership with the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). Each year, over 15,000 teachers attend NSTA annual conferences. DuPont facilitates several workshops and professional development programs targeted at teaching our teachers the latest developments in areas of interest to DuPont such as polymer chemistry, biofuels, advanced materials, food safety, packaging and others. We also invite 80+ exceptional teachers annually to visit DuPont to get additional hands on experience in industry. Organizations like Change the Equation are looking across the US to identify programs that can be standardized into best practices. It is efforts like these that are critical to the economic success of the United States.

How does STEM leadership and with it a Diversity focus help your company compete?

DuPont is a science company. We work collaboratively to find sustainable, innovative, market-driven solutions to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges related to food, energy and protection for people and the environment. Because DuPont has a diverse set of businesses that touch a wide variety of industries and manufacture a wide variety of products based on science, diversity not only helps us better understand the unmet needs of our customers around the world, but also enriches our innovation process and improves our capability to deliver the solutions to help people everywhere. As part of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness we talked about the critical importance of diversity in STEM. Diversity of thought, diversity of an individual’s area of expertise, diversity of gender, of passport – all of these lend themselves to a strong team that can create true innovation. See the Jobs Council report here:

100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM - Dr. Radhika Kulkarni of SAS Institute

The 100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM blog series features a new business executive Monday-Friday and the exemplary work his or her company is doing to support 21st century STEM learning and workforce development- particularly for women, minorities and under-represented groups. Learn more and download the whole copy at Follow the conversation on social media using #100STEMLeaders. Today's Diverse Corporate Leader is Dr. Radhika Kulkarni, vice president of advanced analytics R&D at SAS Institute.

Radhika Kulkarni, SAS

Dr. Radhika Kulkarni
Vice President of Advanced Analytics R&D
SAS Institute Inc.

Dr. Radhika Kulkarni is Vice President of Advanced Analytics R&D at SAS Institute Inc. She oversees software development in many analytical areas including Statistics, Operations Research, Econometrics, Forecasting and Data Mining. Her Division is also responsible for providing key components of business analytics solutions in several areas including Finance, Retail, Marketing, Hospitality and Supply Chain. Kulkarni is an active member in the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS) and serves on the Advisory Board of the Institute for Advanced Analytics at North Carolina State University, The Center for Hospitality Research at Cornell University and the Marketing Analytics and Data Mining Board at Oklahoma State University. Radhika Kulkarni has a Master’s in Mathematics from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi and a Master’s and Ph.D in Operations Research from Cornell University.

About SAS Institute Inc.

SAS is the leader in business analytics software and services, and the largest independent vendor in the business intelligence market. The high-tech company values its knowledge workers and has created a world-renowned workplace culture that has consistently earned top rankings on the Best Places to Work lists globally. SAS focuses its philanthropic efforts on education initiatives geared towards increasing the STEM-skilled workforce. SAS uses a multi-pronged approach to provide support through many channels and using its resources to develop creative instructional materials. Examples of this approach include providing free interactive, standards-based curriculum software for grades 6-12 as well as free SAS software to students, professors and researchers at the university level. In 2007, SAS supported the first Master of Science in Analytics program at North Carolina State University. By supporting efforts that prepare more graduates for college, work and success in the 21st century, SAS continues to play a vital role in the global community.

Radhika on Diversity and STEM

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

I have always had a passion for mathematics. As a young student, I especially loved solving word problems where I was given a scenario and asked to figure out the math that got me the answer. That was the most exciting part of being able to do math! I believe that we can excite all students (regardless of minority status) about math by showing them real world applications. What do we need to do differently for minorities to spark their interest? The same thing, with the added note – never let them feel that their background or gender should in any way impact their ability to succeed. I was fortunate to have great family support to pursue my love of mathematics throughout my education that culminated with a PhD in Operations Research. Never once did my parents indicate that I need to curtail my interests because I was a girl. They were proud of my passion and nurtured it. However, I was aware that others, especially young girls in middle school, who had difficulties with STEM subjects, decided too early to avoid them. Or, too many young students regardless of gender were turned off because they felt the subject was boring and they did not see how these skills could be valuable in life. It’s at this point that educators, parents, and the community must intervene and help young students reengage. It is well known that Salman Khan first started Khan Academy in order to help his 12-year-old cousin overcome hurdles in understanding her seventh-grade mathematics. It is important to make mathematics relevant and teach it using creative approaches and materials that capture students’ interests. To engage our youth and in particular girls, we must look at ways to promote STEM knowledge and focus on its purpose and diverse applications in the real world.

What STEM initiative that your company has supported are you most proud of?

SAS Institute is a strong advocate of promoting STEM education at all levels of studies from grade school to universities. My direct involvement has been mostly at the University level. I serve in advisory roles at several universities including the Institute of Advanced Analytics at North Carolina State University. The Institute’s mission is to produce world-class analytics professionals. One of its prominent achievements was launching our country’s first Master of Science in Analytics program in 2007. Today, its graduates are among the most sought-after and highly compensated individuals. I have been able to guide the program and also see firsthand how well prepared these graduates are as validated by how the majority receive multiple job offers before they complete the program. It is very rewarding to support the continuing growth and success of this program which has also been a model to initiate other similar programs at top universities across the country.

Are you a mentor and what is your view of mentorship?

I like teaching, working with students, and seeing how they can grow. One of my favorite activities is my involvement with INFORMS, the largest society of operations research professionals, where I mentor young professionals and sponsor a student analytical scholarship, among other activities. At the annual conference, members of my team and I mentor master’s and PhD students as they transition into successful real-world careers. I take every opportunity to engage with students and young professionals to encourage and help them stay excited about their STEM passion.

Leaders are in great demand as business builders and role models. What advice do you have for minorities and women coming “up” in the system?

My experience is “Success speaks for itself”. If you focus on your goal and achieve excellence in your work, your gender or minority status will not matter at all. Never be afraid to pursue your passion. If you like science or math, do not be timid about pursuing it fearing you may end up being the only woman in your group. In fact, you could turn your uniqueness into an advantage! I take every opportunity to teach others to have this confidence by sharing my knowledge and experience. Most importantly, be an active member of any group you engage with. In this regard, I often refer to great advice from a former boss. I was at a meeting and was sitting in a chair outside the inner circle. He said, "Radhika, if you want to be heard, you have to sit at the table." Be confident about being at the table: you have every right to be there!!

Discovery Education Hosts Official Launch Event for Ground-Breaking Digital Math Techbook

This is a press release from Discovery Education

Event Will Feature a Compelling Thought-Leadership Panel on Math Achievement and Model Lesson Delivered by Students and Educators

On Thursday, January 8, Discovery Education will host the official launch event for the Discovery Education Math Techbook series, a breakthrough, interactive digital textbook that fosters a deep understanding of math concepts and demonstrates to students the relevance of math in their everyday lives. The day’s events will include a thought-leadership panel to discuss the wide-ranging implications of math achievement in the United States. Additionally, students and educators from D.C. Public Schools and Maryland’s Wicomico County Public Schools will model sample lessons from Math Techbook, demonstrating the digital textbook’s innovative instructional method, interactive features, embedded tools and assessment resources to more than 50 guests from across the country. Math Techbook is the latest addition to the company’s award-winning line of digital textbooks, transforms the way students and teachers experience math through engaging instructional strategies and real-world problems that motivate and excite students with diverse learning styles.
Thought-leadership panel will be moderated by NBC News4 Today anchor Aaron Gilchrist and will feature:
  • Dr. Mark Edwards, Superintendent of the Mooresville Graded School District in Mooresville, N.C.
  • Dr. Francis “Skip” Fennell, Professor of Education at McDaniel College
  • Danica McKellar, Actress and Best-Selling Author
  • Michele Weslander-Quaid, Chief Innovation Evangelist at Google
  • Portia Wu, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment and Training
U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez
Students from District of Columbia Public Schools’ Wheatley Education Campus
Students from Wicomico County Schools’ Bennett Middle School and Wicomico High School
Bill Goodwyn, President and CEO, Discovery Education
Kelli Campbell, Senior Vice President, Discovery Education
Hall Davidson, Senior Director, Discovery Education
Scott Kinney, Senior Vice President, Discovery Education
Patrick Vennebush, Director of Mathematics and lead content creator of Math Techbook, Discovery Education
Thursday, January 8, 1– 4 p.m. Highlights of the day include:
  • 1:00 p.m. Kick-off with Hall Davidson
  • 1:05 p.m. Remarks from U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez
  • 1:15 p.m. Thought-leadership panel, What Does It Mean to Win?
  • 2:30 p.m. Math Techbook Launch with Bill Goodwyn and Kelli Campbell
  • 3:10 p.m. Student Experience with Math Techbook
  • 3:20 p.m. Closing Remarks by Scott Kinney
Discovery Education’s Global Headquarters, One Discovery Place, Silver Spring, MD 20910
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Christina Scripps, Discovery Education,

100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM - Barbara G. Koster of Prudential Financial

The 100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM blog series features a new business executive Monday-Friday and the exemplary work his or her company is doing to support 21st century STEM learning and workforce development- particularly for women, minorities and under-represented groups. Learn more and download the whole copy at Follow the conversation on social media using #100STEMLeaders. Today's Diverse Corporate Leader is Barbara G. Koster, senior vice president and chief information officer at Prudential Financial.

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Barbara G. Koster
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Prudential Financial

Barbara G. Koster is senior vice president and chief information officer for Prudential Financial, Inc. She has oversight responsibility for information technology at all Prudential locations worldwide and ensures the privacy and integrity of Prudential’s information. She formulates policies, establishes standards and architectures, and develops guidelines and management practices. Koster also manages the company’s global networks, data centers and other technology infrastructure; and oversees a companywide program that helps military veterans transition from military to civilian life. In addition, Koster is chairman of the board of Pramerica Systems Ireland, Ltd. and founding member of Prudential Systems Japan, Ltd., both technology subsidiaries of Prudential Financial, Inc.

Koster has an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree, a bachelor’s degree in business administration and an associate of science degree in computer technology from St. Francis College.

She is a member and past chair of ACORD (a standards body for the life insurance industry) and currently serves on the boards of trustees of Liberty Science Center in New Jersey and St. Francis College, as well as on the Junior Achievement of New Jersey’s State Board of Directors. Koster also is a member of Executive Women in NJ and The Research Board, an international think tank.

About Prudential Financial

Prudential Financial, Inc. is committed to helping individual and institutional customers grow and protect their wealth through a variety of products and services, including life insurance, annuities, retirement-related services, mutual funds and investment management. Prudential was founded in 1875 with a clear purpose in mind: making life insurance affordable for working class families. Since then, a strong sense of social responsibility has remained embedded in the company, guiding our efforts to help our customers achieve peace of mind and financial security. Prudential carries out this mission by providing innovative solutions to complex financial challenges. Today, Prudential continues to build on its legacy and collective business expertise to help address the barriers that prevent individuals and communities from achieving financial and social mobility. As a purpose driven company, Prudential uses its skills and resources to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to achieve economic success.

Barbara on Diversity and STEM

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

Realizing that there is a significant shortage of students pursuing IT degrees, Prudential began a partnership with Workforce Opportunity Services (WOS) more than six years ago to provide work/study programs and career opportunities for high potential urban students from the Newark area. We recently added veterans to the program. Through partnerships with local high schools, colleges, youth organizations, veteran support organizations, government offices and local military bases, recruits are offered scholarships to attend a training and certification program at a local university. Courses can be converted into degree credits. The recruits become paid consultants of WOS while working at Prudential. At the end of the training period, Prudential has the option to maintain the consultancy or extend full-time offers for employment based on business needs. In 2014, our early talent identification program exposed more than 40 summer interns to the field of technology. Some of them were from such schools as Rutgers, NJIT and Seton Hall; and others were from the Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey. And for the past two years, we provided work/study opportunities and exposure to technology careers to students at the Cristo Rey Preparatory school in Newark.

What principles do you apply to your professional and personal life to advance STEM education?

When I attended St. Francis College, it had just begun accepting women students. Because there were only a couple of women in the business program, I felt challenged to work a little harder, work a little faster. I have dedicated much of my time to encouraging young people – especially women – to consider careers in business and technology. I am grateful to the women 10 years before me who fought the real battle of breaking into business and technology. I have tried to be a role model by demonstrating business excellence, visionary and innovative leadership, community involvement and high ethical standards. I have a strong commitment to corporate social responsibility through my work with organizations that help Newark high school students attend college while they train for business and technology positions at Prudential.

The percentage of women graduating with a technology degree is down dramatically so I look for opportunities to talk to women about the rewards of a career in business technology. Recently, I was a panelist at the Women’s Future Leadership Forum sponsored by Junior Achievement of New Jersey and advised teen-aged girls about the skills they should develop to become business and technology leaders and the steps Prudential is taking to help the next generation develop the skills they need to succeed. I also have worked with a women’s mentoring group at Rutgers University that was designed to help women find their right paths in the business world. Through these and other activities, I have tried to strengthen diversity in the business world, and especially the technology sector.

Where do you see the biggest area of opportunity in advancing STEM jobs careers?

Statistics show that young people are not choosing technology careers – especially girls who are in school right now. That means that it is up to us to think about how we get girls interested in math, engineering, science and technology. I frequently speak with middle- and high school girls to encourage them to concentrate on math and science and to consider careers in business and technology. I also encourage my leadership team to partner with colleges, universities and non-profit organizations to attract diverse new IT talent into the organization and encourage young people to pursue careers in business and information technology.

Eduventures Releases Report on the Technology Landscape for Higher Education

The following is a press release from Eduventures, Inc.
Eduventures, Inc., the leading research and advisory firm that is focused exclusively on analyzing the forces that are transforming higher education, announced [on December 19th] the release of new research, The Next-Generation Higher Education Technology Landscape. Available today, this report is the first of an ongoing body of research that can help institutions in the selection and adoption of technology as a strategic enabler.
Technology is changing the way higher education operates at every level. Institutions have to adapt to evolving expectations around engagement, delivery, and learning outcomes. To thrive amid this transformation, colleges and universities will leverage technology to change the way education is delivered. In this report, Eduventures provides a baseline assessment of the current technology landscape and outlines the forces that will impact technology decisions in the future.
According to Tony Friscia, president and CEO of Eduventures, “Technology considerations in higher ed continue to increase in complexity. Given current and future requirements, sophisticated tools like online platforms, next generation learning management systems, CRM, Big Data, and digitally mediated instruction are no longer just nice-to-haves. Even schools with limited resources have to invest in and manage new technology initiatives in order to remain competitive. Going forward, the use of technology will affect every facet of operations including recruiting and student retention, learning (traditional and online), alumni relations and fundraising. This report provides a foundation for our commitment to provide comprehensive coverage of the higher ed technology market. ”
For higher education institutions: 
Eduventures has been serving the higher education market for 20 years and witnessed a seismic shift that has academic leaders and policymakers re-evaluating traditional business models. Higher education institutions are becoming more judicious and strategic about purchasing technology that can deliver a differentiated experience to students and faculty. Our coverage of higher education technology will provide a roadmap and set of best practices to help them strategically leverage technology for every aspect of their business and will become an essential part of a technology playbook. Research topics include: 
  • The new higher education technology landscape
  • Factors impacting the adoption of education technology
  • Vendor ratings, best practices and ROI studies
  • Advice to help institutions manage the disruption of emerging trends
For the technology vendor community: 
Our higher education technology research helps vendors understand buying behavior while identifying how and where technology offerings fit into this rapidly growing market segment. Our research will provide a deep understanding of the higher education landscape and our skilled analyst team will work closely with your product and marketing teams to maximize your efforts. Deliverables include:
  • Segmented buyer needs and behaviors
  • Competitive landscape by segment
  • Feedback on product strategies
  • Messaging strategy and execution

Meet Edwin The Duck at CES 2015: The World’s First Interactive Rubber Ducky

The following is a press release from PRWeb.

The rubber duck is perhaps the most iconic toy in the world. It is universally loved by all generations. pi lab, a company comprised of inventors specializing in intelligent product and application creation, is pleased to announce it is launching the simple rubber duck into the 21st century with Edwin the Duck and the Edwin the Duck App, showcasing the all-new, sure-to-be child’s best friend in the Family & Technology exhibit at the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show January 6-9 in Las Vegas (Sands, Booth 74839). Edwin, along with the app, leverages the everyday activities of story time, sleepy time, play time and bath time to create extraordinary learning and growing experiences.
Edwin the Duck is made of upgradable firmware and is a CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) certified sophisticated piece of technology. He is equipped with a rechargeable lithium ion battery, LED light, Bluetooth® and BTLE wireless connectivity, waterproof speaker and thermometer. Edwin also comes with a charging nest to place him in during bedtime and has a battery life of up to 8 hours.
The Edwin App, compatible with iOS, Android, and Windows devices, is key to bringing Edwin’s world to life. pi lab works with world-renowned educators, musicians and cognitive specialists to make sure each child gets the most rewarding experiences. The Edwin App is comprised of four key areas: Story Time, Sleepy Time, Play Time and Bath Time.
Story Time 
Story Time includes original animated adventure stories that bring important childhood lessons to life, emphasizing self-confidence, good decision-making, health, and other important topics. Edwin the toy will engage with families as they read each story, quacking and lighting up with animated-Edwin’s adventures.
Sleepy Time 
Edwin and the Edwin App create a completely unique and customizable bedtime experience for each child. Edwin’s LED light can change to almost any color a child can dream of, adjustable inside the app. Edwin’s lullabies are exclusively developed for his special friends. For a completely restful night’s sleep, Edwin’s white noise machine can help block outside noise.
Play Time 
What truly sets Edwin apart from other interactive toys is his ability to play. Edwin can play everyone’s favorite childhood games like Hide and Seek and many more, creating hours of indoor and outdoor fun. Along with the basics of letters, numbers, shapes and colors, his library of educational content will grow to include many more modules for children of all ages, cultures, and skill levels.
Bath Time 
Bath Time becomes a lot more fun with Edwin in the tub. Edwin will make sure the water is just the right temperature with his onboard thermometer. Families can rock out to their favorite Edwin Bath Time tunes, or choose songs from their own playlist to stream directly to Edwin.
“As your child grows from newborn to infant and then toddler, they need new toys and activities to foster and continue the development and growth process,” said Don Inmon, co-creator. “Edwin was founded in the idea that a 21st century toy should offer infinite experiences. “
Inmon will speak on the Meet the Digital Inventors Panel at the Kids@Play and Family Tech Summit on Wednesday, January 7 (Venetian, Level 2, Bellini 2106). To learn more about the conference, visit
Edwin is a BPA-free children’s toy and will retail for $99.99 when he is released in Q2 of 2015 at major electronics stores across the country. The Edwin App will be available for download on Windows, iOS, and Android devices upon launch. For more information, visit


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