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Today's CEO Leader in STEM: Rex Tillerson of ExxonMobil

The 100 CEO Leaders in STEM Blog Series features a new CEO Monday-Friday and the exemplary work his or her company is doing to support 21st Century STEM learning and workforce development. Learn more and download the whole copy at STEMConnector.org/100CEOs. Follow the conversation on Twitter using #100STEMCEOs. Today's CEO Leader is Rex Tillerson of ExxonMobil.
A native of Wichita Falls, Texas, Rex Tillerson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering at the University of Texas at Austin before joining Exxon Company, U.S.A. (EUSA) in 1975 as a production engineer.
 
In 1989, he became general manager of EUSA’s central production division, responsible for oil and gas production operations throughout a large portion of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Kansas.
 
In 1992, Mr. Tillerson was named production advisor to Exxon Corporation. Three years later he was named president of Exxon Yemen Inc. and Esso Exploration and Production Khorat Inc., and in January 1998, became vice president of Exxon Ventures (CIS) Inc. and president of Exxon Neftegas Limited. In those roles, he was responsible for Exxon’s holdings in Russia and the Caspian Sea as well as the Sakhalin-I consortium operations offshore Sakhalin Island, Russia.
 
In December 1999, he became executive vice president of ExxonMobil Development Company. Mr. Tillerson was named senior vice president of Exxon Mobil Corporation in August 2001, and was elected president of the corporation and member of the board of directors on March 1, 2004. He assumed his current position on January 1, 2006.
 
Mr. Tillerson is a member of the executive committee and is a former chairman of the American Petroleum Institute. He is also a trustee of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He is a member of the National Petroleum Council, chairman of the Business Roundtable’s Education and Workforce Committee, an honorary trustee of the Business Council for International Understanding, and a member of the Emergency Committee for American Trade.
 
Mr. Tillerson is the vice-chairman of the Ford’s Theatre Society, immediate past national president of the Boy Scouts of America, and a former director of the United Negro College Fund. He is also a member of the Chancellor’s Council and the Engineering Advisory Board for the University of Texas at Austin and the Society of Petroleum Engineers.
 
Q&A
 
Why do you believe STEM Education/workforce development are critical to our nation's future? 
ExxonMobil’s success as a U.S. company in a global economy depends on the quality and ingenuity of our workforce, and we are certainly not alone. Unfortunately, if the next generation of U.S. workers lacks the skills to solve the problems of the future, it’s not just U.S. leadership in energy that’s at risk – it’s also our leadership in medicine, research, technology and other pillars of the American economy. For the United States to remain competitive globally, we must ensure all children, no matter where they live, are provided the best education possible and are prepared for work or college when they finish high school.
 
How do you believe STEM education can improve a nation's competitiveness?
The evidence is clear: 60 percent of new jobs this century will require math and science skills, but only 20 percent of the workforce have these skills today. In 2009, the Program for International Student Assessment ranked U.S. students 17th in the world in science and 25th in math. Our nation’s students must be prepared to compete in a 21st century global economy to ensure American innovation and a robust economy.  
 
Beyond Standards, what are the first steps we should take to curb the STEM education crisis? 
Students won’t excel without great teachers to challenge and prepare them for college and career success. A critical component in raising the bar on math and science education is providing high-quality professional development for current teachers, as well as recruiting and preparing a new corps of motivated and gifted math and science teachers. The ExxonMobil-supported National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) has trained more than 60,000 teachers across the country through its AP program. NMSI's hallmark teacher preparation program at the university level, UTeach, is working to build the quality of our future teacher corps, and it is estimated that nearly 4 million students will learn from UTeach teachers by the year 2020. 
 
How do we encourage students to continue their study of STEM subjects, particularly women and underrepresented minorities?
Access to science, technology, engineering and mathematics education must be made widely available, particularly to women and minorities in the United States. It’s also critical that we shift societal perception about who can be a STEM leader. ExxonMobil continues to support the Hispanic Heritage FoundationUnited Negro College Fund,American Indian College Fund, National Society of Black Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering.
 
What counsel would you provide around "collaboration to achieve success" in STEM Education and work force?
Collaboration is critical on two levels: among the organizations working toward a common mission, and among the businesses, teachers and parents who are building a collective movement to take action against America’s declining standards. At its core, ExxonMobil is a company of problem solvers, but no one organization or company can address this issue alone.  It requires a collective effort, and we are proud to play our part by partnering with leaders in the field and advancing programs that make a difference.  As a result, we have helped impact tens of thousands of students, teachers and classrooms across the country. 
 
Check out Exxon's Profile:http://stemconnector.org/ExxonMobil

The Gooru Corner: The Ocean Floor

 
60% of the Earth's surface is covered by oceans more than a mile deep, and yet we know very little about the vast majority of this space. In this week's featured Gooru collection we dive into the mostly-unexplored depths of the ocean to check out the ocean floor.
 
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[INFOGRAPHIC] STEM Education Makes a Difference in Children's Lives

[INFOGRAPHIC] STEM Education Makes a Difference in Children's Lives (via PR Newswire)

Download image Download image First Book logo. (PRNewsFoto/First Book) WASHINGTON, Nov. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Studies project that by 2018 there will be over eight million STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) jobs available…

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STEM Innovation Task Force featured at Global South Summit in Nashville

Nashville, TN — November 20, 2013 | Members of STEMconnector®’s Innovation Task Force (SITF) were featured on the Corporate Role in Creating Abundance Through Innovation panel at the 2013 Global South Summit in Nashville, TN. The panel was moderated by Frank Daniels of The Tennessean and featured: Michael Norris, Chief Operating Officer of Sodexo; Fumbi Chima, Vice President of Global Technology Services and Strategic Partnerships at Wal-Mart; Anders Hedberg, President of Hedberg Consulting LLC; and Edie Fraser, CEO of STEMconnector® as panelists. 
 
Edie Fraser fielded the first question, explaining that the SITF was formed in order to develop innovative career pathways that excite students about STEM careers. The conversation then shifted to the corporate representatives who described the increased demand for well-rounded STEM talent to fill workforce gaps in information technology, retail, pharmaceutical, and the services industries.  The SITF panelists then introduced STEMconnector® SITF core concept of STEM 2.0 — equipping STEM students with career capabilities that match demand for the future jobs — in relation to their respective industries.  
 
When Sodexo and Wal-Mart reflected on their future workforce needs, skills in information technology were highlighted as being critical for success, as 71% of all jobs by 2018 will require competency in computing. The panel concluded with a promise to continue the talent discussion at the 2014 Global Talent Summit in Washington, DC on January 14th.  STEMconnector® will be co-hosting the inaugural Global Talent Summit with the Diplomatic Courier and the Global Action Platform. 
 
In addition, on a later talent-focused panel, SITF leader Balaji Ganapathy, Head of Workforce Effectiveness at Tata Consultancy Services NA, presented a fascinating visual illustrating the future global supply-demand talent mismatch. Balaji, also cited Tata’s results in mapping Fortune 500 CEO viewpoints on technology, innovation, and support for women and diversity found in STEMconnector®’s 100 CEO Leaders in STEM publication. 
 
The 2013 Global South Summit also featured a number of exciting breakout sessions, panels, and keynotes that followed the theme of creating abundance through innovation for food, health, and prosperity. Several examples of cross-sector collaborations were presented with a specific emphasis on how the Nashville model has been developed. Entrepreneurial dynamo, Peter Diamandis, delivered a stunning lunch keynote focused on how the public and private sectors must prepare for future disruptive innovations in technology. US Biologic took home the one million dollar Innovation Challenge award for developing a product that prevents the transmission of Lyme disease. Renowned journalist, Fareed Zakaria, closed the Summit by highlighting innovation as the key factor for the U.S. to maintain a competitive edge in the global economy. 

Safe Walking Route App by High School Students Among Winners in Level the Coding Field Hackathon

SAFE WALKING ROUTE APP BY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AMONG WINNERS IN LEVEL THE CODING FIELD HACKATHON

Hackathon engaged youth from minority groups under-represented in computer science

OAKLAND, November 18, 2013 -- This past weekend, 125 low-income youth from under-represented groups in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) from around Oakland, California became developers of technology rather than just consumers at the Level the Coding Field Hackathon sponsored by the Kapor Center for Social Impact, Silicon Valley Bank, Datawind, and AT&T and hosted by the Level Playing Field Institute. This was an incredible opportunity for a group of students historically lacking access to computer science education: 88% of the students were African American or Latino, 75% were low-income (qualified for free/reduced lunch) and 80% had parents that did not attend college.
 
Working through a curriculum grounded in design thinking and mobile app development, 25 teams of five students in the 6-12th grades brainstormed educational, health and environmental issues in their communities, explored root causes of the issues and built a mobile app to address these challenges. Each team was supported by a facilitator and technical volunteer from organizations such as Twilio, Silicon Valley Bank, AT&T, Google, Twitter and the Oakland Unified School District. “The Hackathon was a great experience and it felt good to finish my own app,” said high school participant Pharoah E.
 
 
The winning teams’ mobile apps did the following:
  •   Matched local mentors with low-income students of color
  •   Provided the best walking route guidance for students to avoid gun and other types of violence
 
“I learned that a lot of similar issues have been affecting more than one community and that together we can make a change” said middle school Hackathon participant, Vanessa T.
 
The keynote speakers were Omoju Miller, Science and Mathematics Education PhD Student at UC Berkeley, Greg Belaus, Sr. Business Development Partner Manager at AT&T Mobility of AT&T and Vivek Wadhwa, Vice President of Innovation and Research at Singularity University.
 
The students pitched their mobile apps to a distinguished panel of judges from the technology, entrepreneurial and education fields consisting of Mitch Kapor of Kapor Capital, Danilo Campos of Level Financial, Dr. Kortney Ziegler of Trans*H4CK, Jennifer Argüello of the Kapor Center for Social Impact and Latino2 and Dr. Jarvis Sulcer of the Level Playing Field Institute.
 
Craig Robinson of Silicon Valley Bank handed out the prizes to the winning teams. "These students are the answer to our nation’s tech needs. More diverse engineers and entrepreneurs will bring about a new type of innovation that Silicon Valley has yet to see," said Mitch Kapor. Greg Becker, president and CEO of event sponsor Silicon Valley Bank agrees, “We need to create a tech-savvy, highly skilled workforce to fuel innovation in America and this hackathon is a great step towards that goal. With a continued emphasis on STEM skills we can put people to work, stay competitive globally and keep developing the technologies, medicines, and innovations that are solving human problems and improving the quality of people’s lives.”
“This hackathon is an exciting expansion of our computer science offerings” said Jarvis Sulcer, Executive Director of the Level Playing Field Institute. “Having incredible sponsors like the Kapor Center for Social Impact, Silicon Valley Bank and AT&T working with us to provide opportunities for our youth is incredibly meaningful and paves the way for educating the engineers and technologists of tomorrow.”
 
Level the Coding Field awarded $5,000 in cash prizes and each of the 125 participants received a free Datawind Ubislate 3G Tablet, courtesy of Silicon Valley Bank and three months of a 1 GB Wireless Data Plan, courtesy of AT&T. Appery.io and Balsamiq provided one year subscriptions to their mobile app products. All of this support aims to encourage students to apply what they have learned from the hackathon to continue building mobile apps!
 
Silicon Valley Bank was the lead sponsor of this hackathon and an incredible partner. The Kapor Center for Social Impact provided unparalleled support. AT&T’s contributions were instrumental and part of AT&T Aspire, AT&T’s $350 million commitment to education. Launched in 2008, AT&T Aspire is one of the largest-ever corporate commitments to address high school success and workforce readiness. Datawind provided discounted tablets that encouraged students to dream bigger – their focus is to bring affordable technology to students globally, help empower education and bridge the digital divide. Net Nanny ensures safe Internet use for the students. Appery.io and Balsamiq made the mobile application builds possible. Thank you to all of our sponsors + partners for the support!
 
To learn more about the Level the Coding Field Hackathon, please visit https://www.lpfi.org/hackathon and follow the hackathon on Twitter @lpfi and at the hashtag #levelcodingfield.
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Today's CEO Leader in STEM: Jim Rogers of Duke Energy

The 100 CEO Leaders in STEM Blog Series features a new CEO Monday-Friday and the exemplary work his or her company is doing to support 21st Century STEM learning and workforce development. Learn more and download the whole copy at STEMConnector.org/100CEOs. Follow the conversation on Twitter using #100STEMCEOs. Today's CEO Leader is Jim Rogers of Duke Energy.
 
Jim Rogers serves as chairman, president and chief executive officer for Duke Energy. He is currently in his 25th year as a CEO in the electric utility industry. Rogers was named president and CEO of Duke Energy following the company’s merger with Cinergy in 2006, and continued in that role following the merger with Progress Energy in 2012. He served as Cinergy’s chairman and CEO for more than 11 years, and prior to that, as chairman, president and CEO of PSI Energy. 
 
Rogers has served as deputy general counsel for litigation and enforcement for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC); executive vice president of interstate pipelines for the Enron Gas Pipeline Group; and as a partner in the Washington, D.C., law office of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. Prior to those appointments, Rogers worked as assistant to the chief trial counsel at FERC; as a law clerk for the Supreme Court of Kentucky; and as assistant attorney general for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, where he advocated for the state’s consumers in gas, electric and telephone rate cases. Rogers was also a reporter for the Lexington (Kentucky) Herald-Leader for three years.
 
Under Rogers’ leadership, Duke Energy has been recognized as a leader in sustainability – balancing the “triple bottom line” of people, planet and profits. In 2010 and 2011, the company was named to the elite Dow Jones Sustainability World Index; it has been a part of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for North America for the past seven years.
 
He earned his bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Kentucky, and lives in Charlotte, N.C.
Q&A
 
How do we encourage students to continue their study of STEM subjects, particularly women and underrepresented minorities?
It’s easy for us to speak about the benefits of a STEM education. But I think the real drivers are the teachers. They’re with students every day, and they have the ability to really embed STEM in everything they say and do. That’s why we’re involved in a few projects that offer STEM educational development programs for teachers from all types of schools. These programs use the best of what’s known about these subjects to help educators develop the skills, knowledge and resources they need to become reflective practitioners in their classrooms.
 
What do corporations need to do to create more STEM careers and fill existing jobs?
Partnerships are key. Like others, we continue to develop alliances to build a pipeline of energy workers. One way we do this is by partnering with line-worker academies and nuclear operator programs at community and technical colleges. We provide programmatic support through funding, equipment, instructors, curriculum development, scholarships and employment opportunities for graduates.
 
We also join forces with universities to develop the next generation of energy expertise. For instance, our foundation gave $4.5 million to support UNC Charlotte’s Energy Production and Infrastructure Center, which is focused on training new engineers and conducting research in energy technologies. The center will eventually be an educational resource for engineering students from many universities and colleges, and a national laboratory for cutting-edge technologies that will shape our industry.
 
Duke Energy is also aligned with the Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD) to pilot the Get Into Energy Career Pathways program. The CEWD is working through state Energy Workforce Consortia<– partnerships of energy companies, educational institutions, and state labor departments and workforce agencies. The intent of the program is to hire and train 500 low-income young adults for energy-related careers by the end of this year. Duke Energy is supporting this program by offering employment, training and opportunities for career advancement to selected participants in our service areas.
 
How has your corporation coordinated investments in education with future workforce needs?
We’re able to take a macro view of the characteristics of our workers, and then identify future trends. For instance, well over half of Duke Energy’s workforce is made up of “traditionalists” and “baby boomers” who will be considering retirement in the next decade or so. Our workforce planning groups continually monitor the company’s demographics, forecasting areas in which the company will need to recruit new hires, based on changes in demographics and required skills. 
 
This is how we really got going with STEM years ago. We took a hard look at our workforce and we saw a need. Then we saw a major gap when we looked at forecasts for future energy workers. This prompted us to become very proactive in terms of programs that sustain and promote STEM education. 
 
We definitely see the value in our work beyond just building a pipeline of workers. It makes a difference in our communities, too. We know that good workers tend to be more active and engaged in their communities. So it really comes full circle.
 
What is the key to smart STEM investments?
I think investments have to vary. For instance, some companies can get so caught up in external STEM programs that they forget about their own workforce pipeline – like the “Generation X” and “Millennials” that you already have on staff. These employees are from a different generation. They don’t necessarily want to spend their entire careers in one industry or with one company. That’s why we need to work hard to retain employees, and a reason why we need to remain competitive in terms of benefits. 
 
We also need to continue to develop these employees to fill the shoes of others who may retire. Duke Energy encourages employees to continue their education. And we help out with financial support. We’ve found that this pursuit of educational opportunities contributes to employee development and morale, as well as organizational growth.
 
What do we need in the US to continue to be at the top of global innovation?
The U.S. and American companies have a lot of work to do to keep their place at the top of global innovation. First, we must embrace the work that other countries are doing – and even partner with them. Duke Energy has formed many partnerships in China. Why China? Well, the Chinese are on a building spree in terms of power plants. They are fast building hundreds of coal-fired plants and more than 20 nuclear plants. Plus, China is building more wind and solar generation this year than many U.S. utilities have in their entire fleet. And we’re along with them the entire way. Being plugged into this effort is a great way to learn lessons, avoid mistakes and bring that knowledge back to benefit our customers in the Americas.
 
The second thing we need to do is to work harder to retain human capital in the U.S. Tens of thousands of international students come to our country for undergraduate and graduate degrees, only to apply their intelligence overseas. We need to try harder to keep these brilliant minds in the U.S. 
 
How is your company connecting diversity initiatives with STEM initiatives? Is this part of your comprehensive strategy?
Supporting STEM initiatives aligns with our overall goals to help build strong and resilient communities, and to attract, develop and retain a diverse, high-quality workforce. In both good and bad economic times, our success depends on the strength of the communities we serve and our employees. These two factors really go hand in hand. 
 
And STEM is actually part of our sustainability plan and goals. We believe that innovative public/private partnerships to improve science, technology, engineering and math education, workforce skills and quality of life impacts our sustainability lifecycle. 
 
Check Out Duke Energy's Profile: http://stemconnector.org/duke-energy

New Analysis Shows Slow Progress for Women Faculty of Color in STEM; Expert Panel Recommends Institutional and Funding Reforms

New Analysis Shows Slow Progress for Women Faculty of Color in STEM; Expert Panel Recommends Institutional and Funding Reforms (via PR Newswire)

WASHINGTON, Nov. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the U.S. continues to prioritize building a stronger STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) workforce, a new Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR) report shows that women faculty…

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Exchange Program Brings Iraqi Women Educators to STEMconnector’s Office for Discussion on STEM

Washington, D.C. — November 20, 2013 | An exchange group of Iraqi women educators teaching in the STEM fields visited STEMconnector’s offices yesterday to discuss cross-sector collaboration between industry, government, education, and the non-profit sector. The discussion focused on successful models for increasing the participation of underrepresented minorities and women in the STEM fields. The exchange program is facilitated by World Learning and funded through the U.S. State Department. 
 
Following introductions, the STEMconnector team explained the challenges and issues facing the U.S. in preparing its STEM workforce, and how STEMconnector is working in collaboration with partners towards solutions. Specifically, STEMconnector team members discussed the 100 Women Leaders in STEM publication and the Million Women Mentors initiative, which will officially launch on January 8, 2014. Afterwards, both groups were able to openly discuss the challenges facing women and minorities in STEM. 
 
The Iraqi group asked about initiatives at the university level to encourage young women to pursue STEM careers, and the STEMconnector team pointed out a few examples and offered to make some introductions. Then STEMconnector team members asked about how industry and government align with the education sector in Iraq to adequately prepare students for future careers. The Iraqi group explained that the education sector works very closely with industry and government to ensure that students are prepared to meet workforce demands. 
 
The Iraqi STEM exchange group is participating in the “Developing STEM Curricula for Women Educators” exchange program of the U.S. State Department, which is administered by World Learning, a nonprofit organization advancing leadership in more than 60 countries. These visitors will continue traveling throughout the U.S. for two weeks to exchange ideas with their U.S. counterparts on improving STEM curricula and learn different approaches to help advance women in the STEM fields. 
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Today's CEO Leader in STEM: Carlos A. Rodriguez of ADP

The 100 CEO Leaders in STEM Blog Series features a new CEO Monday-Friday and the exemplary work his or her company is doing to support 21st Century STEM learning and workforce development. Learn more and download the whole copy at STEMConnector.org/100CEOs. Follow the conversation on Twitter using #100STEMCEOs. Today's CEO Leader is Carlos A. Rodriguez of ADP.

Carlos A. Rodriguez was named President and Chief Executive Officer of ADP® in November 2011. Mr. Rodriguez has been with ADP since 1999, most recently as President and Chief Operating Officer since May 2011, and previously as President of National Account Services and Employer Services International. He joined ADP through its acquisition of Vincam, where he served initially as CFO for a short period before becoming President of ADP TotalSource®. Under his leadership, TotalSource became the fastest growing, as well as the largest, Professional Employer Organization (PEO) in the industry. Mr. Rodriguez then spent several years as President of ADP's Small Business Services (SBS), which included ADP's small business payroll services, ADP TotalSource and ADP Retirement Services. Under his leadership, SBS launched "RUN Powered by ADP®" payroll management service, which has become one of ADP's fastest growing product platforms. Mr. Rodriguez holds master of business administration and bachelor of arts degrees from Harvard University. In addition to his work at ADP, Mr. Rodriguez serves on the Boards of ADP, Hubbell Inc. and A-T Children's Project. He is a member of the Business Roundtable and the Economic Club of New York.  

Q&A

Why do you believe STEM Education/workforce development is critical to our nation's future?  
Innovation has long been the lifeblood of America’s economy.  If America wants to maintain its reputation for being an innovation leader and grow its economy, we must cultivate future generations of young people and encourage them to pursue education and careers as scientists, engineers, mathematicians and technologists.  Doing so is critical to America retaining its global competitive advantage and heritage of innovation excellence, and to addressing the current U.S. skilled labor shortage that is contributing to millions of U.S. jobs going unfilled. America’s growing skills shortage threatens to reduce its ability to compete in the future. The pace of technological change requires a new set of skills not prevalent in our aging workforce. For example, the average age of a highly skilled U.S. manufacturing worker today is 56.  As more and more baby boomers retire, the manufacturing sector is just one area of our workforce that will need a new influx of talent.  Now is the time to train the next generation of Americans that the U.S. manufacturing sector and other sectors will increasingly need in the future. If the U.S. truly wants to keep pace and remain competitive in the broader global economy, America’s youth must be provided the education, skills and opportunity to discover, create and compete.  To accomplish this, America needs to clearly communicate to its young people – America’s future workforce – the many rewards of pursuing an education and career in the areas of science, technology, math and engineering. 

How has your corporation coordinated investments in education with future workforce needs?
Education is one of the core pillars of our corporate social responsibility strategy.  Through the ADP Foundation, the company contributes to more than 20 educational institutions, representing approximately 33% of the Foundation’s direct grant funds. Of these, technical/engineering schools and STEM represent about 47% of the Foundation’s grants. In addition, ADP’s matching gift program offers our associates the ability to support a qualified educational institution. In addition to its efforts in the U.S., ADP has corporate social responsibility programs specifically targeting education in India and the Philippines.  We also recognize the importance of education and opening doors to young people.  Our founder, the late Henry Taub, strongly believed that education unlocked the doors to success.  To honor his unwavering view that learning empowers people, ADP established the Henry Taub Scholars – a college scholarship program that recognizes outstanding academic achievement and honors five deserving children from our family of ADP associates worldwide.  The Henry Taub Scholars is open to ADP associate family members who are pursuing an undergraduate college education and awards up to $20,000 in annual financial assistance for tuition and books. ADP is also deeply committed to professional development and the career advancement of our 57,000 associates around the world.  We provide a wide array of training programs and course offerings, and we are consistently recognized for providing extraordinary employer-sponsored workforce training and development offerings.  ADP also offers a highly competitive tuition reimbursement program for full-time associates that enroll in qualified certification or degreed programs.

What area of STEM are you most passionate about?
I am personally very passionate about education as a path to advancement.  When I first arrived with my parents in the United States from Cuba, they didn't speak English and they didn't have college degrees. My parents and my grandparents, who lived with us, really pushed hard on education as the way to make a better life. They regretted not having an education themselves, and in their mind a good education was something that no one could take away from you once you had it.  Education and work ethic were definitely important guiding principles in my own life, and I credit my parents for their strong desire to see me attend good schools and create a better life than they had.

Which STEM initiative that your company has supported are you most proud?  
ADP is currently supporting and partnering with others on STEM and MaST programs in the communities in which we operate.  Through the ADP Foundation and partnerships with Augusta State, Augusta Tech, Paine College and the University of Texas at El Paso, we have committed to grow math and science educators in the Augusta, Georgia and El Paso, Texas communities by sponsoring scholarships to encourage students to enter into education programs in math and science.

How is your company connecting diversity initiatives with STEM initiatives?  Is this a part of your comprehensive strategy?  
Just recently, we created a new senior role in the company, Chief Diversity & Corporate Social Responsibility Officer that will further advance and integrate our efforts in this area with corporate strategy.  Great companies act on their initiatives, link these initiatives with company values and business results, and set an example at all times.  ADP’s diversity and inclusion efforts support this way of thinking, demonstrated by our consecutive fourth year ranking in DiversityInc’s Top 50, our 100% score in the Corporate Equality Index and our industry-leading associate engagement scores.    We have executive, regional and local diversity councils as well as women’s leadership initiatives that also support our core Education pillar and a growing Supplier Diversity program that partners with minority-owned businesses in the technical fields.  We also have strong relationships with universities and national professional organizations known for their diverse populations and memberships. According to DiversityInc CEO Luke Visconti, ADP’s top level (CEO and direct reports) has 50 percent more Blacks, Latinos and Asians than the average for the DiversityInc Top 50. 

Check Out ADP's Profile:http://stemconnector.org/adp

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The Gooru Corner: Underwater Volcanoes and Vents

 
Deep in the ocean, far beyond the point where sunlight can even penetrate, strange creatures live their lives out in complete darkness. Unlike most ecosystems, which derive their energy from the Sun, these ecological communities get their energy from the heat of volcanoes and hot springs. This week we're excited to spotlight a great video from the NOAA that explores these unique corners of the biosphere.
 
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