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Leveraging EdTech for Personalized Learning, San Juan USD Implements Schoology Districtwide

The following is a press release from Business Wire.
 
 
In San Juan Unified School District, over 22,000 teachers, parents and students have been using the Schoology Learning Management System for everything from online book studies to web-enabled collaborative learning. With so many District users and educational applications already in place, San Juan USD made the decision to invest in the enterprise version of Schoology—which provides additional analytics, integration with the District’s student information system, and administrative features--to deploy throughout the District.
 
Schoology is a learning management system that enhances schools’ ability to power collaboration, communication and resource sharing. Educators can build media-rich learning communities within Schoology where students share, collaborate and learn together in class and beyond the classroom walls—even from a smartphone. San Juan USD has a clear vision for deploying Schoology districtwide including the work teachers have already started, creating and curating Common Core aligned curriculum to be stored and easily accessed right from within Schoology. They are also using Schoology as a repository for digital learning resources (also called OER, or Open Education Resources like Khan Academy and CK-12.org) that will be aligned and tagged for districtwide use.
 
“Quite a few San Juan teachers have already found Schoology to be an easy to use, yet powerful teaching tool so we will build on those experiences as we deploy Schoology throughout the district,” said Carl Fahle, senior director of technology for SJUSD. “Schoology’s features fit well with San Juan’s goal in helping students acquire 21st Century skills such as effective communication in any medium, collaboration, critical thinking, and the appropriate application of technology.”
 
“Schoology doesn’t just benefit students.  It allows us to provide online and blended PD for teachers while giving them a private community to build their professional skills.  It also allows for many creative applications of learning like building personal learning communities for students,” said Kalei Eskridge, a teacher on special assignment who has used Schoology for professional development. “Our teachers see Schoology’s potential for a variety of situations like self-paced instruction, face-to-face teaching, blended learning, and 1:1 instruction using devices like iPads, Chromebooks or almost any other computing device.”
 
There are numerous examples of Schoology already being used in San Juan classrooms for everything from enrichment to teaching students coding. Leslie Wriston, a teacher on special assignment, ran an online book study for GATE (gifted and talented education) students located at various sites without a GATE program at their own schools. Location didn’t hinder these students who communicated with their teacher and their peers using Schoology. In another application during the summer, a group of students took a coding class that used Schoology as a “Digital Hub” for all their lessons and resources.
 
District staff have developed a formal training and deployment plan in conjunction with the district’s Strategic Plan, which is currently under revision. “Schoology is a terrific resource for achieving many of the objectives outlined in the district’s Strategic Plan, which recognizes that students learn in different ways and at varied paces. This is one of many tools we’ve put in place to meet our students’ needs and help them achieve remarkable results.” added Mr. Fahle.
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Printing Challenges For First 3D Printer Aboard International Space Station - Competition Starts Today!

The following is adapted from a NASA press release.

America has always been a nation of tinkerers, inventors, and entrepreneurs. In recent years, a growing number of Americans have gained access to technologies such as 3D printers, laser cutters, easy-to-use design software, and desktop machinery. These tools are enabling more Americans to design and make almost anything, and the applications to space exploration will help our astronauts to be less reliant on materials from Earth as they explore farther out into the solar system.

NASA in conjunction with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Foundation, has issued a series of "Future Engineers" 3D Space Challenges for students focused on solving real-world space exploration problems. Students will become the creators and innovators of tomorrow by using 3D modeling software to submit their designs and have the opportunity for their design to be printed on the first 3D printer aboard the International Space Station. The winning student will watch from NASA’s Payload Operations Center with the mission control team as the item is printed in space.

The Design a Space Tool Challenge is the first in series of challenges where students in grades K-12 will create and submit a digital 3D model of a tool that they think astronauts need in space. Future Engineers is a multi-year education initiative that consists of 3D Space Challenges and curriculum videos on the site that parents and educators can use to get kids designing today.

NASA’s 3D Printing in Zero-G ISS Technology Demonstration will demonstrate the capability of utilizing a Made In Space 3D printer for in-space additive manufacturing technology. This is the first step toward realizing an additive manufacturing, print-on-demand “machine shop” for long-duration missions and sustaining human exploration of other planets, where there is extremely limited ability and availability of Earth-based logistics support. If an astronaut tool breaks, future space pioneers won’t be able to go to the local hardware store to purchase a replacement, but with 3D printing they will be able to create their own replacement or create tools we’ve never seen before. For NASA as well as the Maker community, 3D printing provides end-to-end product development.

NASA and the ASME Foundation will work together to inspire the next generation of space enthusiasts by highlighting student’s 3D designs submissions in Maker Community Challenge Showcases and in on online open hardware design repository.

To sign up for the challenge visit http://www.futureengineers.org/

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100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM - Lois Cooper of Adecco Group NA

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 STEMConnector.org/100Diverse. Follow the conversation on social media using #100STEMLeaders. Today's Diverse Corporate Leader is Lois Cooper, vice president, corporate development and inclusion at Adecco Group North America.

Lois Cooper, Adecco

Lois Cooper
Vice President, Corporate Development and Inclusion
Adecco Group North America

As Vice President, Corporate Development and Inclusion for Adecco Group North America, Lois Cooper is responsible for developing strategic partnerships and initiatives that support the organization’s business strategies and positively impact the bottom line. Ms. Cooper has more than 20 years of professional experience in the advertising, financial services and entertainment industries. In these positions she developed expertise in a number of areas, including change management, organizational design and development, and corporate social responsibility and inclusion.

Ms. Cooper has been named as a Top Executive by Uptown Professional Magazine for the last 3 years. She selected as a 2009 Black Achiever in Industry by the YMCA of Greater New York. She is also a 2006 honoree of the Network Journal’s 25 Influential Black Women in Business Awards. Ms. Cooper received her BA from American University in Washington, D.C and her MBA from Baruch College in New York City.

About Adecco Group NA

At Adecco Group North America, we are a family of recruitment companies and workforce solutions organizations that are leaders in their respective markets and industries. Every day, we provide the services and the insight to empower job seekers and employers to achieve their full potential. We are also part of the global Adecco family of companies — a Fortune Global 500 organization employing over 31,000 staff and operating in more than 60 countries worldwide. With 70,000 associates on assignment every day, Adecco Group has an unmatched opportunity and responsibility to lead in the area of diversity and inclusion. We are using our talents and resources to establish and sustain a diverse workforce and connect under-represented groups with employment.

Lois on Diversity and STEM

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

Statistics have proven that where there is innovation and technology, the local economy prospers. For continued U.S. competitiveness in an increasingly technological environment, leaders must emphasize STEM careers at an early age. I believe our community should foster and focus on these areas throughout our educational system, while making the attainment of related certificate programs and degrees easier and more affordable. Encouraging participation by diverse groups, including women and people of color, is essential to this growth and success. With this in mind, Adecco supports the State University of New York/Farmingdale’s annual STEM Summit. The Summit hosts hundreds of high school and college students as they spend a full day interacting with national STEM leaders from organizations such as NASA. Simultaneously, local educators are being equipped with new knowledge and skills that they can take back to their classrooms.

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

It is critical to integrate STEM into everyday learning opportunities, including the Arts. Many in the industry also refer to this approach of incorporating the Arts into the learning experience as STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math). Mentoring is another way to encourage students of color and women to pursue STEM careers. Students need to meet successful STEM professionals that look like them. Adecco has been involved in youth mentoring for 10+ years. In the program, colleagues from our Information Technology, Accounting and Finance teams pair up with mentees throughout the school year. They share about their pathways to their current careers and assist students with homework and projects. Another group that needs to be included in these efforts are individuals with disabilities. Because of technological advances today, these students have a wonderful opportunity to enter the workforce. Each October, during Disability Employment Awareness Month, Adecco conducts a job shadowing day with students from Abilities, Inc. The students spend time with our colleagues and are able to watch them as they work. The group then has lunch with a motivational speaker that also has a disability.

What is your advice on using private-public partnerships to tackle our most pressing education challenges in STEM?

It is critical to build on the success of organizations such as Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Girl Scouts, Girls, Inc., etc. to stay competitive in today’s market. Corporations will benefit from a partnership with organizations that have a direct pipeline into local communities. Conversely, these organizations should take advantage of the business perspective of their corporate sponsors to ensure that their programs are developing current and future workforce skills. One example of Adecco’s involvement in this type of initiative is through Abilities, Inc. Adecco has been a member of the Business Advisory Board for over 20 years. The role of the Board is to review program curriculum to ensure that those who go through the program will have the appropriate job skills to find employment. As a staffing company, we are able to use our understanding of what employers are looking for to ensure that these skills will be developed and that their students will be prepared for the workforce.

What counsel would you provide around "collaborating to achieve success" in STEM education and the workforce?

Collaboration is critical to achieving success in STEM education and employment. Adecco has a long standing history of partnering with diverse organizations to build a diverse pipeline of talent for our customers. One example of this is through the National Urban League. Through the national office and its affiliates across the country, we have successfully hired hundreds of individuals for our customers. Specifically in Dallas, Texas, the Urban League has hosted Adecco job fairs and has promoted the job fairs through their local public service announcements. This is one example of how employers and diverse organizations can work together to have a positive impact in a local community. These types of partnerships also work on a large-scale basis as well. Through forums such as STEMConnector, educators and corporations are able to share a host of ideas and best practices. I see this as an excellent opportunity for companies such as Adecco.

 

Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science & the Public Announce 2014 Broadcom MASTERS National Science Fair Winners

This is a press release from the Broadcom Foundation

California Middle Schooler Wins Grand Prize for her Project on the Science of Sewing

WASHINGTON, Oct. 28, 2014 (PRNewswire) | Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science & the Public (SSP) today announced the top winners of the 2014 Broadcom MASTERS® national STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) competition for sixth, seventh and eighth graders. Broadcom Foundation and SSP also announced winners in the categories of Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Rising Stars. Learn more and congratulate the winners of the 2014 Broadcom MASTERS competition at http://www.broadcomfoundation.org/masters/winners and https://student.societyforscience.org/broadcom-masters.  
 
"Congratulations to Holly, Sahar and the entire Broadcom MASTERS class of 2014, whose STEM skills and collaborative team spirit represent the critical array of diversified talent needed to innovate solutions for the world's grand challenges in technology, communications,  healthcare, transportation, energy and environmental  sustainability," said Paula Golden, President and Executive Director, Broadcom Foundation and Director, Community Affairs, Broadcom Corporation. "Through the Broadcom MASTERS, thousands of young people are exploring their personal interests through the rigors of math, applied science and engineering. They are also honing the 21st century skills of critical thinking, collaboration, communication and creativity that will open the doors to exciting college and STEM career opportunities that await them."
 
The $25,000 Samueli Foundation Prize is a gift of Dr. Henry Samueli, co-founder of Broadcom Corporation, and his wife, Susan Samueli. In addition to the grand prize, Dr. Samueli also presented the $10,000 Marconi/Samueli Award for Innovation, an honor made possible by Samueli's generous donation of his 2012 Marconi Society Prize award.
 
Broadcom MASTERS winners were chosen from the 30 top finalists (12 girls and 18 boys) from 13 states representing 29 schools. Winners were selected by a panel of distinguished scientists and engineers.
 
"Society for Science & the Public congratulates Holly Jackson, our top winner at the 2014 Broadcom MASTERS, for her hard work, dedication and success," said Maya Ajmera, President and Chief Executive Officer of Society for Science & the Public and Publisher of the Science News family of media properties. "Her project, Sewing Science, is a great example of how science is applicable in our everyday lives. We also join with Broadcom in congratulating all of the finalists, and we hope that they will not only continue pursuing their interest in STEM, but also encourage other students to do so."
 
Winners Include:
 
The Samueli Foundation Prize: $25,000 
Winner: Holly Jackson, 14, of San Jose, Calif.
Project: Sewing Science
Grand prize winner Holly Jackson has loved to sew since the fourth grade. She has long been fascinated with the idea of testing the strength and the best applications for various stitches. Using different fabrics and threads, Holly decided to test which type of lockstitch, a stitch made from two interlocked threads, would be strongest: straight, stretch, zigzag or three-point zigzag. She found that polyester thread failed, as hypothesized, and that a straight stitch was strongest on average. Holly's project taught her stitch strength is crucial, and that it is important that a seam is as strong as it can be—especially in devices like parachutes and seat belts where a person's life may be dependent on the strength of a seam.
 
She was selected for the Samueli Foundation Prize based on her mastery of STEM principles during the weeklong competition. Holly has exemplified how research and innovation are dependent on the integration of these disciplines as well as the impact they collectively have on everyday life. 
 
Marconi/Samueli Award for Innovation: $10,000 
Winner: Sahar Khashayar, 14, of Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Project: Wildfire Early Warning System Using Computer Science
Marconi/Samueli Award for Innovation winner Sahar Khashayar was inspired to study wildfire detection after hearing about Arizona's deadly Yarnell Hill fire in 2013. She was moved to explore whether a mix of hardware and software could spot the early signs of a fire better than humans could.  Sahar created a device using temperature and gas sensors, along with an infrared sensor and processor board to detect the three main signatures of fire: heat, smoke and infrared radiation. She also wrote a program to send a warning to a smartphone using Bluetooth® if her detector measured any values suggestive of a fire. She concluded that deploying a network of her $60 early wildfire detection device could save lives and property.
 
Sahar was selected based on her vision and promise as an innovator. In the spirit of radio inventor Guglielmo Marconi, she has showed aptitude and skill in applied electrical engineering concepts in her science project and in the STEM challenges throughout the week.
 
STEM Award Winners:
Each of these finalists (first and second place award winners) were selected for demonstrated skills and promise in each of the disciplines represented by STEM. First place winners are awarded $3,500 and second place winners receive $2,500, in each case to support the finalist's choice of STEM summer camp experiences offered around the country. Each STEM winner also wins an iPad.
 
Science Awards:
  • First Place: James Roney, Santa Barbara, Calif., for his project on ant pheromones and food quality.
  • Second place: Daniel Bruce, San Diego, Calif., for his project on the impact of human presence on lagoon birds.
Technology Awards:
  • First place: Aditya Jain, Portland, Ore., for his project on an automated diagnostic tool for lung cancer solitary pulmonary nodules.
  • Second place: Nikhil Behari, Sewickley, Pa., for his project on latencies, haptics and passwords.
Engineering Awards:
  • First place: Chythanya Murali, Little Rock, Ark., for her project on better methods for cleaning up oil spills.
  • Second place: Annika Urban, Pittsburgh, Pa., for her project on stethoscopes that record and transmit breath and chest sounds.
Mathematics Awards:
  • First place: Rajiv Movva, San Jose, Calif., for his project on finding a natural remedy for type 2 diabetics.
  • Second place: Jonathan Okasinski, Harleysville, Pa., for his project on quantum entanglement.
Rising Stars Awards:
Each of the Rising Stars wins a trip to Intel ISEF, the world's largest international high school science fair competition, in May 2015 as the United States Delegates to Broadcom MASTERS International, in recognition of their work throughout the Broadcom MASTERS finals.

Winners:

  • Annie Ostojic, Munster, Ind., for her project on how food could be microwaved more efficiently.
  • Raghav Ganesh, San Jose, Calif., for his project on a new interactive add-on for a white cane for the visually impaired.
The Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology, and Engineering for Rising Stars) program helps middle school students translate a personal interest into a passion for science, engineering and innovation, and encourages them to continue studying science and math through high school and college. Sponsored by Broadcom Foundation, a non-profit public benefit organization funded by Broadcom Corporation, the Broadcom MASTERS is a program of Society for Science & the Public. SSP has been the leader of the world's most prestigious science competitions for more than seven decades.
 
For more information on the Broadcom MASTERS, visit the Broadcom Foundation and SSP websites or visit Broadcom Foundation's Newsroom and read the B-Inspired Blog. To keep up with the Broadcom MASTERS on Twitter, use hashtag #brcmMASTERS or follow Broadcom and SSP. And to stay connected, visit the Broadcom MASTERS and SSP Facebook pages.
 
About Broadcom Foundation
Broadcom Foundation was founded to inspire and enable young people throughout the world to enter careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through partnerships with local schools, colleges, universities and nonprofit organizations. Broadcom Foundation is the proud sponsor of the Broadcom MASTERS®, a program of Society for Science & the Public – a premier science and engineering competition for middle school children. The Foundation's mission is to advance education in STEM by funding research, recognizing scholarship and increasing opportunity. Learn more at www.broadcomfoundation.org
 
About Broadcom
Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a FORTUNE 500® company, is a global leader and innovator in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications. Broadcom® products seamlessly deliver voice, video, data and multimedia connectivity in the home, office and mobile environments.  With the industry's broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art system-on-a-chip solutions, Broadcom is changing the world by Connecting everything®. For more information, go to www.broadcom.com.
 
About Society for Science & the Public
Society for Science & the Public is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization dedicated to the achievement of young researchers in independent research and to public engagement in science. Established in 1921, its vision is to promote the understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in human advancement. Through its acclaimed education competitions, including the Intel Science Talent Search, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, and the Broadcom MASTERS, and its award-winning publications, Science News and Science News for Students, Society for Science & the Public is committed to inform, educate, and inspire. Learn more at www.societyforscience.org.
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100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM - Anne Cooney of Siemens AG

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 STEMConnector.org/100Diverse. Follow the conversation on social media using #100STEMLeaders. Today's Diverse Corporate Leader is Anne Cooney, global chief operating officer at Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics.

Anne Cooney, Siemens

Anne Cooney
Chief Operating Officer
Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics

Anne Cooney has been the Chief Operating Officer for the global Division of Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics since April of 2011. She heads the Operational Services Group, which comprises Supply Chain Management; Product Support and Service; the R&D Project Management Office; Quality Management; Environmental, Health and Safety; and Medical, Clinical, and Statistical Affairs. As of October 1, 2014, she leads the Process Industries and Drive Technologies Division for Siemens in the U.S.

Cooney began her career with GE Transportation as a machinist apprentice in a four year program, and spent over 21 years in various roles such as plant management, materials management, international marketing, strategic sourcing, and product and inventory management among others. Immediately before joining Siemens, she served as Vice President Manufacturing at Alladin Industries. Anne holds an MBA from Emory University and a B.S. in Industrial Management from Gannon University. She and her husband of over 34 years, Gregory Cooney, have three adult children and one granddaughter.

About Siemens AG

Siemens AG is a global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering, operating in the industry, energy, healthcare, and infrastructure & cities sectors. For over 165 years, Siemens has built a reputation for leading-edge innovation. With 362,000 employees in 190 countries, Siemens reported worldwide revenue of approximately $100 billion in fiscal 2013. Siemens invests nearly $1.4 billion in R&D and more than $500 million in job training annually, including $50 million in the U.S. The U.S., Siemens’ largest market, is an extremely vital production location, global export base, and one of its most important research centers. In 2014, Siemens was ranked 3rd in the Electronics category of Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies, and was also named one of “The 50 Smartest Companies” by MIT Technology Review.

Anne on Diversity and STEM

What do corporations need to do to create more STEM careers and fill existing jobs?

I believe that corporations have a responsibility and an interest in ensuring alignment of skills creation with opportunities for jobs. This means taking active or supporting roles in school programs, from grade school through and including technical schools and university programs. It is good to have students who are employable graduating from schools – not only for the company to continue to succeed, but for the health of the community. If companies are aligned with specific programs at schools, then open positions can be filled more quickly with candidates who have necessary skills. In addition, students will see the opportunities in the market that may encourage them to pursue a specific area of study.

What counsel would you provide around "collaborating to achieve success" in STEM education and the workforce?

Some of the collaboration possible in STEM education and the workforce is in the form of apprenticeships and internships. There is also a chance to provide career fairs or similar events that allow students to have interaction with people in a variety of different STEM jobs in order to provide them a means of understanding through first hand discussion the types of opportunities available in the workplace. There is also the chance for businesses to work in partnership with universities in solving some of the real business challenges they face -- either in the form of a specific project for a class, or by identifying students to work on projects alongside employee mentors. The graduate programs in STEM should be aligned with R&D departments of US based companies. This research resource in the universities is a great chance to create value for their departments, as well as provide solutions for companies’ biggest challenges.

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

One of the ways to encourage students of all underrepresented minorities in STEM fields is to introduce them to and provide interaction with role models from those same underrepresented groups, so that they can envision themselves succeeding in a similar field without concerns about how they will fit in. However, it is just as important that we encourage all leaders to coach and sponsor students who are among underrepresented minorities in STEM and offer encouragement and support for taking the risk to be “unique”. It is difficult at times to be unique -- to stand out as different -- and we as leaders need to make everyone feel valued, comfortable, and able to contribute to their full extent. In order to get to that place in the work arena, we have to take extra efforts to create a comfortable and welcoming environment for those who are underrepresented due to their backgrounds because of race, color, gender, beliefs or any other factors. This will take extra effort and attention. It won’t happen on its own.

How does STEM leadership with a focus on diversity help your company compete?

Focusing on diversity in filling STEM related positions will expand the potential pool of talent and provide the opportunity to bring differing perspectives to teams seeking solutions to business challenges. Continuing to successfully recruit and retain talent from among larger pools of diverse talent will allow business to find solutions that reach all customers. Certainly, no business that is excluding populations of people from its potential workforce will be a global leader for long. It simply makes business sense.

What do we need in the US to continue to be at the top of global innovation?

We need the US to continue to be at the top of global innovation in order to remain the global leader that we are. This is at risk if we do not improve our educational system, our investment in research and development, and our focus on STEM subjects and successes. We need to do this in order to maintain the standard of living that we have come to expect as the country with limitless hope and possibilities. We do not want to be the source of cheapest labor, or reduce our standards for treatment of people or the environment, so we must create value in other ways. It is only through innovation and productivity that we can sustain our standards of success, to remain the global leader that we are.

 

16th Global Edition of the Women in Leadership (WIL) Economic Forum

This is a press release from The Women in Leadership (WIL) Economic Forum

16th Global Edition from 19-20 November to Focus on Gender Parity, Women's Empowerment, Diversity and Inclusion Dubai-UAE: 30 October, 2014 - naseba, a French business facilitation company with on-the-ground presence in major cities across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, announced Cherie Blair, QC, CBE, Founder of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women and wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, as well as Her Excellency Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor, wife of the Prime Minister of Malaysia, will headline the 16th global edition of the Women in Leadership (WIL) Economic Forum as keynote speakers.

Focusing on womenomics, Cherie Blair will discuss the global importance of women's economic empowerment and offer solutions to the challenges that women entrepreneurs face in today's dynamic business landscape. Her Excellency Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor, for her part, will address the need to redesign economies to ensure greater inclusiveness of women in societies.

Ahead of the forum, Cherie Blair said: "It is vital that we support women's economic empowerment if we want to see development and growth. My Foundation's mission is just this - to provide women entrepreneurs in developing and emerging economies with confidence, capability and capital so they can grow their businesses, create employment opportunities, and have a stronger voice in their societies. I look forward to sharing some of my experiences at the WIL Economic Forum in Dubai."

Sophie Le Ray, Chief Executive Officer of naseba and Founder of the WIL Series, said: "We are delighted to have Cherie Blair and Her Excellency Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor headlining the 16th edition of the Global Women in Leadership Economic Forum. As global agents of change, the two thought leaders have dedicated their lives to promoting gender equality through community initiatives and advocacy."

The forum is held under the patronage of Ministry of Economy in the UAE and it will be officiated by the Minister, HE Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansoori. STEMconnector® is an association partner of the event. The forum is a global platform gathering up to 400 influential business and thought leaders, entrepreneurs, policy makers and international organizations from across the world. STEMconnector®/MWM CEO, Edie Fraser, will be moderating the panel discussion entitled “How women in STEM fields can thrive?” on November 20th.

Featured on this panel:

• Prof Lisa Randall Frank B. Baird, Jr., Professor of Science Harvard University

• Dr. Manahel Thabet President, Smart Tips Consultants; Vice Chancellor, The Gifted Academy UK President, The World High IQ Foundation

• Nita Patel Chair, IEEE Woman in Engineering International Systems & Software Engineering Manager, L-3 Communications

Dr. Talmesha Richards, STEMconnector®/MWM Director of Project Partnerships will be leading a think tank discussion, "Breaking Down Boundaries: Advancing an All-Inclusive STEM Economy."

Event sponsors for the 16th edition include multinational business organizations Pfizer, Roche, Coca-Cola, London Business School, FedEx, Turkish Airlines, AIG and APCO Worldwide.

For media inquiries, please contact:


Elizabeth Cook
, APCO Worldwide


Direct: +971 4 369 2929 
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Discounted registration fees are available for members of STEMconnector®/Million Women Mentors. Visit http://wilforum.com/get-involved-association/ and list STEMconnector as the Name of Association

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100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM - Yolanda Conyers of Lenovo

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 STEMConnector.org/100Diverse. Follow the conversation on social media using #100STEMLeaders. Today's Diverse Corporate Leader is Yolanda Conyers, vice president, global HR operations and chief diversity officer at Lenovo.

Yolanda Conyers, Lenovo

Yolanda Conyers
Vice President, Global HR Operations and Chief Diversity Officer
Lenovo

Yolanda Conyers is the vice president of global human resources operations and the chief diversity officer at Lenovo, the #1 PC vendor in the world. In addition to founding the first-ever diversity office for a company of Chinese heritage, she has transformed Lenovo’s day-to-day human resources operations by ensuring consistency of processes, systems and data for a complex global company with employees in more than 60 nations.

Throughout her tenure, Yolanda has ensured increasing diversity in the Lenovo workforce and has continually strengthened the foundation of “The Lenovo Way” – a blending of eastern and western business cultures, philosophies and ideas. She is also the co-author of, The Lenovo Way – Managing a Diverse Global Company for Optimal Performance, which reveals the story behind Lenovo’s iconic journey to become a global leader.

With a Bachelor’s degree in computer science from Lamar University and an MBA in international business from Our Lady of the Lake Executive MBA Program, Ms. Conyers has a passion for promoting STEM with young people. She currently serves as a member of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC). Prior to joining Lenovo, Ms. Conyers spent 15 years at Dell, Inc., before which she served as a systems analyst at Texas Instruments. Ms. Conyers is married and has three boys.

About Lenovo

Lenovo is a US$39 billion personal technology company, the largest PC company in the world, serving customers in more than 160 countries. Dedicated to building exceptionally engineered PCs and mobile internet devices, Lenovo’s business is built on product innovation, a highly-efficient global supply chain and strong strategic execution. The company develops, manufactures and markets reliable, high-quality, secure and easy-to-use technology products and services. Its product lines include legendary Think-branded commercial PCs and Idea-branded consumer PCs, as well as servers, workstations, and a family of mobile internet devices, including tablets and smartphones. Furthermore, Lenovo is a global industry leader in the education market and we are uniquely positioned to make a sustainable difference through our support of education related programs and initiatives. Lenovo aims to advance, enhance and extend education at all levels in both K-12 and higher education.

Yolanda on Diversity and STEM

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

Education is the passport to our growth and economic prosperity, and at Lenovo we support education related programs/initiatives through our industry leading products and technologies, community investments and sponsorships. We don’t limit the scope of our education related social investments but rather consider each opportunity based on its own unique merits. We donate equipment, provide cash contributions and lend our expertise to schools and related organizations across all global markets. For example, Lenovo recently announced a new agreement with the National Academy Foundation to bring a robust mobile app development curriculum and delivery program to NAF academies in the United States - the Lenovo Scholar Network. Whilst in the UK, Lenovo is in the third year of a University Placement Programme which offers 1 year placements to university students during their degree course.

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

My computer science degree from the college of engineering, coupled with over 25 years of working for three high tech companies gives me the perfect opportunity to talk to youth about the opportunities with STEM. I live by the three basic principles of how to problem solve, how to take big concepts and make them real, and how to be creative leveraging different inputs from data or people. These are easy to for young people to understand and translate into real life. My passion is encouraging young people, especially children from disadvantaged backgrounds, to focus on math and science in school in order to pursue careers in programming and engineering. Most recently I attended the National Society of Black Engineers Conference where I gave a speech on this topic: As I told attendees, I believe an engineering degree is a passport whose usefulness extends beyond the job itself.

How is your company connecting diversity initiatives with STEM initiatives? Is this a part of your comprehensive strategy?

Our vision for diversity is to develop and enable the very diverse talent of our people globally to spark the innovation, creativity and the performance excellence needed to be the world’s leading personal technology company. In order to achieve this vision, we have to ensure that children from all backgrounds are prepared to join technology companies like Lenovo. To support this we are involved in numerous initiatives. Examples include being a founding partner of the Kramden Institute, a non-profit organization, whose mission is to help less advantaged students in grades 3-12 cross the digital divide. Through a network of over 2,500 volunteers, Kramden refurbishes used computers and works with school districts across the state to place them, free of charge, into homes of students in low-income areas. Kramden volunteers include middle and high-school students, and Lenovo employees. Lenovo’s partnership with Kramden has exposed the student volunteers to careers in STEM, helping to ignite a spark for the next generation of innovators. Also in support of STEM, we have established the Fran O’Sullivan Scholarship which awards a scholarship annually to a college woman who is majoring in engineering.

What is your vision for the future of STEM careers, through diversity?

I truly believe that having a diverse employee population gives Lenovo a competitive advantage. In fact, I just launched a book, called The Lenovo Way, in which I talk about how our strength is in our ability to leverage diverse perspectives in the design, development, marketing and sales of our products. Our vision of having a diverse, multicultural company cannot be achieved if we don’t focus on preparing our children to be able to compete for and pursue technical careers. A lack of inclusiveness will mean that we will miss out on all the innovative and creative ideas that this group can bring to work place. Therefore, we must always look for ways to encourage more diversity in high tech companies. I wrote The Lenovo Way because I thought it was time to share my story of how STEM has helped me become a global executive for a Fortune 500 company. I hope that my successes and challenges in this book will help influence others, especially women and minorities, to consider this path.

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

As an African American girl who grew up in southeast Texas, I didn’t know that I could be a global executive someday! My mentor in high school, who recognized my knack for math and science, influenced me to take a computer science class and later, pursue a computer science degree in college. It was yet another mentor in college who introduced me to an organization called the National Society of Black Engineers; he said this conference would change my life and he was right - I landed a job with Texas Instruments! This all led to a 25 years+ career in high tech companies. My mentors encouraged me and now I have to pay it forward, so I mentor at all levels. I have been a mentor for years and through my mentoring have encouraged many to pursue or stick with engineering during their most difficult times. Having someone to see your talent and encourage and guide you through unfamiliar, and sometimes intimidating areas, is necessary. I would not have been given the career opportunities without a STEM education that was driven by my great mentors.

CollegeWeekLive and STEMconnector Partner to Encourage the Pursuit of STEM Degrees

CollegeWeekLive and STEMconnector Partner to Encourage the Pursuit of STEM Degrees
Joint Virtual Events at www.CollegeWeekLive.com will Showcase STEM Education and Career Opportunities

Boston — October 29, 2014 | CollegeWeekLive, the leading website where students and colleges meet live online, today announced that it has forged an alliance with STEMconnector®, the definitive source for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) information. This partnership will highlight the importance of STEM in society and how graduates with STEM degrees are driving breakthrough innovations. Students will discover how pursuing a STEM education can lead to exciting career opportunities in fields such as food security, medical research, mobile application design and more.

Students and their families, teachers, and high school counselors are invited to participate in CollegeWeekLive’s popular All Access Virtual College Fair on November 13, 2014 where they can:

  • Watch live video presentations about STEM careers which are in demand
  • Hear about special initiatives such as Million Women Mentors that help young women earn STEM degrees and enter the workforce
  • Chat live with STEMconnector representatives
  • Enter to win the event’s $2,500 Scholarship

“80 percent of the fastest growing occupations in the U.S. depend on the mastery of mathematics and sciences,” said CollegeWeekLive President and CEO Robert Rosenbloom. “We’re pleased to have experts from STEMconnector join us to help students realize the tremendous advantages of pursuing STEM fields and empower them to achieve their goals.”

“We are excited to partner with CollegeWeekLive to help spread the message of how important STEM is to our country and how students can benefit in the long run by pursuing careers that incorporate STEM education,” said Edie Fraser, CEO of STEMconnector. “The opportunity for us to inform students of programs and partners in the STEM ecosystem helps us better achieve our mission to promote STEM education and workforce development.”

Visit www.collegeweeklive.com/event-schedule to learn more about upcoming All Access Virtual College Fairs, or contact CollegeWeekLive at 888-697-0050 or info@collegeweeklive.com.

ABOUT COLLEGEWEEKLIVE
CollegeWeekLive is the leading channel where students and colleges meet online. More than 1,500,000 students from 192 countries rely on CollegeWeekLive to help navigate college admissions. This live channel provides unprecedented access to expert presentations and enables students to have unscripted conversations with college students and admissions counselors from hundreds of colleges and universities. Students turn to CollegeWeekLive to gain insights from current students, admission representatives, and leading experts, whether they are narrowing their choice of schools or making post-admission decisions. Through live text and video chats, students, parents, and counselors can engage directly with universities at every stage of the enrollment process.

ABOUT STEMCONNECTOR
STEMconnector® is a consortium of companies, nonprofit associations and professional societies, STEM-related research and policy organizations, government entities, universities, and academic institutions concerned with STEM education and the future of human capital in the United States. STEMconnector® is both a resource and a service, designed to link "all things STEM" through a comprehensive website that connects national, state, and local STEM entities. The STEMconnector® website contains profiles of more than 20 categories of STEM-related entities and details “Who is Doing What” at more than 6,000 STEM-related organizations all 50 states.

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100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM - Eduardo Conrado of Motorola Solutions

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 STEMConnector.org/100Diverse. Follow the conversation on social media using #100STEMLeaders. Today's Diverse Corporate Leader is Eduardo Conrado, senior vice president, marketing & IT at Motorola Solutions.

Eduardo Conrado, Motorola Solutions

Eduardo Conrado
Senior Vice President, Marketing & IT
Motorola Solutions

Eduardo Conrado is senior vice president, marketing & IT, for Motorola Solutions. He joined Motorola in 1992 and has served in a variety of marketing leadership roles in the company’s paging, cellular, satellite, cable, and enterprise mobility, government businesses. He has had multiple international business and marketing assignments in a range of consumer and commercial segments across Motorola. He earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Texas Tech University; a master’s degree in business administration from ESADE in Barcelona, Spain; and a master’s degree in international management from Thunderbird School of Global Management.

About Motorola Solutions

Motorola Solutions is a leading provider of mission-critical communication solutions and services for our customers. Our passion to provide solutions that connect people, businesses and governments in the moments that matter is what motivates our employees’ volunteer efforts and our philanthropic giving in the communities where we operate. We work closely with the Motorola Solutions Foundation, our charitable and philanthropic arm, to ensure our charitable giving and product donations benefit these communities. With our history deeply entrenched in technology and innovation, we remain committed to supporting educational programs that help the next generation strengthen their skills and interest in these careers. We are an active supporter of education programs, particularly those focused on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education in the United States and around the world.

Eduardo on Diversity and STEM

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

Corporate leaders need to understand that STEM is always changing. There are no “traditional” STEM roles. But core education and skills need to be built before today’s youth can become tomorrow’s STEM leaders. Corporate leaders must be willing to embrace STEM, even if it is not their area of expertise. They need to understand what role STEM plays in their organization both today, and in the future. With this background, corporate leaders can see how important hiring individuals with a STEM background are to ensuring the future success of their organization. Leaders with this type of understanding and vision are most likely to take initiatives to support and advance STEM education today. They understand that not supporting STEM education can cause a huge skills gap in their corporation tomorrow.

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

In 2013, the Motorola Solutions Foundation provided over $4.7 million in grants to support educational programs, with a specific emphasis on STEM education. In North America, approximately 150,000 students received an average of 92 hours of STEM education from programs Motorola Solutions Foundation supported during 2013. For example, the Motorola Solutions Foundation joined Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s initiative to help cultivate the next generation of scientists and engineers in February 2012 by supporting a new early college STEM school, the Chicago Vocational Career Academy. More than 100 Motorola Solutions employees are working with administrators, teachers, students and parents at the school to support approximately 150 students in their pursuit of science- and technology-related careers through curriculum development, extracurricular activities and mentorship. Our goal in 2014 is to reach over 150,000 students and teachers in STEM education efforts, globally.

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

I am most proud of our support of the FIRST® Robotics Competition. Motorola is a founding sponsor of the FIRST Robotics Competition since 1989. Teams of students work together at these competitions to create robots, which are tested in regional and national FIRST Robotics competitions. In 2013, the Motorola Solutions Foundation sponsored 110 Girl Scout robotics teams of approximately 660 girls in STEM education throughout targeted Motorola Solutions communities and other U.S. locations. In addition, several of our employees act as advisors to local teams, donating their time and expertise to students.

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

My advice is to always take the time to evaluate and understand yourself. Individuals growing in their career need to understand and accept their strengths, weaknesses and areas of opportunity. I would also recommend finding a mentor or manager that can be your advocate. Having someone else keeping an eye out for opportunities for you to highlight your skills is crucial to growing your career.

What is your vision for the future of STEM careers, through diversity?

Diversity can play a huge role in the success of U.S.-based companies because diverse individuals can attract the best technical talent, something nearly every U.S. company needs. Diversity brings a worldly perspective to the company, which is important in this global economy. Diversity will open new doors for those in STEM careers, and it will continue to evolve what it means to have a STEM background.

Women of Color STEM Conference Recognizes 10 Northrop Grumman Employees

This is a press release from Northrop Grumman

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – Oct. 27, 2014 | Ten Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) employees received awards for their achievements at the 19th Annual Women of Color STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Conference in Detroit, Michigan, this weekend. The conference recognizes outstanding women in the STEM fields and provides opportunities for professional development, networking and recruiting.

Shawn Purvis, sector vice president and general manager, Cyber division, Northrop Grumman Information Systems, received a Managerial Leadership-Industry award. She leads a group responsible for delivering cyber and security solutions to intelligence, defense, federal, state and international customers. Previously she was vice president of Integrated Intelligence Systems. Prior to joining Northrop Grumman, Purvis was a senior vice president at SAIC in Intelligence Systems and senior systems engineer at Lockheed Martin. She earned a bachelor's degree in computer science from Hampton University and a master's in information systems from George Mason University.
 
Ragini Saxena received a Career Achievement-Industry award. She is the acting hardware engineering director and sensor engineering manager for Northrop Grumman Electronics Systems and is responsible for directing cross-functional engineering teams and developing high accuracy sensors for various navigation applications in space, air, land and sea. Previously, Saxena served as chief systems engineer and architect for the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Inertial Navigation, Control and Display Systems where she received patents for the first 17" diagonal ruggedized display for the all-glass cockpit. In her 25-year career in sensors and optical engineering, she has received six patents and authored 27 peer-reviewed articles. She earned a bachelor's degree in physics and master's in nuclear physics from Banaras Hindu University, India, and a doctorate in quantum optics from the University of Hyderabad, India.
 
Jessica Sun is an information technology program manager for Northrop Grumman Enterprise Shared Services responsible for delivering cost-effective solutions that drive superior business performance. She received a New Media/IT Leadership award. She recently led the deployment of a digital signage solution and the consolidation of intranet and collaboration systems. She earned a bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Maryland at College Park and a master's in software engineering from the University of Maryland University College.
 
Northrop Grumman employees receiving Technology All-Star awards at the conference were Melissa Botticelli and Gina Woullard. Employees receiving Rising Stars awards were: Emily Blair, Liliana Bocanegra, Phuong Mai, Lindsay May and Gretchen Valle.
 
Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cyber, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.

 

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