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STEMinism

(1) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 11:39 AM

A mentor once told me that "inch by inch life is a cinch, yard by yard life is hard."

It is hard for us to hear the stats and facts coming out of top tech companies that under 20 percent of the tech jobs are filled by women...

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45 Things I've Learned By 45

(2) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 3:00 PM

OK, I am still a month away, but there is no time like the present to reflect on the biggest lessons learned by 45 (or 44 and 331 days). These are the 45 pieces of advice I have pondered and learned (sometimes the hard way).

1. Be an entrepreneur...

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Tampons for Innovation and STEM Underwater Dreams

(2) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 4:48 PM

Last night, we sat at the Smithsonian Institute for the kick-off dinner of The STEM Innovation gathering. Our table had a vibrant and humorous conversation over wine and lavender infused lemonade about OB Tampons as a proven engineering solution. No, it's not what you think and before you dismiss this...

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STEM Mentoring: I'm In. Now How Do I Find My Mentee?

(4) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 1:19 PM

Co-written with Justin Miteng, Atlas Corps Fellow

In light of the diversity reports coming out of the top tech companies in the country such as Google and Linkedin, we hope that we all can jump into STEM mentoring to make sure women and...

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Google Diversity Report and Unleashing STEM Mentors

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 2:27 AM

This post was co-authored with Dominik Sauter.

The cats out of the bag...

Google's big news about the diversity of their workforce is sending shockwaves through corporate and nonprofit America this week in a bold announcement by Google's SVP of People Operations Laszlo Bock who shared on PBS...

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Through the Winter, 5 More Things I Have Learned From Downsizing Our Lives

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 10:48 AM

I shared seven months ago (Part 1) that we downsized from a 4 bedroom home to a two bedroom apartment rental last August and the excitement, joy and shame that went along with it. We got our daughter into a better school and we cut down our...

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Choose to Find Her and Mentor Her

(1) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 8:27 PM

Editor's Note: This post is part of a series produced by HuffPost's Girls In STEM Mentorship Program. Join the community as we discuss issues affecting women in science, technology, engineering and math.

Recently I was talking to a new friend, Leslie,* who has a very prominent...

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In Praise of the Hybrid Company: When .Com Meets .Org

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2014 | 11:37 AM

I am completely intrigued with the hybrid company. It is a corporation that has a mission towards social good. Some would call it a B-corp. It's a for-profit making company that has the passion of changing the world with each and every deep breath.

I live in this world now...

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Ladies, We Can Do This! 6 Ways to Mentor Her, Sponsor Her, Elevate Her Career

(1) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 4:24 PM

Editor's Note: This post is part of a series produced by HuffPost's Girls In STEM Mentorship Program. Join the community as we discuss issues affecting women in science, technology, engineering and math.

Men do it well.

They take a young man (or woman) under their...

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Teachers and School Leaders Make It Real

(1) Comments | Posted November 12, 2013 | 1:15 PM

Editor's Note: This post is part of a series produced by HuffPost's Girls In STEM Mentorship Program. Join the community as we discuss issues affecting women in science, technology, engineering and math.

Walk into Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering in Needham, Massachusetts, and...

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We the Country of Chocolate Labradors

(0) Comments | Posted October 18, 2013 | 4:16 PM

There is something very trusting about Americans. When foreigners meet us, they have shared that they find us to be very open and friendly. When people fall we want to see them get back up and we might even invite them for dinner or to sleep in our guestrooms to...

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5 Things I've Learned From Downsizing Our Lives -- Part 1

(3) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 3:30 PM

Yes, we are in the process of moving. From a four bedroom mid-century modern to a two bedroom rental located in one of the better school districts in the country.

The dream... get married, have a child, own a home, make things pretty, the clink of champagne glasses and...

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Oh Dear! My Dear... A Call to Mentor Girls in STEM

(5) Comments | Posted September 24, 2013 | 9:40 AM

My goodness! Did I miss the ball(s), the Raspberry Pi or a key ingredient?

As I reflect backwards and check off the boxes -- I've had an awesome career, awesome education, a loving family -- was I blind and ignorant to the growing skill and gender divide in...

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Embrace Our E-STEM Workforce

(2) Comments | Posted August 2, 2013 | 4:41 PM

Walk into any university, any coffee shop in D.C., Austin, N.C., N.Y., Boston., any incubator or accelerator program and you will see our Entrepreneurial (E-STEM) workforce hovered around each other and their laptops building their new companies.

They will have such an inspiring vision and idea, you will pull out...

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Troubleshooting The Need For More Girls In STEM

(10) Comments | Posted July 23, 2013 | 10:36 AM

Over the past few months our team has been laser-beam focused on how we get more young women into STEM careers. In our travels we have been gleaning so many perspectives of what motivates girls and why they drop out. We have spoken to Government officials, campaign managers, top women...

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The Dirty Job America Must Now Embrace -- Closing the Skills Gap

(14) Comments | Posted June 28, 2013 | 3:09 PM

I spent a few hours Wednesday night listening to Mike Rowe from Discovery Channels 'Dirty Jobs' talk about how profoundly disconnected Americans are about jobs, skills and work. We met him at SkillsUSA Annual Championships happening now in Kansas City.

Rowe traveled the world for the past six...

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Recruiting Talented STEM Teachers Is a Must for our Kids and Country

(2) Comments | Posted June 24, 2013 | 10:35 AM

To build a STEM pipeline for our country of youth with skills to make it in the workforce, we really to focus our attention to quality teacher recruitment. Think about the competition. Most computer science majors and engineers have a line of corporate suitors at career fairs willing and able...

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Graduates - Let Your Geek Flags Fly!

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 11:33 AM

Sitting in the fourth row, proud and beaming at Danielle's (one of my mentees) high school graduation, made me think back to 1987 and what life was like then pre-Facebook, LinkedIn and Tumblr.

As a young student attending the Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C., I wasn't the smartest student...

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What's STEM Got to Do With It?

(3) Comments | Posted May 24, 2013 | 5:20 PM

Four weeks ago I joined STEMconnector, 'The One Stop Shop' and powerhouse convener on all things STEM. An organization poised to move the needle on the big issues impacting our country and workforce.

I knew it would be a new career that builds on my 20 years in education...

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It All STEMs From a Big Idea

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2013 | 11:30 AM

I am still on cloud nine after attending the TEDx Rock Creek Park Conference last week titled 'The Hero's Journey.' The conference put on by wonderful leader Alison Whitmire of C-Lever and the hundreds of volunteers who stepped up to create an 8 hour space that...

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