Math and science are important parts of engineering, but so is creativity. We're coming up with new ideas, new projects and new technologies to change our business. It's invigorating and personally rewarding on levels I never could have imagined as a college freshman.
In order for us to continue to be prolific innovators, we need to attract the best minds to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields -- and half of those minds belong to women.
In the midst of young motherhood, I believed that having well-behaved kids, ones who didn't make waves, meant that I was being a good mom. And while I think that polite words and gentle hearts make the world go round, what changes the world, what also matters, is confidence.
As a female engineer, I can't say I'm surprised. But what she does mimic is my excitement for my job, my confidence and my devotion to the science that makes my work so important.
Their research, a hydroponic plant growth system that relies on centripetal force to work in microgravity, almost ended there, until they met someone with industry experience and an alternative way to raise capital.
Solving for the lack of women in STEM fields is a task that requires buy-in from everyone -- not just women, not just parents of young girls, and not just educators who are trying to level the playing field as early as possible.
It is time to move to higher frequencies and thought. The divine feminine is way more than a spiritual concept and it is happening at every level of societies and around the globe today.
Students demonstrating interest in STEM education bring with them new ideas, perspectives and a passion for innovation; but barriers remain for these students to connect with in-demand careers in high-growth industry sectors.
It has been shown that even seemingly inconsequential stimuli can lead to stereotype threat. Researchers found that female students who checked the gender box before taking their AP calculus exam, as students usually do, did worse than students who checked the box after.
We can all help inspire change, and to do so, there are key steps we can take with our children and mentees to encourage higher representation of both minorities and women in these critical fields.
The bottom line here: What needs to change so that we ensure all children have access to a quality K-12 education?
Learning today can look and feel quite differently than what most of us experienced in school. The recent "Uptown Funk" video by A Maceo Smith New Tech High School students generated more than 6.5 million views on YouTube in three days.
As the focus on innovation and technology in American industries continues to sharpen, the need for qualified applicants in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) fields will also become more evident.
Sheryl Sandberg has been outspoken in encouraging and mentoring other women and girls to be leaders -- a critical component that is often overlooked in discussions around the lack of women leaders, which we hope to highlight in IGNITE.
I live in Oakland, the most diverse city in America. Unfortunately, the tech workforce here does not reflect this richness of talent. The girls in my community can be part of the solution to expand and diversify the tech workforce.