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STEM of the Future: Making Equity Our North Star

by Najee Ellerbe


This blog was guest-written by our partners, STEMNext. We advocate for three guiding principles to diversify STEM: lead with equity as our North Star, make family engagement a priority, and go big with collective impact. 1. In funding and advocacy, prioritize support for programs for Black youth, their families, and others who have experienced discrimination. Encourage other funders to do ...

VALERIE JARRETT AND 25 LEADING WOMEN ANNOUNCED AS WINNERS OF STEMCONNECTOR’S MILLION WOMEN MENTORS TRAILBLAZER AWARDS

by Najee Ellerbe


Winners include individuals from top companies and institutions celebrating women in STEM   MANHATTAN BEACH, CA – October 21, 2020 – STEMconnector,  the nation’s largest professional services organization dedicated to developing a diverse, STEM-ready workforce, is happy to announce the 26 winners for the Million Women Mentors (MWM) Trailblazer Awards celebrating women in STEM. Winners will be recognized on October ...

Breaking the Glass Ceiling in Nuclear Science

by Najee Ellerbe


  The 2020 Nuclear Science Week has officially begun. People from all over the world are celebrating and exploring the continuous innovation and extensive opportunity within the nuclear science field. Educators, students, employers and talent come together this week every year to spread awareness of and celebrate the accomplishments within nuclear science. Despite the infinite innovative potential nuclear science can ...

Innovation in a Time of Uncertainty JPMorgan Chase’s Tech for Social Good Team Pivots in the Wake of COVID-19

by Najee Ellerbe


This is a guest-written blog post By Emma Klauber, Tech for Social Good/Emerging Talent Programs, JP Morgan   Tech for Social Good at JPMorgan Chase recently celebrated its 10th year at the firm- 10 years of lifting up communities, empowering people through technology, and giving back to the cities where we live and work. Tech for Social Good runs several ...

Three Steps to Building Equity in the Classroom

by Alexa Gitler


Dr. Katherine Bihr, Vice President of Programs and Education, TGR Foundation, A Tiger Woods Charity The academic year has begun. Back to school shopping was less about clothes and three-ring binders but instead focused on hotspots and laptops. Stress, fear, anxiety – yep, all present. But this school year is different. Very different. What’s particularly troubling is the fantasy we …


Intel Foundation Joins STEM Next Opportunity Fund to Launch Million Girls Moonshot

by Najee Ellerbe


The Intel Foundation is excited to announce a partnership with the STEM Next Opportunity Fund (the legacy organization of the Robert N. Noyce Foundation), the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and many other technology and philanthropic leaders to launch a nationwide initiative designed to help close the gender, socioeconomic and racial diversity gaps in STEM fields. The Million Girls Moonshot ...

The Million Girls Moonshot Aims to Close the Gender Gap in STEM

by Najee Ellerbe


This blog post was written by STEM Next Opportunity Fund   STEM Next Opportunity Fund, together with a wide range of technology and philanthropic leaders today launched the Million Girls Moonshot, a transformative, nationwide movement designed to close the gender gap in STEM and re-imagine who can engineer, who can build and who can invent. The initiative will provide grant funding ...

Virtual Internships Helped Maintain Abbott’s STEM Talent Pipeline

by Najee Ellerbe


This is blog was guest-written by our partners from Abbott. Abbott’s high school and college internships have been known to change the trajectories of students’ professional lives. The programming offers career development sessions, networking opportunities, and challenging, real-life assignments – all experiences job recruits need for success. It’s a key part of the global health technology company’s talent pipeline planning. ...

Meet 3M’s Corporate Scientist, Jayshree Seth (Part 3)

by Najee Ellerbe


Dr. Jayshree Seth is a Corporate Scientist and Chief Science Advocate at 3M. Jayshree has worked at 3M now for over 27 years and she holds 68 patents for a wide variety of innovations. In this interview series, Jayshree shares her experience with 3M, advocating for diversity in science and more.   How has COVID-19 and BLM impacted 3M’s science advocacy ...

Meet 3M’s Corporate Scientist, Jayshree Seth (Part 2)

by Najee Ellerbe


Dr. Jayshree Seth is a Corporate Scientist and Chief Science Advocate at 3M. Jayshree has worked at 3M now for over 27 years and she holds 68 patents for a wide variety of innovations. In this interview series, Jayshree shares her experience with 3M, her affinity for science and more.   Can you tell us more about 3M’s State of Science ...

Meet 3M’s Corporate Scientist, Jayshree Seth (Part 1)

by Najee Ellerbe


Your title says you are 3M’s Chief Science Advocate.  What is that and how did you get that role?  How do you help the company advocate for science? My official title is Corporate Scientist and Chief Science Advocate. As a Corporate Scientist at 3M, I currently lead Applied Technology Development projects for our Industrial Adhesives and Tapes Division, one of ...

#BeyondTheBuzzChat Twitter Chat Recap: National Hire a Veteran Day

by Najee Ellerbe


On July 23,  STEMconnector hosted a Twitter Chat to celebrate National Hire a Veteran Day. The Twitter Chat was centered around hiring veterans for National Hire-A-Veteran Day, which is on Saturday, July 25th. National Hire a Veteran Day encourages employers to consider Veterans in their employment strategies. In conjunction with our Twitter Chat, we released our latest installment in STEMconnector's ...

#BeyondTheBuzzChat Twitter Chat Recap: Summer STEM Learning Resources

by Najee Ellerbe


On June 25, along with a few of its industry partners and clients, STEMconnector conducted a Twitter Chat focused on Summer STEM learning resources. The Twitter Chat highlighted high quality STEM resources to support summer learning for students and teachers during COVID-19. Participants shared some of their resources that they have put together for students to keep them engaged during ...

High Dosage, High Impact: Skills Based Volunteering in a Virtual World with the Illinois Science and Technology Institute

by Najee Ellerbe


*This Blog was guest-written by Sarah Perret-Goluboff of the Illinois Science and Technology Institute.  As the pandemic restructures every aspect of life, educators are turning to new resources to create authentic experiences and connections for their students in the coming academic year. While schools settle into a new normal, volunteers across the country are stepping up to ensure students have the ...

#SHUTDOWNSTEM: A Day of Focus on Education & Discussion to Support Black Lives

by Najee Ellerbe


Today on Wednesday, June 10, STEMconnector joins #ShutDownSTEM and #ShutDownAcademia. Today we will take time to focus on what we can do better, and plan how we can continue to play a bigger part in eradicating anti-Black racism in academia and the STEM fields.  #ShutDownSTEM is an initiative from a multi-identity, intersectional coalition of STEM professionals and academics taking action for Black lives. ...

Tallo and Boeing Honor High School Seniors with STEM Signing Days

by Najee Ellerbe


This blog post was guest written by our partners from Tallo. Scientists are becoming the rising heroes of our time, so why should college athletes have all the fun? That is exactly what Tallo was thinking, when we partnered with Boeing to create STEM Signing Day to honor high school seniors who are pursuing a STEM education at two- and ...

STEMconnector Supports Diversity & Inclusion

by Najee Ellerbe


“The greatest achievement of humanity is not its works of art, science or technology, but the recognition of its own dysfunction.” -Eckhart Tolle   We are proud that STEMconnector’s chief mission has always been to create a diverse and inclusive workforce which empowers people from all walks of life to change the world for the better. We have drawn strength from having built ...

Connected Storm Sanctuary Design Thinking Mission Presented by U.S. Cellular and JASON Learning

by Najee Ellerbe


Many of us are currently at home and juggling work, family life, and the care and education of your children. We understand how difficult it is to keep your children engaged in their education while at home. A wonderful way to keep them excited and engaged is through project-based learning, essentially “learning while doing”. We wanted to remind you that ...

American Heart Association: Celebrating the Future of Science Virtually during COVID Crisis

by Najee Ellerbe


This blog post was guest written by our partners from the American Heart Association.   The American Heart Association’s annual Advancing Sciences event brings high school students out of the classroom and into an environment where they can experience hands-on learning with leading science, med-tech, and engineering professionals from across Minnesota. The day consists of small group breakouts and speed ...

STEMconnector welcomes its new CEO, Denielle Pemberton-Heard

by Alexa Gitler


Veteran corporate executive Denielle Pemberton-Heard has been tapped to succeed Leslie Cruz as CEO of STEMconnector. Pemberton-Heard has served as a strategic advisor to STEMconnector since 2018 while working as General Counsel and Managing Director of the Diversified Search Group, a role she will retain. She brings decades of executive-level experience to STEMconnector through her roles at PBS, Thales, Time Warner/AOL and ...