Sneak Peek: Take a Listen to Laura Nelson’s Interview

This episode is sponsored by Halliburton. Listen to the full episode.

Laura Nelson is the Coordinator of Science Education for Portsmouth Public Schools. In this podcast, she shares:

  • Her extensive career in STEM.
  • Obtaining a 5 million gift for STEM education.
  • Creating innovative outlets for elementary students.

To support STEMcast Podcast:

An Expanded Growth Mindset for Girls in STEM

Written by: Reagan Flowers, PhD

For years, there has been a noticeable gender gap in STEM fields, both in higher education and professions. Why is that? A more up-close and personal look reveals one of the culprits as being negative stereotypes. Further, there is also the issue of accessibility to STEM opportunities and how they are communicated to young girls in their homes, schools, churches, and communities.

Children are impressionable and more inclined to being heavily influenced by the beliefs and viewpoints of adults in their lives. Assertions have been made that differences in expectations of boys and girls by individuals whom they respect is quite noticeable.  For example, STEM is ridiculously believed to be hard, filled with masculine work tasks, and require minimal creativity; that is simply not the case. In fact, some of the drivers in STEM industries are creative thinking, problem-solving, innovation, and communication, which is how new technology, systems, and processes are developed. According to Mae Jemison, the first African American woman astronaut in space, girls should not let anyone rob them of their imagination, creativity, or curiosity.

One thing we know for certain, is that powerful women in STEM never back down from pursuing their passions and leave behind a legacy that continues to move women into STEM fields. Nichelle Nichols, former NASA Ambassador and Star Trek actress said it best, “Science is not a boy’s game, it’s not a girl’s game. It’s everyone’s game.”[1]

Today, social factors play an enormous role in the way females perceive their capabilities in the workplace. A common stereotype is that females do not have the same intellect or grit as males. An individual’s capabilities are expandable, not static. A point that must be emphasized when teaching and leading girls. It is important that parents, teachers, church leaders, and mentors are conscious of their implicit bias when encouraging girls and boys to explore and experience opportunities. A growth mindset requires eliminating misguided and limiting stereotypes of females that discourage the pursuit of STEM careers. Girls should be allowed to be just as messy and adventurous as boys. The world holds a place for girls in STEM and it leads to a fabulous life. It is important that girls move forward with their STEM talents and have fun in the process.

Let’s encourage girls to work hard, fail fast, and play hard! After all, girls dust off just as nice as the boys.



Link to Article:


Prairie View A & M University of Texas Celebrates Women’s History Month

Thursday, 11:00 AM, March 7th at the John B. Coleman Library at Prairie View A & M University of Texas celebrates Women’s History Month:  “Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: Celebrating Women in (STEM).”

Women’s History Month Flyer 2013 Dr.pdf FINAL COPYkmg 3-4-13

Celebrating Women Role Models in STEM

In celebration of women role models in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), STEMconnector™ unveils in hard copy and online its inaugural 100 Women Leaders in STEM publication. The heroines included in 100 Women Leaders in STEM share stories about their commitment to serving as mentors and sponsors of those who are next in the STEM jobs pipeline. 100 Women Leaders in STEM showcases the careers and initiatives of more than one hundred women leaders who are active role models for the underrepresented segment of women in America’s growing shortage of STEM professionals. Also included are insiders’ perspectives about the traits needed to advance in the STEM professions, and how women in particular can make a difference. The publication features profiles of leaders in the corporate, government and nonprofit sectors, including CEO´s, Presidents and key public officials. Also included are Opinion Editorials featuring interesting data and perspectives about women in STEM.

“We need you and we need this generation of women to stand up and serve as role models to encourage young women to develop the critical skills needed for the competitive workforce of tomorrow.” Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

“We need to be more aggressive in showing girls and young women role models and highlighting stories of successful leaders.” Susan O’Day, SVP and CIO, Disney

“It is fun when you see that light bulb go off and when you know you’ve helped someone see STEM in a different way.” Ellen Kullman, Chairman and CEO, Dupont

100 Women in STEM Profiles

Cecilia Kimberlin
VP, Quality and Regulatory
Adecco Group North America
Bernadette Rotolo
SVP, Applications Development and Maintenance
Aerospace Corporation
Wanda M. Austin
President and CEO
Aerospace Industries Association (AIA)
Marion Blakely
President and CEO
AES Corporation
Victoria Harker
Chief Financial Officer/President, Global Business Services
Aetna Inc.
Meg McCarthy
Executive VP, Information, Technology and Service Operations
Alliance for Science & Technology Research in America (ASTRA)
Mary Good
Dean Emerita, Donaghey College of Engineering & Information
Technology, University of Arkansas
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Shirley Malcom
Director of Education and Human Resources
American Association of University Women (AAUW)
Linda Hallman
Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer
American Chemical Society (ACS)
Madeleine Jacobs
Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer
American Geophysical Union (AGU)
Chris McEntee
Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Victoria Rockwell
Immediate Past President
Kris Rinne
Senior Vice President, Network Technologies
ATK Defense
Karen Davies
Vice President, Business Integration and Operations
Xiaochun Luo
Group Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer
BAE Systems, Inc.
Linda Hudson
President & CEO
Bayer USA Foundation
Rebecca Lucore
Executive Director
Beverly Wills Architecture Foundation
Beverly Willis
Founder and Co-Chair of Board of Directors
Boeing Defense Space & Security
Laurette Lahey
Vice President, Engineering, Flight and Controls
Bunengi Group
Savannah Maziya
Chairman and CEO
Cargill Incorporated
Jeanne McCaherty
Vice President/Regional Director, North and South Americas Texturizing Solutions
Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD)
Ann Randazzo
Executive Director
Center for Excellence in Education (CEE)
Joan DiGenaro
Cessna (A Textron Company)
Cindy Halsey
Vice President, Interior Design, Engineering and Development
Change the Equation
Linda Rosen
Chief Executive Officer
Padmasree Warrior
Senior Vice President Engineering, Chief Technology Officer
Coca-Cola Company
Rhona Applebaum
Vice President, Chief Scientific and Regulatory Officer
Michele Kang
Founder and CEO
CommuniCard, LLC
Sylvia Acevedo
CEO, CommuniCard/Commissioner President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics
Conrad Foundation
Nancy Conrad
Founder and Chairman
CSC Corporation
Sharon Hays
Vice President, Office of Science and Engineering
Reagan Flowers
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Dell, Inc.
Adriana Karaboutis
Vice President and Global CIO
Deloitte Consulting LLP
Janet Foutty
National Managing Director, US Technology Practice
Discovery Education
Cindy Moss
Director of Global STEM Initiatives
Susan O’Day
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Ellen Kullman
Chair of the Board & Chief Executive Officer
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Lisa P. Jackson
Express Scripts
Sharon Frazee
Vice President, Research and Analysis
Fluke Corporation
Barbara Hulit
Charlene Begley
President & CEO, GE Home & Business Solutions /Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, GE
General Mills
Susan Crockett
Vice President, and Senior Technology Officer for Health and Nutrition
Girl Scouts of the USA
Anna Maria Chavez
Executive Director and Board Member
Girls Inc.
Judy Vredenburgh
President and CEO
Great Minds in STEM (GMiS)
Anna Park
Chief Executive Officer
Harris Corporation
Sherry Covell
Vice President, Intel Programs
Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF)
Lisa Gable
Honeywell Technology Solutions, Inc.
Carey Smith
Linda Sanford
Senior Vice President, Enterprise Transformation
Ingersoll Rand
Neddy Perez
Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer
Intel Corporation
Diane Bryant
Vice President/General Manager, Datacenter and Connected Systems Group
Intellectual Ventures
Adriane Brown
President and COO
International Food Information Council Foundation (IFIC)
Kimberly Reed
Executive Director
ITT Corporation
Denise Ramos
CEO and President
JP Morgan Chase
Phyllis Campbell
Vice Chairman of the Pacific Northwest Region
Lynne Doughtie
Vice Chair – Advisory
Kraft Foods, Inc.
Jean Spence
Executive Vice President of Research, Development & Quality
L-3 Communications Corporation
Susan Opp
Corporate Senior Vice President, L-3 Communications Corporation/President, L-3 Communications Systems Group
Lanmark Technology, Inc.
Lani Hay
Founder, President, and CEO
Lockheed Martin Corporation
Sondra Barbour
Senior Vice President, Enterprise Business Services/Chief Information Officer
Manufacturing Institute (MI)
Jennifer McNelly
Marathon Oil
Annell Bay
Vice President Global Exploration
MasterCard Technologies
Joan Kelly
Group Executive, software Development
MCI Diagnostic Center
Colleen Payne
Founder and CEO
Microsoft Research
Jennifer Chayes
Managing Director, Microsoft Research New England/New York City
Miss America
Laura Kaeppeler
Miss America 2012
Lori Garver
Deputy Administrator
National Academy of Engineering
Catherine Didion
Senior Program Officer
National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE)
Mimi Lufkin
Chief Executive Officer
National Association for Equal Employment in Higher Education (NAFEO)
Lezli Baskerville
Chief Executive Officer
National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT)
Lucy Sanders
CEO and Co-Founder
National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP)
Karen Peterson
Chief Executive Officer
National Grid
Ellen Smith
Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer
National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI)
Mary Ann Rankin
President and Chief Executive Officer
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Cora Marrett
Deputy Director
National Science Resources Center (NSRC)
Sally Shuler
Executive Director
New Hampshire
Senator Jeanne Shaheen
New York
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
North Carolina
Senator Kay Hagan
Northrop Grumman Corporation
Linda Mills
Corporate Vice President/President, Information Systems
PAST Foundation
Annalies Corbin
President and Chief Executive Officer
Peabody Energy
Lina Young
Senior Vice President, Information Technology
Heidi Kleinbach-Sauter
Senior Vice President, Research & Development Global Foods
Posse Foundation
Deborah Bial
President & Founder
Robin Saitz
Senior Vice President, Solutions Marketing and Communications
Peggy Johnson
Executive Vice President and President, Global Market Development
Lynn Dugle
Vice President Raytheon/President, Intelligence and Information Systems
Rockwell Collins
Nan Mattai
Senior Vice President, Engineering and Technology
Rolls-Royce Corporation
Lisa Teage
Director, Research & Technology Strategy
RTI International Metals, Inc
Dawne Hickton
Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Amy Alving
Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
Sally Ride Science
Sally Ride
President and Chief Executive Officer
Siemens Foundation
Jeniffer Harper-Taylor
Society for Women Engineers (SWE)
Betty Shanahan
Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer
Society Of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
Pilar Montoya
Chief Executive Officer
Southern Company
Jennifer Grove
Workforce Development Coordinator, Gulf Power Company
State of Iowa
Kim Reynolds
Lt. Governor
Symantec Corporation
Janice Chaffin
Group President, Consumer Business Unit
Target Corporation
Beth Jacob
Executive Vice President, Target Technology Services/Chief Information Officer
Teach for America
Melissa Gregson
Managing Director, STEM Initiative
Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM (TIES)
Jan Morrison
Alka Dhillon
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Technology Access Foundation (TAF)
Trish Millines Dziko
Co-Founder, Executive Director
Ten80 Foundation
Beverly Simmons
Texas Girls Collaborative Project (TGCP)
Tricia Berry
Texas Instruments, Inc.
Melendy Lovett
Senior Vice President/President, Education Technology
U.S. Department of Defense
Laura Stubbs
Director, Science and Technology Initiatives
Mina Elias
Vice President, Service Delivery & Assurance National Operations
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Karenann Terrell
Executive Vice President/Chief Information Officer
Senator Maria Cantwell
Sophie Vandebroek
Chief Technology Officer, Xerox /President, Xerox Innovation Group