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Saturday, March 14 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Diversity in STEM: Nurture or Nature

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Was former Harvard President Larry Summers right when he said women lacked the innate ability to do science? And if so, how do you explain the underrepresentation of minorities – men and women – in STEM fields? Mounting research shows external factors are actually more at play. This panel features academic, industry, media and pop culture iconoclasts who are breaking down these barriers– including moderator Dr. Mae Jemison, the nation’s first female African American astronaut and Bayer's Making Science Make Sense science literacy advocate. Lindsey Shepard, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, GoldieBlox, on disrupting the “pink aisle” in toy stores with engineering toys for girls. Dr. Ran Libeskind Hadas, Chairman of the Computer Science Department, Harvey Mudd College, on how female coders are infiltrating Silicon Valley. Kimberly Bryant, founder and executive director, Black Girls CODE, who is working to bridge the digital divide. Presented by Bayer Corporation

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Kimberly Bryant

Founder, Black Girls CODE
Kimberly Bryant is the Founder and Executive Director of Black Girls CODE, a non-profit organization dedicated to introducing girls of color (ages 7-17) to the field of technology and computer programming with a concentration on entrepreneurial concepts. Ms. Bryant's has enjoyed a... Read More →
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Dr Mae Jemison

Pres/CEO, The Jemison Group Inc
Dr. Mae C. Jemison is currently leading 100 Year Starship, an initiative seed funded by DOD’s Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) to assure the capability for human interstellar space travel to another star is possible within the next 100 years. She is also founder... Read More →
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Ran Libeskind-Hadas

Computer Science Department Chair, Harvey Mudd College
Ran "RON" Libeskind-Hadas is the R. Michael Shanahan Professor at Harvey Mudd College where he also serves as the Department Chair. He previously served as Associate Dean of Faculty at Harvey Mudd where he worked on issues of diversity and helped develop a program to help students... Read More →
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Lindsey Shepard

VP Sales and Mktg, GoldieBlox
Lindsey Shepard was Debbie Sterling’s first hire at GoldieBlox where she currently holds the title of Rainmaker and Resident Mom. GoldieBlox, a toy company out to inspire the next generation of future innovators, is a book series & construction set that engages kids to build through... Read More →

Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
ACC Ballroom E

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