Join Community WISE (Women Investing in STEM Equity) for this virtual speaker series to educate, engage and inspire!
Whether you are a STEM-curious student or an expert in your field, we aim to provide inspiration in your day by introducing you to talented and driven women in STEM fields. Each of our speakers will share their field of expertise, their education and career path and the skills they believe are necessary for success. There will be plenty of time to answer your questions.
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Live Virtual Activities
All events will be streamed live on CTE Foundation YouTube Channel. Please interact with us by commenting and asking questions in the YouTube Live Chat function. Recordings of all activities will be available to view after the live stream.
More activities will be added so check back often.
Help us continue and expand our work at CWISE to support the aspirations of young women interested in STEM training and careers.
Thursday, May 20
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Alissa Eckert was always a student of art and science but it wasn’t until her 4th year in college that she decided to drop the pursuit of becoming a veterinarian and let her passion for art take over.
During this session, Alissa will share imagery and how it inspires and influences people all over the world.
Alissa Eckert is a medical illustrator for the CDC. She received her master’s degree from the Medical Illustration Graduate Program in Augusta in 2006. She earned a BFA in Scientific Illustration from the University of Georgia. Alissa serves all areas of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) working in 3D and 2D illustration, animation and 3D printing and model creation. Her work has been utilized at the forefront of disease outbreaks and is part of many scientific publications and public health education initiatives. Her work with her team includes collaboration in several high profile and emergency response projects most recently with the creation of the visualization of the SARS-Cov-2 virus seen around the world. Other projects include Ebola outbreak, Zika, the Antibiotic Resistance Threats Report, Influenza pandemics (H5N1 and H1N1), Cholera, CDC Vital Signs, Healthy Homes, CDC’s Zombie Pandemic Novella, and more.
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Thursday, January 21
Carmen Medina is an organizational heretic and all-purpose troublemaker who spent 32 years at CIA but when you meet her you will hardly notice.
On January 21, Carmen will describe the journey of a successful change agent, drawing on noteworthy examples from women in STEM and emphasizing the five key steps to success for change agents.
From 2005-2007 Carmen was part of the executive team that led the CIA’s Analysis Directorate; in her last assignment before retiring she began the CIA’s Lessons Learned program and led the Agency’s first effort to address the challenges posed by social networks, digital ubiquity, and the emerging culture of collaboration. She was a leader on diversity issues at the CIA, serving on equity boards at all organizational levels and across Directorates. She was the first CIA executive to conceptualize many IT applications now used by analysts, including online production, collaborative tools, and Intellipedia, a project she personally green-lighted; as a senior executive, she began using in 2005 social networking and blogs to reach her diverse workforce.
She is the co-author of the new book: Rebels At Work: A Handbook for Leading Change from Within, which was informed by her career as a heretic at the CIA. She is an in-demand expert on critical thinking, diversity of thought, and intrapreneurship, speaking to Fortune 500 companies, major non-profits, and governments.
Thursday, February 18
In this session, Katie shared her latest projects to create spy-girl dolls that communicate via secret LED and light sensor jewelry, code a candy machine in Python, and start Street Corner STEAM, a neighborhood creativity project that anyone can lead.
This was a fun session with coding and craft demonstrations and also incorporated stories from Katie’s education and career journey. Whether you are studying STEM in school currently or in a STEM career already, Katie shared valuable tips for creating your best future and becoming a creative leader wherever you are!
Katie is the Head of Partner Engagement for the Micro:bit Educational Foundation in North America. She has worked in education for ten years, teaching students in kindergarten through college, and training more than 3000 educators worldwide on the topics of computer science and digital creativity. Katie is a licensed school administrator and computer technology coach.
Recently Katie has been invited to join U.S state, federal, and international education policy and diplomacy efforts. She served on the Women in STEM roundtable discussion at the Pennsylvania governor’s office, as a Pennsylvania delegate to the State-Federal STEM Summit in Washington, DC, and as a U.S. Speaker in Morocco, sponsored by the U.S. State Department.
Dr. Daphne Miller
Thursday, March 18
Amani Webber-Schultz graduated from Rutgers University in May 2020 with a B.Sc. in Marine Science.
During her undergraduate studies, she was a student researcher in Brooke Flammang’s Fluid Locomotion Lab at the New Jersey Institute of Technology where she created 3D models for morphological studies of remoras. She was also a student researcher in Elisabeth Sikes’ Paleoceanography Lab at Rutgers where she worked with foraminiphera.
She co-founded Minorities in Shark Sciences in June 2020, a group with the goal of assisting in diversifying shark science and helping women of color pursue a career in shark science. She is currently working at Field School (www.getintothefield.com) in Miami where she participates in shark and ray research and assisting with teaching field courses.