Women in STEM

(Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)

Nationally, and in California, the demand for a skilled STEM workforce is growing and STEM jobs offer higher salaries than non-STEM jobs. Women working in STEM jobs earn, on average, 33% more than those in other fields, yet women account for only 24% of the STEM workforce. Women’s under-representation in STEM fields begins early, with gender gaps in STEM interests beginning in middle school and growing throughout high school, college, and career. Far too many girls and women are discouraged from pursuing success in STEM fields. Now is the time for change. Organizations like Community WISE (Women Investing in STEM Equity) and SWE (Society of Women Engineers) are working hard to mentor and guide youth into STEM careers.

VIRTUAL ACTIVITIES

EXPLORE CAREERS THROUGH VIRTUAL TOURS, PANELS, AND DEMONSTRATIONS.

Panel Discussion:

INTRO TO ENGINEERING CAREERS

with SWE Golden Gate Section and Community WISE

An all-female panel of engineers from different backgrounds – including biomedical, agricultural, and electronics – discuss what it means to be an engineer and what kind of education you need to enter an engineering career. Brought to you by SWE (Society of Women Engineers) Golden Gate Section and Community WISE (Women Investing in Stem Equity).

STEMSpiration Series:

Carmen Medina

former CIA Director and Author

Carmen Medina is a former CIA director and author of Rebels at Work: A Handbook for Leading Change from Within. In this seminar, Carmen describes 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.

STEMspiration Series:

KATIE HENRY

Micro:Bit Educational Foundation

Katie presented a fun and dynamic session with coding and craft demonstrations as well as stories from her education and career journey.

ONE-ON-ONE

CAREER INTERVIEWS

WITH REAL PEOPLE IN THE NORTH BAY

MANUFACTURING & ENGINEERING

CHRISTINE NEE, ENGINEERING MANAGER
MEDTRONIC

With locations in over 160 countries, Christine moved from Medtronic in Ireland to Medtronic here in Sonoma County! Hear Christine’s story and learn what it takes to be an Engineering Manager at a global medical device manufacturer.

FOOD & BEVERAGE MANUFACTURING

ROSA FLORES, QUALITY SUPERVISOR
MANZANA PRODUCTS

Starting in an entry-level position in 2012, Rosa Flores worked hard and worked her way up to become the Quality Supervisor at Manzana Products. Hear about the skills and dedication needed to be successful in this kind of career.

CONSTRUCTION / BUILDING TRADES

BARBIE SIMPSON, OWNER & CEO
SIMPSON SHEET METAL HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING

Barbie’s parents started Simpson Sheet Metal 38 years ago. Barbie started in high school and stayed with the company her entire career. After learning every piece of the business, she has worked her way to become the current Owner and CEO.

MANUFACTURING & ENGINEERING

LEYLA HASHEMI, R&D ENGINEERING MANAGER
KEYSIGHT TECHNOLOGIES

Leyla leads a team of thirteen engineers that create microcircuits for some of the world’s most innovative technology. In this interview, she talks about her career path and how she found her home at Keysight Technologies, a leading tech company located here in the North Bay.

MANUFACTURING & ENGINEERING

YAS NEUBERGER, R&D ENGINEER
MEDTRONIC

Yas’ love for Star Trek sparked her interest in engineering and science. Seeing people make a positive impact on the universe through science and discovery led her to believe she too can make a difference. Following her dream, Yas is now an R&D Engineer and helps develop life-saving medical technology.

CONSTRCUTION / BUILDING TRADES

BETSY KURCZESKI
HUGH FUTRELL CORPORATION

Her family has a long history of working in construction, but Betsy did not consider it a viable career path for herself. So, she set out on a different path. But, as fate would have it, this path led her right back to the construction industry. Hear Betsy’s unique story.