In each episode of the Inside Our MIND podcast, we take a look at issues and challenges facing education that we are working to address through research, technology and strategic initiatives.
In our latest episode, MIND’s Social Impact EVP and Executive Director Karin Wu and I are joined by Dr. Jo Webber, STEMconnector CEO and President, and the Founder and CEO of Pod. Jo and Karin discuss diversity gaps in STEM, as well as how collaborative action can impact STEM education and provide equitable opportunities for future STEM careers.
Jo shares some of her journey with us, including her mathematical roots and love of ST Math. She and Karin talk about the importance of mentorship, the Million Women Mentors (MWM) initiative, and the recent MWM summit. Jo also shares her vision for STEMconnector and how the organization works with partners to build, attract, and retain a sustainably diverse STEM workforce.
STEMconnector's Annual Summit is coming up on December 8, 2021. The theme of this year's event is broadening participation across underrepresented groups in STEM and the importance of doing so for addressing the current and future STEM talent crisis. You can learn more about the event and register here.
You can listen to the podcast episode in the player below:
Topics Covered in the Podcast:
0:45 Intro 3:00 STEMconnector’s work and building an equitable future 7:30 Jo’s journey and mathematical roots 11:30 Visualizing math through software 15:00 Million Women Mentors and representation in STEM 24:00 STEMconnector’s new platform for connecting the STEM workforce 27:30 STEMconnector’s research 30:00 Preparing today’s students for jobs that don’t exist yet 35:00 Opportunities to close experience gaps in STEM education and mentorship 38:00 Helping students see the possibilities in STEM
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Brian LeTendre was the Director of Impact Advancement at MIND Research Institute. In addition to building thought leadership and brand awareness for MIND, Brian worked cross-functionally internally and externally to amplify MIND's social impact and accelerate our mission. He is an author, podcaster and avid gamer.