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Women in STEM Panel Series

women in stem panel series

Case Study Overview

The “Women in STEM Panel Series,” sponsored by Bossier Parish Community College, was a vibrant and innovative addition to our yearly programming to engage a typically quiet audience. After years of muted participation during virtual workshops, we shifted our approach to include a publicly accessible series featuring dynamic discussions with women in STEM fields throughout February. This initiative enriched the engagement and was highly appreciated by our client’s audience, leading to plans for its continuation with fresh topics and panelists next year.

Problem and Innovative Solution

Previously, our client faced the challenge of low audience interaction during virtual workshops, where attendees predominantly preferred to listen rather than participate. In response, we utilized the allocated funds to transform the format by hosting a panel series that was open to the public. This adjustment fostered a richer dialogue, attracted broader community involvement—including professors and their students—and significantly increased interactive participation.

Program Implementation

The series was structured around three main events focusing on Creativity, Perseverance, and Collaboration within STEM fields. Each panel featured distinguished women from diverse STEM backgrounds who shared their insights and experiences on overcoming challenges, fostering innovation, and the importance of teamwork in their professional journeys. The discussions were designed not only to inspire but also to provide practical advice applicable to both current and aspiring STEM professionals.

Outcomes and Impact

  • Enhanced Engagement: Opening the discussions to the public transformed the interaction dynamics, resulting in lively participation through chat features and SLIDO, as well as positive feedback from a previously passive audience.
  • Educational Impact: Professors integrated the panel discussions into their curriculums, using the provided reflection and discussion guides along with recorded sessions, thereby extending the educational reach of each event.
  • Community Building: The series helped to build a community of engaged learners and fostered a network of professionals and students interested in STEM careers.

Feedback and Future Plans

Feedback from attendees was overwhelmingly positive, with many expressing appreciation for the insights shared and the accessibility of the panels. The success of this year’s series has not only confirmed the continuation of the initiative for the following year but has also encouraged us to propose a similar collaborative series to other clients, potentially expanding the impact and reach of these enriching discussions.

Conclusion

The “Women in STEM Panel Series” demonstrated a successful pivot from traditional webinar formats to a more engaging and inclusive panel discussion format. This case study exemplifies how listening to client needs and creatively rethinking engagement strategies can lead to significantly enhanced outcomes in community involvement and educational impact. We look forward to growing this initiative, continually adapting and improving to meet the needs of our audiences and maximize the educational value of the series.

Explore the dynamics of STEM through the ‘Women in STEM Panel Series,’ where accomplished women from science, technology, engineering, and mathematics share their insights and experiences. This series delves into innovation, teamwork, and overcoming challenges, providing a platform for dialogue and learning from those at the forefront of their fields. On this page, you can learn all about the three panels and the twelve amazing panelists.

Bossier Parish Community College sponsors this panel series.

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Abstracts & Panelists

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Chanel Beebe, PhD

Beebe Arts LLC

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Dr. Chanel Beebe is an artist, writer, researcher, engineer, and educator who designs, implements, and conducts research on S.T.E.A.M. programming. Dr. Beebe has a passion for nourishing youth’s critical and social consciousness and is the founder and C.E.O. of a research and design firm focused on social and educational equity (Beebe Arts LLC.)

Dr. Beebe holds both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and a Ph.D. in Engineering Education and studies socially situated design and learning experiences. As a growing “socio-technical activist,” Dr. Beebe seeks to blend her values of creativity, equity, health, and sustainability with her formal training as an Industrial Engineer.

Joanna Nelson, PhD

Joanna Nelson, PhD

LandSea Science LLC

Joanna Nelson, PhD, is an ecologist working on science-to-action solutions with communities, from headwaters to the sea, as the founder of LandSea Science. She is currently the Director of Science and Conservation Planning with Save the Redwoods League, protecting coast redwoods and giant sequoias throughout their ranges. She works collaboratively with Indigenous communities on land and coastal stewardship, including prescribed and cultural fire. She earned BS and MS degrees in Earth Systems from Stanford University; a PhD in Environmental Studies (Ecology) from the University of California, Santa Cruz; and served as a postdoctoral fellow with the Natural Capital Project at Stanford University and as a NatureNet Science Fellow.

Fantasi Nicole, PhD

Fantasi Nicole, PhD

Arizona State University

Dr. Fantasi Nicole is an innovative, data-driven systems leader with 12+ years’ experience in cultivating equitable learning ecosystems. With 4 engineering degrees and a passion for people, she excels in driving transformative experiences that promote continuous learning, professional growth, and personalized success.

Pamela Leggett-Robinson PhD

Pamela Leggett-Robinson, PhD

PLR Consulting, Inc.

Pamela Leggett-Robinson, PhD, CAPM is the CEO and Executive Director for PLR Consulting, Inc. in Atlanta, GA. PLR Consulting, Inc. is a boutique Program Development, Management, and Evaluation firm that works with organizations and institutions seeking to address multi-faceted obstacles confronting historically and presently marginalized groups in STEM environments. Dr. Leggett-Robinson has more than 20 years of higher education experience, garnered over $7 million in federal funds as a PI and CoPI for work in broadening participation in STEM, and serves as an evaluator for large NSF projects (Big data, BioGraphI, AGEP Alliance, and INCLUDES) grounded in racial equity work.

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Lauren Horton

Lauren Horton

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I am a recent college graduate, earning a B.S. in Computer Science with a Cybersecurity Specialization and a minor in Physics, as well as a M.S. in Cybersecurity from SMU (‘22, ‘23). I currently work as a Cyber Systems Security Engineer for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, but my background includes teaching, managerial, administrative, and leadership experience. I am happiest when traveling, but I also thrive at home finding new ways to innovate my personal life. Recently I’ve taken up breadmaking and my current read is Sandworm: A New Era of Cyberwar and the Hunt for the Kremlin’s Most Dangerous Hackers by Andy Greenburg. I am excited to share my story and experiences with women in STEM to support my sisters as I have been supported.

Mary Long

Mary Long

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Chancee Lundy

Chanceé Lundy

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Chanceé is an engineer, author, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and community servant. She co-founded Nspiregreen, an award-winning planning and engineering firm, and sold it in 2020. She is now the CEO of Lundy Legacy, Inc., providing environmental consulting and education, and the CEO of Black and Loud Media LLC, a creative media company. She is also the Director of Joy for Southern Black Girls and Women’s Consortium and the Founder of Destination Liberation, Inc. She is a sought-after speaker and holds a BS in Environmental Science and an MS in Civil Engineering. As an author, she has been featured in three books and compiled an anthology targeting teenage girls.

Julie Thyne

Julie Thyne

Dow, Inc.

Julie Thyne graduated from the University of Texas with a chemical engineering degree. She has worked for Dow, Inc. for the last 26 years in a variety of manufacturing and engineering positions that include experience in pharmaceuticals, automotive, and electronic materials. She is currently an Improvement Director. Julie is the recipient of the 2014 STEP Ahead award from the Manufacturing Institute and a Prosci® certified change manager. Outside of work, Julie promotes STEM education for elementary and middle school students.

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Sreyoshi Bhaduri, PhD

Sreyoshi Bhaduri, PhD

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Hoda Ehsan, PhD

Hoda Ehsan, PhD

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Dr. Hoda Ehsan is Director of Engineering and Design, and the Chair for Engineering and Computer Science department at The Hill School. She holds a PhD in Engineering Education from Purdue University. She has 13 years of experience working with pre-college children, and researching how they learn and engage in engineering and design. She has designed and developed several engineering learning opportunities/resources for in-school and out-of-school settings, such as museum activities and exhibits, summer camps, afterschool programs, and parent and teacher professional development. She is also the founder and director of ARTEC, a non-profit maker space for children and adults in Pottstown, PA.

Catalina Herrera

Catalina Herrera

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Catalina is a seasoned data and analytics leader with over 15 years of experience in the industry. She is currently the Field CDO at Dataiku, a leading platform for enterprise AI and data democratization.

In her role, she listens, understands, and helps customers identify innovation opportunities using machine learning and artificial intelligence. She frequently engages with customers across various industries, helping them understand the immense value of AI and how Dataiku can assist them in achieving their goals. She also shares her insights and knowledge through blog posts and conference talks, showcasing her data analysis and artificial intelligence expertise.

Erica Lee Garcia

Erica Lee Garcia

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Erica is a professional engineer with over 20 years’ experience in automotive manufacturing, mining and non-profit management. As a Six Sigma Black Belt, she excels at problem-solving skills, empathy, and kindness.

She founded the charity Engineers of Tomorrow to inspire the next generation of engineers and STEM professionals through effective, impactful outreach to young people.

Erica has a significant track record in achieving improvements throughout her career, totaling over $364M as a ‘business mechanic’. She has coached industry professionals in the USA, Spain, Peru, Chile, and Tanzania and works in both English and Spanish.

Before her business, she worked on recycling and poverty reduction initiative in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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