The Global STEM Alliance of the New York Academy of Sciences to Host Media Briefing on STEM Workforce

Science, technology, education, women's interest media are invited to attend panel discussion by executives from AOL, ARM, Cisco, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, Johnson & Johnson Innovation, and US-Mexico Foundation.

NEW YORK, Nov. 2, 2015  -- In the United States, it's estimated that 75 percent of all jobs will require STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) expertise by 2018, with similar trends playing out in countries around the world. And yet students, particularly women, are dropping out of STEM at the moment when their skills are most needed. Just 24 percent of the world's STEM workforce is women and only 10 percent is made up of minority groups. A new framework is needed to ensure the next generation of STEM innovators is prepared to meet the growing challenges of the global economy.

On November 9, 2015 at the Conrad Hotel, the Global STEM Alliance (GSA) of the New York Academy of Sciences invites media to hear from leading industry and non-profit organizations about the state of science across the globe and the four key elements important to identify, inspire and empower future STEM leaders.

During the session, "The New STEM Workforce Model: Support, Technology, Education & Mentorship," reporters will:

  • hear about how these companies are diversifying their workforce to advance innovation;
  • have the opportunity to interact with students, mentors and female scientists involved in GSA and learn about their personal experiences in the classroom and industry; and
  • view the latest virtual learning platform being used to connect students and STEM professionals around the world.

 

Topics of discussion include:

  • successful strategies to recruit and retain diverse talent;
  • corporate responsibility to advance professional development for women in science;
  • impact of technology in creating collaborative teams essential to drive global innovation; and
  • the role of science policy and advocacy in advancing the new STEM workforce.

 

The panel will be moderated by Ira Flatow, radio and television journalist and host of Public Radio International's popular Science Friday. Reservations are requested.  Please contact Kelsey Thompson (Kelsey.thompson@havasww.com) to confirm your attendance.

WHO:
Sara Link, President, AOL Charitable Foundation  
AOL Charitable Foundation is focused on empowering women, girls and future leaders through access to technology, education, leadership development, mentoring and creativity. "When only three percent of high school girls select computer science as a college major and only three out of 25 engineers are women, we must find a way to bridge the gender diversity deficit in STEM," said Link.

Stephen Pattison, Vice President, Public Affairs, ARM  
ARM is the world's leading semiconductor intellectual property (IP) supplier.  The company believes future innovation is only possible with a diverse, worldwide STEM pipeline. "Without a future of great STEM students and professionals, there may not be much of a future at all," said Pattison.                                                                             

Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn, Chief Knowledge Officer, VP and General Manager Services, Cisco President and Chairman of IoT Talent Consortium 
As the worldwide leader in IT, Cisco developed Learning@Cisco to address the need for highly skilled talent worldwide. It provides educational resources, training, certifications, social networks and communities, collaborative knowledge platforms and consulting services that accelerate productivity, opportunity, and growth. "STEM growth will equip millions of students, and the next generation workforce, with the specific skills they need to solve the world's greatest problems through strategies that take advantage of the power of the Internet of Everything," said Beliveau-Dunn.

Harold O. Levy, Executive Director, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation 
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need by offering the largest scholarships available and by funding strategic grant initiatives. In 2015 alone, the foundation awarded $1.6 in STEM education grants. "We are squandering the talents of millions of students who would pursue successful STEM fields if only they had early educational opportunities," said Levy.

Seema Kumar, Vice President, Innovation, Global Public Health and Science Policy Communication, Johnson & Johnson 
Johnson & Johnson Innovation is working to accelerate scientific innovation worldwide to deliver cutting-edge solutions that solve unmet needs.  To this end, Johnson & Johnson supports STEM education for a diverse array of scientists and entrepreneurs of all ages, backgrounds, fields, and geographies, including resource poor nations. "Working together we can expand the traditional view of science careers beyond beakers and lab coats, to capture the incredible breadth and endless possibilities in STEM-related fields - from research and product development, to HR, finance, venture capital, teaching, policy and science communications," said Kumar.

Rebeca Vargas, President and CEO, US-Mexico Foundation
The US-Mexico Foundation has teamed up with the GSA to support girls in Mexico with education and mentoring.  Mexico represents the second largest group participating in the 1000 Girls 1000 Futures program after the United States. "The program will change the lives, not only of these girls, but of their families as well. It will open up new horizons and help them acquire critical skills to succeed professionally," said Vargas.

WHEN: 
Monday, November 9, 2015 
4:00 - 5:05 p.m. EST     Panel Discussion
5:05 - 5:45 p.m. EST     Networking and opportunities for one-on-one interviews
                                    Photography and videography are welcome  

WHERE: 
The Conrad Hotel New York, Studio 4, 102 North End Avenue, New York, NY 10282
Or join the conversation via LiveStream and on Twitter using #redefineSTEM.

About The Global STEM Alliance
The Global STEM Alliance is an international initiative of the New York Academy of Sciences with more than 100 partners in more than 50 countries and regions, including government agencies, corporations, educational institutions, and nongovernmental organizations. The mission of the GSA is to increase the number and diversity of students in the STEM pipeline, with a goal of reaching 1 million students in 100 countries by 2020. By providing hands-on research projects, mentoring opportunities with leading STEM experts, and a comprehensive, tech-based learning platform, the GSA arms students with the skills they need for successful careers. The programs of the GSA are geared toward under-served groups, with the special goal of reducing the skills gap between education and the workforce. For more information on how to get involved, visit www.globalSTEMAlliance.org and follow us on Twitter @STEMAlliance.