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Wednesday, March 1 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Breaking the Barriers in Colorado’s Workforce: Opportunities for Women in STEM FILLING

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This panel is brought to us by #FCSW17 Title Sponsor, Comcast. 

According to the National Girls Collaborative Project, “Women make up half of the total U.S. college-educated workforce, but only 29% of the science and engineering workforce.” Why is this? And, what is our responsibility as entrepreneurs and business leaders in breaking down the barriers that exist and create gaps in the STEM workforce? This panel will discuss the diversity gap in the STEM workforce, and will specifically address this subject through the lens of women. Join this panel discussion of local, state and national business and community leaders in developing practical ideas for bridging the STEM workforce divide.

Moderators
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Elise Van Dyne

Executive Director, Colorado Maker Hub
Elise is Founder and Executive Director of the Colorado Maker Hub Makers are creators in technology, the arts and sciences, and traditional artisan and DIY fields. Elise brought the first maker faire to Colorado in 2013, the NoCo Mini Maker Faire. With experience leading global corporate teams and growing social entrepreneur/nonprofit organizations, Elise has grown the nonprofit educational Colorado Maker Hub to be a wide-ranging alliance of... Read More →

Speakers
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Dr. Violeta Garcia

Education Consultant, STEM Learning by Design
If it's related to STEM, Dr. Violeta García knows all about it. Dr. García stays on top of cutting-edge research, methodologies, and anything amusing and educational in the teaching and learning space. She is a leader in STEM in Colorado, and across the nation. Her passion is to advance students historically underrepresented and underserved in STEM fields through meaningful and engaging learning experiences. She has created numerous... Read More →
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Dr. Barbara Johnson

Research Microbiologist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Barbara is an untraditional scientist in that she started graduate school at 40 and received her PHD in microbiology at 45. Currently, she is a research microbiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Fort Collins, Colorado. She manages production and distribution of CDC reference arboviruses and reagents to US and international public health laboratories, academic researchers, nongovernment agencies, and commercial... Read More →
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Amy Lynch

West Division Vice President of Engineering Operations, Comcast
Amy M. Lynch is West Division Vice President of Engineering Operations.  She, along with her team of over 250 employees, are responsible for the strategic vision and implementation of initiatives related to engineering inclusive of design, construction, and network operations across Comcast regions. Specifically, Amy and her team are deploying the next generation access network to support the growth of Comcast products and services... Read More →
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Kim McMonagle

Director of Educational Technology, Poudre School District
Kim McMonagle serves as Director of Educational Technology in Poudre school district, Fort Collins Colorado. She believes in sparking the possibilities necessary to transform teaching and learning. Digital tools + highly effective instructional strategies = deeper learning. Kim serves educators and education leaders throughout Colorado and beyond. She works on the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE) faculty as an educational... Read More →
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Kristin Stephens

Fort Collins Councilmember – District 4
Elected on April 7, 2015, Kristin is the City Councilmember for District 4 where she has lived for 20 years. Kristin grew up in the foothills of Southern Colorado and came to Fort Collins to attend CSU. She worked her way through college at a former Old Town landmark, the Stone Lion Bookstore.After graduating Kristin chose to stay in Fort Collins to work and raise her family. She has worked as a bookstore manager, Executive Director of the... Read More →
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Mary West

Product Designer, SparkFun Electronics
Mary West moved from Las Vegas to Boulder in December 2015.  She is a product designer at SparkFun Electronics, an innovative electronics company that brings new products, skills and resources to maker communities. Previously, Mary designed and built battery management systems for light electric vehicles in Las Vegas, NV and interned at the largest solar power plant in the world. Her passion for engineering and art led her volunteer as an... Read More →


Wednesday March 1, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
FVC Mesh Fort Collins 242 Linden St. Fort Collins, CO 80524

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