presented by F5 Networks
Women in STEM
Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – STEM – have exploded in the last decade, and are projected to increase by another 1 million jobs in the next decade. Students who graduate with STEM training are also competitive for non-STEM jobs because they have the teamwork and problem-solving skills that employers need in the 21st century workforce. Washington is a national leader in STEM with growing technology, biomedical, and advanced manufacturing sectors. These careers also have the greatest wage potential, which can literally transform lives and bring families out of poverty. Unfortunately, that growth potential is not reaching a significant proportion of prospective talent. The lack of diversity in STEM fields is staggering—both in higher education and industry—and specifically, lack of women in classrooms and careers. Women earn less than 20% of the bachelor’s degrees in computer science and engineering—two of the STEM fields with the largest growth potential.
In this thought-provoking forum, you’ll learn why the lack of women in STEM persists in 2019—and what Eastern Washington University and our community partners are doing to address it—at the inaugural Eastern Edge community forum on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Spokane Convention Center. Dr. Leslie Cornick
, Associate Dean for the EWU College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, will emcee the program, featuring a panel discussion with EWU STEM alumnae, Lisa Godsil
, Processing Engineer at Boeing, Rebecca Long
(Lead DevOps Engineer at RiskLens, and President & Founder of Future Ada) and Shannon Kellam
(Associate Engineer at Lamb Weston), as well as two current EWU students. The panel will be moderated by Angela Jones
, EWU alumna and new CEO of Washington STEM. Following the program, EWU faculty and staff will facilitate roundtable discussions, diving deeper into the issue, as well as exploring additional community and professional needs from attendees.
The event will be held in Ballroom 111BC of the Spokane Convention Center on Wednesday, Oct. 23.
Registration/Networking: 11:30 a.m.-noon
Luncheon/Panel: noon-1 p.m.
Roundtables: 1-2 p.m.
$275 table of 10
Presenting sponsor: F5 Networks
Major sponsors: Spokane Journal of Business and Umpqua Bank Women's Resource Group
Supporting Sponsors: GeoEngineers
Student Success Sponsors: Itron
Chamber & Association Partners: Spokane Workforce Council, STEM Network: fueled by GSI, and West Plains Chamber
About Eastern Edge
Eastern Edge showcases how EWU’s talented experts are transforming the way we think, learn, and do—in and outside the classroom—by presenting their work in a community forum and roundtable discussions. The series features faculty, staff and alumni who are powering this region with their groundbreaking research, new approaches to teaching and learning, or leading initiatives to address community issues.