Video: 4th Annual FIRST Women in STEM Panel

Panelists including several SWE members discussed issues related to diversity and inclusion for women in STEM at the FIRST Championship in St. Louis.
Video: 4th Annual FIRST Women in STEM Panel

A range of issues for women and girls interested in science, technology, engineering and math were  discussed at 4th Annual Women in STEM Panel at the FIRST Championship in St. Louis. Panelists included:

  • Adrienne Leighton, Chief of Staff, Office of the CIO, Monsanto
  • Erica Fessia, Director, Community Engagement, Qualcomm
  • Amanda Wisinski, Operations Manager, NRG; Kate Nolan, Materials/Process Engineer, Boeing,  SWE Member
  • Holly Rollins, Principal, Booz Allen Hamilton, SWE Member
  • Nicki Bonczyk, Machine Designer, JR Automation Technologies
  • Danaca Jordan, Staff Engineer, Eastman
  • Rachel Wilk, Biomedical Engineer, Veterans Administration Health Care Systems
  • Erin Russell, End User Account Manager, Rockwell Automation
  • Casee Eisele, Project Manager, Global Marketing, John Deere, SWE Member
  • Major General Kim Crider, U.S. Air Force Reserves
  • Samantha Viron, Civil Engineering Student, University of Kansas, SWE Member

SWE-Sponsored FIRST Teams

SWE sponsors FIRST Robotics Competition teams committed to gender equity. The program is funded by the Motorola Solutions Foundation. The gender ratio on these teams must be at least 50/50 girls to boys. They must have at least one girl in a technical role and complete SWE’s Outreach 4 Change online modules, which provide age-appropriate diversity and inclusion training.

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