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SWE Diverse Podcast Ep 236: The State of Gender Equity in STEM With Gender Scan Founder Claudine Schmuck

Claudine Schmuck shares the latest data on women's representation in STEM globally from the Gender Scan survey on this episode of Diverse: a SWE podcast.

Claudine Schmuck, founder of the Gender Scan survey, joins us live in the WE23 Podcast Studio to share the latest data on the gender balance in STEM across the globe.

In conversation with FY24 SWE President Alexis McKittrick, Schmuck sheds light on the challenges and opportunities faced by women engineers worldwide.

She also shares data-driven practical steps to foster inclusivity in STEM at both the individual and policy levels.

Listen to the episode on SWE’s websiteSpotifyApple Podcasts, or on your favorite podcast platform.

Then, dive deeper into the Gender Scan survey data on the SWE website and explore Claudine Schmuck’s “Gender Balance in STEM in The World: From Education to Employment” presentation from WE23.

Speaker: Claudine Schmuck

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Claudine Schmuck is the founder and managing director of Global Contact, which provides management consulting to CEOs and decision-makers with a focus on innovation, NTIC and change management.

Since 2008, Global Contact has conducted Gender Scan, a global survey on gender balance in STEM.

Ms. Schmuck has worked with the Cabinet of the Ministry of Industry, Research and Trade in France and McKinsey Consulting in New York, and she has taught NTIC at the CELSA Paris IV Sorbonne.

She is the author of two books: Introduction of Multimédia (1995) and Women in STEM disciplines (2017). Ms. Schmuck is the president of Science Po NTIC professional group and founding member of European Professional Women Network, European Women in Leadership.

Host: Alexis McKittrick, FY24 SWE President

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Alexis McKittrick, Ph.D., a Society of Women Engineers 20-plus year and life member, has served as a volunteer leader in the organization for more than 15 years, holding roles that span all facets of the Society.

Prior to being elected president, Dr. McKittrick served as president-elect and spent two terms on SWE’s board of directors, including serving as secretary and leading the senate as speaker. Highlights from her other SWE leadership roles include chairing two committees; serving on two governance task forces; and serving as governor of the Mid-Atlantic Region.

Dr. McKittrick is currently a program manager in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Geothermal Technologies Office. She serves on the SWE board of directors in her personal capacity.

Prior to joining the DOE, Dr. McKittrick served as a senior researcher at the IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute in Washington, D.C., where she conducted nonpartisan research and analysis for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and various federal agencies. She also worked in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Change Division, focusing on greenhouse gas analysis and policy for the oil and gas, chemicals, and semiconductor sectors.

Dr. McKittrick holds a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where she was a Meyerhoff Scholar.

In 2014, she was presented with the D.C. Council of Engineering and Architectural Societies’ Young Engineer of the Year Award and received SWE’s Emerging Leader Award in 2019.


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