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SWE Diverse Podcast Ep 247: Aviation, Dance, and STEM Outreach: A Conversation With Deysi Melgar

Deysi Melgar shares her inspiring journey as a STEM advocate and aviation leader in this episode of Diverse: a SWE podcast!

Deysi Melgar, a longtime facilitator of SWE’s Invent It. Build It. pre-college outreach program, joined us at the WE23 Diverse Podcast Studio to discuss her inspiring career journey and her passion for introducing students to engineering.

Interviewed by Larry Guthrie, director of content strategy at SWE, Melgar reflects on how she balances multiple passions such as dance, STEM outreach and her full-time career in the aviation sector.

Plus, hear how being a contestant on PBS’s “Design Squad” fueled her interest in engineering and the advice Melgar would give to her teenage self.

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

Speaker: Deysi Melgar, Facilitator of Invent It. Build It.

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Deysi Melgar came to the U.S. from Mexico at age seven and developed a love for math. She also loved acting, singing, and dancing, and she chose to attend a high school for performing arts, where she was drawn to the technical side of theater.

Melgar never considered a career in STEM until her work on the PBS Emmy and Peabody award-winning TV series “Design Squad.” She is a graduate of Wheaton College (Norton, Mass.) with a bachelor’s degree in physics.

Melgar works at Boston Logan International Airport managing various airline service operations. Her passion for aviation has led Melgar to pursue her private pilot’s certificate, with an end goal of one day flying private aircrafts.

Host: Larry Guthrie, Director of Content Strategy, SWE

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Larry Guthrie is the Director of Content Strategy for the Society of Women Engineers. He has over 20 years of experience in all areas strategic marketing and communications, both in the corporate and association settings.

Guthrie is responsible for planning, executing, and evaluating omnichannel content publishing strategies that align with SWE’s audiences and stakeholders. Before joining SWE, he was the director of communications at CCIM Institute, where he developed and oversaw the overall marketing, communications, content, and media strategies for the association.

Guthrie holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing management from Old Dominion University. He has also spoken at numerous events across the country, including ASAE’s Marketing, Membership & Communications national conference, Association Forum’s Forum Forward national conference, the National Apartment Association national conference, and’s SURGE national conference.


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