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Introducing…The Inaugural #STEMPrincess Advisory Board!

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Inaugural #STEMPrincess Project Advisory Board Announced by Pharm, LLC

INDIANAPOLIS – June 30, 2016 – Pharm, LLC created a new national advisory board for its book series and movement to encourage more girls to choose STEM/STEAMED* careers under the #STEMPrincess book trilogy project.

The advisory board is comprised of 9 women in STEM careers, or leadership positions from the US to ensure the #STEMPrincess educational events, resources and programs are ‘edutaining’ and compelling for the next generation of girls choosing to pursue STEM careers.  The 9 advisory board members include:

Mandi Bishop – Firebrand, Social Entrepreneur, Women-in-Healthcare & Health IT Evangelist– Jacksonville, FL

Holly M. Davis – Executive Director, Center for Women and Democracy – Seattle, WA

Kristin Eilenberg – CEO, Lodestone Insights – Indianapolis, IN

Christi Garcia – Sales and Business Development Manager, E-gineering, LLC – Indianapolis, IN

Crystal Grave – Founder, President and CEO, Snappening – Indianapolis, IN

NaShara Mitchell – Founder, Studio B – Indianapolis, IN

Shelley Myers – VP, Consumer Health & Wellness, Fuzion – Carmel, IN

Tasha Phelps – President & CEO, Phelco Technologies – Indianapolis, IN and Independent Candidate, Indiana State Senate – District 30

Jennifer Ruby, Esq. – Attorney-Owner, Ruby Law and Founder, Finances 101 for Young  Professionals – Indianapolis, IN

Heather Torlina Hatcher – Biologist, research scientist, and STEM educator – Fishers, IN

“I have been humbled by this tremendous cadre of women who are already in STEM and said yes—to champion STEM education for girls with the #STEMPrincess project nationally,” commented Erin Albert, CEO at Pharm, LLC, STEM academician and author of The Amazing Adventures of the Princesses from Planet STEM children’s book series.

“These women all want the STEM Princess movement out into the wider world in different, meaningful ways to in turn spark a new generation of women in STEM.  We know from the research that women in STEM are paid closer to parity with men, and have higher wage earnings. I’m excited to have this group of women already living the STEM dream help spread the broader message: that girls CAN be STEM superstars!”

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About The Amazing Adventures of the Princesses from Planet STEM: This children’s book series for girls and boys ages 5-9 is currently a story book (book 1), a hands-on activity book (2), and a coloring book (3).  The series is available online for sale at the author’s website: https://squareup.com/store/pharmllc.  More on the author at: http://erinalbert.com.

About Pharm, LLC: A service consulting think tank to healthcare, life sciences and pharmacy professionals, Pharm LLC educates on career development pathways through books, courses and articles to inform. Contact: pharmllc@gmail.com.

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Beyond the press release – these women are all going to kick my dupa into gear on my STEM Princess dream – which is to get 50% gender parity in all corners of STEM.  Let’s do this, ladies!!!!

5 Areas to Get Into if You’re Getting Out of Pharmacy

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

No doubt about it – there’s a lot of pressure on pharmacists right now.  There are tons of schools, tons of programs, and a lot of competition. Our country has nearly 280,000 pharmacists now.  On top of the grind of pharmacy school (both financially and academically), a job after school isn’t always guaranteed, and even cheerier news – our jobs are 47% autonomous, or almost half likely to be automated (we are that brown circle, higher up in the center of the map).

I’m just keeping it real here. Pharmacy isn’t for everyone.  Not everyone can be a superhero in this field.  So, the next set of questions is – if pharmacy isn’t for you, what else is there?

Answer: A BUNCH OF STUFF!  Here are just 5 ideas, and there are so many more, that I thought I’d start the ball rolling here with a few.  The good news is that all of the items below still relate to healthcare and wellness – so if you’re sure healthcare is the spot you’d like to be in, but you’re not clear on where, here’s some ideas.

1. Bioinformatics – look up “big data in healthcare” and you’ll suddenly find all kinds of data that needs to be crunched.  Maybe you’re awesome in big database software, but maybe not so much in pharmacology.  There are degrees from bachelors all the way up to PhDs in bio and health informatics now. Evidence based medicine needs evidence.  The evidence comes from crunching the big data.

2. Robotics – This area is more engineering based – but let’s say you love science, but you also love putting your hands on objects you make and pulling apart stuff to see how it works.  If so, robotics may be for you. Here’s the list of the top 50 robotics companies in the world. See any companies you know?

3. Communications – If there’s anything healthcare needs more of right now, it’s advocacy for patients and proper on demand health education and communication.  It’s become so complex that you need someone to take you through it to make it simpler.  Thus, the expanding need for healthcare communications professionals. That could be everything from PR all the way through to patient advocacy, even advocacy with payers.

4. Design – Our environment impacts our health and happiness.  So, just as we have to be careful about those who we surround ourselves with, we also have to be cognizant of our environment–where we work and how we work also plays into our individual wellness.  Thus, I think there’s going to be higher demand for designers of the future to make everything healthier and more well (?) in our lives.  Like: homes designed that are more friendly for the elderly, or hospital design that helps patients recover more quickly, or neighborhoods and city planning that keep people well longer.  This is big picture public health stuff here – so if you like how things are made and what impact they have on us – design might be your forte.

5. Software – Coding. I don’t think that’s going away in the near future.  With the dawn of the internet of things (IoT) here in its infancy, we’ve still got a long way to go to integrate more internet controlled stuff in our lives.  So, if you’re into “there’s an app for that” kind of thinking, sign up for computer science and software. We’ve still got a long way to go!

There.  And don’t get me wrong – pharmacy was a great choice for me.  But it’s not for everybody. If it’s not for you, fear not. There’s still plenty of opportunity in and around healthcare to contribute in positive ways…!