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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!!!!

Color me STEM

Sunday, February 7th, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-02-07 at 9.21.28 AMSo, there’s a ton of research out there that suggests coloring has benefits, other than a page just being filled in with the ROYGBIV spectrum.  I wanted to do a lasso around the internet on this subject and put a few solid posts here so I can refer to them later on…so this post is for me!  Read on, however, if you’re interested in this arena of research as I am right now.

The Healing Power of Art

Health benefits of coloring books attracting adults to childhood pastime

Anti-Stress Coloring Books for Adults: The Latest Way to Relax

Adult Coloring Books Promise Stress Relief

Why adult coloring books are good for you

Coloring Books for Existential Angst

Let Kids Create: 7 Benefits of Coloring

The American Art Therapy Association Art Therapy: Integrating Creativity, Healing, and Professionalism Conference 2016

Podcast on adult coloring

I’ll be adding to this over time as well when I stumble on other cool stuff in coloring.

Calling All Potential Planet STEM Ambassadors…

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-07-13 at 9.54.54 AMThis potato salad guy is KILLING me!

If he can raise $50K to make salad, what’s my excuse for not continuing the #STEMPrincess project and book series?  (Especially when people keep asking me when the next book is coming.) Nothing like guilt by crowdfunding humiliation!

So, step 1, after reading a most fantastic article on crowdfunding, I first need to find my Ambassadors to Planet STEM.  If you’d like to be an Ambassador, please consider filling out this form below, and you’ll be first in line for what’s going on with my NEXT crowdfunding campaign to continue The Amazing Adventures of the Princesses from Planet STEM an entire book series – not just one book. (And I will NOT be selling or sharing your info with anyone beyond this project…promise.)

We Interrupt the Kickstarter #STEMPrincess Project…For a Chat with Dr. Julie Koehler

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

for yet another episode of: DID the #STEMPrincess grow up and live happily ever after?  This time, we chat with Dr. Julie Koehler of Butler University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

(As well, this is in honor of American Pharmacists’ Month!)

Remember, you can be what you can see.  It was important to present to the universe amazing women already rocking STEM, even though we don’t have enough yet in the fold!  Please make sure you’re encouraging boys and girls to be whatever they want to be when they grow up.  With enough hard work and dedication, there is a STAR in all of us, in STEM, or out!

Another #STEMPrincess Episode: Did the STEM Princess really live happily ever after? With Dr. Julie Koehler from Erin Albert on Vimeo.

We Interrupt the #STEMPrincess Project…

Friday, October 18th, 2013

…for another acclaimed episode of…Did the #STEMPrincess grow up and really live happily ever after?

Today, we feature Dr. Nichole Wilson at Community Health Network.  Hear her story, and remember – we can be what we can see!  Let’s make sure our girls and our boys are able to see all options for careers moving forward!

Studio (i) Interview: The #STEMPrincess Project Goes Across Indiana

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Really grateful to my friends over at Inside Indiana Business, who not only allowed us to discuss the plight of girls, STEM and Indiana in digital print, but now, VIDEO!  If the video link doesn’t take you directly to the #STEMPrincess video on Studio (i) – just look for the orange title of the book “The Amazing Adventures of the Princesses from Planet STEM.”

If the stats don’t disturb you after watching this video, I don’t know what will.  We should not rest until we’ve done what we can to get this book into the hands of girls across the state to get them fired up about STEM.  Please consider contributing to the project, and regardless, support girls and boys EVERYWHERE who are interested in learning more about STEM – encourage them wherever you go, and whatever you do.

Inside Indiana Business – Supports the #STEMPrincess Project!

Monday, October 14th, 2013

I must give a huge shout out to my friends over at Inside Indiana Business, who have been 100% supportive of the women and girls of Indiana.  Not only did they give me the shot at talking about the alarming stats with girls in STEM (or not in STEM) in Indiana today as a Perspectives piece for their ultra cool mover and shaker newsletter, Big Wigs and New Gigs, but I’m also headed there later this week to share even more on #STEMPrincess via – video.

Love it!

Thanks, @IIB!

(And you do follow them all over social media, don’t you…? Of course you do, because you’re awesome like that!)

Social Media Roundup: The #STEMPrincess Kickstarter Project

Monday, October 14th, 2013

AmazingAdventuresPrincessesPlanetSTEMWell, my fab 13, we’re almost half way through this Kickstarter shin dig – WOOT!  Forgive me for a moment with this post, but I must do a little herding of all the info on social media around this #STEMPrincess project, to have it nicely and neatly fit into one blog post – ready?  Here. We. Go!

The Kickstarter Site – where the magic happens, and where you can become an amazing Superstar STEM backer!

The Campaign within and behind the campaign – here’s where I post all the updates, and a few backer-only updates, like our campaign button program – for backers only.

PR on the Kickstarter program – at the launch.

All about the Princess Manifesto – both at the blog and prettied up at Slideshare – both as a slide set and as a one pager.

Inside Indiana Business Studio (i) video – on girls, Indiana and STEM.

Two infographics:
1. Indiana, Girls and STEM and
2. Girls and STEM – by the numbers.

Video 1 – Best part about the entire campaign
Video 2  - Why not STEAMED instead of STEM?

The STEM Princess Pinspiration board – #STEMPrincess

Slideshare

about.me page – all about why I’m doing this in the first place

STEM Princess Happily ever after video series:
1. Kristin Eilenberg – Lodestone Logic
2. Tasha Phelps – Phelco Technologics, Inc.
3. Dr. Nichole Wilson – Community Health Network
4. Dr. Julie Koehler – Butler University COPHS
5. Shelley Myers – Simplee Wellness 
6. Kate Gundlach – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

Inside Indiana Business’s Big Wigs and New Gigs Post on WHY we desperately need Girls to Engage in STEM in Indiana.

Pete the Planner’s radio show - original airdate – October 13, 2013 – 2nd hour.

The Local Lady of Richmond’s blog post on our project.

A piece I wrote for Drug Topics on why I’m doing this project, and why it is important.

The primary Twitter page @ErinLAlbert, and our extra special hashtag at Twitter, Vine, Instagram, etc – #STEMPrincess.

This may be a little bit of overkill, and of course, the haters are already coming out.  Haters gonna hate, but I don’t really give a damn.  Why?  Because girls aren’t winning in STEM in Indiana, and as a STEM professional and native Hoosier girl myself, I can’t let this problem go until we get more girls in Indiana fired up about STEM, and create a better future not only for local and national economies, but for my entire gender.

There you have it! More goodies will be coming, but I wanted to get them in one nice neat little package for you and me to keep track of.  If you’re one of our current almost 60 backers on this project, btw, THANK YOU for helping Hoosier girls.  If you’re not–we’re running out of time!

Princess, Redefined: A Manifesto

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

DakotaWhen I was little, and even to this day, I’m a sucker for a great princess story.  Who doesn’t love to watch a girl walk through a challenge and come out on the other end “happily ever after?”

But, when you first hear the word “princess,” what is the first word that pops into your head?  Is it pink…tulle…frilly…waiting to be saved…helpless…spoiled…wearing a crown…or something else?  When I posted this question on the Faceplace recently, I was blown away by all of our baggage (my own included) when it comes to the word.

The primary objective of my new book, The Amazing Adventures of the Princesses of Planet STEM is to introduce girls ages 5-9 to STEM careers—everything from computer programming to physics and many STEM careers in between.  However, I have a secondary objective in this book as well:

I want to redefine what it means to be a princess.

There have been other attempts to redefine what it means to be a princess.  Ironically, Disney themselves created this video, which I think moves more toward what it really SHOULD mean to be a princess.  Did they go far enough?  I don’t think so.  Sometimes, being kind and nice isn’t enough – princesses sometimes have to make unpopular decisions because they are the right things to do. Princesses need to speak up and be heard, too.  Consider the film Brave–as an example of princesses moving toward a new definition—the film took several years to finally see the silver screen, and there were even efforts after the film to make Merdia “prettier.”

I’m not quite sure we’re there yet with the best definition of a princess.

However, since the word itself has so many connotations and baggage attached to it (positive, negative, and somewhere in between), I thought it was time to write a manifesto on what a princess SHOULD or COULD be, not necessarily what everyone may conjure up on the idea of the word.  After all, the saying goes, “Own it. Or it owns you.” right?  So, why not try and own it!

Here goes.

Princess, Redefined: A Manifesto

1.  Being a princess isn’t about a look, a dress, a color, a crown, tiara, or a prince.  Being a princess instead is a state of mind.  Each is rare, glorious, and one-of-a-kind.

2.  A princess never seeks perfection, because she realizes there is no perfection.  Instead, she seeks excellence—in herself, and helps others to find their own inner excellence.

3.  A princess is pleasantly persistent, fierce, and 100% authentic, even if her authenticity isn’t popular or mainstream.  She listens to her gut.

4.  A princess zealously and passionately advocates for herself and others, especially when others cannot advocate for themselves.

5.  A princess welcomes challenges as opportunities to learn and shares knowledge with others, even when she is trying something for the first time, and even when she is scared.

6.  A princess isn’t afraid of failure.  Instead, she seeks out failure as an opportunity to learn and become a better person.  She believes that nothing is really a failure anyway, if she tried her hardest to make something happen and learned along the way.

7.  A princess flexibly collaborates, experiments with and embraces change, and can also work independently.

8.  A princess is adventurous, curious, creative, resourceful, and intrinsically motivated to make the world a better place.

9.  A princess is vulnerable, but she is not weak.  Admitting, “I don’t know, but I’ll find out” does not make her weak. It makes her strong.  It makes her even stronger when she DOES find out and follows up.

10. A princess seeks out different points of view, people who inspire, and diversity of opinion and debate in order to create positive change in the world.

11.  A princess realizes that no one is coming to rescue her.  She must save herself.

 

What do you think?

Here it is…ready or not!

Monday, September 30th, 2013

 

Princess Chloe, Planet STEM

Princess Chloe, Planet STEM

Well, here’s my Rocktobular project, peeps!  You’re getting it a bit early.

It’s all about girls and STEM in Indiana.  If you’ve read the stats – you already know that 1. girls are way behind in Indiana…and 2. girls are actually decreasing their interest in 2 of the biggest growth areas of STEM now – a. computer science and b. engineering.

Ladies and gentlemen, I can’t stand back and watch this happen to my sisters, the state of Indiana, and the country of the United States of America.

I’m writing this children’s book as you already know, The Amazing Adventures of the Princesses from Planet STEM – and paying for it out of my own business coffers to help girls and their parents engage in STEM careers…but, I’m running this Kickstarter campaign to get enough copies of this book into ALL of the public libraries in the state, so that little girls–no matter their station, family, or lives, may have access to and be inspired by this book.

The amazing Pam Fraizer of Fraizer Designs is already on board to help me create the amazing 20 princesses in the book (the picture in the Kickstarter video is Chloe and her fraternal twin sister, Dakota).  There’s more on what they do in the Kickstarter video.

I hope you can help.  I’m sharing this with you before I post and spread it to the masses – as my fab 13 always has my back.  I appreciate your support.  BETTER YET–the future female engineers, computer scientists, and STEM rockstars of the state of Indiana thank you for your participation and inspiring them to make. This. Earth. Better for all of us!!!!