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More GirlPower Stuff

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-02-03 at 7.39.48 AMAfter 2 crazy weeks, I’m happy to report that this weekend, I’ll be cooling it, and getting back to working on #SWE3.

In the meantime, here’s a roundup of some really cool stuff for women and girls that we’ve been working on or seeing over here at the ranch the last couple of weeks.

Inside Indiana Business/Biocrossroads article on 8 Great Orgs in HIT Healthcare and STEM – many of them focused on women.

The No Limits Radio show I did (or tried to do) this week on Activism.

Interview with Abdul-Hakim Shabazz and Dave Meeker on WIBC about how to manage social media in these interesting times.

Wonder Woman stamps – now available for her 75th birthday, and great for slapping on letters to your CongressMEN about your feelings around new legislation.

Also heading over to a new podcast, (at least new to me) on Get Social Health.

Oh, and WCS Yale applications for the 2017 summer session are now open.

And the ladies of HBA are rocking! Really solid crew I am working with this year.

STEM-ADE: Why we need Art, Design and Entrepreneurship on top of STEM – My Story

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

snoopy alphabet and e You probably already know what I’m going to say. But let me discuss my own personal experiences a little further today after my other article on STEM education plus art, design and entrepreneurship, here at Inside Indiana Business came out.

First, STEM education is absolutely spot on.  Sixty five percent (65%) of kids in school today will have jobs that aren’t even invented yet in the future. I’ll let that number sink into your brain for a second.

That’s more than half.

So, how are we possibly able to predict every key skill a student needs in order to be a successful employee of the future, for an unknown job?

Answer: we can’t.  However, what we can do is arm them with critical problem solving skills that STEM affords.  But, I don’t think we should lose sight of the ADE bits of education, either.  Art, Design and Entrepreneurship are also important.

Here are my own experiences in ADE.

Art – I was a band geek growing up.  I started playing piano when I was 5, and music always stuck with me.  In middle and high school, I played the saxophone.  I sang in choir, and I tried out for the annual musicals at school.  Now, was I the best musician ever?  Clearly not, since I didn’t go to Julliard.  However, I learned key skills from my musical experiences – as tiny as – use your diaphragm when you speak to project, all the way through to – take the lead when no one else will.  I’m also including visual art and literature here too, although others may expand the idea of what art is.  I care less about the definition, and more about the skills I gleaned from my artistic experiences.

Design – This of all the -ADE, I had the least of in formal school.  But it’s the idea of continuous quality improvement.  Listening to the customer, then creating features and benefits and designing something “better” for the customer, then executing upon it to make something – BETTER.  (Get it?) Anyway, my point here is this: take a look around.  There are plenty of things that could use some improvement.  Our cities.  Our communities.  Our streets.  Our blocks.  Our front yards.  Ourselves.  We can ALWAYS be doing, being and living better, continuing to grow, and making the world a little better than we found it.

While I don’t think of myself as a designer, the way I try to practically implement this skill set is in 2 steps:

  1. Stop whining when something is broken and
  2. Fix it.

A recent example might be the Social Media Dames Unconference.  It all started with a whiny twitter rant between myself and a few other women about the lack of women on social media in Indiana.  So, instead of continuing to whine, we tried to fix it by creating this educational series we are now taking around the state.  This is design thinking!

Entrepreneurship – When I think of a true entrepreneur, she’s taking a crazy idea that she had, putting it on paper, selling it back to the universe, then implementing it.  (This really isn’t that far away from design thinking either.)  While I really never had any formal education on entrepreneurship, I did grow up surrounded by two very entrepreneurial parents, who taught me things like: working your &*^% off, studying, persevering, and never giving up when everyone else does if it’s something you really, really want.  That is the secret sauce of which I think of when I think about entrepreneurs.

I started a couple of businesses on my own, wrote a few books, and somehow scrapped my way into getting my ideas into print to share with the rest of the world.  This skill set should be taught EVERYWHERE, so EVERY KID has a shot at being an entrepreneur too if s/he wants to be!

So, there you have it.  While STEM is an excellent start – if we really, really want to do a good job at preparing our kids for those 65% unknown jobs of the future today – we’ve got to stick the -ADE in there too.  STEAMED is the right acronym moving forward.

It has to be.

That, and a little more Snoopy never hurt either…

The Amazing Adventures of the Princesses from Planet STEM: Social Media and Press Roundup II

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

TheAmazingAdventuresofthePrincessesFromPlanetSTEM

Wow.  I could barely keep up with all the amazing press on STEM education and the #STEMPrincess project last week.  Let’s do another social media and web roundup here, ready?

1. The book-book is available (and ONLY available) here.
The Kindle ebook is available at Amazon.

2. First, all the Kickstarter campaign info and press around the project last fall is here.  The wrap up thank you video for all on the Kickstarter campaign is here.

3. This time, the #STEMPrincess press release is on Slideshare, here.

4. Thanks to Pure Geekery, who picked up our article on the project and posted at their site.

5.  A blog post regarding International Children’s Book Day with Indiana First.

6. A write up by the Ft. Wayne Journal Gazette on my slightly intimidating Keynote discussion at #TechFest14 to 300+ high school students as they competed for technical mastery on Friday March 14th is here.  My slides from the keynote talk are here.

7. Apparently, NPR also followed the STEM Panel discussion the Indy Chamber had in Indianapolis on March 13th, and the article with quotes from yours truly is here.  It was truly an honor to be a speaker on the all-star lineup of STEM education experts at the Indy Chamber this past week – with colleagues from IUPUI, Project Lead the Way, Roche Diagnostics, and Eli Lilly and Company Foundation.  (I enjoyed being the red-headed stepchild of the panel!)

8. Best unsolicited commercial on the book is here at Instagram by Sheryl of Successful Women Made Here.  (Seriously, this one made my day!)  Backers have been posting pictures at Facebook, Instagram and Twitter all week.  One of my favorite surprises–is that the BOYS love this book too! WOOT!  If you post, don’t forget to use the official hash tag – #STEMPrincess.

9. I officially delivered 19 boxes of donated #STEMPrincess books at no cost to the state of Indiana on Wednesday this past week.  The pile of ‘em is at my instagram feed, here.  To the backers: THANK YOU FOR HELPING ME MAKE THIS HAPPEN!

10. Last but certainly not least, I’m on Inside Indiana Business this week with my work colleague and pal, Stephanie Fernhaber, discussing education and entrepreneurship for life science majors and women entrepreneurs–link to the show will be here.

That’s the first of hopefully many more to come.  And although books are literally flying out of my boxes and being sold rapidly, I LOVE that most of all, we’re ALL talking about STEM education for our kiddos.  THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT CONVERSATION OF ALL!!!!!

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!)

If You Think Education is Expensive…

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

….check out the rant on higher education over at Inside Indiana Business today.  Thanks to my friends over at the IIB for allowing my suggestions to reach a broader audience!

1 of 2012

Friday, January 6th, 2012

So, how was the first week of your new year?  All resolutions still hanging?  Oh – no – wait.  My awesome readers are SO AWESOME that you probably officially completed all of your goals for the entire new year all in the first week, right?  Now that’s how we roll!

Actually, while it looks like I’ve been slacking on the blog–I really haven’t.  A couple nights ago, I wrote a really controversial blog post.  Probably the hardest post I’ve ever written.  I was kind of a mess by the end of it – and most of you who know me well know that I don’t usually get too messy.  When I tweeted and f-booked the little nugget of the world’s hardest post ever written, everyone was, “Post link, please…” but I promised another writer friend that before I go posting anything epic that I let it sit in the draft ether for awhile.  So, my post is still there.  While I’m sorry I didn’t share it yet, I guess I’m also not sorry too.  I just need to mull it over…

But – other than that – had a splendid first week!  New media out on Plan C from my friends at Inside Indiana Business (and hell YES you can be a professional AND an entrepreneur – word up! LOVE IT!), new reviews in on the book (now from Dan Pink, Tony Hsieh and Dr. Kuratko at IU), an invite to speak out east on social entrepreneurship in health care and life sciences this spring (always a blast) and helping my friends achieve THEIR craziest, biggest dreams and objectives for 2012.  Last but certainly not least, got myself some new ‘quipment for the Office o’ Awesomeness so I can crank out even more good stuff for the universe in 2012 and beyond!

WHAT MORE could a girl ask for in her first week of a brand new year?  I really can’t think of anything else.  Except maybe a little more time.  I always feel like time is my biggest enemy.  Fleeting.  Ephemeral.  And I’m STILL waiting on that Erin Splitter to show up in the mail.  Post office must be sitting on that one, since it, too, would be epic!

Hope your first week rocked too, my friends!!! MWAH!