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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.

A Little STEAMED Experiment

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

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I had the opportunity to speak at Indianapolis Rotary today about STEM education (around the children’s book I wrote for girls), which was an amazing experience.  (Here’s the audio and the slides if you’d prefer to listen and watch rather than read.) But being a science geek, I couldn’t resist conducting a little experiment with the audience, in order to explain what we are up against with training the next generations of young professionals about STEM education.

So, I took the slides/photos you see above with all corners of STEM, and broke them down into 4 different slides.

After showing the “S is for Science” slide, I asked those in the audience to stand up if they ever had the opportunity to take any of the courses listed on the slide either in high school, college or graduate school.  Then, I went on to Technology…and again, asked those standing to remain standing if they took a computer science or tech class or sit down if they did not.  We then went on to Engineering – we lost a bunch here who had to sit down.  Finally, we ended upon Math.

Out of about 120 in the audience, guess how many were standing at the end – with all four boxes of STEM education checked for themselves?

Answer: around 6.

This is not good.  This showed the audience today (myself included) what educators are up against in this new era of globalization.  We are training a crop of future professionals in areas that we know little about ourselves (or had little formal training within during our own education).  The educator in me is overwhelmed by the fact that we have to get all students on board in all 4 corners of STEM just to try and stay competitive with the rest of the world in the future.  This doesn’t mean that everyone is going to work in STEM.  This is just a foundation we’re discussing here.

How might we do this?  Well, I think there are a lot of answers here – some are better than others.  But I do fundamentally believe that we’ve got to reach ALL students with all 4 corners of STEM, AND add on design thinking, entrepreneurship and the arts on top of it.

Other countries are figuring this out.  So must we.  Our future depends upon it.

(Oh, and had I played along with the experiment, I wouldn’t have made the final cut either – as I never had a formal tech nor engineering class, sadly.)

 

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!

#STEMPrincess Project: On the Radio

Saturday, October 12th, 2013

Tomorrow (Sunday, October 13), I’m on the radio with Pete the Planner, talking about the #STEMPrincess Project – yay!  He’s on WIBC, 93.1 FM in Indianapolis from 10 am – noon eastern time.  If you’re not in the Indianapolis area (since my amazing 13 fans are spread throughout the universe, like that!) feel free to hop on over to WIBC.com and click on the ‘Listen Live‘ red button on the upper right of their homepage.

Thanks, Pete!