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Posts Tagged ‘STEM’

#DoYourWhy

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-05-23 at 6.49.37 AMIt was fun to be on the OTHER side of the interview table – my sincere thanks to Josh Scarver of #DoWhatYouDesire, for having the tables turned and I became the interviewee!

My hope and wish for all my fab 13 this week: to do your why. Do something around why you’re here. Help the universe…we’re waiting for you to share your superpowers!

Women, Hi Tech and STEM

Friday, October 7th, 2016

This weekend, I conducted my 6-month regular analysis of women in healthcare and positions at the helm. While data wasn’t all for naught, the advances women are making into the C-suites in the realm of pharmaceuticals and healthcare are not exactly at lightening speed, or any clock-able speed.  Here’s the data.

Alternatively, in Indiana this week, Women & Hi Tech is hosting their biennial Leading Light Awards.  And, emcee this year is none other than former Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann, (who, in my opinion, was the BEST thing that came out of the Pence administration–I wish she was running for Gov this cycle!  I digress.)  In my humble opinion, the nominees here are the bright future of Indiana’s innovation–they will be the leaders of tomorrow in STEM.  And, congrats to the winners!  (Also, shoutout to Christi Garcia of e-e-gineering for nominating me in the category of “You Inspire Us!” and…I won! Which also means I need to get back to work right after finishing this post…).

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But, in this era of heated political debates, and not enough women in leadership positions–in healthcare, STEM, politics, media, and pretty much every other sector you can think of, I just want to hi-light this awesome ceremony here, and challenge the media to COVER this type of event, rather than spending every night focused on stuff that does not matter on the news–like sports, bickering politicians that don’t focus on the issues, and NOT showing the great diversity that makes our country great.  (If you need a picture that screams lack of diversity, particularly in Indiana, this one should do–I think there may be 2-3 women in it – but I can’t tell, since they don’t have a seat at the table.)

During the Indiana Gubernatorial debate the other night, I traded tweets with another person who is equally passionate about early education for Indiana and STEM, which I share, and which I personally think should be a focus in our campaigns this fall…and I challenged the twittersphere to the same challenge I’m giving the media above.  Why doesn’t our society focus on what really matters?

Until we do, I fear we’ll never be great again…

Challenge aside – CONGRATULATIONS to the nominees and winners, and especially to the student scholarship nominees!  Keep studying and doing what you’re doing, for tomorrow–hopefully–you’ll make better leaders than what we’re currently seeing and hearing.

And to the organizers at Women & Hi Tech – THANK YOU for focusing on the right stuff!

An Open Letter to the Editors of Girls’ Life

Saturday, September 3rd, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-08-11 at 7.21.33 AMDear Editors of Girls’ Life Magazine:

A serious &*%$! storm of anger hit my Facebook feed today when I shared this photo, which was forwarded to me by another friend who knows I’m passionate about engaging girls in STEM education.  (Clearly, I have more work to do with the STEM Princess series.)

While my book series focuses on girls ages 5-9, and that’s not your key demographic for your magazine, I respectfully am glad I never read your magazine as a girl.  If I did, I might not have chosen a STEM career.  I might not have gone to graduate school, or started my own businesses, and wrote several other books in addition to the STEM Princess series. Instead, I’d be tackling the hard work of brushing my hair, figuring out fall fashion, and how to be pretty for the opposite sex.

I have had the blessing, luck and opportunity to know many women who ARE pretty…pretty curious, pretty amazing, pretty fantastic and pretty educated.  They are also pretty awesome!  They’re also women in STEM who are changing the world one company, project and volunteer engagement at a time.  (Two examples below – the magnificent Kristin Eilenberg of Lodestone Logic speaking at Troop #1887 in Hamilton County, IN on STEM careers, and Mandi Bishop Myers on getting more women engaged in HIT on the Pharmacy Podcast, here.)KristinEilenbergBrownieTalkHamiltonCounty

If you’d like me to share my list of pretty awesome women in STEM to help the next generation of girls be what they can see in your magazine, just email me and I’ll be happy to give you a list of pretty amazing women who are actually changing the world to feature in your magazine.  Better yet, I’d be happy to write a column for it.  That is, as long as I don’t have to write about hair, fashion or chasing boys…

Sincerely,

Erin Albert, MBA, PharmD, JD, Esquire
Chief #STEMPrincess

P.S. Here’s an alternative that moms may want to consider, although I personally haven’t seen a copy of it, Kazoo.

Taking the #STEMPrincess Advisory Board Challenge 1: Find Women of Earth in STEM

Sunday, August 14th, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-08-05 at 8.32.19 AMOne of the items we discussed at the STEM Princess Advisory Board this past week was showing more REAL WORLD EARTH WOMEN in STEM.  I totally agree with this.  So, this morning I challenged myself (after my ad board challenged me) to head over to Youtube to see if I could find real women of Earth doing the gigs that each of the 20 STEM Princesses do over at planet STEM.  Game on!

A few of my results are below.  If you want the entire spreadsheet of real world STEM Princesses of Earth, I hope you’re an owner of the first STEM Princess book, because they’re all in the google doc/resource guide, which has a link to it on the back cover of the first STEM Princess book.  (If you have the book and the URL, it’s on page 2 of the google document.)  So, this one in its entirety is for the loyal and original fans of this series!

Please note: the women I’m about to share don’t endorse the STEM Princess project, necessarily – I just wanted to link up amazing women doing the STEM jobs in the real world so girls everyone CAN BE WHAT THEY CAN SEE.  If anyone objects to the links below who are the video owners of the women’s footage below, tell me and I’ll remove the link…but I hope that is not the case.

Ready?

STEM Princess                   Gig                             Real Woman of Earth Rocking the Gig

Abigail                    Aerospace Engineering              Cady Coleman at the international space station

Bella                               Bioinformatics                     Wendy Kan at Genentech

Fiona                           Forensic Scientist                  Prof. Jeni Smith, Penn State University

Grace                   Geophysicist/Seismologist          Dr. Charlotte Keen, Canada

Harper           Hazardous Materials/Toxicology     Valerie Meyers, Toxicology at NASA

I found many others.  This was an interesting study.  But I will tell you that I didn’t have much to choose from in all of the fields.

So, if you’re a woman in STEM, I’m going to challenge YOU like the ad board challenged me: to tell your story, preferably often and preferably online…so that women around planet Earth can be what they can see!

 

Upvote and Help the STEM Princesses Make it to SXSW17!

Monday, August 8th, 2016
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STEM Princesses are packing it up for SXSW 2017 – the only part missing is YOUR UPVOTE to get them there!

 

Ok, let the craziness begin! From now (8/8/16) until 9/2/16, I need all hands on deck to help me get the #STEMPrincesses over to SXSW17 this year, and get the children’s book projects to SXSWedu.

This is where you come in, my fab 14! A big chunk of weeding through the thousands of proposals and actually presenting at SXSW is having a good online turnout of upvotes.

So, I’d like to ask you, sometime between now and 9/2, if you’ve even received a SHRED of decent help or advice from this blog or my talks or books over the past decade, please do me a HUGE SOLID and upvote these two discussions over at the SXSW panel picker:

1. Upvote The STEM Princess Project: 

http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/60048

2. Upvote The Children’s book series:

http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/59975

3. If you want to go the distance, tweet or post your friends to do the same. I owe you one if you can help me with this, really!  We’ve really got to get the ideas in these children’s books out into a wider audience, because YOU CAN BE WHAT YOU CAN SEE!!!! THANKS, everyone!

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!!!!

March Madness…

Saturday, February 27th, 2016
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Hurry Up, Spring!

 

Is coming!

Not only do I actually get a real, adult spring break to warmer parts this year (at least in part), but also the following is coming up!

1. #STEMPrincess3 launch – it’s almost here! Yay! Don’t forget you can reserve your copy and get it first here.  And go find your crayons!

2. Women & Hi Tech talk – on St. Patrick’s Day, I’ll be talking about Workplace 2020 – something I never really did much when I released Multipationals, but bears some research and scrutiny, now that 2020 isn’t that far away.  Furthermore, with the world of work changing as much as it is, we all need a little more insulation when it comes to career development these days.

3. IN Small Business Expo – I’ll be discussing networking via social meeting for the first time at this event. Tickets are here. My partner in IN social media women & crime (lol) Amy Stark will be there too.

4. The Pharmacy Podcast – bringing a little more on writing to enhance one’s professional presence and career development.  Watch for it on the website.

Bring it.

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.

Beta Life

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-01-17 at 10.51.33 AMToday, I put book 11 to bed. Or, book 1, depending on how you look at it. It’s book 11 of mine, but book 1 of mine when it comes to coloring. Yes, #STEMPrincess3 (Or Coloring Book Beta) is off to the printers.  I’m sharpening my crayons and colored pencils in anticipation.  If you want to preorder your copy – here’s the link.  I also edited my new work bio page, and added the edited one page summary of my work this week to it.

That was not the only book I checked edits for today.  Students at Butler are cranking it out on 2 different children’s books this spring.  The illustrations in both of them are dynamite too.  Edits galore.

Last, I edited a 30-page portfolio on a project for work today–something I’ve also been writing like crazy for the past 3 weeks.  I’ve not done this before, however, so I freely admit that I’m winging it.

Everything these days seems to be in beta.  It’s all in draft format.  I’m just doing my best to keep it cleaned up as much as possible. Of course I joke that we’re all in janitorial–it just depends the size of the mess that we’re scrubbing. It’s not perfect, nor will it ever be–but if it’s tidy, I’m a happy camper.

That, and I just don’t think I can stare at a computer screen anymore today….

STEMPrincess2: Finally in the House!

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

Drumroll, please….

Announcing the second book in the #STEMPrincess series – The Amazing Adventures of the Princesses from Planet STEM: FUNBOOK ALPHA!

The only place on the planet you can get a limited edition hardcopy is here.  Once the print version is gone, it’s gone.

  • BTW, if you were awesome enough to purchase the second book in advance, your books are on the way AND you have an exclusive to what’s happening with #STEMPrincess3 already!

Ebook versions are available at eBookit.com: here.

And of course the Kindle version is available over at Amazon.

Last but not least, the press release!

STEM* Professor Creates Children’s Book Series to Introduce Girls to STEM Careers from Erin L. Albert, MBA, PharmD, JD