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3Q17: What’s Coming Up?

Friday, June 30th, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-06-30 at 10.06.41 PMI cannot believe I’m about to write down what I need to get done in 3Q of 2017. I still think sometimes I’m stuck back in 2011 or 2012 somewhere.

Anyway, here’s my list for this quarter. Inspirational color palette to set the tone – check. Kind of a melon-y, sunflowery tone, methinks.

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3Q17: Let’s Roll!

Books:

1. SWE 3 – or bust. Now that I am submitting a SXSW18 Panelpicker on it, I’m motivated to get it done.

2. STEMP4 – really want this to be done in time for the holidaze; let’s see if I can make that happen.

Causes:

3. HBA Indiana – continues to produce amazing programs and stuff. 3Q17 will be no exception. The big project I’m working on is #HealthCarDev on 9/29 - the first ever Unconference for the chapter. We’re going to have 18 speakers in a 1/2 day session that will rock. It’s all focused on healthcare career development. We’ll also have the inaugural #PurpleSock Awards for healthcare amazingness in Hoosierland at our awards gala in November. Read more about how to nominate your healthcare hero or shero here.

4. ASPL - Threw my name into the hat for a board continuation for the next 2 years…more on this coming soon for my pharmacy law geekery.

Talks & Events:

7/26/17 – Networking with HBA IN and Women & Hi Tech – Indy
7/28/17 – Women’s Entrepreneur panel – Cardinal RBC – San Antonio
8/1/17 – #SMDames17 – Indy – talking podcasting.
9/14/17 – Indy Big Data – Indy3Q2
9/29/17 – #HealthCarDev – HBA IN – Indy – we’ll also have a super cool countdown campaign to this that will occupy some time in July & Aug. Dig.

Life Changer:

Trip to Scotland.

I think that covers the highlights, and the highlands…

And here’s an audio version of some of this magic:

 

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!

The STEM Princess Children’s Book Trilogy: An Update

Monday, March 21st, 2016

STEMPrincessSeriesI need to update the saga of the trilogy of #STEMPrincess trilogy for a moment. Please allow me to wrangle the web hi-lights up in one spot!

Once upon a time…

Back in fall, 2013 I ran a Kickstarter campaign for the first book, The Amazing Adventures of the Princesses from Planet STEM, not to publish the book, but to give away copies to the Indiana library system.  It happened after I read this abysmal report on the status of girls in Indiana, particularly around their lack of success in AP STEM subject matter.  This can’t happen in my state.

Check. Success. Done.  The book was published in 2014.

Then, in 2015, I set out to create a hands on book for girls ages 5-9 to play with concepts introduced by the characters in the first book for STEM careers.  The Amazing Adventures of the Princesses from Planet STEM: FUNBOOK Alpha was born. It includes an online answer key too, just in case anyone gets stuck (myself included).

Now, in 2016, the third book has been released, The Amazing Adventures of the Princesses from Planet STEM: Coloring Book Beta, which allows children of all ages to connect with STEM professions and color their worlds STEM.  Most people love to color – so if this book can bring people together, release a little tension and educate along the way through colored pencils and/or crayons, even better.

When will it stop?  I’m not sure. But it doesn’t feel ‘done’ yet.  As well, maybe I’ll stop when more girls start choosing STEM careers, and we all get to gender pay equity.  I don’t see that coming overnight.  And while I love to sell books and tell the stories of the STEM Princesses, I’ve got a much bigger mission here than just books.  This series is training the next generation of girls and boys to show what girls can do – which is whatever boys can do.  It shows all of us what is possible.  And of course, one can be what she can see.  Last, as I just shared last week with Women & Hi Tech, the way of work in this world is radically changing–are we preparing the next generation for jobs that don’t even exist yet in STEM?

Last, the #STEMPrincess manifesto, created in the first book, and which has been included in all subsequent books.  We will keep you updated on Facebook, along with all other social portals with our hashtag.  When the day comes that we see 50%/50% gender equity in most if not all STEM professions, we’ll quit.  Until then…we’ll keep our sleeves rolled up, and continue the work.

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.