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An entertaining and revealing podcast, highlighting some of the most badass minority women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math(STEM) today. You are going to laugh, cry, shout, be inspired, and gain new knowledge from these amazing women. Hosted by award-winning STEM advocate, educator, strategist, mechanical engineer, and motivational speaker, Dr. Natoshia Anderson (Dr. Toshia), join us for an engaging, invigorating, motivational, and inspirational journey.

STEMming in Stilettos with Dr. Toshia Dr. Natoshia Anderson

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An entertaining and revealing podcast, highlighting some of the most badass minority women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math(STEM) today. You are going to laugh, cry, shout, be inspired, and gain new knowledge from these amazing women. Hosted by award-winning STEM advocate, educator, strategist, mechanical engineer, and motivational speaker, Dr. Natoshia Anderson (Dr. Toshia), join us for an engaging, invigorating, motivational, and inspirational journey.

    Meet Dr. Semarhy Quinones: Its Okay to Not Know, Changing the DNA of STEM, and Combining the Arts into STEM.

    Meet Dr. Semarhy Quinones: Its Okay to Not Know, Changing the DNA of STEM, and Combining the Arts into STEM.

    Episode Summary

    1. She grew up in STEM. Her parents are both biologists. She worked in her mother's biology lab when she was very young.

    2. She was surrounded by a community of support for STEM.

    3.  She found that within biology there were things that she didn't feel comfortable with.

    3. Sci-Fi Art is one of her passions.

    Dr. Semarhy Quinones Bio

    She is a bacterial geneticist from Puerto Rico. She earned her bachelor's degree in Microbiology from the University of Puerto Rico, Humacao, where she participated in PR-LSAMP and MARC-U*STAR undergraduate research programs. She completed her PhD degree in Microbiology from the University of California, Davis, where she studied the origin of mutations under stressful conditions with John R. Roth, Ph.D. as her doctoral advisor. Currently, She is a full-time Biological Sciences lecturer at Sacramento State. She also works with the CSU-LSAMP Statewide Alliance, the CSU-LSAMP at Sacramento State, and the RISE Programs preparing the next generation of scientists. 

    She also works as an independent artist creating artwork to increase the visibility of women of color, who have historically been underrepresented in STEM. 

    website: https://www.semarhyquinones.com/
    artwork: https://www.redbubble.com/people/semarhy/shop
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/semarhyquinones
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    • 44 min
    Meet Alisa Carson:

    Meet Alisa Carson:

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    • 31 min
    Meet Aicha Sharif: Creativity, Boredom, having No Limiting Beliefs and Rocket Club

    Meet Aicha Sharif: Creativity, Boredom, having No Limiting Beliefs and Rocket Club

    Episode Summary

    1. Aicha's STEM story started very young. She's always been a tinkerer.  She has loved math and science for longer than she can remember. She was one of three girls to go to school in Morocco. 

    2. She believes that kids don't have limiting beliefs. We instill them later. Kids are free thinkers and we should embrace that knowledge for as long as possible.

    3.  She also believes that productivity includes time for play and leads to being creative.

    4.  She is six sigma certified.

    5. Believes in the mission of Rocket Club for all kids. 


    Aicha Sharif Bio:

    Aicha Sharif is the Dean of Rocket Club, the award-winning, global entrepreneurship, coding, and robotics academy for kids aged 7 to 14. Aicha’s passion for her works started as a child when she worked on her family’s farm in Morocco. She was the first female in her family to go to high school and eventually paid her way through college in England. She is Six Sigma and Hashin Kanri Certified and holds an MBA in Project Management and an MA in International Business from the London Business School. Aicha climbed the ranks quickly to become an executive at companies like Inhabitr and 3M. Aicha is very passionate about education, especially for girls and under-privileged children, she runs the SuperGirls Forum within Rocket Club and is an active volunteer with the Arman Roy Foundation. She enjoys building relationships and teams through inclusive and supportive cultural practices. When she’s not working, Aicha enjoys spending time with her two daughters (who are members of Rocket Club!), cooking, reading, and playing tennis.


    website: www.rocketclub.com
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aicha-sharif
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    • 42 min
    Meet Paula Garcia Todd: Being Curious; Asking Questions; Doing the Research; and the Importance of Building a Community

    Meet Paula Garcia Todd: Being Curious; Asking Questions; Doing the Research; and the Importance of Building a Community

    Episode Summary
    1) Paula is from a family of engineers!! She learned a lot watching her brother's journey to engineering and knew fairly early on that she wanted to be an engineer.
    2) She learned early on that asking questions and being curious are tools that she used to help advance opportunities for herself and her career.
    3) She enjoyed her time at Penn State.
    4) Loves the works she has had the opportunity to do in the Pharmaceutical industry. But wasn't afraid to change paths.
    5) Is a BIG STEM advocate for women internationally.

    Paula Garcia Todd Bio
    She became a chemical engineer because she comes from a family of engineers.  Her father, grandfather, brothers and uncles are all engineers…  She was incredibly lucky to have this exposure from such an early age, constantly surrounded by examples of how engineers improved her life, so it felt obvious to pursue this path herself.  She wants all kids to experience this – to be surrounded by the confidence and optimism that they have the power to fix anything in this world.
    She loves helping people.  She was first drawn to medicine, but since she fainted at the sight of blood, becoming a doctor was not in the cards for her.  This is what drew her into pharmaceuticals, where she has worked for 17 years.  Her career allows her to witness the magic that happens when difficult problems are met by innovative solutions through STEM.

    She is passionate about introducing STEM to children. She has volunteered on boards and organizations focused on increasing the number of female and under-represented students in STEM fields, especially engineering, for the past decade. She has developed new K-12 programs aiming to improve understanding of the real world applicability of STEM while changing the face of what an engineer looks like. She has been active in diversity, equity, and inclusion advocacy within the industry, working through women’s and Latinx employee resources groups at each of her companies to create awareness and improve company cultures. In 2019, she was named an AAAS IF/THEN® Ambassador by the American Association for the Advancement of Science for her devoted work in STEM outreach and will be featured in a life-sized statue exhibit of outstanding women in STEM fields (debuting in Dallas, TX in 2021). In 2020, she was named both Woman of the Year in Engineering by Women in Technology and a Community Trailblazer by STEMConnector’s Million Women Mentors. 
    Hard to believe that this Brazilian girl, born from Chilean parents, has adjusted so well and found her own definition of success. She went on to receive my B.S. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Penn State.  Engineering has proven to be a solid foundation that has opened many opportunities through her career progression.

    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/paula-garcia-todd-8b88716
    Website: https://www.paulagarciatodd.com/
    Website: https://www.fabfems.org/users/paula-garcia-todd


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    • 39 min
    Meet Shemika White: Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone; Taking the Long Route, and being a HairDresser

    Meet Shemika White: Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone; Taking the Long Route, and being a HairDresser

    Episode Summary

    1) Shemika didn't even consider college. She thought it was out of reach even though she went to a gifted and talented high school.

    2) She deferred and became a braider. She did that and worked throughout her college career. It took her 4 years to find a job in her field. Stay persistent.

    3) She wants you to know that it is okay to step outside of your comfort zone and do something different. Stretch yourself. You will thank yourself later.


    Shemika White Bio

    Shemika Antonette is an ASQ and Six Sigma certified Quality engineer, specializing in process improvement and quality system maintenance with years of experience in the medical device industry. Originally from Brooklyn, NY she moved to Connecticut to obtain her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from The University of Hartford. She is receiving her Master of Science in Engineering Management from Western New England University and is continuing to pursuit an MBA.  
      As CEO of Notes of Beauty, Shemika pairs her passion for natural hair and skincare with her knowledge of chemistry and her love of music. As she advances in her career, she continues to mentor aspiring black engineers through her platform, now coined as Engineering My Natural. Her goal is to impact her community by inspiring those who seek a career in STEM and helping them navigate their career paths. 

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shemika-white



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    • 42 min
    Meet Dr. Treva Brown: The Scientist and the Beauty Queen

    Meet Dr. Treva Brown: The Scientist and the Beauty Queen

    Episode Summary

    1) She's smart and beautiful. She says that Chemistry chose her and not the other way around.
    2) She believes that being in STEM is important that she was inspired by having a chance encounter with a scientist. That meeting changed her life. 
    3) That scientist awarded her a scholarship that allowed her to attend her dream college, LSU where she received her degree.
    4) She believes that having friends, mentors, sponsors, and a good support system are all needed especially in STEM Careers.
    5) She understands that all of us are multifaceted people with more than one singular gift. That we can be STEM professionals AND a dancer, or debutante, or pageant queen. All are possible.
    6) She believes that she is changing the face of pageantry and the face of STEM. 

    Dr. Treva Brown Bio
    Treva Brown was born and raised in North Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  She received her diploma from Baton Rouge Magnet High School. She dreamed of attending Louisiana State University and her physics teacher provided her with advice and information. Treva recalls, “Ms Cao told me about STEM programs at LSU and I began considering them and came across the LA-STEM [Louisiana Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics] Scholars Program, for which I applied, and met Dr Isiah Warner. It was through listening to his story, and some research through the LSU Chemistry website, that I decided to choose Chemistry as my major and have loved it ever since.”
    Treva became a LSU tiger in the Department of Chemistry at LSU and took charge of her undergraduate experience. Her journey as an undergraduate was a very fruitful experience. She began research in Professor Jayne Garno’s group. She gained intensive experience in atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning probe lithography to study organic thin films of n-alkanethiols. She analyzed and performed surface chemistry studies of organosilanes via particle lithography and chemical vapor deposition. Treva presented her research and won presentation awards at many conferences across the nation including ACS, SERMACS, NOBCChE, and Triple EX.  As a senior, Treva served as a TA for General Chemistry Laboratory, which was good experience in preparation for graduate school.  Eager to share her passion for STEM, Treva became a counselor in a summer program hosted by the Office of Strategic Initiatives. She served as a role model for the incoming LSU freshmen, entering the LA-STEM Research Scholars Program, helping them to transition into college life. She emphasized the principles of leadership, scholarship, and success by expressing the importance of excellence in mentoring, education, research, and outreach. As she reminisced about her time in the Department, Treva says, “I appreciated the outpouring of encouragement and support from programs such as LA-STEM Research Scholars, LS-LAMP (Louis Stokes Louisiana Alliance for Minority Participation), IMSD (Initiative for Maximizing Student Development), and HHMI (Howard Hughes Medical Institute) Professors Program. Without the continued encouragement and support from the professors and staff that worked with these programs, I probably would not be where I am today in the scientific world.”

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/trevabrownphd


     
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