Leveraging Collective Impact to Support STEM Programs and Resources

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Too often programs that serve girls in STEM are limited in service and impact due to size, location, funding, expertise, and equipment.  In other cases, projects compete with each other, duplicating services and seeking the same resources. In this webinar, learn how the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) and other organizations leverage collective impact in order to provide the opportunity for programs to increase their ability to maintain interest and participation of girls in STEM through collaboration. 

The Leveraging Collective Impact to Support STEM Programs and Resources webinar was hosted by NGCP on September 29, 2022. In this webinar recording, hear from a dynamic panel of speakers on strategies for successful STEM collaborations and how to nurture and scale effective STEM learning opportunities for all young people. 


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Evangeline Ambat

Evangeline Ambat is a senior technical assistance and training associate at Education Development Center (EDC) a global nonprofit that advances lasting solutions to improve education, promote health, and expand economic opportunity. She has over 15 years of extensive expertise building capacity to strengthen formal and informal public education systems internationally (in India) and domestically. She has led several communities of practice. She is the community manager for the NSF INCLUDES National Network which seeks to broaden participation in STEM careers. She works with state department of education to build capacity around making evidence-based decisions and improving systems for career pathways.  Evangeline holds an MEd in Education, Policy, Research, and Administration from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and an MA in Applied Psychology from the Calcutta University in India.

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Brittany Brady

Brittany Brady, education equity advocate, is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE), the nation’s leading professional alliance committed to building the capacity of educators to increase student access, educational equity and workforce diversity. Throughout her career, Brady has been a passionate advocate for equitable access to education and quality teacher training and support, and her appointment as CEO of NAPE provides the opportunity to continue her work on a national level.

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Alyssa Na'im

Alyssa Na’im is a research scientist at the Education Development Center (EDC). Across EDC, she leads and advances initiatives that build capacity to advance equity and quality in education, particularly STEM education. Her current work leading network engagement and capacity building for on the NSF-funded INCLUDES Coordination Hub is focused on broadening participation in STEM education and workforce development. She draws on her personal and professional experiences to inform her dedication to improving educational opportunities for underrepresented or underserved populations. Na’im earned her BS in chemistry from Spelman College and received her Master’s in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. 

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Dr. Michael D. Smith

Michael D. Smith has over 25 years of experience in non-profit organizational operations and change management, governance, program development and implementation, strategic planning, meeting and event planning, and diversity equity and inclusion (DEI) advocacy, with a specialty in STEM fields. His evolved leadership style includes direct stakeholder engagement that spans pre-college through workforce, and nurtured client relationships with a foundation in collaborative networks. Through his passion for DEI, he has delivered and supported strategies that have elevated the DEI efforts within non-profits, academia, and industry in their support of underrepresented minorities, persons with disabilities, persons within and allies to the LGBTQIA+ community, and young girls and women. 

Michael, known by many as “Dr. Mike,” is currently Operations Specialist with The PEER Group, a consulting company that specializes in evaluation, organizational leadership and development, and research with a focus on equity and inclusion. He also served as the former Deputy Executive Director of The National GEM Consortium (GEM), where he was responsible for coordinating the day-to-day operational, financial, programmatic, event planning, external communications, strategic partnerships, and board support services management of the organization, including management of the GEM Fellowship Program. 

Prior to GEM, Dr. Mike served as Interim Deputy Executive Director and Director of Programs for the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), responsible for the strategic development, evaluation, and implementation coordination of all student and technical professional programs at the chapter, regional, and national levels. He has previous industry experience with DuPont Specialty Chemicals, Phillips 66 Natural Gas Company, and Amoco Production, along with academe experience at Texas A&M University. Michael serves on numerous non-profit boards of directors of STEM-based organizations including the National Engineers Week Foundation (DiscoverE), National Girls Collaborative Project, aSTEAM Village, and The Carpentries. 

Michael holds a BS and MS in chemical engineering from Missouri University of Science & Technology (UM-Rolla) and a doctorate in chemical engineering/engineering management from Texas A&M University. Dr. Mike is proud to be a Lifetime member of NSBE, SHPE, AISES (Sequoyah Fellow), and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

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