Town Hall: JumpStart Your Creativity!

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This Town Hall is focused on hearing the voices of women and girls as they explore exciting careers in cutting edge technologies that require creativity and imagination. Role model experts will share their stories of nurturing their interest in math and science into rewarding careers. 

The JumpStart Your Creativity! Town Hall was hosted by NGCP and Career Girls on September 10, 2020. In this town hall recording, YAB members moderate the discussion about career paths for girls in artificial intelligence, robotics, mathematics, and visual arts technology.

About Career Girls: Career Girls is founded on the dream that every girl around the world has access to diverse and accomplished women role models to learn from their experiences and discover their own path to empowerment. CareerGirls.org is a comprehensive video-based career exploration tool for girls. It’s free to use, and free of ads. We have the largest online collection of career guidance videos focusing exclusively on diverse and accomplished women — over 250 of whom are in STEM fields — and we add to it weekly.

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Amy Chou

Amy Chou is an SVP, Account Executive at Aon, a global financial services firm.  Outside her work at Aon, she is a founding member of the Women in AI Ethics Council, which is committed to increasing visibility of women working in AI ethics, and an advisor to Summery, an AI-powered startup.  Amy holds a B.A. in Sociology, a B.S. in Business Administration, and an M.B.A., all from the University of California — Berkeley.

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Tanya Moore

Tanya Moore is Managing Partner for Intersecting Lines, a mission-driven organization dedicated to building capacity among individuals and organizations in order to promote greater equity and social impact in education, health and workforce development. Her professional career has spanned the public sector and higher education where she was responsible for leading multi-agency collective impact initiatives focused on reducing health and education inequities and supporting college to career pathways.  

After earning a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Spelman College and a Masters in Mathematical Sciences she received her doctorate training in the field of Biostatistics at the University of California, Berkeley. Throughout her career she has remained passionate in her support of women in STEM careers. Tanya is one of the co-founders of the Infinite Possibilities Conference, a national conference designed to support, promote and encourage underrepresented minority women in mathematics. She has been featured in Essence Magazine, Black Enterprise and O, The Oprah Magazine and was recognized as one of the “STEM Woman of the Year” by California State Assemblymember Nancy Skinner. 

Dr. Moore is also a certified meditation and yoga instructor, loves spending time with her two children Solomon and Seraphina and reading a good novel on a beach whenever possible.

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Munira Tayabji

Munira Tayabji is a Visual Effects Supervisor at DreamWorks Animation. After graduating from UCLA with a Bachelors degree in Mathematics and a Specialization in Computing, she began her career as a programmer in Visual Effects and Animation. Not only is Munira a technologist, she is also a passionate filmmaker and has been successful in merging both paths into a flourishing career, working on many projects such as “X-Men 2”, "Shrek" and "Trolls". In addition to being a mother of two children, Munira is also a founding member of the DreamWorks TECHWomen group. She works tirelessly to achieve the goal of bringing networking opportunities, professional development, awareness, and outreach to promote women in the technology field.

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Randi Williams

Randi Williams is a graduate research assistant in the Personal Robots group at the MIT Media Lab. She received her Master of Science in Media Arts in Sciences from MIT in 2018 and her Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from UMBC in 2016.

Randi is working to empower children with artificial intelligence (AI) education. She has developed a number of AI education projects, including PopBots, social robot learning companions that teach AI through social interaction. Additionally, she works with her group to run studies that investigate children’s relationships with intelligent agents. To combat the current trend of misunderstanding and mistrust of AI, Randi is preparing the next generation to use AI to solve important problems in their communities. Her research intersects human-robot interaction and early childhood education with a particular focus on engaging students from diverse backgrounds. Currently, she is working with educators to design culturally relevant AI and engineering curricula that teach technical concepts through hands-on projects.

Previously, she worked at UMBC’s Mobile, Pervasive, and Sensor Systems Lab. She has also interned at NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, MIT Lincoln Lab, and AliphCom/Jawbone.

Current Projects: How to Train Your Robot Companion: A middle school AI + ethics curriculum and PopBots: An early childhood AI curriculum.

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