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National Women’s History Month is celebrating “Women Who Advocate for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion” for 2024. Hear about the personal career journeys – including barriers and challenges – faced by a dynamic panel of women STEM professionals at different points in their careers. Leave this webinar with tips, advice, and resources for supporting girls and women in STEM in your own settings. 

In this webinar recording, celebrate National Women’s History Month with NGCP as we honor and celebrate all the incredible women countering stereotypes, inspiring youth, and breaking barriers in STEM for future generations.

The Women Who Tell Our STEM Stories webinar was hosted by NGCP on March 5, 2024.

Dr. Gabriela Gonazlez

Dr. Gabriela A. González

Dr. Gabriela A. González is the Founder and CEO of CihuaTEC Connect, a firm focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education innovative strategies and practices.  Prior to this role, Dr. González was Intel Corporation’s Director of Intel’s STEM Education Research Office overseeing global STEM education research, policy, governance, initiatives, and thought leadership across the enterprise.  Dr. González engaged multiple stakeholders across Intel as well as external partners and collaborators in academia, government, industry, and non-profit agencies to drive and influence inclusive and equitable STEM education outcomes.  While at the Intel Foundation, Dr. González was the Deputy Director and Operations Manager informing K12 and Women & Girls STEM strategies after serving as a Program Manager for Intel Labs leading Intel’s strategic corporate relationships and academic programs with top U.S., European, and Latin American research universities.  Dr. González led several engineering roles at Intel, including the transfer of the latest microprocessor technologies from development to high-volume manufacturing and management of equipment capacity, labor, and operational productivity.  Dr. González began her professional career at Xerox Corporation where she contributed to various research, manufacturing, engineering, and management leadership endeavors. 

Dr. González is the former chair of the National Science Foundation Education Panel and serves on the Board of Directors for Project Lead the Way and the National Girls Collaborative, in addition to the Advisory Board for the University of Washington’s Electrical and Computing Engineering Department.  She is an active member of her professional, social, and cultural communities as a leader and role model, driving impact for underrepresented students and professionals in STEM around the globe.  Dr. González holds a Ph.D. in Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology from Arizona State University, an M.S. in Engineering and Manufacturing Management from Clarkson University, and a B. S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington.

Dr. Leshell Hatley

Dr. Leshell Hatley

Leshell Hatley, Ph.D. is an educator, researcher, and entrepreneur who leads Uplift, Inc., a 501c3 nonprofit STEAM education and research organization. Dr. Hatley is a passionate computer engineer, educator, and researcher who continuously combines these three attributes to create innovative approaches to teaching STEM concepts to students between the ages of 3 and 73. Her 25+ years of research and teaching expertise includes topics such as artificial intelligence, learning technologies, robotics, and culturally relevant computer science/computer engineering education.  

Dr. Hatley was recognized as one of the 50 Women in Robotics You Should Know in 2021 by RoboHub in celebration of Ada Lovelace Day. In 2020, she was recognized as one of the 20 most influential technologists in Baltimore by technical.ly. 

Dr. Stephanie Hull

Dr. Stephanie Hull

Stephanie J. Hull is President and CEO of Girls Inc., the national organization that inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Girls Inc. delivers life-changing programs and experiences to more than 100,000 girls through a network of 75 local organizations across the U.S. and Canada. Girls Inc. also advocates for policy and culture change to strengthen opportunities for girls and improve the conditions in which all girls are growing up. Under Dr. Hull’s leadership, the Girls Inc. network is expanding into new high-need communities and developing new partnerships with schools to bring the proven Girls Inc. programming experience to more girls, ensuring that they have the resources and opportunities to thrive.   

Dr. Hull has had a long career as a leader in education and as a women’s advocate. She previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. Before that, she was Head of the Brearley School, an all-girls school located in New York City. At Brearley, among other accomplishments, she led and completed the School’s largest capital campaign to date ($75M). Dr. Hull was also a member of the faculty and administration at Mount Holyoke and Dartmouth Colleges.  

Dr. Hull has lent her expertise and talents to a number of mission-driven organizations over the years. In particular, she is a board member of the Professional Children’s School; the New York State Association of Independent Schools; Code Nation, which equips students in underresourced high schools with the skills needed for careers in technology. She is also an advisor to Playbl, a company that distributes digital health games that are proven to help adolescents become better decision-makers and agents in their own wellness and risk prevention.  

Dr. Hull holds a Ph.D. and an A.M. from Harvard University and a B.A. from Wellesley College. In 2023, Dr. Hull was named as a Nonprofit Times’ Power & Influence Top 50 honoree.

Safoura Seddighin

Safoura Seddighin

Safoura is a child at heart, with a love for making meaningful learning accessible for all. Over the past 10 years, Safoura has benefited from her background in Computer Engineering, Computer Science, and Designing Technologies for Human Development to promote the connection of knowledge and skills to real life for children and adults. She has been involved in designing and developing construction kits and enrichment programs for children in the US and Iran. As the co-founder of the first educational fablab (Digital Fabrication Laboratory) in Iran, she has provided both adults and children with meaningful learning opportunities through hands-on projects and workshops, camps, and after-school programs. Safoura is a learner, an educator, a designer, a researcher, and a firm believer in the lifelong search for connecting the dots. 

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