Creating Pathways of Impact with Your STEM Career

As part of Girls in Tech DC’s Women Empowerment track offerings, we are partnering with the University of Maryland Smith School of Business to offer a panel discussion with incredible leaders who have blazed pathways in their professions and will share key learnings that have shaped their careers and lives.

According to 2018 University of Chicago study, “The Glass Ceiling”, in spite of achieving higher levels of education to male counterparts, women continue to be under-represented in leadership and achieve lower pay levels. The study attributes two key cultural factors driving the gap:

1.) disproportionate family caregiving demands

2.) aversion to risk-taking.

Our panelists – and our organizations – are determined to change the status quo. We want to help women develop a toolkit to achieve new heights by sharing their talents and lifting other women. We’ll share practical strategies to strengthen confidence, to develop a grounded sense of purpose, and to create a network that lifts them to achieve impact in their chosen careers and relationships.

Our panelists include:

Margret Bjarndóttir – Assistant Professor of Management Science and Statistics, University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business.

Laurel Fielding – Chief Technology Officer, NetComm and adjunct professor of Computer Science at George Mason University.

Carol Gersten – Chief Client Officer at Interfolio, a higher education SAAS company and holds an MBA from the University of Maryland.

Wendy Moe – Associate Dean of Master’s Programs, Dean’s Professor of Marketing, and Co-Director of the Smith Analytics Consortium at the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business.

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