Career explorations: Women in STEM

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Jan. 27: Picture a Scientist

With Guest Panelists

11:15AM–12:30PM

PICTURE A SCIENTIST is a feature-length documentary film chronicling researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. Follow their experiences- overcoming harassment, institutional discrimination, and years of subtle slights- all to revolutionize the culture of science.

Join a panel of a local experts from diverse backgrounds to discuss the film, its real-world implications and what we can do to advance women working in STEM fields.



Feb. 24: Impostor Syndrome

With Leilani Kupo

11:15AM–12:30PM

Dr. V. LEILANI KUPO (Kanaka Maoli) has served as a scholar-practitioner in student affairs since 2000. Her research interests include educational access, identity development, intersectionality, gender equity, decolonization, and Indigenous Knowledge Systems.

In this panel, Leilani explores the causes of impostor syndrome and how to overcome it in the workplace.



Mar. 24: What I Wish I Knew

With Ruby B. Sutton

11:15AM–12:30PM

RUBY B. SUTTON is a mining engineer, the editorial director of STEMher by Ruby B. Johnson Magazine, the founder of When You Believe Foundation, Inc, and a wife. She was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone, and moved to the United States at 12 years old. She received her degree in mining engineering and minor in women’s studies leadership at Virginia Tech.

Ruby B. Sutton’s personal motto is “reach for excellence and nothing less.”



Apr. 28: Effective Communication and Conflict Resolution

With Debbie Leonard

11:15AM–12:30PM

DEBBIE LEONARD has worked as a biologist and science teacher before becoming a lawyer. She has bachelor's degrees in zoology with an emphasis in aquatic ecology, a master's in education with a secondary teaching credential in science, and a law degree with a certificate in environmental law.

In 2019, Debbie founded her own law firm. As a lawyer and mediator, she strives to resolve conflicts over natural resources and other types of disputes.


Presenter Series Spring 2021


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Design World


Apr. 28: Conversations with Women in Engineering

With Leslie langnau

11:00AM PST

LESLIE LANGNAU of Design World speaks with YLLKA MSADA, Founder, President and CEO at Kelmedi Engineering Inc. and SEYEDEH GHIASIAN, Research Assistant at Open Engineering Systems Lab.

Design World is bringing their Women in Engineering (WIE) editorial coverage to life through a chat series! Attend for a panel discussion interviewing these great women expanding the engineering field.


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About

Career Explorations: Women-in-STEM (CE-WIS) is a group of female professionals from across the state of Nevada who formed a committee to promote growth and mentorship for female students in STEM fields.

We provide opportunities for career exploration in STEM fields by linking students with female professionals in the same arena.

Vision

Empower women to learn and succeed in STEM fields by creating a synergy between students, industry leaders, and university professionals through meaningful and impactful experiential opportunities.

Mission

Increase representation and retention of women in STEM fields by facilitating career exploration, supporting shadow and mentor opportunities, and connecting students with professionals to broaden awareness of STEM careers.


History

This group was started after a STEM professional continued to notice the discrepancies in the number of women applying for jobs at her agency to the number of men. When she could not find a local program that supported young women in STEM fields of study, she sought partners to join her in starting one.

The Nevada Career Studio, part of the Student Services Division of the University of Nevada, Reno, responded to her call for collaboration. In 2018, the co-founders formed a committee of women from on- and off-campus and turned this vision into reality.

- 2019 -

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  • The CE-WIS program started small with a speed-networking luncheon and a shadowing component, matching students with female STEM professionals. We made 25 matches, reaching our goal!

- 2020 -

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  • There is always room for improvement, so we set our sights on aiming to make matches with the exact areas of study the STEM students requested. We doubled our capacity, opening the registration to 50 students. We had a wait list of an additional 50 students!

  • Each member of our team reached out to personal contacts and resources to find the best possible match for each student. We planned a culmination event in conjunction with the 2020 Northern Nevada Science & Technology Festival to showcase the matches.

  • Unfortunately, shortly after the matches were made, the pandemic hit and campus closed. Undaunted, we went back to work and organized a virtual program to discuss several key topics affecting women-in-STEM.

  • We invited students and STEM professionals involved in the CE-WIS program to join us virtually. It was a successful program, including breakout room sessions that lead to meaningful discussion and sharing.

- 2021 -


Committee Members


Becky Albion

Founding Member

As the Shared Research Facilities Coordinator for the Nevada Center for Applied Research, Rebecca works to support research and development needs by facilitating access to the University’s physical and intellectual assets. She was instrumental in establishing NCAR’s Biosciences Entrepreneurial Laboratory, first in 2016 then with an expansion in 2018 due to its overwhelming success.


Gina Russo Portrait

Duana Malone

Committee Member

Duana Malone aka “The Tech Queen” is an International Operations and Technology Consultant, Computer Programmer, Website Designer and App Developer with more than 30 years experience in the industry. In 2018, Duana was awarded “Technology Woman of the Year” by the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NWCIT) and The Vegas Community Tech Fund.


Tracey Howard

Committee Member

Tracey is the STEM Program Manager for the Governor’s Office of Science, Innovation and Technology. She partners with STEM stakeholders, including formal and informal educators, families, industry and government to strengthen Nevada’s STEM ecosystem. She is passionate about mentorship to support and advance women in STEM.


Katia Albright Portrait

Alison Hall

Committee Member

Alison Hall is the Principal Mechanical Engineer for Ainsworth Associates Mechanical Engineers. Alison is a licensed professional engineer and holds both Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno. She has been working in the field of engineering for the past 12 years.

Camille Stegman

Committee Member

Camille has worked as an educator for 20 years. Camille holds two masters and a Ph.D. Her appointment to the Nevada STEM Advisory Council allowed her to help with the STEM Strategic Plan and STEM Designated Schools Program. She represents the Nevada State Science Teachers Association on this committee.


Dawn Johnson

Co-Founder

Dawn Johnson is a Senior Meteorologist and Aviation Program Manager with the National Weather Service (NWS) in Reno. She strives to support the development of Women-in-STEM, and is a member of the NWS Belonging, Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Team.


Gina Russo Portrait

Gina Russo

Co-Founder

Gina Russo is the Employer Relations Liaison with The Nevada Careers Studio at The University of Nevada, Reno. Gina creates and manages programs that connect employers with UNR students and foster career exploration, development and opportunities.


Katia Albright Portrait

Katia Albright

Emeritus Member

Katia Albright serves as the Nevada Career Studio's Assistant Director, where she leads a team of 20 professional and student staff. She is an engaging professional with a 15+ year track record of success in leadership, advocacy, and collaboration supporting career development.