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An entertaining and revealing podcast, highlighting some of the most badass minority women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math(STEM) today. You are going to laugh, cry, shout, be inspired, and gain new knowledge from these amazing women. Hosted by award-winning STEM advocate, educator, strategist, mechanical engineer, and motivational speaker, Dr. Natoshia Anderson (Dr. Toshia), join us for an engaging, invigorating, motivational, and inspirational journey.
 
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Episode Summary 1. She grew up in STEM. Her parents are both biologists. She worked in her mother's biology lab when she was very young. 2. She was surrounded by a community of support for STEM. 3. She found that within biology there were things that she didn't feel comfortable with. 3. Sci-Fi Art is one of her passions. Dr. Semarhy Quinones Bio Sh…
 
Episode Summary 1. Aicha's STEM story started very young. She's always been a tinkerer. She has loved math and science for longer than she can remember. She was one of three girls to go to school in Morocco. 2. She believes that kids don't have limiting beliefs. We instill them later. Kids are free thinkers and we should embrace that knowledge for …
 
Episode Summary 1) Paula is from a family of engineers!! She learned a lot watching her brother's journey to engineering and knew fairly early on that she wanted to be an engineer. 2) She learned early on that asking questions and being curious are tools that she used to help advance opportunities for herself and her career. 3) She enjoyed her time…
 
Episode Summary 1) Shemika didn't even consider college. She thought it was out of reach even though she went to a gifted and talented high school. 2) She deferred and became a braider. She did that and worked throughout her college career. It took her 4 years to find a job in her field. Stay persistent. 3) She wants you to know that it is okay to …
 
Episode Summary 1) She's smart and beautiful. She says that Chemistry chose her and not the other way around. 2) She believes that being in STEM is important that she was inspired by having a chance encounter with a scientist. That meeting changed her life. 3) That scientist awarded her a scholarship that allowed her to attend her dream college, LS…
 
Episode Summary 1) She was the "GeekSquad" before there was a Geek Squad. 2) She believes that connection is vitally important especially when we are talking about STEM and how it works in the "real" world. 3) Be the beta tester means be a part of the early adoption of technology. Keep your ears open and find the next best thing going. Be a part of…
 
Episode Summary 1) The thing I love most about Neirda is that you can tell right off the bat that she enjoys what she does. She has a passion for it. Our kids are in great hands here. 2) The STEM vs. STEAM conversations was one of the best that I've had on this subject. I'm still a STEM girl however I can and do appreciate her argument and you will…
 
Episode Summary 1) Dr. Adams is an Army brat who moved around a lot in her youth. 2) She has had mentoring of life AND engineering and credits both of those things with her success. 3) She wrote her book because of the experiences that she has had being a chemical engineer and a Black woman. Dr. Angelique Adams Bio: I am an engineer with over 25 ye…
 
Episode Summary 1) Tiffani Teachy is the truth. She is true to her mission and making sure that girls and underrepresented groups get access to and are exposed to STEM. She means it!! 2) She is an author twice over. You can learn about both her books from her website. 3) Parents do the work to find opportunities to expose kids to STEM. 4) If you ha…
 
Episode Summary 1) Rasheeda is determined to live her life OUT LOUD!!! 2) She is not your stereotypical computer programmer and she plans to never be that person. She has a level of what she calls "go get it-ness" which means she's always striving for something. She's always learning. 3) She believes that you must be strategic in your career plan. …
 
In this follow-up episode, Dr. Quigley and I discuss social justice as it relates to STEM, Data Science, and AI. How important it is that students are STEM literate but also are literature through conversation, knowing good data (information) from bad data (information). She believes that one key to being STEM literate is developing one skill that …
 
Episode Summary 1) Dr. Quigley was homeschooled for a bit of time. Her homeschool experience was positive. 2) She fell in love with science pretty quickly. Chemistry was her favorite. She went to Spelman College for Chemistry but soon found that Physics made more sense to her. 3) She knows and believes that the "hidden" curriculum and the mastering…
 
Episode Summary 1) Tinisha grew up in a single-parent household where college wasn't the first thought. She decided that she wanted to go and found a way to do that. Computer Science was her ticket. 2) She was used to being the "first and only" in her classes as is the story of many young, minority students in advanced and STEM courses. 3) She beli…
 
Episode Summary 1) The art of storytelling is important to master especially in terms of interviewing. We need to know how to tell our own story with our own skills. 2) LinkedIn is a search engine. You have got to use your keywords. Use every bit of space that LinkedIn gives to tell your story. Even if you don't update your resume (and you should) …
 
Episode Main Points 1) She has always been into computer programming and Information Systems. 2) She went to Law School because she got a bad grade in a Business Law class and thought "I'm not going to let this beat me." 3) Her definition of what a cybercrime is is on point. Gotta listen in to get it. 4) She calls herself a cyber defender. She want…
 
Thriving Elements is a non-profit organization with a mission to create access and opportunities for underrepresented girls in STEM through mentoring. Our vision to is to develop and empower young women leaders in STEM to make a sustainable impact in their communities and inspire the next generation of women leaders. We offer a structured mentorshi…
 
Episode Summary 1) Janet had a love of math early. She took calculus and accounting classes in high school. 2) She is absolutely fearless in her approach to anything that is given to her. Her approach is to be undaunted by the task but to be invigorated by the opportunity. 3) As a leader, she wants to be replaceable. This means that she has empower…
 
Episode Summary: 1) Kanika Tolver is somebody you want on your side. She's smart and she wants to help you. 2) Career Rehab isn't just a book. It is a way of life. This book was birthed from her personal journey and it can be used to heal yourself and give you good practical knowledge for when you are "on the market." 3) She had to re-invented hers…
 
Episode Main Points 1) She is a Nerd and proud of it. She had a love for chemistry early and it never left her. 2) I love that she is unapologetic about her journey through community college and what her time there brought to her. She matured and got what she needed there before moving on to an HBCU. 3) She believes in mentoring and knows the impor…
 
Episode Main Points 1) Her father exposed her to STEM at an early age. Key takeaway for me is that early exposure works. 2) Her philosophy surrounding innovative entrepreneurship is golden. Innovation is where the money resides. We should be trying to monetize our innovations. 3) She feel that the future is definitely STEM. 4) She has been able to …
 
Episode Summary Its been a week. I have things to say about it on this episode. I want everyone to remember that your experience IS your experience. Please don't believe those that would invalidate you and your experience. Also, for any allies out there, believe the story first and help with the next steps. Be a support and not a hindrance. Also we…
 
Episode Summary 1) Feedback is so important in business and in life and its one of the things that gets overlooked in the hustle and bustle of the day. 2) We need people advocating for us at the K-12 level in policy and politics. There is much work to be done there to reverse the effects of racism and discrimination that STILL exist in the system. …
 
Episode Summary 1) Even though she has a Master in Analytical Chemistry, she knew she didn't want to work in a lab. She became a consultant 2) Introverts are misunderstood. She likes to think of introversion as a science. Its about the energy, people energy that is. 3) Allies at work are important especially in STEM. They speak for you when you are…
 
Episode Summary 1) Lisa Mae is a BADASS!!! She has created a safe place for BIPOC folks to tell stories, impart knowledge and to be themselves. 2) She went to school to study psychology but kept coming back to technology and science. Her first love were stars!!! 3) She is following her calling and you should too. Lisa Mae Brunson Bio: Lisa Mae Brun…
 
Episode Summary 1) We have got to own our own stories. We can't leave this work to others. They don't care. Its our stories and we should tell them. 2) You don't have to be famous or have to have done something others deem amazing for your story to be important. Your life matters and therefore so does your story. 3) There are things that make a sto…
 
Episode Summary 1. She always had an interest in figuring out how things worked. 2. She loves the environment and wanted to know what is wind energy. You not going to want to miss her answer. Its important. 3. Her experience being the first and only isn't new for WOC but she decided to write about it as a way to heal herself. 4. Finding a tribe is …
 
Episode Summary: 1. Nurture your interests. Dr. Gamble-George was interested in Science very early and she found ways to nurture that interest. She loved doing the research. 2. Scientific research IS important. Let's not forget that this is where discovery happens, new vaccines, and even new diseases and cures are found. Science is still important.…
 
Episode Summary 1. She is serious about what she does. She is the real deal and believes with her whole heart that she's doing the good work needed to turn the tides in STEM. 2. On Engineering and Technology- There is an inherent relationship between the two. There are many people out there really trying to separate the two. Even within a tech fiel…
 
Episode Summary 1. She found her calling and love for STEM very early on. This may not be your story but she did and she found ways to grow the calling and people to help her nurture it during her life. 2. HBCU's vs. PWI's. Can we put this "issue" to bed now? The education you receive at an HBCU can and DOES match up and/or exceed that of the educa…
 
Episode Main Points 1) It is important that we spend time mentoring those younger than us. We have got to be about making sure that we are leaving a legacy within STEM that breed success for the next generation. We have make sure that we are giving our kids the opportunities that we didn't have. 2) Dr. Berry is the REAL DEAL!!! She believes in bein…
 
Episode Summary; 1) Dr. DeYonne Parker is a life coach who empowers ladies, leaders and little girls. You want her in your life. She is life affirming and empowering women all over the world. 2) She asked some really interesting questions to start our discussion on goals. Are you a starter or a finisher? Your answer matters when we are talking abou…
 
Throwback Episode I made this recording in 2015!! This was before engineering and technology became cool. People, teachers, parents were all a little afraid to wade into technology even though we'd been using it and had been teaching it to our kids. There was something about that we just hadn't embraced yet. Engineering was still this nebulous prof…
 
Throwback Episode Summary: This episode was recorded in 2015. We talk about STEM Education and Parents. I know now that parents are embracing STEM in big ways. Back then, it was still relatively new and parents were interested in it. We talk to our audience about how to engage with your child in terms of STEM without overcrowding them. Dr. Toshia B…
 
Meet The Year 2020 Episode Summary 1. Thanks and Appreciations: I thanked the people who help make me go each day. My family- my husband, daughter and son. Hopefully, you will get to actually meet them one day. 2. Describe 2020 in one word. Can you? For me this year's one word description is Purposeful!!! I have been able to get focused on my purpo…
 
Episode Main Points 1. Students have at their feet, a myriad of ways of learning. Formalized learning must change grow and adapt to keep up to, in essence, keep its relevance. We are losing the battle to keep kids engaged. 2. Dual enrollment vs. AP/IB. We talk about the pros and cons of the current system and how these options pulls kids, parents, …
 
Episode Main Points: 1) These kids are the leading driver to the success of the organization. 2) They have a leader that believes in them, not just their talents and skills. She believes in them and it shows in what they have been able to accomplish over the last couple of years. 3) Look what kids can do when they are given the opportunity, the fre…
 
Hi everyone! This is a solo episode, no guest today. Today we talk about early childhood education and STEM. Why it's important and how to engage with the very young. (its earlier than you think!!) I also talk about my new book, ABC Engineering and why its a MUST have in your library. It is also a great gift for the baby or toddler in your life. Ho…
 
Episode Main Points: 1) Saving our environment is important. There is real time evidence to support climate change. It is happening!!! There are also companies and individuals for whom this is their life's work to save the environment. There are little small things that we can do to assist them in this endeavor. Be a part of the change to save our …
 
I am super proud of this episode right here!!! MY girl, my friend and colleague who is now Dr. Ramona Pollard brings a WHOLE word about the importance of being financially literate. I think its appropriate for anytime, but especially this one. Women need to be able to know where their money is going and why its going there. In STEM, women are outnu…
 
Episode Main Points: 1) STEM is found all around us. Being in nature and finding science in nature is STEM. Construction, roadwork, our cars, and buildings are all evidence of STEM. The watch on your arm, the chemical in your hair...all STEM. There is no getting around it, STEM is everywhere. 2) Stephanie talks about her journey in this episode and…
 
This is a throwback episode where we discuss the pay gap for women in general and minority women in specifics. We also talk through how to negotiate your salary. It is a hard but necessary conversation to have about a subject that we have not really been taught how to do or do it well. It serves us as minority women to negotiate for ourselves. The …
 
On this episode we talk through good self care practices for women of color. It is super important that we as minority women take care of ourselves. WE MUST DO IT!!!! We give so much to others, but who gives or pours into us? How are we getting full? We have to take the time to do the things that matter to us and are about us. The times we live in …
 
Yall, Please tell me why our hair is a war. Why are minority women being fired or not getting jobs because of their hair. Who determines what is "professional"? What is acceptable and what is not? That's the discussion and unfortunately, this conversation took place years ago and we are STILL talking about it now. Support the show (https://www.patr…
 
Episode Main Points: 1) It is vitally important that we are supportive of one another. We still have so much to overcome. All of the "isms" still exist and in this current climate are at the forefront. We must actively and collectively fight them. 2) The work that Errika does to support our students in the K-16 space is super important but it doesn…
 
Episode Main Points 1) She is a student of STEM and an all around BADASS!!! Her love of STEM is apparent in the way in which she talks about it. Her experiences with her parents have helped to shape her interests. Aerospace Engineer!!! 2) Her parents were and are trailblazers. 3)FIRST Robotics is a good first step towards honing an interest in STEM…
 
Episode Summary: 1) You do not have to have it all figured out. You do not have to be the smartest or brightest. What you need to be is willing enough to go on the journey, persevere, be curious and have drive. 2) Dr. Brown is REALLY SMART!!! LOL!!! Her story isn't a straight one of nerd for life (and there ain't nothing, NO THING, wrong with being…
 
Episode Summary 1) Navigating an environment that has not been made for you or to support you is difficult at best. It is left to you to figure out how best to exist in this world, unfortunately. 2) Professional networks ARE so important to helping Black women and other minority women in finding that balance and sense of self in this world 3) The w…
 
Episode Main Points: 1) Being Bold can pay off. Nikisha drove up to a cosmetics company, turned it her resume and basically told them that they needed to hire her. They did!! This sent her on a the journey of a lifetime. Her boldness paid off. Take a chance on yourself. 2) The Beauty industry is a multi-million if not billion dollar industry. Black…
 
Episode Summary: 1) It is important that once we've "arrived" that we give back to the community that helped to raise us. 2) Informal STEM is as important to the development of STEM identity for our Black and Brown children. These opportunities are often the first and only opportunities our children have to become engaged in STEM. Do not take them …
 
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