Maloney Hosts Career Forum Promoting Women In STEM
Congressmember Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn) hosted a forum and career fair that promoted women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers. The two-part event was held at the CUNY Graduate Center on March 22 and was attended by approximately 400 high school and college-aged students.
Maloney’s forum featured six prominent female leaders from different STEM fields, who talked about the future of STEM, the importance of encouraging women to enter STEM fields, and the ways students can best prepare themselves for professional careers in STEM. The panel included:
Dr. Anna Kerttula de Echave, program director of the division of Polar Programs at the National Science Foundation;
Dr. Sandra Masur, professor of ophthalmology and director of the Office for Women’s Careers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai;
Laurie Carey, partner and technology advisor at Microsoft;
Dr. Susan Perkins, associate curator and professor in the Division of Invertebrate Zoology at the American Museum of Natural History;
Mariette DiChristina, editor-in-chief and senior vice president at Scientific American;
Dr. Ann Henderson, associate provost and dean of sciences at the CUNY Graduate Center.
Immediately after the forum, Maloney encouraged all students and teachers to take advantage of the career and internship fair in the lobby adjacent to CUNY Graduate Center’s Proshansky Auditorium. Maloney assembled over 20 prominent companies, institutions, organizations and government agencies in the STEM sector to participate in the fair, each of which offers a special program, internship, membership, or other opportunity just for students.
“Currently, women hold less than half of all STEM occupations, but we must be committed to increasing their involvement in these critical fields,” said Maloney. “When we bring women into STEM, our research and discoveries become more inclusive, and we become more sensitive to the range of human experiences. What we create becomes applicable to everyone.”