Newsletter March 2018

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Meet GSK's April M. Dosunmu!
The talent acquisition lead at GSK is advancing Diversity & Inclusion at the company. Of her many accomplishments, her most recent was leading the recruitment efforts for the launch of GSK's U.S. Vaccines R&D headquarters based in Rockville, Maryland.

Top Government & Law Enforcement Agencies; Insurance Companies; Financial & Banking Companies; Healthcare, Pharmaceutical & Biotech Companies and Utilities, Energy, Gas & Oil Companies. Did your company make the list?

TFS Scholarships Launches Online Toolkit To Provide College Funding Resources
TFS, the most comprehensive online resource for higher education funding, has launched a free online toolkit to provide counselors, families and students with resources to help improve the college scholarship search process. 

Disney Donates $1 Million To Youth STEM Program In Celebration Of 'Black Panther'
The donation will help expand Boys & Girls Clubs of America's youth STEM programs, supporting the high-tech skills that were a major theme in the plot of Black Panther and are essential in helping youth succeed.


Target's Universal Thread Line Will Include Sensory-Friendly And Adaptive Apparel
"Universal Thread is all about making great style available to everyone, while offering unprecedented value and never compromising on quality," Mark Tritton, Target's executive vice president and chief merchandising officer, said in a statement.

Want to Get a Job at Amazon's HQ2 - or Anywhere Else?
A critical factor that employers are looking for is 'agility.' If you live in one of the 20 cities that were named as finalists for the Amazon HQ2 sweepstakes, you might be dusting off your resume right now. Amazon plans to create as many as 50,000 new jobs in the city where it decides to locate.
Editorial Spotlight

  When You Least Expect It! - Careers in Construction  
I attended the sesquicentennial (150th) homecoming celebration of my college alma mater in Washington, D.C., at the prestigious Howard University. The city's architecture has always mesmerized me. I have spent hours gazing the maps of Pierre Charles L'Enfant's street layout designs and remain curiously perplexed by the Masonic symbolism seemingly engrained into every building, both historical and modern.

I have always relished the eager anticipation of each visit. While on the ground, I often stop and stare at buildings with no concept of elapsing time. Therefore, my natural expectation was that I marvel in a similar experience this time. However, to my immense surprise, I stumbled on to something that I least expected! People?

Yes, people! Construction Career People! In the midst of casual conversations with alumni, relatives, friends and complete strangers the current of construction based careers flowed into so many conversations. Their construction career titles included Project Manager, Mixed-use Property Developer, Cemetery Architect Project Manager for university system building projects, Project Consultant for a major hotel chain, Excavation and Demolition Remediation Owner, and HVAC Estimator. 

I couldn't believe it! This was truly what I least expected. I met so many people who work in various areas of the construction career pipeline.  
Editorial Spotlight
Presidential Awards for Excellence
In Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)

  Rewarding & Inspiring Great Teaching  
For 35 years, the Presidential Awards for Excellence In Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) have been rewarding and inspiring great teaching. The award, which honors up to 108 teachers each year, recognizes those teachers who develop and implement a high-quality instructional program that is informed by content knowledge and enhances student learning. Since the program's inception, more than 4,700 teachers have been recognized for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession.
Kendra Renae Pullen (middle) is pictured with former NSF Assistant Director for Education and Human Resources Wanda Ward (left) and former NSF Director Arden L. Bement (right).
One of those teachers is Kendra "Renae" Pullen, an educator of 18 years. After returning home from the award recognition events in Washington, D.C., Renae says she found her voice through PAEMST. Her previous "business as usual" attitude rapidly faded away. Renae became eager to expand her current leadership roles and identify new opportunities, such as becoming a Certified Endorsed Teacher Leader with the Louisiana State Department of Education. She took on the additional role of Adjunct Professor for Louisiana Technical University in Teacher Leadership.
Since then, Renae has gone on to participate in national teacher leadership opportunities, receiving several grants, publishing articles, winning additional awards and more. Her enthusiasm for ensuring the quality education of all students is apparent in all that she undertakes. In 2011, she participated in the White House Champions of Change Event: Women & Girls in STEM. In 2014, she was a convocation participant in the Exploring Opportunities for STEM Teacher Leadership conference, and began working as a member of the Teacher Advisory Council for the National Academies of Science. Through all of these experiences, one question continues to guide Renae: "Our profession needs a voice, why not mine?"
Renae was not selected as an awardee the first time she applied for PAEMST. It was after her second application submission that she was named the Louisiana science awardee. "After I submitted the application the first time," she says, "I realized that this was something I could do, something I could win!" Renae says "The second time around, I was prepared and excited to apply." Her advice for teachers considering applying: "Be really clear in how you communicate. Be reflective. This is your story as a teacher - the wonderful teacher that you are - but be honest in your approach and assessment, and it will come through for you."
PAEMST is currently accepting nominations and applications for the 2017-2018 cycle. Anyone - principals, teachers, parents, students, and general public - may nominate an exceptional mathematics or science teacher.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) administers PAEMST on behalf of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Event Spotlight

The Global STEM Talent Summit presented by STEMconnector will be held in Washington, D.C. May 3-4, 2018. The Global STEM Talent Summit Initiative was designed as an employer led three-year Strategic Roadmap to deliver short, mid and long-term STEM Talent development strategies from implementation, execution and impact. In addition, the Summit offers deep dive discussions and perspectives on future STEM 2.0 capabilities required for STEM talent to be highly successful in careers pathways. 

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Business Opportunity

The 51st Annual Chicago Business Opportunity Fair is coming to Chicago, IL. April 24-25. The event is the nation's first and region's largest conference and trade fair connecting qualified, certified minority suppliers with corporate and government buyers. More than 1,000 corporate executives, minority business owners and government officials attend each year!
U.S. News STEM Solutions
Workforce of Tomorrow

An executive-level event with significant impact, Workforce of Tomorrow, April 4-6 in Washington, D.C., aims to ensure a strong future for STEM education and employment. The event is the preeminent conference for leaders across multiple industries, from corporate CEOs to university presidents, and influential board chairs to top policymakers.
Annual National
Capital Forum

The Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities (HACU) 23rd Capital Forum on Hispanic Higher Education will be held April 9-10 in Washington, D.C. Advocates for the higher education success of the nation's youngest and largest ethnic population group will gather in together to shape and promote an agenda for Congress and the country.
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Minneapolis, MN
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New York, NY

Minority Business
Opportunity Day
Pasadena, CA

Most Powerful
Latinas Event
New York, NY

CnNECD Summit
Crystal City, VA
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