Unleash Your Potential: There Is an Innovator in All of Us - Lorraine Herger & Mercy Bodarky, IBM Research - IEEE WIE Forum USA East 2017

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This presentation was recorded at the IEEE Women in Engineering East Forum on 2 December 2017. 

Abstract: Motivating young girls to embrace their full potential and tap into endless possibilities is key in growing our future female leaders. During this session, we will discuss how to incorporate activities through education, workshop demos, and best practices for engaging young students. We will also share successful methods to create awareness and common ground with young students. Connecting through social media and current consumer technologies is key to making a link with your audience. We leverage the use of stories that are widely known in social media, movies and characters that demonstrate female heroism. We discuss some character traits such as strength, knowledge, innovation, and life skills that can be used to work through challenging obstacles. We will demonstrate some of those essential characteristics and correlate them with STEM activities. We will also share live demos of projects and materials for STEM activities.

Lorraine M. Herger, IBM Research Division, Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598 USA (herger@us.ibm.com). Ms. Herger is the Director of Research Integrated Solutions and CIO of IBM Research, a worldwide organization with 12 locations; a Master Inventor, with over 40 patents, 20 publications and a Senior Technical Staff Member. Lorraine received the 2017 CIO 100 award for innovative use of technology to drive business. Ms. Herger is Treasurer of the Society of Women Engineers, New York Section (SWE-NY), a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and an ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) Program Evaluator.

Mercy Bodarky is a Program manager for the Integrated Solutions Team of IBM Research. In this role, Mercy works across several disciplines including IT Security, IT & business operations and collaboration. She manages several global security programs for all services to the division. Mercy is an active member of the IRI and ACM. She also serves as the webmaster for the SWE, NY City chapter. In her spare time develops outreach projects to educate students of all ages to STEM careers.

This presentation was recorded at the IEEE Women in Engineering East Forum on 2 December 2017. 

Abstract: Motivating young girls to embrace their full potential and tap into endless possibilities is key in growing our future female leaders. During this session, we will...

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