STEMming in Stilettos with Dr. Toshia

STEMming in Stilettos with Dr. Toshia

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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June 28, 2021 47 min

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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 the group that's willing to test it out. Its how we grow.

4) She LOV...

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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 also.
3) STEM should be fun!!

Neirda Lafontant Bio

Haitian-American Neirda Lafont...

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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 years of experience in manufacturing, operations, strategy, and innovation most recently ser...

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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 have an idea for a book. Write it. Look for help from free-lancers but write it and get it ...

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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. 

4) Sometimes you really do have to leave to get what you want. 

5) Rememb...

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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 you use in your daily life. We all have skills but we haven't classified them as ...

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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 of it is the thing that contributes to the well being of students while in col...

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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 believes that having or feeling a sense of belonging is key towards retaining an...

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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) please update your LinkedIn profile.

3) Interview! Interview! Never take yourself of...

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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 wants to stop cyber crimes from happening and know how devastating they can be...

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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 mentorship program and a bi-annual 'Leading Women in STEM' speaker series. While our p...

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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 empowered her team so well, that they no longer need her. 

4)She is a firm believer in giving p...

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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 herself. How many of us have heard this story? Who was she now after she ha...

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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 importance of seeing others who look like you in the space that you want to move into. 
4)I l...

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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 take her love of flying and technical knowledge and experience into the world of drones...

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March 15, 2021 44 min

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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 all have some STEM SuperPowers:

1) Resilience
2) Bravery
3) Boldness
4)Compassion
5) Pe...

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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.
3) Process is KING!! It defines your behavior; management's behavior. Its generally ...

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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 not in the room. We need more of them.
4) We must be fully present for ourselves and...

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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 Brunson is a Creative Visionary, Speaker, Author & a Social Innovation Alchemist that is ...

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February 16, 2021 43 min

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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 story great. The message of the story and the delivery are two integral parts.


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