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17 January, 2017
6-8 pm
The Media Center Theater, 30 John Street DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY 11201 More info

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In a world that’s becoming increasingly complex, where success is driven not only by what you know, but what you can do with that knowledge, it’s more important than ever for American youth to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to solve problems through innovation.

Yet today, STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is a career path pursued by few American students with an inadequate pipeline of teachers skilled in those subjects and a workforce that sees the underrepresentation of women in STEM careers and programs – particularly those from marginalized communities.

Join the fireside conversation on January 17th from 6pm – 8pm  discussing the ways we all can advocate for the use of equity strategies from the classroom to the workplace to create an inclusive culture.

 ModeratorKelly Hoey is the author of Build Your Dream Network (January 2017 / Tarcher Perigee). As a connector, and networking expert, Kelly has been lauded from Forbes (“1 of 5 Women Changing the World of VC/Entrepreneurship”) to Fast Company (“25 Smartest Women On Twitter”). She has appeared on CNBC’s Power Pitch, keeps a column on Inc.com, blogs on myturnstone.com and tweets frequently (@jkhoey). Kelly’s career story is one transformation, and can only be explained by her unique ability to tap into networks and make valuable connections. Her career started in corporate law, eventually transitioning to the management side of Big Law. A chance opportunity in 2009 to work with a visionary leader sparked her transition from earning a paycheck to seeking equity. Co-founding a startup accelerator then an interim CMO role with an emerging tech company are just part of her journey of reinvention as an author, influencer and investor. In addition to her portfolio of angel investments (Levo League, Hullabalu, Smigin, CloudPeeps, flowthings.io), she is an LP in two funds (Laconia Capital Group and Lattice Ventures) and an advisor to New Zealand Trade and Enterprise. On top of these professional pursuits, Kelly is the Chief Tech Ambassador for the YWCA of NYC’s Girls Geek Club.


Faith C. Corbett, Executive Director of Public Relations at the New York City College of Technology of the City University of New York (City Tech)

Dr. Anjali Deshpande, Independent Consultant

Christopher Lawrence, Vice President of Mozilla

Siwon Park and Shani Syphrett , Co-founders of Sheft

About the Speakers

Faith C. Corbett has spent the past 15 years shaping public policy in New York City. Ms. Corbett has held policy-making positions as the New York City Council, the New York City Comptroller’s office and the Brooklyn Borough President’s Office. Since 2013, Ms. Corbett has served as Executive Director of Public Relations at the New York City College of Technology of the City University of New York (City Tech). There she oversees strategic partnerships, career services and community engagement.  Under her leadership, City Tech has expanded its partnerships portfolio to include the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, Code to Work, Industry City (Innovation Lab), Idealist, Infor (Center of Excellence) and Microsoft (Tech Jobs Academy) and Top Honors to name a few. Her footprint at the College also includes the establishment of the Professional Development Center as a central location for internship and employment activity. 

Dr. Anjali Deshpande is a statistics instructor and mathematics education master coach. Deshpande holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from New York University, a master’s degree in the Science of Teaching from Pace University, and a doctorate in Urban Education at New York University, Steinhardt School of Education.  Her passions include studying effective assessment practices and instructional shifts, mathematics education, racial equity, and social justice.

Chris Lawrence in the Vice President of Mozilla Leadership Network. Prior to joining Mozilla, Chris was Director of Formal and Informal Teaching and Learning at the New York Hall of Science where he conceived and managed educational programs that utilized digital and web-based tools for on-site and distance learning opportunities. Chris was also an educator at the Museum of the City of New York, The New York Historical Society and the Museum of Television and Radio. He taught Museum Technology as an adjunct professor at Seton Hall’s Museum Professionals graduate program, and he holds an M.S. in Museum Education from the Bank Street Graduate School of Education.

Siwon Park is a seasoned global marketer, corporate trainer and strategist with expertise in cultural marketing and PR communications.  She studied Int’l Business, Operations, and Creative Leadership from Johnson & Wales University and worked from both brand and agency sides in USA, El Salvador and Korea with companies including Marriott Int’l, Samsung, LG, Hyundai, Valeant and AmorePacific. Siwon is also an avid supporter of art and has produced an annual interactive art festival in NYC for 30K attendants.

Shani Syphrett is marketing and communications specialist from a non-traditional background. She studied undergraduate biology at the University of Pennsylvania and graduate interior architecture at The Boston Architectural College. With research, system-based processes and design-thinking in mind, she has worked within agencies, on the brand side, and as a freelance consultant for Samsung, Nike, L’Oreal, Google, Pandora Radio, Vevo, Mazda, Time Inc, Refinery29, Mattel, Amazon, Zappos, HGTV, Gap, and Food Bank for NYC. She recently co-founded a marketing agency called Sheft.


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