I was honored to be a part of a three day event titled Hidden Figures Revealed: A Celebration of African-American women in STEM--past, present, and future. It was hosted by the Addler Planetarium and the DuSable Museum of African History in Chicago, Illinois and was inspired by the novel and Oscar Nominated Film, Hidden Figures. I participated in a panel on Thursday evening, March 23, 2017.
The panel featured clips from the movie Hidden Figures to help generate discussions about our experiences in STEM. We shared our challenges and triumphs with the audience and they were able to ask insightful questions at the end of the event.
Other STEM professionals on the panel included Dr. Jedidah Isler, an award-winning speaker who was the first black woman to receive a PhD from Yale University in Astrophyics; Camille Eddy, a mechanical engineering graduate from Boise State University with significant experience in the Robot Development Lab at Hewlet Packard; Michole Washington, the 9th woman to graduate from Georgia Tech with a Bachelors in Applied Math and the CEO and Founder of Afrithmetic, and Ruqiah Muhummad, a PhD Candidate in Applied Mathematics at the University of Iowa working on Mathematical Biology research. Excellence abound!