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Ordinarily Extraordinary - Conversations with women in STEM

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I’m an electrical engineer who enjoys listening to and sharing stories of ordinarily extraordinary women that work in STEM fields. The women featured on these episodes work in different STEM fields, are at different phases in their careers, and bring their unique perspectives and stories. I am endlessly fascinated by what these women do, how they have navigated their careers, balanced families, and why they made the career choices they did. Most STEM fields are dominated by men which makes for unique circumstances for women to navigate. It’s a privilege to be able to share their stories through this podcast.

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United States

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I’m an electrical engineer who enjoys listening to and sharing stories of ordinarily extraordinary women that work in STEM fields. The women featured on these episodes work in different STEM fields, are at different phases in their careers, and bring their unique perspectives and stories. I am endlessly fascinated by what these women do, how they have navigated their careers, balanced families, and why they made the career choices they did. Most STEM fields are dominated by men which makes for unique circumstances for women to navigate. It’s a privilege to be able to share their stories through this podcast.

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English

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Episodes

118. STEMSkills: Building Your Confidence with Karen Laos, Confidence Cultivator

11/15/2023
Karen Laos, Communication Expert and Confidence Cultivator, is on a mission to eradicate self-doubt in 10 million women by giving them simple strategies to ask for what they want in the boardroom and beyond. She guides corporations and individuals with a proven model and is known for her actionable tips and ability to build trust quickly. During her corporate career, she led a team of facilitators while traveling the globe consulting industry leaders on the seemingly soft skills that impact the bottom line. Karen is the author of Trust Your Own Voice: Growing Your Influence Through Confident Communication, as well as the host of her highly ranked podcast, Ignite Your Confidence. What do we talk about in this episode? Music used in the podcast: Higher Up, Silverman Sound Studio You can support my podcast on Patreon here: https://patreon.com/user?u=72701887 Resources Karen Laos' website: https://karenlaos.com "Trust Your Own Voice: Growing Your Influence Through Confident Communication" book. (https://karenlaos.com/book/) "Ignite Your Confidence" Podcast (https://karenlaos.com/podcast/) Between the ages of 8 and 14, girls' confidence levels fall by 30 percent. At 14, when girls are hitting their low, boys' confidence is still 27 percent higher. (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/01/well/family/confidence-gap-teen-girls-tips-parents.html) "Pioneers in Skirts" An Emmy-nominated 60-minute documentary about the issues that affect a woman’s pioneering ambition. Real-life stories and frank commentary leave viewers seeing their role in the solution, feeling hopeful, and motivated to act. (https://www.pioneersinskirts.com) The phrase “Women must be seen and not heard” originates from an old English proverb, “Children must be seen and not heard”. This proverb first appeared in a book by John Mirk published in the 15th century titled Mirks Festial. (https://doseofwonani.wordpress.com/2021/08/23/why-i-have-a-problem-with-women-must-be-seen-and-not-heard/#:~:text=The%20phrase%20“Women%20must%20be,15th%20century%20titled%20Mirks%20Festial.)

Duration:01:02:56

117. Liz Lee Heinecke; Scientist and Science Communicator; Author & Media Personality

11/1/2023
Liz Lee Heinecke is an author and media figure for science and STEM. She has loved science she was young which drew her to study molecular biology where she worked in research for ten years. As she transitioned to parenting, she began sharing her love of science through experiments with her kids which became the basis for her books and media appearances. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Art and a Master's Degree in Bacteriology. What do we talk about in this episode? Music used in the podcast: Higher Up, Silverman Sound Studio You can support my podcast on Patreon here: https://patreon.com/user?u=72701887 Resources Liz's website with her books and appearances: www.lizleeheincke.com Connect with Liz here: Email at lizleeheinecke@gmail.com or find her @lizheinecke on Instagram, @kitchpantrysci on Twitter and Liz Heinecke, The Kitchen Pantry Scientist on Facebook. Books: Biology for Kids Kitchen Science Lab for Kids, Edible Edition Outdoor Science Lab for Kids Chemistry for Kids STEAM Lab for Kids Kitchen Science Lab for Kids Star Wars The Padman Cookbook Ecology for Kids Physics for Kids Star Wars Maker Lab Sheet Pan Science Kitchen Science for Kids She Can STEM: 50 Trailblazing Women in Science From Ancient History to Now Super Fun Kitchen Science Experiments for Kids: 52 Family Friendly Experiments From Around the World Radiant: The Dancer, The Scientist, and a Friendship Forged in Light

Duration:01:09:21

116. Pamela Kellert Strategic Leadership Coach for Women in STEM

10/18/2023
Pamela Kellert is a strategic leadership coach focusing on women in STEM. She works with individuals and organizations to elevate their leadership skills, confidence and organizational impact. She is the Founder of Women Leading in STEM. Prior to starting her own business, she spent 16 years in the corporate world leading strategy within technical companies in the transportation sector. What do we talk about in this episode? Music used in the podcast: Higher Up, Silverman Sound Studio You can support my podcast on Patreon here: https://patreon.com/user?u=72701887 Resources www.womenleadinginstem.com https://www.facebook.com/groups/womenleadinginstem List of elected and appointed female heads of state and government: The first woman to be democratically elected as prime minister of a country was Sirimavo Bandaranaike of Ceylon (present-day Sri Lanka), when she led her party to victory in the July 1960 general election. (Wikipedia) Fewer than a third of UN member states have ever had a woman leader. Women currently serve as the head of government in just 13 of the 193 member states of the United Nations. And fewer than a third of UN countries have ever had a woman leader, according to a Pew Research Center analysis. (https://www.pewresearch.org/short-reads/2023/03/28/women-leaders-around-the-world/) Research has shown that firms with more women in senior positions are more profitable, more socially responsible, and provide safer, higher-quality customer experiences — among many other benefits. (https://hbr.org/2021/04/research-adding-women-to-the-c-suite-changes-how-companies-think) Countries led by women had “systematically and significantly better” Covid-19 outcomes, research appears to show, locking down earlier and suffering half as many deaths on average as those led by men. (https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/18/female-led-countries-handled-coronavirus-better-study-jacinda-ardern-angela-merkel) Between the ages of 8 and 14, girls' confidence levels fall by 30 percent. At 14, when girls are hitting their low, boys' confidence is still 27 percent higher. (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/01/well/family/confidence-gap-teen-girls-tips-parents.html#:~:text=and%20their%20parents.-,Between%20the%20ages%20of%208%20and%2014%2C%20girls%27%20confidence%20levels,is%20still%2027%20percent%20higher.)

Duration:01:02:26

115. Dr. Alison Banwell - Glaciologist; Glacier Scientist; PhD in Polar Studies

10/4/2023
Dr. Alison Banwell is a Glaciologist and Research Scientist in the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), part of the University of Colorado Boulder. She studies glaciers in the Arctic and Antarctica and glacial lakes that form from glacial ice melt. She has led many field expeditions in Antarctica and has also conducted fieldwork on the Greenland Ice Sheet, Svalbard and the Himalaya. She has a PhD in Polar Studies from the University of Cambridge. What do we talk about in this episode? Music used in the podcast: Higher Up, Silverman Sound Studio You can support my podcast on Patreon here: https://patreon.com/user?u=72701887 Resources Contact Dr. Banwell: email: alison.banwell@colorado.edu; Instagram & Twitter: @alibanwell Info on Dr. Alison Banwell and links to her publications: https://cires.colorado.edu/researcher/alison-banwell 3.2% of all climbers are women. Longyearbyen is the administrative centre of Svalbard, is a tiny Norwegian metropolis with 2,400 residents from almost 53 different countries. Longyearbyen is the gateway to the nature-based experiences and the starting point for most adventures in Svalbard. (https://en.visitsvalbard.com/visitor-information/destinations/longyearbyen) As powerful predators, polar bears pose a major risk to human life and property. Throughout the polar bear’s range, attacks on humans and property continue to rise. In recent years, more than 20 direct attacks on humans have been reported within the polar bear’s range. (WWF) Leopard seals are the only seals known to regularly hunt and kill warm-blooded prey, including other seals. Although rare, there are a few records of adult leopard seals attacking humans. (www.doc.govt.nz) A glacier is an accumulation of ice and snow that slowly flows over land. At higher elevations, more snow typically falls than melts, adding to its mass. (https://nsidc.org/learn/parts-cryosphere/glaciers) Mer de Glace, (French: “Sea of Ice”) one of the longest glaciers in the Alps, extending for 3.5 miles (5.6 km) on the northern side of Mont Blanc near Chamonix, France. (Britannica) McMurdo Station is located on volcanic rock marking the southernmost solid ground accessible by ship, it is the gateway of most all scientific, private, and touristic jaunts into the Antarctic. (https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/mcmurdo-station) The Drake Passage is the body of water between South America's Cape Horn, Chile, Argentina and the South Shetland Islands of Antarctica. It connects the southwestern part of the Atlantic Ocean (Scotia Sea) with the southeastern part of the Pacific Ocean and extends into the Southern Ocean. The passage is named after the 16th-century English explorer and privateer Sir Francis Drake. The Drake Passage is considered one of the most treacherous voyages for ships to make. Currents at its latitude meet no resistance from any landmass, and waves top 40 feet (12 m), hence its reputation as "the most powerful convergence of seas". (Wikipedia)

Duration:01:07:35

114. Nancy Joie Wilkie - Author; Retired Biotechnologist/Bio-Chemist

9/13/2023
Nancy Joie Wilkie worked for over thirty years in both the biotechnology industry and as part of the Federal Government’s biodefense effort. Nancy is now retired and explores many creative pursuits including writing, composing original music, playing a variety of instruments, and is recording many of her compositions. Nancy has a BA degree in Biology and a MS degree in Bio-Chemistry. What do we talk about in this episode? Nancy recently published a book "Faraway and Forever", a collection of 5 novelettes combining STEM, science fiction, and faith. Nancy shares how she brings together her STEM career, music, writing, and art into her life in retirement. She shares how she got into biochemistry in the late 1970s and her successes and challenges. Music used in the podcast: Higher Up, Silverman Sound Studio You can support my podcast on Patreon here: https://patreon.com/user?u=72701887 Resources http://www.mindsights.net - Nancy's website featuring her art, music, and writings. "Faraway and Forever" by Nancy Joie Wilkie. A collection of 5 novellas. Radiocarbon dating, or carbon-14 dating, is a scientific method that can accurately determine the age of organic materials as old as approximately 60,000 years. First developed in the late 1940s at the University of Chicago by Willard Libby, the technique is based on the decay of the carbon-14 isotope. (news.uchicago.edu).

Duration:00:51:09

113. Kathy Kale Nelson - Show Up, Sign Up, Speak Up, Give a Hand Up

7/20/2023
This is a recording from a keynote speech I gave at a women in energy forum in 2017. I talk about the importance of: Music used in the podcast: Higher Up, Silverman Sound Studio

Duration:00:29:00

112. Sherry Shannon - Vanstone; Serial Entrepreneur; Cryptological Mathematician; BS Mathematics

7/12/2023
Sherry Shannon - Vanstone is a serial entrepreneur. She started her career as a cryptology mathematician in the US government, then went on to work at a start up in Silicon Valley. She then went on to co-found and found companies specializing in security and her latest company, Profound Impact, a female-founded, Canadian data analytics company that leverages AI and machine learning to provide solutions for the higher education and research sectors. She has a BS degree in Mathematics and an Honorary Doctorate of Laws. What do we talk about in this episode? Sherry shares her passion for promoting women in STEM and women in sports. Sherry began her career in cryptology as a code breaker over 40 years ago. She shares her experience as a woman working in this field so many years ago. She shares her experience in Silicon Valley and then working in security and encryption founding and co-foudning companies with her husband and later on on her own. Music used in the podcast: Higher Up, Silverman Sound Studio You can support my podcast on Patreon here: https://patreon.com/user?u=72701887 Resources Perimeter Institute of Theoretical Physics is an independent research centre in foundational theoretical physics located in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. (Wikipedia) The Emmy Noether Council works collectively with Perimeter to increase the number of women in physics and drive the philanthropic support that will advance women at critical stages of their education and careers at Perimeter and beyond. They are specifically focused on leading the growth of the Emmy Noether Emerging Talent Fund, an endowment devoted to providing support and programming for exceptional PhD students at Perimeter. (https://perimeterinstitute.ca/emmy-noether-council) Golden Triangle Angel Networks one of Canada’s most active and longest-established angel investment clubs. (https://www.goldentriangleangelnet.ca)

Duration:00:56:31

111. Lydia Blume; Meteorologist; BS in Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology

6/28/2023
Lydia Blume is the Morning Meteorologist at WDAY in Fargo, North Dakota. Lydia has a Bachelor of Science degree in Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology. She focuses on communications of scientific information to non-scientific people. What do we talk about in this episode? Lydia talks about her love for meteorology and weather from a young age. She grew up on a farm in rural South Dakota, fascinated by weather and never deviated in her goal of becoming a meteorologist. She shares the challenges of being a female meteorologist, including being pregnant, on live TV in the age of social media. Music used in the podcast: Higher Up, Silverman Sound Studio You can support my podcast on Patreon here: https://patreon.com/user?u=72701887 Resources Lydia Blume: https://www.facebook.com/lydiablumewx/ There are 122 National Weather Center Offices throughout the United States. They typically consist of 20 - 50 counties per office. (https://www.noaa.gov/jetstream/wfos) An agriculturist, agriculturalist, agrologist, or agronomist, is a professional in the science, practice, and management of agriculture and agribusiness. It is a regulated profession in Canada, India, the

Duration:01:09:05

110. Nicole Kelner; Science and Climate Artist

6/14/2023
Nicole Kelner is a science and climate artist. She is the founder of Arts and Climate Change. Prior to founding Arts and Climate Change, she was an Artist in Residence at MCJ Collective. Prior to these two positions she worked in operations areas at climate companies. Nicole has a Bachelor's Degree in Communications, Shreyer's Business College and Honors in Engineering Entrepreneurship from Penn State. What do we talk about in this episode? Nicole shares how she went from technical areas into art with a focus on science and climate. She talks about her journey figuring out her major in college, starting out work and how that lead her to where she is now. She shares what she does as a science and climate artist and some of her latest work. Music used in the podcast: Higher Up, Silverman Sound Studio You can support my podcast on Patreon here: https://patreon.com/user?u=72701887 Resources You can find Nicole's work here: https://nicolekelner.darkroom.com The U.S. grid is divided into three major regions: The Eastern Interconnection, which operates in states east of the Rocky Mountains; the Western Interconnection, which covers the Pacific Ocean to the Rocky Mountain states; the Texas Interconnected system.(https://www.epa.gov/green-power-markets/us-grid-regions) A regional transmission organization (RTO) in the United States is an electric power transmission system operator (TSO) that coordinates, controls, and monitors a multi-state electric grid. The transfer of electricity between states is considered interstate commerce, and electric grids spanning multiple states are therefore regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The voluntary creation of RTOs was initiated by FERC Order No. 2000, issued on December 20, 1999. The purpose of the RTO is to promote economic efficiency, reliability, and non-discriminatory practices while reducing government oversight. An independent system operator (ISO) is similarly an organization formed at the recommendation of FERC. In the areas where an ISO is established, it coordinates, controls, and monitors the operation of the electrical power system, usually within a single US state, but sometimes encompassing multiple states. RTOs typically perform the same functions as ISOs but cover a larger geographic area. (Wikipedia) Left Brain vs. Right Brain: According to recent research, the idea of people being "left-brained" or "right-brained" may also be less fixed than we'd thought. (https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/right-brainleft-brain-right-2017082512222) "A Brighter Future: Illustrating Climate Change and Solutions" In this beautifully illustrated book, Nicole Kelner has created an educational and playful way to learn about climate change. (https://www.amazon.com/Brighter-Future-Illustrating-Climate-Solutions/dp/1667870807)

Duration:00:51:04

109. Dr. Sirisha Kuchimanchi; PhD & MS Materials Science; MS & BS Physics

5/31/2023
Dr. Sirisha Kuchimanchi is an entrepreneur, keynote speaker, podcast host, live radio and live radio show host. She's a former tech executive who left the corporate world to start her own business. She founded Sahita, a Global community for South Asian Women to achieve Career & Financial empowerment so you can "Live the life YOU Dream". She has a PhD and Master's Degree in Materials Science and a Master's Degree and Bachelor's Degree in Physics. What do we talk about in this episode? Sirisha shares her experience leaving corporate life and starting her own business. She has a passion for empowering women both in their careers and helping them achieve financial independence. We talk about raising children, teenage boys, confidence in both boys and girls, networking and the importance of community and bringing people together. Music used in the podcast: Higher Up, Silverman Sound Studio You can support my podcast on Patreon here: https://patreon.com/user?u=72701887 Resources Sahita - A global community for South Asian Women. (Sahita.live) LinkedIn Live Fireside Chat: https://www.linkedin.com/video/event/urn:li:ugcPost:7053836357298761728/

Duration:01:03:03

108. Dr. Rachel Cady, M.D. – Menopause Specialist; The Health/Medical Side of Menopause

5/24/2023
Dr. Rachel Cady is an Obstetrician/Gynecologist and a Certified Menopause Practitioner. She is an active member of both the North American Menopause Society and the International Menopause Society. Among the concerns and symptoms she treats are weight management, sexual problems, vaginal dryness, abnormal bleeding, pelvic floor rehab, incontinence, heart health, mood swings, hormone replacement, bone health, sleep issues, and hot flashes. What do we talk about in this episode? Dr. Cady shares a wealth of information about menopause: symptoms, treatment, hormone therapy, and so much more. We talk about hot flashes, night sweats, brain fog, mood swings, weight changes, estrogen receptors and so much more. Dr. Cady answers all my menopause questions and questions from listeners. Music used in the podcast: Higher Up, Silverman Sound Studio You can support my podcast on Patreon here: https://patreon.com/user?u=72701887 Resources International Menopause Society's mission of the International Menopause Society (IMS) is to work globally to promote and support access to best practice health care for women through their menopause transition and post-reproductive years, enabling them to achieve optimal health and well-being. (https://www.imsociety.org) The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) is North America’s leading nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the health and quality of life of all women during midlife and beyond through an understanding of menopause and healthy aging. (https://www.menopause.org) To find a Certified Menopause Practitioner in the US: https://portal.menopause.org/NAMS/NAMS/Directory/Menopause-Practitioner.aspx The Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation (SWAN) is a multi-site longitudinal, epidemiologic study designed to examine the health of women during their middle years. The study examines the physical, biological, psychological and social changes during this transitional period. (https://www.swanstudy.org) The Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) is a long-term national health study funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, or NHLBI. (https://www.whi.org) “You Are Not Broken” Podast hosted by KJ Casperson, MD – Empowering women (and the partners who love them) to live their best sex lives. Combining the power of mind-work, body-science and relationships, I joyously smash the societal barriers that are keeping us from living our best intimate lives.

Duration:01:00:32

107. Dr. Ginger Campbell: Palliative Care Physician; MD, BSE Electrical Engineering; MSE Biomedical Engineering

5/17/2023
Dr. Ginger Campbell is a Palliative Medicine Physician. Prior to Palliative Care, Dr. Campbell was an Emergency Physician. She earned a BSE in Electrical Engineering and an MSE in Biomedical Engineering prior to her MD. Dr. Campbell launched her podcast Brain Science in 2006 and was inducted into the Podcast Hall of Fame in 2022. What do we talk about in this episode? Dr. Campbell shares her experiences in palliative and emergency room medicine. She is in the process of moving from doing palliative care in the US to doing palliative care in New Zealand. She also talks about her podcast and the difference between podcasting in the early years of podcasting and podcasting now. Music used in the podcast: Higher Up, Silverman Sound Studio You can support my podcast on Patreon here: https://patreon.com/user?u=72701887 Resources Brain Science Podcast has been exploring how recent discoveries in neuroscience are unraveling the mystery of how our brain makes us human. (https://brainsciencepodcast.com) Dr. Campbell’s background is an important element in her success as a science communicator. Prior to medical school she studied electrical and biomedical engineering. In 2011 she was chosen one of 40 Engineers Making a Difference as a part of 40th Anniversary celebration of the School of Engineering at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), where she was an assistant professor from 1985-1989.(https://www.virginiacampbellmd.com) Māori originated with settlers from East Polynesia, who arrived in New Zealand in several waves of canoe voyages between roughly 1320 and 1350. (Wikipedia) Jacinda Kate Laurell Ardern (born 26 July 1980) is a New Zealand politician who served as the 40th prime minister of New Zealand and leader of the Labour Party from 2017 to 2023. A member of the Labour Party, she was a member of Parliament (MP) as a list MP from 2008 to 2017, and for Mount Albert from 2017 to 2023 (Wikipedia) Elizabeth Kubler-Ross - Her bestselling first book, On Death and Dying, 1969, made her an internationally-renowned author. Even today, her trail-blazing book is required reading in most major medical, nursing, and psychology programs. A 1969 Life Magazine article outlining her work gave further mainstream credibility and awareness to this new way of dealing with dying patients, although her conclusions were quite revolutionary at the time. (https://www.ekrfoundation.org/elisabeth-kubler-ross/biography/) Doc Hollywood is a 1991 American romantic comedy film directed by Michael Caton-Jones and written by Daniel Pyne along with Jeffrey Price and Peter S. Seaman, based on Neil B. Shulman's book What? Dead...Again? The film stars Michael J. Fox, Julie Warner, Barnard Hughes, Woody Harrelson, David Ogden Stiers, Frances Sternhagen, and Bridget Fonda. (Wikipedia)

Duration:01:06:54

106. Anna Litvinova: Flight Test Engineer; BS Aerospace Engineering

5/10/2023
Anna Litvinova is a Flight Test Engineer. She graduated from college with a Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering about three years ago and spends her time writing test plans, executing test missions on planes per those test plans, and analyzing the data from the tests. Anna immigrated to the US after growing up in Russia and then Germany. She is currently working on a Master’s Degree in Flight Test Engineering at the National Test Pilot School. What do we talk about in this episode? "If one never tries, one never knows" - Anna shares her experience growing up as the daughter of two physicists and being interested in airplanes and aerospace from a very young age. She also shares her experiences coming to the US at 16 years old, leaving her friends behind, the challenges that brought and how she overcame some of those challenges. Music used in the podcast: Higher Up, Silverman Sound Studio You can support my podcast on Patreon here: https://patreon.com/user?u=72701887&utm_medium=clipboard_copy&utm_source=copyLink&utm_campaign=creatorshare_creator&utm_content=join_link Resources The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is the largest transportation agency of the U.S. government and regulates all aspects of civil aviation in the country as well as over surrounding international waters. (Wikipedia) The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (ASEA) is an agency of the European Union with responsibility for civil aviation safety. It carries out certification, regulation and standardisation and also performs investigation and monitoring. (Wikipedia) Aileron - a hinged flight control surface usually forming part of the trailing edge of each wing of a fixed-wing aircraft. Ailerons are used in pairs to control the aircraft in roll, which normally results in a change in flight path due to the tilting of the lift vector. (Wikipedia) Aerospace Engineering - the primary field of engineering concerned with the development of aircraft and spacecraft. It has two major and overlapping branches: aeronautical engineering and astronautical engineering. (Wikipedia) Rhythmic Gymnastics - a sport in which gymnasts perform on a floor with an apparatus: hoop, ball, clubs, ribbon. The sport combines elements of gymnastics, dance and calisthenics; gymnasts must be strong, flexible, agile, dexterous and coordinated. (Wikipedia) "Man's Search for Meaning" is a 1946 book by Viktor Frankl chronicling his experiences as a prisoner in Nazi concentration camps during World War II, and describing his psychotherapeutic method, which involved identifying a purpose in life to feel positive about, and then immersively imagining that outcome. (Wikipedia) National Test Pilot School (NTPS) - The mission of the National Test Pilot School is to educate and train military and civilian aviation personnel so that each graduate increases flight test competency, improves flight test and aviation safety, and enhances the aerospace profession worldwide. (https://www.ntps.edu)

Duration:00:56:35

105. Pat Muoio - Venture Capital, Cybersecurity, Cryptanalyst

5/3/2023
Pat Muoio is a partner at Sinewave Ventures where she assess the technical value and viability of emerging technologies and make investment recommendations in the federal marketplace. Prior to joining Sinewave, she worked in cybersecurity and cryptography both in the private sector and at the Department of Defense. She has a PhD in Philosophy from Yale University. What do we talk about in this episode? Pat shares her journey from getting a PhD in Philosophy and a planned academic career, into cryptography at DOD, to cybersecurity and into her current career in Venture Capital (VC). Music used in the podcast: Higher Up, Silverman Sound Studio Resources Seed funding is the first official equity funding stage. It typically represents the first official money that a business venture or enterprise raises. Some companies never extend beyond seed funding into Series A rounds or beyond. You can think of the "seed" funding as part of an analogy for planting a tree. This early financial support is ideally the "seed" which will help to grow the business. (https://www.investopedia.com/articles/personal-finance/102015/series-b-c-funding-what-it-all-means-and-how-it-works.asp) The first round after the seed stage is Series A funding. In this round, it’s important to have a plan for developing a business model that will generate long-term profit. Typically, Series A rounds raise approximately $2 million to $15 million. In 2021, the median Series A funding was $10 million. (https://www.investopedia.com/articles/personal-finance/102015/series-b-c-funding-what-it-all-means-and-how-it-works.asp) Series B rounds are all about taking businesses to the next level, past the development stage. Investors help startups get there by expanding market reach. Companies that have gone through seed and Series A funding rounds have already developed substantial user bases and have proven to investors that they are prepared for success on a larger scale. Series B funding is used to grow the company so that it can meet these levels of demand. (https://www.investopedia.com/articles/personal-finance/102015/series-b-c-funding-what-it-all-means-and-how-it-works.asp) A business incubator is a workspace created to offer startups and new ventures access to the resources they need, all under one roof.In addition to a desk or office, incubators often provide resident companies with access to expert advisors, mentors, administrative support, office equipment, training, and/or potential investors. (https://www.shopify.com/blog/what-is-business-incubator) About 60% of companies that reach pre-series A funding fail to make it to Series A, so the success rate is only 30%-40%. About 65% of the Series A startups get series B, while 35% of the companies that get series A fail. (https://spdload.com/blog/startup-success-rate/#:~:text=About%2065%25%20of%20the%20Series,Noissue.) Cryptanalysis refers to the process of analyzing information systems in order to understand hidden aspects of the systems. Cryptanalysis is used to breach cryptographic security systems and gain access to the contents of encrypted messages, even if the cryptographic key is unknown. (Wikipedia)

Duration:00:57:03

104. STEMSkills: Menopause & Your Career - Heather Jackson

4/26/2023
Heather Jackson, co-founder of GenM, shares how GenM works with brands to provide awareness and branding of products that support women in menopause. GenM also provides research, awareness and resources for women going through menopause. Heather is the former CEO of An Inspirational Journey, the company behind several programmes, events and online activities including The Balanced Business Forum (formerly known as The Women's Business Forum and now recognised as the world’s first gender balanced leadership conference). What do we talk about in this episode? Heather shares how she came to start GenM and the importance of normalizing the conversation around menopause and creating brand awareness, signage, etc. around products that support women during perimenopause and menopause. Music used in the podcast: Higher Up, Silverman Sound Studio Resources GenM's Mission - We exist to incite a first-of-its-kind movement to make the menopause a more positive experience for everyone, and introduce forward-thinking brands, organisations and employers to this new, commercially attractive market in a responsible, ethical way. Why? Because there are 15.5 million menopausal consumers in the UK alone. It’s a market desperate for better understanding, support and representation. Now is the time to purposefully unite, so we can all cater for, better support and connect with this incredibly underserved audience. Working closely with progressive organisations, we can all use GenM’s ongoing groundbreaking research, knowledge and experience to better understand the 48 symptoms, provide better support to all those in menopause and signpost them to products and services that already exist. The Invisibility Report - The findings of this report are the foundations for everything that GemM as the Menopause Partner of Brands stands for. We are here to collectively unite responsible brands, organisations and employers, to improve the menopause experience, normalise the conversation, and stop those in menopause being overlooked at home, at work and across society. (https://gen-m.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/106847-Gen-M-Invisibility-Report-082.pdf) Raising Awareness of the Menopause One Campaign At a Time Men: Misunderstanding Menopause is a national campaign helping to raise awareness of the menopause and its symptoms amongst men. (https://gen-m.com/shattered/) Maryon Stewart BEM, with more than 29 years of experience of study and expertise, is known as the pioneer of the natural menopause movement. She has written 28 self-help books and was awarded the British Empire Medal in 2018.(https://maryonstewart.com) Tera Greene - Kickstart Your Confidence (https://2kyw5krv.pages.infusionsoft.net/?affiliate=0)

Duration:01:09:57

103. Jill Anderson - Utility Executive; BS Mechanical Engineering; MBA

4/12/2023
Jill Anderson is the Executive Vice President of Operations at Southern California Edison. She has served in several leadership roles in several utilities in her career. At SCE in addition to her current position, she has also been the Senior Vice President of Customer Service and Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning & Power Supply. At New York Power Authority, she worked as the Chief Commercial Officer, Vice President of Public Affairs and Energy Policy and Chief of Staff to the CEO. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from NYU. What do we talk about in this episode? Jill shares her career journey starting out in the utility industry, moving into leadership positions early in her career; she discusses her wide variety of experiences from leading people in the field to leading people in an office. We talk about some of the challenges faced in being a woman in the field of a utility and how to handle those challenges. Jill provides insight into leadership and her leadership experiences. She shares how she has developed her skill sets over her career to move into the executive leadership role she currently inhabits. Music used in the podcast: Higher Up, Silverman Sound Studio Resources A capacitor bank is a group of several capacitors connected in series or parallel combinations. Capacitors are electrical and electronic components that store electrical energy. Thus, capacitor banks (cap banks) store the reactive energy (leading) and compensate for inductive energy (lagging), thus improving the power factor. As a result, the grid gets more stable and higher transmission capacity and suffers fewer transmission losses. (https://www.electricalvolt.com/2022/08/what-is-a-capacitor-bank/) Reactive load refers to the electrical load that consumes apparent power in a circuit, such as an inductor or capacitor. This type of load consumes current that is out of phase with the voltage, and can cause power factor issues in a power system. Reactive load refers to the electrical load that consumes apparent power in a circuit, such as an inductor or capacitor. (https://www.quora.com) The Nobel Conference is an academic conference held annually at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. Founded in 1963, the conference links a general audience with scientists in topics related to the natural and social sciences. (Wikipedia) California Announces Almost 18 Percent Of Cars Bought In 2022 Were Electric (https://insideevs.com/news/619370/california-18-percent-new-cars-electric/). In 2022, 5.8% of the new cars Americans bought were electric, up from 3.2% in 2021. Total EV sales topped 800,000 for the first time. (https://www.kbb.com/car-news/new-car-sales-fell-in-2022-but-new-electric-car-sales-rose-dramatically/) It has been estimated that nearly 40% of women who earn engineering degrees either never enter the profession or quit. (https://hbr.org/2016/08/why-do-so-many-women-who-study-engineering-leave-the-field)

Duration:01:11:33

102. Hayley Hoaglund, Madeleine Howard - Artificial Intelligence Tampon

3/30/2023
Hayley Hoaglund and Madeleine Howard developed a tampon that uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to detect cervical cancer without a pap smear. They share their journey with the intersection of women's global health, business, and tech. Hayley has worked in health care and program management from rural settings to government level. From community level health efforts in the Peace Corps in Peru to working on program design and management within the Ministry of Health, she’s designed and implemented projects from the ground, up. Madeleine also works in global health and reproductive health both within the government and global health organizations, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and US Global Leadership Coalition. What do we talk about in this episode? We talk about so many things on this episode! In addition to talking about the AI tampon itself, we dive into global health, women's health and reproductive health, how to normalize talking about women's health issues, the intersection of business, health, and technology. Music used in the podcast: Higher Up, Silverman Sound Studio Resources USAID - Promotes and demonstrates democratic values abroad, and advance a free, peaceful, and prosperous world. In support of America's foreign policy, the U.S. Agency for International Development leads the U.S. Government's international development and disaster assistance through partnerships and investments that save lives, reduce poverty, strengthen democratic governance, and help people emerge from humanitarian crises. (https://www.usaid.gov) Gender Based Violence (GBV) - refers to harmful acts directed at an individual based on their gender. It is rooted in gender inequality and the abuse of power. (https://www.unhcr.org/en-us/gender-based-violence.html) John's Hopkins Carey Business School - the graduate business school of Johns Hopkins University, a private research university in Baltimore, Maryland. (Wikipedia) Women’s health has been underfunded and understudied for decades. Even though women make up 51% of the United States population, women’s health research accounted for only 10.7% of all basic research funding from the NIH in 2020. (https://medium.com/@karenrubin/why-womens-health-is-a-500m-problem-worth-solving-d0f3696e1c6a) The U.S. spends three to four times more on health care than South Korea, New Zealand, and Japan. (https://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/issue-briefs/2023/jan/us-health-care-global-perspective-2022) Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) are third party companies that function as intermediaries between insurance providers and pharmaceutical manufacturers. PBMs create formularies, negotiate rebates (discounts paid by a drug manufacturer to a PBM) with manufacturers, process claims, create pharmacy networks, and review drug utilization. (https://content.naic.org/cipr-topics/pharmacy-benefit-managers)

Duration:01:03:17

101. Parmin Sedigh - High School Student; Stem Cell Research; Science Communications

3/29/2023
Parmin Sedigh is a high school senior in Canada who enjoys researching and creating content about stem cells and developmental biology. She is also also the VP of Communications at Eye Hope Canada and a Sponsorships Associate at the Canadian Undergraduate Technology Conference. What do we talk about in this episode? Parmin developed a passion for stem cells and developmental biology. She talks about how she became interested in the subject through The Knowledge Society (TKS) and created blogs and a YouTube channel to explain stem cells to non scientific people. Music used in the podcast: Higher Up, Silverman Sound Studio Resources Parmin's Website: https://parminsedigh.medium.com Parmin's YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHCv6JNpw5oNrf6bAtdA05Q Gairdner Science Week - The Gairdner Foundation was established in 1957 with the main goal of recognizing and rewarding international excellence in fundamental research that impacts human health. Annually, seven awards are given: five Canada Gairdner International Awards for biomedical research, one John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Award, specifically for impact on global health issues, and one Canada Gairdner Wightman Award, reserved for a Canadian. (https://gairdner.org/events/gairdner-science-week-2022/) In most provinces of Canada, the third Monday in February is observed as a regional statutory holiday, typically known in general as Family Day (French: Jour de la famille)—though some provinces use their own names, as they celebrate the day for different reasons. (Wikipedia) The Knowledge Society (TKS) helps ambitious young people change the world. TKS offers a 10-month educational accelerator for high school students wherein they'll learn about cutting-edge technologies, growth mindsets that are key to success, and how to use this knowledge to reach their full potential. TKS students also have the opportunity to work alongside and learn from industry-leading experts at companies and organizations like the United Nations, Google, Apple, and more. (https://www.tks.world)

Duration:00:38:07

100. Isabel Nelson - Computer Science (soon to be) graduate; Kathy's daughter

3/22/2023
Isabel Nelson is a senior majoring in computer science, minoring in business at Montana State University. She is in her last semester of college and is beginning to look for jobs. What do we talk about in this episode? Isabel talks about why she decided to go into computer science even though she had never taken a coding class before declaring her major. Music used in the podcast: Higher Up, Silverman Sound Studio Resources "Hello World!": A complete Python-based computer programming tutorial with fun illustrations, examples, and hand-on exercises. (https://www.amazon.com/Hello-World-Computer-Programming-Kids/dp/161729702X/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2J3RCZ05QGXZU&keywords=hello+world+python&qid=1676681470&sprefix=hello+world+pyt%2Caps%2C190&sr=8-1) In software engineering, the terms frontend and backend (or sometimes referred to as back end or back-end) refer to the separation of concernsbetween the presentation layer (frontend), and the data access layer (backend) of a piece of software, or the physical infrastructure or hardware. In the client–server model, the client is usually considered the frontend and the server is usually considered the backend, even when some presentation work is actually done on the server itself. (wikipedia) Esteffanie - A YouTube content creator who likes to build things and share my projects, experiments, and failures on my YouTube and Instagram channels. (https://www.estefannie.com) Grace Hopper Celebration - Created in 1994 and inspired by the legacy of Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, the AnitaB.org flagship event Grace Hopper Celebration brings the research and career interests of women in computing to the forefront. (https://ghc.anitab.org) In computer graphics, turtle graphics are vector graphics using a relative cursor (the "turtle") upon a Cartesian plane (x and y axis). Girlboss, also known as girlboss-ism, is a neologism popularised by Sophia Amoruso in her 2014 book Girlboss, which denotes a woman "whose success is defined in opposition to the masculine business world in which she swims upstream". The concept's ethos has been described as "convenient incrementalism". (wikipedia) Junior Achievement’s mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed. The inspiration piece comes from community volunteers who not only deliver our lessons, but share their experience. In the process, these volunteers serve as role models helping to positively impact young people’s perceptions about the importance of education, as well as critical life skills. (https://jausa.ja.org/programs/index)

Duration:01:04:56

99. E-liza Dolls - Eliza Kosoy; Founder of dolls that teach girls to code

3/8/2023
Eliza Kosoy is the Founder of Eliza Dolls, a doll which teaches young girls how to code and build hardware through custom, tech-enabled projects based on things girls love. Eliza is also a PhD Student at University of California, Berkeley working in child development and Artificial Intelligence. What do we talk about in this episode? Eliza shares how she came to start E-liza Dolls and what her goals and aspirations are for her company. She also shares how her work in her day job as PhD student studying children and AI and how E-liza Dolls has affected her research. Music used in the podcast: Higher Up, Silverman Sound Studio Resources E-liza Dolls - https://www.elizadolls.com. An angel investor (also known as a business angel, informal investor, angel funder, private investor, or seed investor) is an individual who provides capital for a business or businesses, including startups, usually in exchange for convertibledebt or ownership equity. (Wikipedia) Girlboss, neologism popularised by Sophia Amoruso in her 2014 book Girlboss, which denotes a woman "whose success is defined in opposition to the masculine business world in which she swims upstream". The term became popular in 2014 after Sophia Amoruso used it with a hashtag prefix in her bestselling autobiography, which was adapted into a TV show of the same name. Its early usage was defined by perceived empowerment. Its popularity led to it becoming a "a template for marketing and writing about powerful women in virtually every industry". (Wikipedia) Sophia Amoruso launches Trust Fund for founders - https://techcrunch.com/2023/01/19/sophia-amoruso-enters-venture-with-her-trust-fund-nasty-gal-girlboss/ "How Things Work" Podcast - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/how-things-work/id1524856935

Duration:00:37:38