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· Stage
KickOff Session with Kantis Simmons
The Kickoff session will begin with music, introductions, and information on how to navigate the conference. Kantis Simmons will provide the kickoff keynote!
· Sessions
3 Ways to Thrive As A Minority In The High Tech Workplace
In this presentation, Gerald will discuss the things he did to help himself become more valuable to his company, increase his salary, and remain marketable.
Gerald Moore
· Sessions
How Leaders Implement Strategic Networks
You will learn to assess your leadership acumen, 3 different forms of networking, and how to design a network of mentors.
Rochelle Williams
· Sessions
Undergraduate and Graduate Research Opportunities
Join Purdue University Herrick Labs and Purdue Energetics Resource Center to learn more about undergraduate research and graduate school opportunities.
· Networking
Kick Off Networking Mixer
Meet other attendees at the STEM Success Summit! Find potential friends to build with!
· Sessions
How To Turn Your STEM Idea Into Reality
Panelists from STEMNoire, #BlackinCancer, & the ResearcHer discuss new movements in STEM and how to start your own community.
· Sessions
Purpose in the Workplace
We will discuss ways to identify your passion and purpose and how you walk in it both personally and professionally.
Ayo Dahunsi
· Sessions
Using the Internet to Earn
Learn how to showcase your STEM skills online to earn top dollar.
Codie Sanchez
· Sessions
Owning Your Entrepreneurial STEM Journey
A discussion between Sherrell Dorsey and Jessica Santana covering the topic of STEM Education Entrepreneurship best practices.
Sherrell Dorsey Jessica Santana
· Stage
My Struggles, My Decisions, My Choices and My Journey to NASA”
Edward Gonzales talks about his career journey to NASA.
Edward  Gonzales
· Stage
Opening Session with Tracy Fanara, PhD: Career Path as a Journey
Environmental Engineer and Owner of Inspector Planet speaks about her career journey.
Tracy Fanara
· Sessions
8 Tips to Advocate for Yourself at Work
This session will give you easy-to-learn self-advocacy skills that will help you take charge of your future.
Riya Anandwala
· Sessions
Overworking and Blending Self-Identity with Work-Identity
Learn what it takes to set boundaries if you are pressured to overwork. Discover why you are valuable despite career successes and failures.
Gina Covarrubias
· Sessions
How to Earn Grants, Fellowships, & Scholarships
You will learn the differences between grants, fellowships, and scholarships, how to apply for funding, and how to report progress once you receive funding.
Vernon Ruffin, PhD
· Sessions
Adversity Advantage: How to Transform Adversity into Resilience
This session will explore how to transform your adversity into advantages.
Carolyn Colleen
· Expo
STEM Success Expo
Meet with mentors and recruiters to get clarity on your next big move.
· Networking
Networking Mixer
Meet up with other passionate professionals looking to find their STEM Success!
· Sessions
Current & Future State of Emerging Technologies
We’ve become more technical in the past year than in the past ten years. Where do emergent technologies stand in the current COVID-19 world?
Christopher  Lafayette
· Sessions
Cultivating Your Environment
Daphney will discuss her own experiences with microaggressions during her academic journey, and share key points on how she built community.
Dr. Daphney  Chery
· Sessions
Take the Step: How to Get Noticed by Recruiters
This session will walk you through how to catch the attention of recruiters so that you can make the next big move professionally.
Sherika Ekpo Kari (She/Her) McFarlane
· Sessions
Pitching Your Self & Your Ideas
Manny De La Cruz walks you through advocating for yourself and your ideas to realize your goals.
Manny De La Cruz
· Stage
Fireside Chat with Tatyana Ali
The HipHopMD and Tatyana Ali have a conversation centered on Education among Black and Brown Communities
· Networking
Open Hall
Meet up with other attendees to make new connections!
· Stage
Closing Ceremony
There will be musical performances, STEM Success Awards, and a special appearance.


Kilan C. Ashad- Bishop, Ph.D.

STEMNoire Co-Founder

Henry Henderson

Black in Cancer Co-Founder

Sigourney Bell

Black in Cancer Co-Founder

Elissia Franklin

The Research Her

Teressa Alexander

STEMNoire Co-Founder

Christopher Lafayette

Emerging Technologist

Lorena Soriano

Founder & CEO of every POINT ONE, PBC

Dr. Daphney Chery

AAAS Science and Technology Fellow hosted at the Department of Defense

Manny De La Cruz

Olefins Optimizer at ExxonMobil Chemical Company

Jessica Santana

Co-founder & CEO of America On Tech

Sherrell Dorsey

Founder and CEO of The Plug

Gerald Moore

Founder of Mission Fulfilled 2030 and the Online Technology School for Black Boys

Codie Sanchez

Investor, Managing Director at Entourage Effect Capital

Carolyn Colleen

Founder Fierce Network, Executive Director at 1LifeFullyLived

Vernon Ruffin, PhD

Principal Investigator at Ruffin NeuroLab

Gina Covarrubias

Engineering Life Coach at Deliberate Doing

Riya Anandwala

Director of Communications at Consumer Technology Association

Kari (She/Her) McFarlane

CEO of Akinship

Sherika Ekpo

Global D&I Lead- Research & Artificial Intelligence at Google

Tracy Fanara

Owner of Inspector Planet and Environmental Engineer

Edward Gonzales

Lead of STEM Engagement for Underserved and Underrepresented at NASA

Ayo Dahunsi

Associate Director - Equity, Equality, Diversity, & Inclusion, Abbvie, and Founder, Ajilla Foundation

Rochelle Williams

Senior Director of Programs at the National Society of Black Engineers

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