Role Models Matter: Bias Literacy provides a shallow dive into some background on gender bias as it relates to females in male-dominant academic and work environments. It highlights some techniques that women in STEM have developed to deal with less-than-welcoming learning and work environments.
After completing, you should be able to:
- Identify examples of gender bias in STEM classrooms or workplaces.
- Describe one or more techniques to handle gender bias you see in yourself or others.
Duration: 20 minutes
Lori Kahn is a Systems Engineering Manager at Lockheed Martin Space where she has supported a variety of advanced technical programs for 20+ years. She has a BA from Smith College in Physics/Astronomy, an MSc from Arizona State University in Physics and a certificate from Stanford University in Spacecraft Design and Operation Proficiency. Lori is passionate about helping women succeed in engineering and being included in the workplace. Engaged with her company’s Women’s Impact Network (WIN) BRG, she founded a Lean In Circle in 2013 and later chaired Space WIN improving shared knowledge and resources among 10 sites. Lori is currently a deputy chair on LM’s WIN Leadership Council leading the five business area chairs to improve communication and collaboration. Lori also mentors for multiple STEM organizations including FIRST Robotics, TechWomen, and Society of Women Engineers, where she serves the Outreach Committee under Training and Development.
Elizabeth Brooks grew up in Poughkeepsie, NY and discovered her passion for engineering and coding through her high school’s FIRST robotics team. She graduated from Yale University in May 2020 with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. During her undergrad, Elizabeth held leadership positions with the Yale chapters of Society of Women Engineers, Design for America, and Tau Beta Pi. She also served as Co-President of SheCode, a club that teaches computer programming to girls in middle school and high school. Her favorite engineering project that she’s worked on was leading a project to develop a safety monitor for the new Ford Mustang Mach-E during her internship with Ford in the summer of 2019. After graduation, Elizabeth began a full-time engineering role with Con Edison (NYC’s electric utility) in August of 2020 and is passionate about supporting the transition to renewable energy.
Celia (C’lee) Kornegay is a junior civil engineering major attending the Georgia Institute of Technology. C’lee is from Thomasville, GA where she found her love for STEM by attending a Georgia Tech SWE Middle School Outreach event. Since then, C’lee has been involved with SWE as the Middle School Outreach chair her freshman year, where she organized enriching STEM activities for middle school girls. Now, C’lee is Georgia Tech SWE’s Vice President of Membership where she gets to improve her section’s diversity and inclusion through recruitment initiatives, the HeforSWE program, and social activities. Outside of SWE, C’lee is involved with the marching band and enjoys traveling to new places! C‘lee is excited to combine her degree with a minor in public policy and create sustainable infrastructure solutions.