Author: Karen Harper

Women Powering STEM - Our Leadership Charge

By Karen Harper
March 06, 2017 Category: General

Things are changing but not fast enough. Women remain underrepresented in science and engineering workforce. While some entities of the workforce have become more diverse, still some minority groups continue to be disproportionately low. We want to change this. Weve got to change this. Were going to change this. At Woman of Power Conference we are working on that change. In April, a dynamic STEM panel will take to the conference stage with a unique perspective. Women representing three fields: Government, Industry and Academia will review and discuss the professional forecast of women in STEM. At Woman of Power Conference you will meet three women who will share their personal journey. You will hear from thee Ph.Ds, one in Educational Policy, one in Chemical Engineering, and one in Organic Chemistry. At Woman of Power Conference You will understand how eachof these women view their responsibility as a leader in STEM, as a mentor, and as a role model. Dr. Douglas, Dr. Perez-Davis, and

I Earned My Wisdom

By Karen Harper
August 29, 2016 Category: General

By: Karen Harper Vice President, Building Engineering Science Talent My journey has been filled with ups and downs, twist and turns, but no doubt I have weathered the storm. I can distinctly remember the stinging words in high school from a guidance counselor who said to me, You are not college material, you will not make it through college and it would be better to focus on employment in a factory or nursing home. I felt like I was walking against the wind, but I ignored his advice and began the college application process. That was in 1972, and now 44 years later, with a Bachelors and a Masters Degree, and having contributed 34 years of federal service, those words left an impression but did not determe. They fueled me instead. What I learned early from that incident is that my dream could not be railroaded by someone who did not believe in me or my aspirations. It wasnt until my senior year of college that I learned about the value of a mentor, Dr. Anne B. Shearer. She encouraged

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