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STEMCAST with Dr. Reagan Flowers

The STEMcast Podcast is hosted by Dr. Reagan Flowers and is designed to inspire and advance STEM perspectives. Dr. Flowers interviews STEM + Art + Communications professionals from all walks of life and discusses the significance of C-STEM in their professional and personal life. You can expect a new episode each month with a complimentary newsletter.
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Mar 19, 2018

Dr. Reagan Flowers shares with us the vision of C-STEM and new changes in store for 2018.

  • The impact of Hurricane Harvey throughout Houston schools.
  • The importance of rebranding the organization.
  • C-STEM's influence on the community and national recognition. 

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Oct 17, 2017
Jessica Autrey is the Business Development Lead with AT&T Foundry For Connected Health. Jessica shares how she was able to combine her love of education, technology, and health into a successful career.
 
In this episode we discuss:
  • The joint venture between AT&T Foundry for Connected Health and the Texas Medical Center Innovation Institute in Houston. 
  • How AT&T helped start-up Aira with a Boston Marathon runner?
  • Jessica's advice on curiosity leading to career opportunities.

Sponsored by Halliburton.

For more information visit http://cstem.org.

 

 

Aug 7, 2017

Tonya Chatton Jordan is the Senior Counsel of Labor Employment at Conoco Phillips. Tonya's primary responsibility at ConocoPhillips is to advise the company's executive leadership, business unit managers/supervisors, and human resource professionals on labor and employment law matters.

In this episode we discuss:

  • How her career has evolved in 25 years with Conoco Phillips.
  • How organizations can overcome multigenerational challenges?
  • How to understand and apply your value in your organization?

For more episodes visit http://cstem.org

Jul 24, 2017

MarCia Ekworomadu is an executive project manager at an academic medical center. 

 
In this episode we discuss:
  • What is project management within a hospital setting?
  • The components of emotional intelligence.
  • Key aspects to networking and the mentor-mentee relationship.

For more episodes visit http://cstem.org.

Jul 10, 2017
Dr. Joye Carter is a board certified forensic pathologist and the first African-American to be appointed a Chief Medical Examiner in the history of the United States.
 
Dr. Carter has worked as the deputy Chief Medical Examiner of the Armed Forces Medical Examiner Department, Chief Medical Examiner of the District of Columbia, and Chief Medical Examiner of Harris County (Houston), Texas. Now she adds another first as the first African-American and female to be appointed as the Chief Forensic Pathologist to the Coroner of Indianapolis, Indiana.
In this episode we discuss:
  • Dr. Carter's journey as a forensic pathologist started at the age of 14. 
  • The importance of your role in the jury selection.  
  • The insight she has gained from traveling for work and pleasure.

For more information on Dr. Joye Carter's website.

For more STEMCAST episodes visit CSTEM.org.

Jun 26, 2017

Charles Samuel serves as Regional Director, Annuity Distribution, AIG Financial Distribution, the life and retirement services business of American International Group, Inc. (AIG). In this role, he is responsible for driving sales results through the sales team and independent distribution partners. Additionally, Charles develops and delivers sales concepts and strategies that maximize productivity, while improving overall core selling skills for agents, wire house financial advisors and internal sales teams. He joined AIGLR in August of 2003.

Since 2005, he has passed 33 industry leading self-study financial service exams. He currently holds 8 financial service designations (CLU, ChFC, FLMI, AFSI, AAPA, AIRC, ACS, ARA). This year he will take 3 additional courses at The American College and will acquire the RICP designation. The pursuit of knowledge and understanding allows him to properly address customer concerns and stay on top of current market trends. Business partners and clients have crowned him with the nicknames “The Professor” and “Book’em”.

At the age of 8, his parents enrolled him in the Theocratic Ministry School. This school trained him to be a public speaker able to present information to individuals and large groups. There he learned the importance of Pace, Pitch and Power along with many other public speaking skills. In 2010, he joined Toastmasters International and later became an Advance Communicator and Advance Leader. Participating in these programs has given him the ability to effectively share what he has learned with others in a way that motivates them to act.

This has led to the following accomplishments/awards:

  • 2012 - Toastmasters International - Advance Communicator Bronze
  • 2012 - Toastmasters International - Advance Leader Bronze
  • 2013 - Toastmasters International District 56 Champion for Table Topics
  • 2014 - Toastmasters International 1st Place in District 56 Area 0 International Speech Contest
  • 2015 - AIG Annuity Distribution - 212° Award for Going Over and Beyond
  • 2016 - Toastmasters International District 56 Champion for Table Topics for the 2nd time
  • 2017 - LIMRA Top 25 Rising Stars Under 40 in Distribution

In this episode we discuss:

  • Overcoming life challenges
  • How love and fear are both motivators?
  • The law of supply and demand.
  • The value of financial services that leads to legacy.

For more info visit http://cstem.org.

Jun 12, 2017

After a 25 year corporate career, Ivette Mayo launched into entrepreneurship by starting Yo Soy I Am, LLC, training and consulting firm. She helps organizations and people find the skills they need to grow. In this episode we discuss:

  • How Ivette shifted from a corporate to entrepreneurial mindset and created the foundation for her business?
  • How she defines a multicultural experience?
  • How to leverage your expertise within your industry?
  • Ivette's advice for solopreneurs.

For more information on Ivette Mayo visit http://yosoyiam.com/

For more information on CSTEM visit http://cstem.org

 

 

May 30, 2017

Miara Shaw’s corporate career spans over 25 years with 15 of those years spent as a natural gas trader at some of the nations largest oil companies. Miara has taken her extensive corporate experience and transitioned to professional speaker, coach and consultant. In this episode we discuss:

  • The importance of interpersonal skills within the job market.
  • How to position yourself while adding value to others?
  • Finding your balance rhythm in life.
  • The shift in corporate culture with Millennials.

Contact Miara Shaw:

For more information on STEMCAST visit http://cstem.org

May 14, 2017

Gregg Korrol works in the field of education, with over 20 years experience as a teacher and administrator in NYC. He has received numerous awards and accolades as a leader in his field, and sat on various advisory teams for top education officials. Utilizing his degree in Psychology from StonyBrook University and certification in Strategic Intervention in coaching, Gregg’s focus is on helping people see empowering meaning in the present moment and seize the opportunity to create lasting change for themselves and others. 

In this episode we discuss:

  • How Gregg started his career in education and progressed into administration?
  • How to tell yourself a better story? 
  • How to gain perspective by writing?
  • Gregg's insight on how STEM intersects with his work on a daily basis.

Gregg currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and daughter. You can follow Gregg on his website TheGiftedStoryteller.com, Facebook.com/theGiftedStoryteller, Tweet Gregg @TheGiftedStory and email him at Gregg@TheGiftedStoryteller.com.

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7th Annual State of STEM Education Stakeholder Breakfast

  • May 17th, 2017, 7:30AM-9:00AM CST, hosted at The Junior League of Houston, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane, Houston, TX 77027, SUPPORT the event be a SPONSOR or ATTEND.
National CSTEM Challenge
  • We need you to VOLUNTEER at the National CSTEM Challenge May 20th, REGISTER to volunteer today.
  • Attend the challenge, it is FREE and open to the public, May 20th, 2017, 9:00AM-5:00PM CST, hosted at The Health Museum of Houston, 1515 Hermann Dr, Houston, TX  77004 : 
  • Registration is OPEN for 2018 National CSTEM Challenge! Register HERE!

For more information on CSTEM visit http://cstem.org.

 

 

 
May 1, 2017

Tejuana Edmond is the Vice President & Market Leader, Oil & Gas - North America for Bureau Veritas. Edmond studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Texas Austin and received her MBA from the University of Houston Clear Lake. 

In this episode Tejuana discusses:

  • How she was able to navigate various leadership positions.
  • Breaking the norm of traditional roles for women in Corporate America.
  • Managing the spirit of entrepreneurship within Corporate America.
  • Advice on dealing with a difficult boss.

For more information visit http://cstem.org.

 

Apr 17, 2017

Dr. Damion Thomas is the Curator of Sports at the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the author of Globetrotting: African American Athletes and Cold War Politics. 

In this episode we discuss:

  • The process of establishing NMAAHC.
  • How Damion turned his NFL dreams into sports curation.
  • The role of a sports curator at the NMAAHC.

For more information visit the Smithsonian Campaign.

To catch all the episodes of STEMCAST subscribe on iTunes, iHeartRadio or Stitcher. Visit our website CSTEM.org.

Apr 3, 2017

Evelyn C. Hankins is the curator of the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden located in Washington D.C. She earned her bachelor’s degree in art history from UC Santa Barbara, and her master’s and PhD degrees from Stanford University. 

About Hirshhorn Museum:

The Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is a leading voice for contemporary art and culture and provides a national platform for the art and artists of our time. We seek to share the transformative power of modern and contemporary art with audiences at all levels of awareness and understanding by creating meaningful, personal experiences in which art, artists, audiences and ideas converge. We enhance public understanding and appreciation of contemporary art through acquisition, exhibitions, education and public programs, conservation, and research.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Why we need more women as tastemakers?
  • Her role between the artist and museum.
  • How art and STEM collide?
  • Managing the open door policy with interns.

For more information visit Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden

Mar 20, 2017

Brittaney Wilmore is a news producer at KHOU-TV, the CBS affiliate in Houston, TX. She produces the 5-6am of the morning show. In addition, she is a journalist with CultureMap. 

In this episode we discuss:

  • How preparation led her to being a news producer?
  • The importance of adding value to your team.
  • Becoming patient and overcoming challenges when told no.
  • Leveraging the Internet to gain experience for your career.

Recommended Books:

  1. APA Style Guide
  2. Broadcast Journalism Street Smarts: The 2012 Survival Guide for Today's Television Newsroom

For more information visit Brittaney Wilmore's website.

 

 

Mar 6, 2017

Sabrina Lamb is the Founding CEO of the WorldofMoney.org, which has been an 11 year leading provider of immersive classroom financial education for 4,000 youth in the Tri-State New York City area. Sabrina is a NAACP Image Awards nominee in Outstanding Literary Work- Instructional for her book “Do I Look Like An ATM? A Parent’s Guide To Raising Financially Educated African- American Children” and the satirical “A Kettle Of Vultures…Left Beak Marks On MyForehead”.

In this episode we discuss:

  • The importance of discussing money with young people to help bring awareness.
  • Going beyond consumerism when it comes to engaging with money.
  • Practicing financial management to grow a successful organization.

For more information on Sabrina's work visit World Of Money and make sure to download the World Of Money app.

 

Feb 20, 2017

Georgia-raised and Chicago-born, LaToia A. Jones is a Democrat, organizer, community leader, activist & strategist. Her purpose and drive have always been to be the most effective public servant possible. In most cases, this meant behind-the-scenes roles and learning from impactful servant leaders.

LaToia is currently the Assistant Director for the Human Rights and Community Relations Department at the American Federation of Teachers where she coordinates, trains and connects members on community, political, and civic engagement. She recently held previous roles directing special projects for both the CEO of the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, PA and for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Understanding your worth.
  • How students can get involved in politics?
  • African-American women representation with the DNC.

The DNC Meeting/Election is held February 23-27, 2017. 

Visit LaToia Jones for more information.

For more STEMCAST episodes visit http://cstem.org.

Feb 6, 2017

Dr. Renee Matthews has appeared on television shows such as, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Roland Martin’s NewsOne Now (TVOne) and WGN-TV’s People to People where she discussed different health topics. She started her media career with her own radio show on ReachMD, a medical broadcast network for health professionals. In addition, Dr. Renee has been a featured medical correspondent on SiriusXM’s Sway in the Morning and WVON (“The Voice of A Nation”).

Dr. Renee is a contributing writer for Ebony Magazine where she addresses topics such as asthma, health, and wellness. Dr. Renee is the contributing health blogger for BlackDoctor.org and Good Enough Mother; a leading community dedicated to moms providing advice and exposing the myths of motherhood. She is also a sought after speaker for various health organizations and schools. In addition to writing about health, Dr. Renee conducts speaking engagements on social media, branding and becoming an entrepreneur.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Dr. Renee journey from medicine to media.
  • How to have an open dialogue with your physician?
  • The importance of preventative medicine in the African-American community. 
  • The benefits of social media and technology for managing your personal brand.

For more information visit http://askdrrenee.info

For more STEMCAST episodes visit http://cstem.org.

 

 

Jan 23, 2017

Save A Girl, Save A World is a nonprofit organization focusing on four pillars, wealth, life skills, careers and health & wellness, our mission is to provide education and awareness by sharing successful life experiences through mentoring that brings together several generations of young girls and women whose life experiences transcend time. Through these mentor relationships we:

• Ensure that young girls are equipped with a healthy self-image to contribute to social importance and personal development.
• Instill self confidence, life skills and new experiences to contribute to society in a life-changing way.
• Promote academic achievement through programs, conversations and one-on-one interactions.
• Provide mentors across diverse disciplines aligned to resources, industries and experiences to help young women develop goals and ideas to have a global impact.
• Engage young women in financial literacy to foster healthy consumerism and spending habits.
 
Dr. Flowers interviews Glenda Gill, Founder and CEO, Machelle D. Williams, Partner and Mentor, Volkswagen Group of America and Aisha Habeeb, Program Director

For more information on Save A Girl, Save A World visit the http://www.saveagirlsaveaworld.org.

For more episodes visit http://cstem.org.

Jan 12, 2017
Stephen Rivers obtained a BS in Computer Engineering from the University of South Carolina, Stephen has continued to excel in his field of endeavor. He is currently working for ExxonMobil as a Global Application Technology Leader in Alarm Management. CSTEM has proven to be a vital part of his work and knows that it is a must to be successful in any career.
 
In this episode Stephen discusses:
  • What makes people WIN in life and not just SUCCEED?
  • When speaking, replace the word GOT to GET. (i.e. I GOT to go to work, school, etc. Better wording - I GET to go to work today, I GET to school today) There are many people who would die for the opportunities you have in life.
  • Learn more than anyone else that is competing with you at this time, about the particular thing you are trying to achieve.
  • Be willing to put in more time on strengthening your identified weaknesses, than anyone else, to achieve your goals.

For more information visit http://cstem.org.

 

Jan 3, 2017

A veteran communications consultant, for more than 20 years, Mimi’s has developed and implemented programs that inform and educate communities on quality of life issues that concern water quality, transportation of people and goods, community planning, air and environmental quality. Today, she educates her clients about the benefits of massage therapy to improve circulation, reduce pain, balance muscles, and provide overall relaxation.

Mimi’s journey to the healing arts was inspired by her passion to assist her son with major side effects from medicines taken for a mental illness. A practitioner of Massage Therapy, Reiki Energy Work, Meditation, and Yoga, she has helped him reduce stress, anxiety and muscular tension. With major improvements to her son’s health and her growing interest in the well-being of others, she found a world of healing open to her and a pathway towards wellness as her life’s work.

In this episode Mimi discusses:
  • The influence her grandmother had on her as child that led to her calling.
  • How her passion has helped her son's mental illness?
  • The importance of meditation, massage therapy, and Reiki Energy Work.
  • How to start meditating in as little as 5 minutes?

For more information on Mimi Percell visit http://www.decaturhealingarts.com/Bios/mimi.html

For more information and episodes visit http://cstem.org

Dec 12, 2016

Dr. Julianne Malveaux is President Emerita of Bennett College for Women. She is an economist, author and commentator who’s popular writings have appeared in USA Today, Black Issues in Higher Education, Ms.Magazine, Essence Magazine, the Progressive and many more.

A committed activist and civic leader, Dr. Malveaux has held positions in women’s, civil rights, and policy organizations. Currently she serves on the boards of the Economic Policy Institute, The Recreation Wish List Committee of Washington, DC, and the Liberian Education Trust. Malveaux is also President of PUSH Excel, the educational branch of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition.

Save A Girl, Save A World Mentorship Program celebrates the benefits of mentoring through sister to sister, woman to woman relationships. 

Email: info@saveagirlsaveaworld.org

In this episode we discuss:

  • Her journey through higher education leading up to President of Bennett College.
  • The current political climate and what do minorities need to do for improvement.
  • The importance of literacy and mentorship for our community.
Nov 28, 2016

Jacqueline Cofield, founder of J Rêve International LLC, is a multi-passionate, multidisciplinary cultural creative, educator, and yogini. Cofield has traveled to nearly 60 countries, resided in eight, and is trilingual (Spanish, French).  Her global work includes programs with MAPP International Productions, Paramount International TV, Columbia Pictures, The Sundance Film Festival – New Frontier, Disney Corporation, Sony Music,  The Peggy Guggenheim Museum, UNESCO, Give1Project, The Chicago Sinfonietta, G.R. N’Namdi Gallery, The University of Southern California, Ithaca College Los Angeles, University of Rochester, and The New York City Department of Education.

J Rêve International LLC, a global culture and arts education social enterprise. As a cultural practitioner, she creates meaningful experiences for artists, educators, and students who seek intercultural experiences advancing their global awareness and arts engagements. In order to produce these programs, Cofield collaborates globally with creatives, cultural, and educational institutions and private enterprises. 

In this episode we discuss:

  • Jacqueline's experience as a teacher that led her to creating J Rêve International LLC.
  • What is global citizenry? How can you participate?
  • The process to step out and pursue your dream.

For more information on Jacqueline Cofield and J Rêve International LLC visit http://www.jreveinternational.com.

For more episodes visit http://cstem.org

Nov 14, 2016

Hanh Tran is the seventh and youngest child of Vietnamese-Chinese immigrants, was raised in Houston and learned early on to teach herself and to others to foster personal growth. She received a degree in biology from the University of Houston. 

 

Hanh Tran's work with oil on canvas is based on self-study of the human form, nature, culture and emotion. Her dedication to learning – and a hands-on approach to sharing the art experience with others – is indicative of Hanh's dedication to creating and providing approachable and emotive art.  

Heavy, sweeping, broad strokes of thick oil paint that create a three-dimensional effect are trademarks of Hanh's collections and commissioned works. It is through her connection with art, nature and people that Hanh finds comfort through expression. "Art provides respite and renewal for most people,” said Hanh.“Painting, creating and sharing provide quiet comfort and establish a meaningful sense of community." 

Through donations of her original art and art + wellness teaching sessions with patients and families of patients facing health challenges, Hanh serves those in need in local and national charitable communities. Among others, Sunshine Kids, Covenant House of Houston and the North Cypress Medical Center are key community charitable partners of Hanh's. 

Hanh's collections are installed commercially and in private residences across Texas, New York, and both the east and west coasts. 

In this episode we discuss:

  • How Hanh created her signature style.
  • Discovering the art of networking for success.
  • How to keep art subjective and remain inspired.
  • How she remains challenged after all these years.

For more information visit http://cstem.org

 

Oct 31, 2016

A native Houstonian, Dr. Monique Y. Wells has lived a fascinating life as a veterinary pathologist and toxicologist, world traveler, entrepreneur and arts enthusiast. She has lived in Paris for 20 years and operates Discover Paris, providing Afro-centric guided tours of Paris. 

Dr. Wells is the founder of The Wells International Foundation (WIF) is a U. S. non-profit organization whose mission is to empower individuals – especially women and persons of African descent – by exposing them to educational and cultural opportunities that will allow them to experience a richer, more fulfilling life.

In this episode Dr. Monique Y. Wells discusses:

  • How she was inspired at an early age by reading The Story of Doctor Doolittle and The Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.
  • The importance of being a likable person related to your skills and education.
  • Going from STEM to STEAM with WIF.

For more information on Dr. Monique Y. Wells:

Web site: www.discoverparis.net/
Website: www.wellsinternationalfoundation.org

For more information visit http://cstem.org

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