talkSTEM had a scintillating conversation with Jennifer.  Below are 3 videos you can watch in which she shares her views on the importance of making connections as educators, community leaders, and parents; Girl Scouts Doing STEM here in North Texas; why all of us – men and women – need to be involved in the national (and international) conversation.

Enjoy talkSTEM’s III part Video Series with CEO of Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas Jennifer Bartkowski, who stresses the importance of #‎STEM integration in education. #‎GirlScouts, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas #‎JenniferBartkowski Don’t Forget to subscribe on our talkSTEM Youtube PAGE!!!

“North Texas is growing. Whether it is the tax structure, the low cost of living, healthy schools, or the space for expansion, the North Texas community is becoming a popular destination for major employers. Companies like Toyota recognize the possibilities in our community but for us to meet their needs, we are going to have to take a hard look at our workforce and ensure that the pipeline of future leaders – especially in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math – is ready to meet the coming demand.” -Jennifer Bartkowski, CEO of Girl Scouts of North East Texas.

About Jennifer

Jennifer Bartkowski serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas. Ms. Bartkowski has been with GSNETX since 2009, when she joined the council as Chief Development Officer. During her tenure, GSNETX has seen significant growth in its annual and capital fundraising campaigns. When she moved into the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer role, she added focus and innovation to new programming initiatives, mission delivery, and the Girl Scout Cookie Program for the 32-county organization. Most recently, Bartkowski leads a huge effort to transform a 100-acre property in South Dallas into a STEM Center of Excellence for girls in Northeast Texas.
Before joining Girl Scouts in 2009, Jennifer served as Senior Vice President of Workplace Campaigns for United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. She became responsible for leading an annual campaign of more than $50 million. Jennifer’s career began after receiving a Master of Public Administration, with a nonprofit management focus, at Texas A&M University. She worked with a variety of organizations in her career. Some of the organizations include the American Lung Association of Texas, United Way/Capital Area, and the  private start-up Charitygift.
In 2015, Jennifer was a participant in the Dallas Public Voices Greenhouse program. The Dallas Public Voices Greenhouse voids part of a national initiative launched by The OpEd Project in partnership with leading universities and foundations. They to dramatically increase the public impact of our nation’s top and most diverse thinkers.
Jennifer is the mother of two children, including a Girl Scout Cadette. She is the proud recipient of the Girl Scout Silver Award.  Read her talkSTEM blog post from July 2015

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Dr. Koshi Dhingra has dedicated her career to STEM education and is passionate about having every child live up to their potential. Seeing a lack of girls and other underrepresented youth in STEM programs, she founded talkSTEM in 2015 to address the imbalance. She has a doctorate in science education from Teachers College, Columbia University, has years of experience teaching in graduate and undergraduate programs, and has held leadership roles in universities. She advises and collaborates with a broad range of educational institutions globally. Dr. Dhingra began her career teaching science in middle and high school in New York. She lives in Dallas, Texas with her husband, three children, and two dogs.


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