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We are inviting all of our female talkSTEM community members to join us for our Virtual Happy Hour and Networking Event: Women Gaining “STEAM” Through Diversity and Leadership, April 15 at 5:00-6:15 pm CT. The event will consist of a sensory evaluation of wine followed by a panel discussing female diversity and leadership in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math fields.

The event is hosted by ChickTech and talkSTEM. talkSTEM is excited to partner with ChickTech’s Dallas Chapter – launching later this year. We hope to reach many girls in the Dallas area as a result of our partnership, and develop their STEM mindsets and identities together.

Sign up here to learn more and to attend our networking event featuring a fantastic line-up of women leaders in diverse fields, all using Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) in varying ways.

Meet our Panelists, Moderators, and Hosts:

Claire Haidar is the founder of WNDYR and Pattyrn: two companies disrupting the world of work. She serves on various non profit boards. Her work and passions centre on enabling women and children to build a better future. 

Maya Leibman is the Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer at American Airlines. She is responsible for all technology efforts including software development, infrastructure, operations, and security.

Cassandra McKinney serves as Executive Vice President and Executive Director of the Retail Bank for Comerica Bank.  She is responsible to drive business growth and provide for excellent customer and colleague experiences and effective business processes.  Through strategic business objectives and transformational leadership, she strives to deliver the Comerica Promise and create lifelong customer relationships.

Dr. Olga Romero currently serves Dallas ISD as the Founding Principal at Dallas Hybrid Prep, the first official hybrid elementary school in Texas. Before founding Dallas Hybrid Prep, Dr. Romero was the principal at Hall Personalized Learning Academy, a TEA six distinctions school, in Oak Cliff’s community.  Dallas Hybrid Prep is a STEM-based academy that engages students in project based learning and distinctive innovative instructional practices aligned to 21st Century career skills.

Dr. Koshi Dhingra has dedicated her career to STEM education and is passionate about having every child live up to their potential. She began her career teaching science in middle and high school in New York. Seeing a lack of girls and other underrepresented youth in STEM programs, she founded talkSTEM in 2015 to address the imbalance. talkSTEM produces a suite of innovative experiences and events designed to engage our youth, their educators, and all those interested in advocacy of innovative and impactful STEM education.

Melissa Schwass is a partner and COO of Cyberlocke Services and is now serving as the local chapter director of Chick Tech, Dallas. With her experience growing and starting non-profit organizations, Melissa hopes to unite businesses and their local communities. Melissa believes it is the responsibility of today’s leadership to prepare and foster new talent for the world of tomorrow. She very recently relocated from Denver to Dallas.

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About the Founder & CEO

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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