WOC STEM Achievement Awards recognizes and celebrates diverse women achieving new heights in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. 
Women of COLOR (WOC)
STEM Achievement Awards
Friday, May 21, 2021
5:30 – 6:30 PM
Presented Online


Award Categories

EXCELLENCE IN STEM EDUCATION AWARD – Recognizes an educator who exemplifies inclusion and innovation in their teaching strategy to create positive student learning outcomes. 

INNOVATOR in STEM AWARD – Recognizes a leader who identifies, supports, and promotes innovative practices that address important challenges in expanding access to quality STEM education.

INSPIRATIONAL STEM EMPLOYER – Recognizes outstanding commitment to STEM by an employer of any size, particularly where this is embedded within the culture of the organization.

OUTSTANDING STEM AMBASSADOR (Individual) – Celebrates an individual whose leadership, guidance, and/or mentorship is shown to increase participation in STEM fields among women and people of color over the course of their career. 

OUTSTANDING STEM AMBASSADOR (Organization) – Recognizes an organization and/or company for efforts shown to increase participation in STEM fields among women and people of color over the course of their career. 


5:30 PM - Opening Remarks & Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker: Jamila Brown Hairston

Co-Founder — Cloud Tech Academy 


Emcee: TeLisa Daughtry

 Founder and CTO— FlyTechnista 


5:50 PM - STEM Community Org Presentations

6:05 PM - Award Announcements

Innovator in STEM

Dr. Karmella Haynes

Associate Professor, Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University

Inspirational STEM Employer

Robin Thorne

CEO, CTI Environmental 

Excellence in STEM Education 

Eleonor Pusey-Reid

Distinguished Assistant Professor, School of Nursing at MGH Institute of Health Professions

Excellence in STEM Education

Dr. Yadilette Rivera-Colón 

Assistant Professor of Biology and Undergraduate Science Program Research Coordinator, Bay Path University

Outstanding STEM Ambassador (Organization)

Omega Phi Beta Foundation

Outstanding STEM Ambassador (Individual)

Dr. Yvette E. Pearson

Associate Dean for Accreditation, Assessment, & Strategic Initiatives, Brown School of Engineering at Rice University

Outstanding STEM Ambassador (Individual)

Candice M. Smith

Director, Engineering People Strategy – Engineering Strategy & Operations, The Boeing Company

Outstanding STEM Ambassador (Individual)

Dr. Sharon Walker

Director, Legal, Translate Bio

6:20 - Closing Remarks

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