2015 Schedule
Interactive: March 13–17  •  Film: March 13–21  •  Music: March 17–22

Diversity in STEM: Nurture or Nature

Saturday, March 14
11:00AM - 12:00PM

Austin Convention Center
Ballroom E
Austin Convention Center


Was former Harvard President Larry Summers right when he said women lacked the innate ability to do science? And if so, how do you explain the underrepresentation of minorities – men and women – in STEM fields? Mounting research shows external factors are actually more at play. This panel features academic, industry, media and pop culture iconoclasts who are breaking down these barriers– including moderator Dr. Mae Jemison, the nation’s first female African American astronaut and Bayer's Making Science Make Sense science literacy advocate. Lindsey Shepard, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, GoldieBlox, on disrupting the “pink aisle” in toy stores with engineering toys for girls. Dr. Ran Libeskind Hadas, Chairman of the Computer Science Department, Harvey Mudd College, on how female coders are infiltrating Silicon Valley. Kimberly Bryant, founder and executive director, Black Girls CODE, who is working to bridge the digital divide. Presented by Bayer Corporation


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Dr Mae Jemison


The Jemison Group Inc

Kimberly Bryant


Black Girls CODE

Kimberly Bryant is the Founder and Executive Director of Black Girls CODE, a non-profit organization dedicated to introducing girls of color (ages 7-17) to the field of technology and computer prog...

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Lindsey Shepard

VP Sales & Mktg


Lindsey Shepard was the first hire at GoldieBlox where she currently holds the title of Rainmaker and Resident Mom.

In her role as Vice President of Marketing and Sales at GoldieBlox, Lindsey faci...

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Ran Libeskind-Hadas

Computer Science Department Chair

Harvey Mudd College

Ran "RON" Libeskind-Hadas is the R. Michael Shanahan Professor at Harvey Mudd College where he also serves as the Department Chair. He previously served as Associate Dean of Faculty at Harvey Mudd ...

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