Session: STEM: It’s a Family Affair
How do you raise a family of three future STEM technologists? April Boyd-Noronha, has advised and continues to mentor her children as they navigate the pitfalls and potholes of securing a career in STEM. In addition to her current role of Global Cybersecurity Awareness Manager at a Fortune 50 company, she carefully curates a strategically designed ecosystem for her own “STEM village” - eldest daughter (age 24, IT/Support Technician), her youngest daughter (age 21, aspiring Water Sanitation Engineer), and son (age 17, competitive drone racer). In her book “The Top 5 Rules of Engagement for Parents Raising a Girl in STEM” (available at www.the stembroker.com) April chronicles her journey of preparing a pathway for her children’s journey towards a STEM career. Join April and her family for an inspiring and thought provoking panel, that’ll be the most talked about “call to action” discussion of the year!
- Parental tips for encouraging kids to pursue a STEM career.
- Helping students of color navigate systemic roadblocks to considering a career in STEM.
- Creating a playbook of successful tips and techniques for NextGen technologists.
April is the mother of 3 aspiring STEM technologists in the fields of IT, engineering, and avionics (drones). In her role of Global D&I Advisor and Board Member at the XR Safety Initiative (XRSI) she is a leading voice on ensuring a diverse, equitable, and accessible ecosystem for all in immersive technology such as the metaverse. April is currently the Global Cybersecurity Awareness Manager at Cardinal Health.