Linda Roberston will participate in the October 5th AAUW panel discussion, What is STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and why is it important to AAUW?” Guests and public are welcome at the discussion on October 5th at 7:00 pm at the St. Charles Library Carnegie Room.
“Although women make up nearly half of all employees in the U.S. economy, they hold only 28% of STEM jobs. Reducing barriers in STEM is a step toward advancing gender equity and increasing America’s global competitiveness.” (AAUW press release)
As a scientist who spent her career in the traditionally male-dominated sciences, Linda is passionate about increasing girls’ interest in STEM and encouraging more women to pursue STEM careers. The ability to solve complex, technical problems to find innovative solutions is greatly needed now and in the future.
The panel discussion will feature Linda Robertson, Cindy Pederson, and Maureen Brandon, who will share their educational and career experiences in STEM fields. Congressman Bill Foster will lead the discussion as a keynote speaker. He will address current legislative efforts to promote STEM public policy, including the STEM Opportunities Act and the Gender Equity in Education Act (GEEA).
Linda worked at Weyerhaeuser Research before being recruited by Nalco Chemical in Naperville. In her career, she earned 12 patents for novel ideas before moving to global consulting at the company she founded, International microbial Associates.
We hope you’ll be able to join us for this important panel discussion. Bring your friends and daughters.