The Skandalaris Center held a webinar on February 11, 2021 for panelists to speak about their experiences as women in STEM. Moderated by Sydney Everett, a Skandalaris Center staff member, the event featured women coming from a wide range of STEM-related occupations.

Doctors, researchers, professors, and entrepreneurial leaders all came together to connect and provide insight. Some of the panelists included: Dr. Cheryl Watkins-Moore, Dr. Christina de Guzman Strong, and Margo Edwards. An inclusive space for sharing industry knowledge and skills, the Women in STEM Skandalaris Startup Webinar produced some great takeaways:

Purple thought bubble“Show up. Be present. Sit at the table. Ask questions. Do your research. To build that confidence you have to show up to network. If you are not networking, you are not connecting. Most importantly, listen to people. People are more than willing to talk to you, but you have to be willing to listen.”

– Cheryl Watkins-Moore

 

“It’s building in relationships. How can we learn from one another? How can we all help each other. You need teams. You need sponsors to champion you and advocate on your behalf. Then it’s important to reciprocate and say thank you.”

– Cristina de Guzman Strong

 

“I am just a scientist whether it’s cooking or gardening. Everything is an experiment.”

– Margo Edwards

 

 

“I was really impressed with my pediatrician. She was the one who really got me thinking about getting into medicine. She was an Afro-Caribbean woman living in our neighborhood who was treating people who looked like me, she looked like me. She was already very inspiring.”

– Cheryl Watkins-Moore

 

Yellow thought bubble“Uncouple yourself from being just like someone else. Create a story for your success and imagine your path to get there. In time, it will come with you. Stay the path and you will achieve success. You can be like them but do it in your own story.”

– Cristina de Guzman Strong