Sunday, March 26, 2017

Tuesday, March 28, 2017. WH Initiative on Educational Excellence. STEAM Summit.

The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans (Initiative) invites you to attend the Full STEAM Ahead: Educational Summit on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics on Tuesday, March 28, 2017. The Initiative will host the event at the Barnard Auditorium in the United States Department of Education located at 400 Maryland Avenue S.W., Washington, DC 20202. The summit will start at 9:00 AM and end at 12:00 PM.

The summit is designed to facilitate collaborative discussion and engagement among individuals and organizations committed to addressing Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) education, especially among African American students, schools and communities. We really encourage student participation. In particular, the aim of the summit is to:

  1. Expose African American students to STEAM education fields by having leaders within STEAM engage in conversation with the students;
  2. Facilitate increased collaboration and coordination by allowing individuals and organizations to showcase their skills that fall within the STEAM fields; and
  3. Ultimately serve to increase participation in STEAM areas among African American Students.

Your participation is critical to help create and maintain a positive outlook for African American students who are interested in pursuing STEAM fields. This level of engagement is critical to ensuring that our efforts result in sustained investments to improve the learning and development of African American students, families and communities throughout the United States.

To accept this invitation, please register at the following link:

If you are associated with a school and are interested in bringing your students, be sure to RSVP for the number of students that will be attending.
Please note that registration will close on March 24, 2017. A detailed agenda with confirmed guests and a program draft will be sent to you prior to the event.

The Summit will Feature:

Kim Ford, MPA
Kim R. Ford serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) for Management and Planning in the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education. Ford participates fully with the Assistant Secretary in the overall leadership, management and direction of career-technical education, adult education, and community college initiatives. Ford oversees and coordinates the responsibilities for operations and management related to: planning, budget and resource allocation, organizational performance, technology strategy, continuous improvement and innovation. Ford holds a B.S. in International Business from Vanderbilt University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Pennsylvania.
Joeletta Patrick, MBA
Joeletta Patrick currently serves as the Manager of the Minority University Research and Education Program at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Patrick has worked with internal and external organizations, institutions, federal agencies, and the community through various Office of Education assignments. Her work has reflected her commitment to leveraging university relationships and investments, growing the number of diverse students prepared to work in STEM-based fields, supporting STEM initiatives, and serving as a spokesperson for NASA's commitment to STEM. Patrick is a native of Greensboro, N.C., where she attended North Carolina A&T State University and received a B.S. in electrical engineering. She holds a Masters of Business Administration from University of Maryland University College (UMUC) and is currently a doctoral student for a Doctorate in Management at UMUC.
Tiera Guinn
Tiera Guinn is a 22 year-old Rocket Structural Design Engineer for the Space Launch system at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Guinn designs and analyzes parts of a rocket that she claims will be one of the biggest and most powerful in history. Guinn is currently a graduating senior at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and she is enrolled in the School of Engineering.
Korin Reid, PhD
Korin Reid is a Senior Data Scientist at McKesson Health Solutions. She uses big data technologies to scale predictive modeling and machine learning on billions of healthcare records, reaching over 160 million people. She was also named one of McKesson's 2016 Distinguished Technologists, she also mentors youth in STEM skills. Reid is listed on the 2017 Forbes 30 under 30: Science List. Reid earned her Ph.D. in chemical engineering at Georgia Tech.
Janett Martinez
Janett Martinez is Chief Executive Officer at Loomia - a smart fabric company voted startup of the year by Wareable. Before Loomia, Janett proposed and installed an interactive medical simulation program at AUC School of Medicine that resulted in an increase of use by 300%. As a master electrician, stage manager, director and lighting designer both in NYC (Lincoln Center) and Boston (Cutler Majestic) Janett has a deep and diverse understanding of how thoughtful design and technology can enable industries such as healthcare and entertainment. Martinez earned a bachelor’s degree in Technical Theatre/ Theatre Design and Technology form Emerson College.

Should you have any questions, please contact the Full STEAM Ahead Summit Coordinator Tori Wentz at 202.453.6877 or

We greatly appreciate your willingness to participate and look forward to our continued partnership in the future. 

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