ASTRA: Answering the Call to ‘Sustaining Women in STEM’ and to ‘Champion Diversity and Inclusion’

April 04, 2016

ASTRA's Executive Director, Dr. Robert Boege and Senior Advisor & Futurist Dr. Ronnie Lowenstein were invited to join 100 other STEM Trailblazers for a dynamic day-long Round Table and Policy Forum to address issues of attracting, retaining, and advancing women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) on March 29th. The STEM Roundtable served as a compelling conclusion to the final week of Women’s History Month and celebration of a bill on inspiring women in STEM passed by the U.S. House of Representatives.

Co-sponsored by NASA and Lockheed Martin, the Sustaining Women in STEM Roundtable took place in the Lockheed Martin Global Vision Center in the Crystal City community of Arlington, Virginia. The Global Vision Center is a high-tech meeting facility, conference center, and collaboration space that also highlights the company’s technological innovations though exhibits and demonstration centers.

The hosts for the day were Dr. Christyl Johnson, Deputy Director for Technology and Research Investments of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and Dr. Wanda Sigur, Vice President for Civil Space of the Lockheed Martin Corporation Space Systems Company.

After a warm welcome, the audience was energized by a stunning keynote delivered by the very first female Chief Technology Officer of the United States, Megan Smith. She presented an historical perspective on the pioneers who paved the way, often in anonymity from those convening the first women’s rights convention in America at Senecca Falls, New York in 1848, to the STEM innovators across time and our country to Silicon Valley and all the way to space.

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Welcome by Co-Host Dr. Christyl Johnson, Deputy Director for Technology and Research Investments, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center