ASTRA Salutes its Advisor and Futurist, Dr. Ronnie B. Lowenstein, as the Recipient of the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award presented at the 20th Annual Women of Color STEM Conference in Detroit, Michigan

November 30, 2015

Dr. Ronnie Lowenstein was honored with the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award at the Women of Color Science, Technology Engineering and Math Gala as a pioneer whose career spanning research, policy and practice has promoted Equity-Focused STEM Innovation, nationally and internationally. In her acceptance remarks to the two thousand attendees who had traveled to Michigan, Dr. Lowenstein shared her gratitude for her personal heritage of global interdependence and her on-going commitment to cultivating Innovation and STEM Partnerships in the Ubuntu Tradition of Africa, a tradition that recognizes 'I am because We are.'

Earlier at the Women of Color Conference seminars highlighting topics of professional development, leadership, diversity, and innovation, and then as an honored panelist at the prestigious ‘Legends and Leaders Breakfast,’ Dr. Lowenstein inspired emerging and aspiring leaders with insights gained from her personal and professional life journey. She was also inspired by the discussion themed around The Global Impact of Women in STEM with her fellow panelists: the MC, Dr. Pamela McCauley, a Professor of Engineering and currently The Jefferson Science Fellow to the US Department of State; Dr. Duy Loan T Le, former chairman, president and CEO of Texas Instruments; the Honorable Dr. La Doris Harris, Deputy Secretary at the U. S. Department of Energy who spearheads their Minorities in Energy Initiatives; and the 2015 WOC STEM Rising Star Mrs. Joyce Gaston who leads The Boeing Company’s Risk Management and Compliance efforts.

We at ASTRA congratulate our Advisor and Futurist. We share Dr. Lowenstein’s convictions that: "Our future as a nation and global community is dependent on the capacity of our citizens and organizations to innovate; this is particularly critical now as we address the conditions of an evolving Cyber Age, an age where we are increasingly connected in a world without borders."

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Transcript of Dr. Lowenstein's acceptance speech:

I thank this esteemed Women of Color Community. You have established a Future-focused, Equity Legacy of STEM Innovation. I am grateful for my personal heritage embracing global interdependence..

From ancient forebears Abraham and Sarah who kept their tent open to welcome strangers from four corners of the earth, sharing hospitality in honor of the Lord ..

To My children Helen and David. Their love fuels my on-going commitment to cultivate STEM partnerships in the Ubuntu Tradition from Africa.

Recognizing ‘I am, because We are, ‘ Global NetGeneration of Youth assert Together, We are! Together, We can!



About the Women of Color STEM Conference

The Women of Color STEM Conference is a yearly conference that provides a unique forum for women in STEM to network, share ideas, discuss current training and professional development challenges, and inspire next generation women in STEM. Since 1995, Women of Color magazine’s Women of Color STEM Conference has been the forum of choice to recognize the significant contributions of women in STEM fields and attract and leverage talent in America’s scientific and technical workforce. For more information on the Women of Color STEM Conference visit,

This year, over 2,000 women connected and celebrated at the 20th Annual Women of Color Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Conference in Detroit, MI at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center.  The 2015 theme was “Transformative: Women's Stories, STEM's Strength.” Consumers Energy and General Dynamics Corporation served as the sponsors of  the annual conference hosted by Women of Color Magazine  that is published by Career Communications Group.

Women of Color Magazine is published by Career Communications Group (CCG), the leader in celebrating diversity and promoting equal opportunity for minorities and women in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). CCG provides leadership in talent management and career development, enabling employers to recruit, retain, and recognize highly qualified employees CCG publishes Women of Color, US Black Engineer & Information Technology, and Hispanic Engineer & Information Technology magazines and is cosponsor of the largest minority technical career fair in the country. For more information, please call 410-244-7101, or log onto our Web site at

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