I’ve been invited by the Center for STEM Excellence at Scramento State University to give the Keynote talk at their Expanding Your Horizons conference this October. As a result, I’ve been thinking about all sorts of topics for my talk. Do I talk about science in general, specific areas of STEM, my personal experiences?
In my thinking and searching I came to realize that as the Keynote speaker it is my job not to inform, but to be inspirational and motivational… to get the girls at the conference fired up and excited about both the day ahead and their own futures. But, how to do that when I have my own struggles with inspiration and motivation on a daily basis?
I think I’ve come to an answer; lead by example. How do I get past those daily hurdles, and keep moving? How did I find a career that I love? How did you?
I want to hear the stories of real women from real women, especially if you are working in a STEM related career. I want to share our stories.
- What do you do as a career?
- How did you wind up in your career (did you choose it or did it choose you)?
- Do you love what you do?
- What do you love most about what you do?
- How do you stay motivated (are your motivations internal or external)?
- What is your measure of success?
Hopefully, we’ll be able to use these stories to motivate not only the girls at the conference, but everywhere, and of all ages.Filed under Women in Science |