Nationally and locally, fewer women obtain STEM-related college degrees and work in STEM-related occupations, and they leave STEM careers once employed at disproportionate rates compared to men. Because of this, the US and Utah STEM workforce remains predominantly male. The STEM Fields spoke focuses on strengthening the interest in and economic impact of women in science, technology, engineering, and math by focusing on sustainable strategies, initiatives, and programs at every stage of the talent pipeline from K-12 schools to the boardroom. The entities and individuals aligned with this spoke are interested in creating classrooms (K-12 to higher education) and workplace environments focused on inclusivity and high performance. Currently women make up approximately 27% of national STEM workers but only 21% in Utah.
Executive Director, BioHive
Aimee Edwards is the Executive Director of BioHive. Having worked in both the public and private sectors, she has a broad range of leadership experience in building community, branding and public policy.
Cyd Tetro is the Co-Founder/President of Women Tech Council as well as the CEO of Brandless. She is an innovator of experience, a growth leader, technologist, STEM advocate, author, and speaker.
Programs Director, WTC
Kristin Wright is the Programs Director of Women Tech Council. She has a demonstrated history of working in the tech industry and is skilled in budgeting, business planning, operations management, and analytical skills.
Bold Vision & Goals
To make Utah a place where more girls and women can thrive, the STEM Fields spoke leaders and partners have crafted the vision and goals below. Spoke leadership and UWLP team members are currently working to collect baseline data that will assist in adding numbers to the changes we want to see by 2026 and 2030.Vision: Ensure that all Utah girls and women have a choice to pursue career opportunities in STEM or other nontraditional female fields.
- Increase the number of women earning advanced STEM degrees or certificates. [Metric]
- Increase the number of female faculty in STEM programs at Universities and Tech Colleges. [Metric]
- Increase the number of women taking entry level positions in STEM occupations. [Metric]
- Increase the number of women being promoted in STEM occupations. [Data Forthcoming]
- Increase the number of women in management roles in STEM occupations. [Data Forthcoming]
- Increase the number of women in executive positions in STEM occupations or companies in the STEM industry. [Data Forthcoming]
- Increase the percentage of individuals that believe women can be successful in the STEM industry [Data Forthcoming]
- Increase percentage of individuals that believe we need more women in STEM [Data Forthcoming].
- Increase percentage of individuals that perceive STEM jobs as accessible [Data Forthcoming].
- Increase the percentage of women that believe women can successfully advance their careers in STEM Fields [Data Forthcoming].
Get Engaged: Ways to get engaged include joining a targeted working group (establishing a baseline, program development, education & awareness outreach); creating and leading your own working group; and supporting existing programs and efforts. Thank you for your interest!