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Women of Color STEM Conference Announces 2020 Winners

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Ahead of the upcoming annual conference, The Women of Color STEM conference recognizes women leading in STEM industries from around the nation for their work in the advancements of opportunity for minorities and technology.

BALTIMORE - Amzeal -- The Women of Color STEM Conference,  which is marking 25 years of promoting the significant achievements of women in science, technology, engineering, math, and medicine, is excited to announce the winners of the 2020 Women of Color Awards. With winners across 15 categories, the awards are granted by a selection committee drawn from industry, government, and academia.

This year, more than 40 women will be recognized. Rear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams, Ph.D., RN, FAAN will receive the top honor as Technologist of the Year. The award represents recognition of high merit, broad effect on people in many disciplines, and value to society as a whole. Among her many achievements in the field of nursing and public health, Rear Admiral Trent-Adams has had a direct impact on building systems of care to improve public health for marginalized populations domestically and internationally. Other notable award recipients include Adrienne Somerville of the Naval Air Systems Command who will be receiving the President's Award. Additional award categories include career achievement, community service, corporate responsibility, diversity leadership, educational leadership, managerial leadership, new media/IT, outstanding technical contributing, professional achievement, technical innovation, student leadership, technology all-star, and technology rising stars.

Each year the Women of Color STEM Conference hosts several award ceremonies and a forum of leaders from Fortune 500 companies,  government agencies, colleges, and universities to discuss key issues in the scientific and technical workforce, share best practices, and showcase opportunities for professional development, networking and recruiting.

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The theme for the 2020 Annual Conference "The World is Counting on Us: Reset to Rise" is focused on giving attendees the expert insights and tools that they need to shape growth in a changing landscape, and address the underrepresentation of women in engineering (15%) and computer and mathematical sciences (26%). Race and ethnicity are salient factors in rates of participation in the science and engineering workforce (NSF, Science & Engineering Indicators, 2018).

Although many attendees will be onsite, the Women of Color STEM Conference is also offering attendees across the United States virtual access to seminars and workshops during the three-day event, which is dedicated to promoting professional role models and providing an important platform to share their stories.

This year's class of achievers will be recognized during the 2020 Hybrid Conference on October 8-10.

Meet the 2020 Women of Color STEM Award Recipients

Technologist of the Year

RADM Sylvia Trent-Adams, Ph.D.

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

President's Award

Adrienne Somerville

President, Somerville Consulting Group

Commander, Acquisition Group Head

Naval Air Systems Command

Career Achievement – Government

COL Antoinette Gant

Commander, Louisville District

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Chavonda Jacobs-Young, Ph.D.

USDA Agricultural Research Service Administrator and

USDA Acting Chief Scientist

USDA Agricultural Research Service

Career Achievement – Industry

Tonya Noble

Director, International Defense Training

The Boeing Company

Karen Rodriguez, Ph.D.

Divisional Vice President; Corporate Engineering


Community Service – Government

Priscilla Ford

Workforce Development Specialist

Fleet Readiness Center Southwest

Community Service – Industry

Demetria Hall

Hardware Engineer Staff

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics

Jasmine LeFlore

Sr. Project Engineer

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Collins Aerospace

Corporate Responsibility

Karen Bradford

Director, Strategic Partnerships

NASA Ames Research Center

Diversity Leadership

Tamberlin Golden

Plant Director

General Motors

Educational Leadership –

College-Level Promotion of Education

Bushra Ahmad Saeed, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

University of the District of Columbia

Educational Leadership -

Corporate Promotion of Education

Claudia Morales

Supplier Quality Assurance Systems Staff Specialist

Bell Textron Inc.

Managerial Leadership – Government

Shitarria Battle

Chief Engineer, C2 Systems Development

Missile Defense Agency

Managerial Leadership – Industry

Beethika Khan, Ph.D.

Program Director

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Shanique Smith


Raytheon Missiles & Defense

New Media/IT Leadership – Government

Barbara Pilate

Computer Scientist

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,

Engineer Research and Development Center

New Media/IT Leadership – Industry

Rachel Smith

Assistant Vice President - Technology


Outstanding Technical Contribution – Government

Antonella Alunni

Aerospace Engineer

NASA Ames Research Center

Trena Jackson

Operations Research Analyst


The Women of Color STEM Conference

The Women of Color STEM Conference, now in its 25th year, has been the venues where women and men from diverse backgrounds have come to recognize outstanding achievements in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), celebrate excellence in STEM-related fields, and create a career learning and networking environment.


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Ray Kennedy

Source: Career Communications Group In
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