Maryland Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford says that workforces are in greater need of STEM-trained talent than workers educated in liberal arts. "The need area is in the STEM areas," he said. Despite the diverse set of companies Gov. Rutherford has met with, he says they all share a need for more employees with engineering and computer science talent.
    Program Highlights
    Speaking at The Washington Post's STEM: Writing the Code event, District of Columbia Public Schools student Ronald Simpson said educators need to do a better job of ensuring that students feel less intimidated by STEM classes and more excited about the ample opportunities a STEM background can afford. "When I walk throughout the hallway, my peers look at the syntax and they get intimidated," Simpson said. "You have to get into the students' heads and explain that STEM and computer science isn't just sitting behind a desk ... You can apply anything and probably everything to it."
    • Sep 22, 2016
    Speaking at The Washington Post’s STEM: Writing the Code event on September 22, Congresswoman Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.), said it's "shortsighted" to say people should have either liberal arts or technical educations. "People who have both are really going to be writing the future," the congressional STEAM Caucus founder said. "That is the beauty of STEAM."
    • Sep 22, 2016
    Speakers
    Boyd K. Rutherford
    Boyd K. Rutherford is the ninth Lt. Governor of Maryland, elected with Governor Larry Hogan in November 2014. Prior to serving as Lt. Governor, he served as the Secretary of Maryland Department of General Services and an Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He also has extensive legal and business experience, including work in business and government law, information technology sales, and small and minority business development.
    Leah Gilliam
    Leah Gilliam is the VP of Education, Strategy & Innovation at Girls Who Code. In her almost twenty years in the field, Gilliam has channeled her life-long fascination with systems and how things work into a diverse career at the intersection of learning and technology.
    Ruthe Farmer
    Mark is Board Certified Florida Criminal and Family Lawyer that focuses on civil rights and justice issues.
    Stanley Litow
    A former Deputy Chancellor of the New York City Public Schools, Stan Litow is the principal architect of IBM's P-TECH grade 9 to 14 schools - a nationally-recognized education model that is transforming U.S. education and strengthening America's economic competitiveness by preparing students for college and high-demand careers. Launched with one school in 2011, and lauded by President Obama, the P-TECH model encompasses 60 schools across six states in the U.S. and abroad.
    Melanie Wiscount
    Melanie Wiscount has been teaching computer science and technology high school and middle school courses since 2003. For four years she taught the STEM Computer Science Track in the District of Columbia Public Schools on the McKinley Technology Education Campus, teaching 6–12th grade students. Prior to teaching in Washington, DC, Melanie taught in Pennsylvania.
    Ronald Simpson
    Ronald Simpson is a senior in the NAF IT Academy Computer Science STEM track at McKinley Tech. H has interned at Accenture, DCPS and the Department for Homeland Security.
    Pablo Chavez
    Pablo Chavez is the vice president of global public policy and government affairs at LinkedIn, a professional networking site that allows its members to create business connections, search for jobs, and find potential clients. Previously, he served as the senior director of public policy and government affairs at Google.
    Rep. Suzanne Bonamici
    Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici has represented northwest Oregon in Congress since 2012. She is the founder and co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional STEAM Caucus, which aims to encourage innovation and creative thinking by integrating arts and design with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math education. As a member of the Education and the Workforce Committee, Bonamici took a lead role in passing the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act and added provisions to support STEAM education.
    Akua Kouyate-Tate
    Akua Femi Kouyate-Tate is the Senior Director, Education at Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, where she has led program development and implementation for major Education initiatives since 2001. As an administrator, educator and professional artist, Akua serves as a grants review panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and other arts agencies, and is a regular presenter at national and international conferences on arts education. She holds degrees in Art Management and Dance from American University, and is a recipient of a Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Award. She has conducted research on African Cultural Studies at Howard University and in West Africa.
    Moderators
    Nick Anderson
    A former Post education editor, Nick writes about college from the perspective of a father of three who will soon be buried in tuition bills. He joined The Post in 2005 after covering Congress and education for the Los Angeles Times, and he is a graduate of Stanford University.
    Emma Brown
    Emma Brown writes about national education and about people with a stake in schools, including teachers, parents and kids. She’s also covered D.C. and Virginia schools and written obituaries for the Post.
    Alison Snyder
    Alison Snyder is a writer and producer whose work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Scientific American, The Scientist and The Lancet. Before joining the Post, she was a senior editor and senior producer at Newsweek & The Daily Beast.
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