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Posted March 12, 2021

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As we wrap up the second week of National Engineering Month – with a focus on EDI – we’re showcasing the way engineers are stepping up and taking action!

Last month we had the opportunity to chat with Stephanie Thompson. Mom to a 4 year old daughter, and long-time employee of GM. Working as an Engineering Team Leader, Stephanie has a passion for inspiring girls to pursue careers in STEM fields. She was recently named one of Canada’s 100 most powerful women. To further her EDI work, Stephanie has launched STEM by Steph & Women in STEM Experiences (WISE) – a series of Women in STEM workshops. 
Stephanie has a passion to help others – a motiviation shared by many engineers! She credits her curiosity to her father, who encouraged her be brave & proud of herself. She told us how he fostered this mindset by encouraging her to play with insects as a young child. The ability to be brave and resilient were fundamental skills that supported Stephanie throughout her engineering career.
According to Stephanie, having a safe space to try new things and build those bravery skills are an important element of EDI work. She empowers students by telling them that everyone has their own superpower and helping them find it through mentorship! 
Like Stephanie, at Engineers of Tomorrow we believe in the power of storytelling. We can connect through stories and with the characters in them – specially ones that look like us! Stephanie talks about the importance of representation. She shared the story of a young black boy who love comic books. His favorite superhero was Spiderman….until someone introduce him to Miles Morales. A superhero that looked like him! Someone he could relate to better.  

 This month when we’re excited to be talking with someone else who knows all about EDI, Dilesha Stelmach. Dilesha is the founder of OUI STEM Academy – the United Nations 2018 SDG Leadership winning small not-for-profit dedicated to advocating for equitable science, technology, engineering, & mathematics education. Join us to hear more about Dilesha’s story.

Lunch and Learn with Dilesha Stelmach

March 24th, 12pm ET

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