Her Story Thursdays: Influential African American Women in STEM


Due to increasing conflicts with class schedules and personal issues, FemmeTek has not been able to publish another Her Story Thursdays post about Influential African American Women in the STEM fields since the first week of February. To rectify this, today's Her Story Thursday will be a little bit different. Instead of a spotlight on a single women, we are going to highlight six Influential African American Women in STEM with a brief biography of each and a link to where you can find more information about each women. Sheila Marmon, Founder/CEO of Digital Mirror.

sheSheila Marmon is the CEO and Founder of the Advertising and Media Company Digital Mirror. The company describes itself as a 'Technology driven Media and Advertising Company' and works towards '[engaging] and reaching multicultural consumers'. You can find out more about Sheila and her company at: http://www.mirror-digital.com/


Christina Lewis Halpern, Founder All Star Code


Christina Lewis Halpern founded All Star Code - 'a program focused on training boys of color for the technology and computer science industries' after realizing that the reason her father was so successful as a businessman was because he attended a prep program designed for black students at Harvard. She applied that reasoning to the technology industry and developed All Star Code, which has a target of exposing 10,000 minority boys to Computer Science by 2020. If you want to learn more about the program check out this cool article and her companies home page: http://goo.gl/RTMTQ2 and http://www.allstarcode.org/.

Marian Croak, Senior VP at AT&T.


Marian Croak is the current Senior Vice President of Applications and Services Infrastructure at AT&T. She received her PhD in Social Psychology and Quantitative Analysis in 1982 from University of Southern California and has more than 100 patents and  more than 100 more currently under review. She joined AT&T's Bell Laboratories the same year she received her PhD. If you would like to learn more about her and her work at AT&T you can check out her biography here: https://www.att.com/Common/about_us/pdf/marian_croak.pdf


Rachel A. Brooks, Co-founder of Citizen Made.


brooks_252_jrwRachel A Brooks is the Co-founder of Citizen Made, which  'offers its software to businesses to help them increase sales and recognition of their unique brands by helping their customers "visually place"  their orders from their sites'. Citizen Made has an emphasis on local business and wants to help customers and businesses alike buy and sell products efficiently. Check out an article about her here: http://goo.gl/t2IoD5  and her website here: http://rachelabrooks.com/


Ursula Burns, CEO of Xerox.

UrsulaBurns_thumb2Ursula Burns is the first African American Women to head a Fortune 500 company. She was rated by Forbes in 2014 as the 22nd most powerful women in the world. She started as an Intern at Xerox in 1980 and has held various leadership positions since joining. She was named president in 2007 and CEO and Chairman in 2009 and 2010. She was appointed in 2009 to 'help lead the White House national program on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)'. She holds a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from Polytechnic Institute of New York University and a Masters degree in the same field from Columbia University. You can find out more about here here: http://goo.gl/TL2GX and here:

Wanda M. Austin, CEO of Aerospace Corp.

austinWanda M. Austin is the CEO of Aerospace Corp. a 'brain trust for the Pentagons space program' that is not well known but is considered 'one of the nations most important assets'. Austin originally wanted to be a mathematics teacher, but while a masters student, she realized she liked engineering better and gained a masters and doctoral degree in Systems Engineering. She went on to work as the head of Aerospace Corp's National Systems Group, 'which supports the national security space and intelligence community's multibillion-dollar spy satellites'.  She was named CEO in 2008 and has overseen the centers busiest period since it was first formed. If you would like to learn more about her, check out the article here: http://goo.gl/37TRTQ and here: https://goo.gl/wVsGxw.


Today we have highlighted six African American Women in STEM fields, but this is by no means a list of all the African American Women in STEM. There are many other African American women who we have not yet mentioned and we want to stress that we will not only be discussing African American Women in STEM during Black History Month. We will continue to discuss contributions all women have made in the STEM fields, whether they are Caucasian, Asian, African American, Latina, or any other race. FemmeTek does not and will not discriminate the contributions of women based on race. We hope you have enjoyed learning more about African American Women in STEM fields this month!