Suffolk, Va. — Sera-Brynn Executive Vice President Heather Engel and Cyber Engineer Nia Meadows will be featured panelists at the STEAM Academy Women In STEAM Leadership summit at Shenandoah University on July 28.
Engel, the lead designer of Virginia STEAM Academy’s first structured hackathon, Meadows and other panelists will be sharing thoughts on their work, the skills they use, why STEAM — Science, Technology, Engineering and Applied Mathematics — is important and offer advice to middle school girls.
Sera-Brynn, a global cyber risk management firm with headquarters in Suffolk, is a sponsor of the summit.
This is the STEAM Academy’s fourth year of offering its signature summer program intended to inspire and expose middle school students to STEAM content, applied learning and leadership development.
As part of the program, Virginia STEAM Academy hosts three separate one-week academies. This is the first girls-only session and Shenandoah University will welcome 50 summer STEAM scholars who will spend the week studying games, puzzles and logic, health care and computer database analysis and engineering, innovation and invention.
The “Community Pay-it-Forward” girls session will include 50 girls from the Shenandoah Valley area, in addition to the 50 young scholars. They will participate in an afternoon of design-build, followed by the remarks from the panel.
Panel moderators will be Vicki Crisp, Director of Systems Analysis and Concepts at NASA Langley Research Center and Alana Coghlan, a rising 11th grader in the Chesapeake Public School System. Coghlan is a summer STEAM Ambassador and Citizen Leader who has played a key role in co-designing Virginia Steam Academy’s inaugural girls-only session.
Other panelists include:
—Reina Buenconsejo, science policy fellow, Institute for Defense Analyses;
—Caren Diefenderfer, math professor at Hollins University and summer STEAM 2016 instructor for games, puzzles and logic;
—Angela Phillips Diaz, immediate past executive director of the Virginia Math Science Engineering and Medicine Academy and current executive director for Government Research Relations at the University of California, San Diego;
—Alesia Slocum, professor of Business Ethics and Entrepreneurship at Shenandoah University and a professor of Management and Marketing at the Madrid (Spain) campus of St. Louis University.
The panel discussion will be held in Shenandoah University’s Hester Auditorium in May Henkel Hall. The university is located at 1460 University Drive in Winchester.
About Sera-Brynn: Headquartered in Suffolk, Va., Sera-Brynn is a global Cyber Risk Management firm with an international client base. The company is dedicated to helping clients secure their computing environments, pre- and post-breach, and meet applicable mandatory industry and government compliance requirements. Sera-Brynn is the only Payment Card Industry Qualified Security Assessor in North America directly partnered with a multi-billion dollar financial institution, and the firm works closely with the insurance industry, legal offices nationwide, crisis management firms, financial institutions and law enforcement at all levels to provide the most comprehensive protection to its clients.
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