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Keynote Speaker:

Lieutenant Colonel Cynthia E. Wittnam

Director of Operations, 11th Attack Squadron, 432d Operations Group, 432d Wing, Creech Air Force Base

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Breakout Session Speakers:

Science
  • Dr. Kate Zhong, MD, Msc, FRCP, Chief Strategy Officer, Global Alzheimer’s Platform Foundation
  • Jenny Browdy, Project Manager, Solar - Field Installation Operations, Tesla

 

Technology

Check back soon for speakers!

Engineering
  • Rosemary Vassiliadis, Director of Aviation, Clark County Department of Aviation 
Arts
  • Sarah Davison, Head of Casting and Artistic Advisor – Resident Shows, Cirque du Soleil
  • Stephanie Wilson, Founder and President, Wicked Creative  
Math/Finance
Camille McCue
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Camille McCue, PhD

Director of Technology Innovations, Adelson Educational Campus

With childhood activities that included tinkering with her Apple II+ computer, competing in weekend math contests, and conducting science fair research, Camille McCue, PhD, developed an early love of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).

At the University of Texas at Austin, she earned a BA in mathematics and served as a physics research fellow, programming nonlinear fluid flow simulations and working in a fabrication lab.

Dr. McCue began her career at IBM, marketing personal computers and managing the national MicroAge printer contract. She then earned an MA in curriculum and instruction and taught math and physics to rural youth via satellite, as well as served as a founding teacher in the Lone Star to Big Sky credit recovery program for children of migrant farm workers. For the next twelve years, Dr. McCue produced and anchored live television programming for NASA-TV and PBS, connecting kids with experts including orbiting astronauts, roboticists, and Antarctic penguin researchers. Her "International Space Station-Chat" was honored with a PBS National NETA award for Best ITV program. 

Upon moving to Las Vegas, Dr. McCue joined the new UNLV Distance Learning team and taught technology integration courses in the College of Education.  She then became the Ready to Learn coordinator for Vegas PBS, providing community outreach in children's literacy and media literacy to Title I schools throughout Southern Nevada. She was awarded a TV Manager of the Year EMA for her work, as well as several local EMAs for her television productions and websites. From 2005-2015, Dr. McCue developed and taught STEM electives in engineering, enriched math, and computer science at The Alexander Dawson School. She coached student teams to national awards in Math Olympiads and Future Cities, and she was recognized as the 2009 Future Cities Teacher of the Year.

During this time, Dr. McCue wrote and reviewed STEM curriculum for national audiences while serving in the Illuminations Writing Group and on the Mathematics in the Middle School editorial panel for NCTM. Dr. McCue completed her PhD in curriculum and instruction at UNLV (2011), writing her dissertation on learning math through student-designed video games. She also earned a Computer Science Education Certificate, executing her capstone on crafting a cybersecurity curriculum. Dr. McCue presents frequently at STEM conferences and publishes on a variety of subjects, including writing ...for Dummies books such as Coding for Kids and Getting Started with Engineering.  From 2012-2015, she served as Founding Director for Dawson College Bound, a program mentoring youth towards academic success, and recognized by Clark County School Board as an Outstanding Community Partnership program. 

As Director of Curriculum Innovations for the Adelson Educational Campus (AEC) in Las Vegas, Dr. McCue proposed, gained board approval and funding for, and implemented a multimillion dollar educational technology plan including the creation of a 5000 square feet, state-of-the-art Startup Incubator (startupincubator.site). As part of the “Adelson STEAM Team,” Dr. McCue creates and teaches a progressive coding, maker, and design curriculum for K-12 students – she especially enjoys instructing AP Computer Science and Systems Thinking.  Dr. McCue is currently collaborating with colleagues to develop and roll out an innovative new schoolwide curriculum emphasizing project-based learning and authentic student engagement.

Dr. McCue was recently awarded the Tech Exec Lifetime Achievement award from VEGAS, Inc. and Cox Business.  Her ninth ...for Dummies technology book – this one guiding parents and teachers in helping kids learn computer programming – is due out in April 2018. During the summer she serves as the Curriculum Director for Spark Skill (sparkskill.com), an education startup providing cutting-edge STEM summer camps in programming, 3D printing, drone development, animation, cybersecurity, and IoT prototyping for tweens and teens. Dr. McCue is an active voice for evolution of the education system, blogging about this critical theme at camillemccue.com. She also serves on the Lt. Governor’s Task Force for Entrepreneurship and the Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada STEAM committee.

Jeanette Schneider
Jeanette Schneider

Jeanette Schneider is a Senior Vice President and Private Client Advisor at U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management. Jeanette provides tailored financial strategies and guidance to a select group of clients nationwide, applying the acumen and insight she has gained from more than two decades in institutional consulting, wealth management, and banking. Jeanette structures individualized plans for families, foundations and non-profits in areas of trust and wealth transfer, investment management, customized credit, and banking services.

Jeanette also has a particular understanding of philanthropy for clients who seek to bring positive impact to the community. As the leader of a client’s US Trust team, Jeanette orchestrates the efforts of dedicated specialists in investment policy, governance, board and staff education, and development. Deeply committed to a client’s success, she prides herself on channeling forward-thinking ideas, from social entrepreneurship to impact investing.

Jeanette has worked at Bank of America and its predecessors since 1995. In 2015, she spearheaded the creation of a LEAD for Women mentoring chapter within Bank of America.

An author, public speaker, and frequent panelist, Jeanette serves on the local grantmaking committee for Bank of America Charitable Foundation in Nevada, The President’s Advisory Committee for The Smith Center for the Performing Arts and on the boards of Spread The Word Nevada and The Alturas Institute. She is a member of the Hall of Fame of the Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Nevada and a 2016 Vegas Inc Woman to Watch. She is a contributing writer for BLVDS LV and Thrive Global.

In her free time, she leads an advocacy platform that supports the leadership development of women and girls. 

Sonia McTaggart-Anderson

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Sonia Anderson

Sonia Anderson is the Founder and CEO of Andson, Inc. – a local Non Profit incorporated in late 2009 with a profound vision – to “empower through education”.

Sonia Anderson's story begins over 50 years ago in Guyana, a small “third-world” country at the tip of South America.  Sonia hails from an extremely under-privileged childhood where simple basic necessities were luxuries her and her siblings did not experience until much later in life.

With simple acts of kindness from total strangers, she excelled in school and advanced into the workforce at a very young age. She credits her academic drive and success to two of her teachers, who took the time and effort to “care.” It was their daily assurances that guided and encouraged her to set goals and reach for them. With them as her mentors, she received numerous academic awards and recognition, which gave her the self-confidence to seek a better life for her and her family.

With the help of relatives, Sonia migrated to the United States at age 18 where life was not easy as an undocumented immigrant. Like so many illegal immigrants, she worked long hours in the garment district in New York City and proceeded to acquire her US citizenship.  Her strong and steadfast spirit and passion for learning, led her to obtaining scholarships and attending college after the birth of her son. Despite numerous struggles and challenges, she was able to strive forward and with many years of hard work, built a successful business in the world of finance. She owned and operated her Debt Management offices across the country for over two decades. With her professional success, Sonia managed to fulfill her dream of bettering the lives of her Mom and her siblings.  Today they are all educated and well situated in the United States.  With the intent to retire, Sonia moved to Nevada in 2005 and sold her business in 2008.

Financial success, however, did not keep her from remembering the simple gestures, and the help that guided her to seek opportunities, which resulted in her accomplishments. Sonia envisioned using her resources and financial expertise to equip “at-risk” children and young adults by empowering them to break the generational cycle of poverty and struggles. So in 2009, with the proceeds from the sale of her business, together with her son, Andson, Inc. a 501(c)(3) organization was founded. The profound power and promise brought through the small items of potential – has resulted in what now delivers supplemental educational programs to thousands of students daily throughout the valley.

Serving over 65,000 students since inception, Andson, Inc. – the fastest growing educational non-profit in Southern Nevada, has been recognized with several Local and National Awards. By way of partnerships and collaborations, Andson provides Homework Help, Tutoring, Financial Literacy Lessons and Banking programs at 42 locations across the valley. Andson’s students boast average improvements of over 400% in English Language Arts and Mathematics.  The Andson Team exemplifies that with the right nurturing and support, every child can evolve into a spectacular adult.

Today, Sonia continues her philanthropic endeavor as founder and chief executive officer of Andson, Inc. while serving on the Boards of several other children’s services organizations. She proudly leads the Andson Team of passionate, dynamic and impactful individuals in their quest to provide every child with access to quality education. It is Sonia’s belief that every adult has the power to make a difference in a child’s life. All it takes is to empower them to break down the restraints of today – and enable the possibilities of tomorrow!

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Join Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada as we hold our inaugural STEAM Career Conference!

The conference is open to both registered Girl Scouts and non-Girl Scouts.

6th - 12th grade girls will participate in a conference style event and learn from female leaders in the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

The day will kick off with a welcome address and hands-on challenge to stimulate young minds. Throughout the conference, girls will participate in STEAM breakout sessions, allowing them to interact with women working in STEAM-related careers.  

The conference includes a formal luncheon featuring a keynote speaker and table discussions.

STEAM Career Conference:

Date: Saturday, March 17, 2018

Time: 8:30am – 2:00pm

Location: Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel - 3400 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89169

Girl Scout attire: Full Girl Scout uniform*

Non-Girl Scout attire: Business casual attire. (Skirt/pant + blouse, dress + cardigan/jacket/sweater, skirt/pant + sweater/cardigan)*

*Sleeveless or midriff bearing tops, tennis shoes, flip flops, open-toed shoes, and jeans are not allowed. 

Girl Scout price: $25.00

Non-Girl Scout price: $30.00  

This a drop and go event. While your girl is attending the conference, the Renaissance has several dining options and a Starbucks should you choose to stay on property.

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Price includes: STEAM Career Conference branded tote bag, professional notebook and pen set, continental breakfast, and plated lunch.   

Upon registration, each attendee will be entered to win the following. Must be present at the STEAM Career Conference to win.

  • 4 tickets to the Tuesday, March 20th Vegas Golden Knights game against the Vancouver Canucks ($600 value)
  • 4 tickets to the Friday, March 30th Vegas Golden Knights game against the St. Louis Blues ($360 value)
  • 10 person Pole Position Raceway Indoor Karting including 1 t-shrt per person and 1 beverage per person ($1,000 value)
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