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20 Nov 2017
3 STEAM Projects to Inspire the Thrill of Discovery this Holiday Season
I believe children to be natural scientists; they are inquisitive, energetic, and are naturally drawn to experimentation and observation. However, on average, less than 10% of instructional time is spent on teaching science in the early grades. This ...
9 Nov 2017
Working Moms: What You Can Learn By Listening to Your Children
A few weeks ago I attended another awesome Society of Women Engineers Annual Convention in Austin, Texas. Emerson has been a corporate partner since 2013. It was the largest conference to-date filled with keynote speakers, collegiate competitions, pl...
24 Oct 2017
Mastering the 3 E’s: Excellence, Endurance and Empowerment
I’m often asked for my professional advice based on what I’ve learned in my long career as an engineer in the oil & gas industry. In this blog post, I’ll give an overview of the insights I presented October 3rd at Emerson&rsqu...
13 Oct 2017
Six Rules for Young Professionals to Live By...
This month, Pamela Jackson, vice president of technology at Emerson – and one of 2016’s most influential business women, as named by the St. Louis Business Journal – is about to enter into a well-deserved retirement, having led a di...
Emilee (Bannister) Cook
26 Sep 2017
Combining Art with STEM : How Design Can Make Good Solutions, Great!
My husband, Todd Cook , and I are quite passionate about STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, ART and Math). We might be slightly biased due to our own backgrounds in engineering, programming, and the arts (both visual and performing.) ...
14 Sep 2017
8 Ways to Be Your Extreme Self at Work and in Life
It's easy to slip into the doldrums of an everyday schedule - clock in at 9:00 am and then as soon as the whistle blows at 5:00 pm, you've absolutely "yabba dabba dooed" yourself right out the door. Perhaps you spend your office br...
30 Aug 2017
Why You Should Grow Your Bravery Mindset
15 Aug 2017
My Journey to "Mad Scientist" and How to Nurture the Next Generation of Women in STEM
“What do you want to be when you grow up?” I remember answering this question, “A mad scientist!” I was influenced by fictional characters such as Janie in the book Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh and real-life role models...
1 Aug 2017
Full STEAM Ahead: A Treehouse Tale
For 52 years, I have been talking to kids about Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (also referred to as STEAM) !--[if !supportAnnotations]--> I also talk to parents about how they can get their kids engaged in the world of...
Katherine Button Bell
19 Jul 2017
Why & How to Introduce STEM Concepts Early: a Blog for Mindful Parents & Businesses
“STEM” may seem like a marketing buzz-phrase, but the acronym has earned its status. After all, careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math are growing much faster than those in non-STEM roles ( 24 percent ver...
6 Jul 2017
Why STEM Companies Need to Work Harder than Ever to Close the Gender Gap
Welcome to my first blog for Women in STEM. I see this group as a resource for information about STEM and a forum for dialogue on topics of interest for women in the workplace. I appreciate your interest and it's my intent to provide periodic upd...
26 Jun 2017
Unintentional Bias: We must all be Intentional about Stopping it
Unintentional or 'unconscious bias' in the workplace is getting more attention, but acknowledgement is only the beginning. Control Engineering's editor Mark Hoske recently penned a piece recapping National Instrument's Women's Lea...
1 Jun 2017
60+ Strategy & Leadership Books written by Women
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/60-strategy-leadership-books-written-women-rachel-happe Share your favorites in the comments...
24 May 2017
Sparking Professional Growth in Yourself & Others
I was inspired to read the book SPARK after hearing one of the authors, Angie Morgan, speak at the 2016 Texas Conference for Women . She was a very motivational speaker and clearly conveyed the need and benefit for more leadership development in the b...
16 May 2017
Three Acts of Courage to Transform Your Career
What was your first big, bold, act of courage? For Nithya Ruff, Senior Director, Open Source Practice at Comcast, it was going to college. “I had grown up in Bangalore, India,” she recounts. “I had lived at home in t...
27 Apr 2017
Teachers say STEM is important, I say it's FUN!
Hi my name is Aubrey, I am a 5th grader who has an interest in becoming a vet. Being a vet requires STEM. It involves science because you have to know the body of the particular animal and how it works, it involves technology because, for examp...
11 Apr 2017
We’re All On the Same Team
I am a woman in STEM. On top of that, I am a woman in the oil and gas field. I wish I had a deep insight or electrifying revelation to share, but all I have are my experiences, so those will have to do. When I think back on these experiences, ...
28 Mar 2017
You Don't Have to be a Woman to belong in Women in STEM
In industries as mature as ours, many of our companies have been around long enough to see significant changes in the market, in user requirements, and in the economy generally. When big shifts like this occur, companies assess what their respo...
14 Mar 2017
How to Apply Your STEM Skills to Re-enter the Workforce
Have you found yourself as the protagonist in a common story for parents in our generation: you ducked out of the workforce when you had a child and want to sneak back in, but how? You now have a PhD in poop but haven’t used Slack or even heard...
7 Mar 2017
A Day on the Golf Course, and Why Women should Stop Apologizing.
I recently spent a very pleasant afternoon on a local golf course with some good friends. Being a novice golfer, I missed many shots. I then apologized for missing shots and apologized for taking a longer time to complete my shots That is, until a co...
14 Feb 2017
How I Fell in Love with College Recruiting
Target’s Valentine’s Day card section is, in a word, robust. There are cards for Moms, Dads, sisters, spouses, grandparents and friends. But not one card for your job. And why would there be?!? My job has given me gray hairs. ...
31 Jan 2017
Why Find your Career fit, when you can Create it?
I am always the person at every networking event who is incredibly intrigued at the career path of other attendees. Whose career path was linear? Marketing major or MBA? Grad school or life experience? Who started out in fine art and ende...
17 Jan 2017
8 Tips for Relaunching your Career after a Sabbatical
I feel like my career adventures could be an episode of the “Back in Time” series. If you are considering a sabbatical for family, travel or any number of reasons or if you're in the process your planning your relaunch, here is one jo...
3 Jan 2017
Be in the Present Moment: a 2017 New Year’s Resolution
How often do we catch ourselves or others sneaking a peak at their iPhone, tapping out tweets under the table or, horror-of-horrors, taking a phone call in the middle of a conversation? OUR conversation – how dare you! Often I&rsquo...
20 Dec 2016
Perspective through Pie
I am a “Type A” mom of two feisty girls under five, working professional, ultimate Frisbee player, active non-profit board member of Girls on the Run Austin AND social coordinator for both colleagues and friends. Like many of you, I am ov...