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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...
7 Dec 2016
5 Ways Women can Empower Women
Last month I attended the Texas Conference for Women , and a quote by speaker, Amal Clooney, really resonated with me. She advocated that, “As women, we have a bond of shared experience -experiences that only women go through and strug...
22 Nov 2016
Confessions from two (not yet) Reformed Multitaskers
In today’s hectic, eternally connected world, everyone continues to attempt to do more with less. Until someone figures out how to add more hours to the day, or more days to the week, we often turn to the idea of multitasking to get more ...
9 Nov 2016
An afternoon with Ingrid Vanderveldt, Part 2: "Get comfortable, Being uncomfortable. "
Today, I continue to recount my inspirational visit with tech entrepreneur, investor and founder of Empower a Billion Women by 2020 , Ingrid Vanderveldt. If needed, Brush up on Part 1 . Ingrid often speaks about why it’s important to be your auth...
4 Nov 2016
An afternoon with Ingrid Vanderveldt, Part 1: "I wanted to become the next, female, Michael Dell."
If you’ve never attended an Emerson Exchange Global User’s conference, let me attempt to set the stage. Once a year, approximately 3,000 of the smartest engineers on the planet gather together for 4.5 days and nights of workshops, roadmap...
11 Oct 2016
You Don’t have to be an Engineer to Love STEM
Many people who have only known me as an adult are surprised to learn I was a member of my high school’s Future Scientists Club. Sometimes I mention that I made As in Honors Chemistry and AP Physics courses, but it’s not until I say that ...