MICHIGAN — In early October, Forest Service employees participated in the 20th Women of Color STEM Conference in Detroit, Michigan. The event offered a forum for women to share ideas, network, and attend workshops and seminars for professional development. Forest Service employees attended seminars on topics such as leadership, coaching and effective communication. The conference recognized excellence as a means for sustaining and growing the STEM pipeline.
The conference hosted as well a career fair, which connected potential applicants to top STEM employers. Forest Service leaders were able to share information about the agency with attendees ranging from recent college graduates to high-level professionals looking for a new challenge.
For more than 20 years, the conference has recognized the achievement of women in science, technology, engineering and math careers. This year, four Forest Service employees were recognized for their contributions to STEM fields. Deputy Chief Leslie Weldon, National Forest System; Acting Associate Chief Tina Terrell, Business Operations; and Cheryl Jefferson, Partnership director at Southern Research Station, received Technology All-Star awards, and Associate Deputy Chief Monica Lear, Research and Development, received a Technology Rising Star award. Technology All-Stars are accomplished women who have spent 22 years or more in the workforce and demonstrated excellence in the workplace and their communities. Technology Rising Stars are women who have 22 years or fewer in the workforce and are helping shape technology for the future.