Get to Know Our 2019 Rising Star Award Finalists
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This award celebrates young women in the earlier stages of their STEM careers who have been identified as potential stars in their chosen professions. Aimed at nominees between the ages of 25-35 (on the date of the WISE Awards), this award asks finalists how they plan to bring change to the STEM sector from within.
Keep reading to learn more about our 2019 finalists!
Senior Teaching Fellow in Equality, Diversity, Outreach and Public Engagement, Imperial College
Well known for: her passion for STEM and STEM education
“When working with others I take the approach that people are ignorant by accident. I give them the benefit of the doubt and use every moment possible to educate them”.
Jaclyn has a passion for all things STEM – as well as voluntarily giving talks to schools, clubs and community groups across the UK, she actively supports other professionals and professional bodies in developing inclusive community outreach approaches and public engagement programmes. She has given keynote speeches at various events including Cheltenham’s International Women’s Day event and was the first female speaker to give a lecture at John Moores University’s Annual astrophysics public lecture series. Jaclyn created an entire set of resources to engage in space science via local science centres and museums which reached over 70,000 young people nationally in just under 12 months. She uses her personal journey to try and inspire others to think that “if she can do it then so can I”.
Jaclyn is currently developing Imperial Computing’s outreach strategy and in this, has committed to a minimum of 50% female participation for all activities (unless specified targeted intervention, e.g. working class boys, religious groups, etc.) For me personally it’s about changing the mindset of management – we have a leaky pipeline, and the focus isn’t only on attracting women, it is on retaining them.
Section Engineer, Skanska-Costain
Well known for: her work towards more balanced and gender inclusion in engineering
“Growing up I was far from aware about gender issues. When my Maths teacher at school suggested that I look at a career in engineering, my reaction was “but isn’t that something that boys do?”
Fast forward 10 years and Aneeka is a (very happy!) site-based Civil Engineer working for one of the country’s major construction companies’. Aneeka is involved with Skanska Women’s Network and has assisted with organising the London Design and Engineering festival in 2016. She was featured in a video made for International Women’s Day and has spoken about her hopes and aspirations for a more inclusive and gender-based sector. As well as this, she acts as a mentor to younger female engineers in her teams, and has volunteered for 2 mentoring based charities that raise the aspirations of young people from disadvantaged communities.
Adoption Consultant, Insight Enterprises
Well known for: her work as a STEM Ambassador
“Everyday is different. Working in the tech industry, there’s massive change – you can make your career what you want it to be, you just have to have a bit of determination.”
Three years ago, Miranda decided to act upon her concern that society wasn’t doing enough to prepare young people for the real world of work, and, disheartened by the lack of women in technology, she became a STEM Ambassador. Miranda now coordinates over 100 STEM Ambassadors in the workplace and chairs the regional Women in Leadership, CSR & Diversity Steering Board groups. Miranda has developed and lead a number of “Hackathons” at various locations in Lancashire and Northumberland specifically for women and has directly supported over 2000 different young people over the last 12 months. That’s 228 hours of Miranda’s time volunteered over 45 individual STEM activities. Over 75% of those activities were Miranda’s original ideas which she planned and implemented herself. Miranda’s mantra is “you can’t be what you can’t see.”
Cloud Consultant, Google
Well known for: Working to bring more women into the room
“Even from my time in undergrad when I was studying for my degree, I tried to really focus on how can I help and encourage more women to be in the room, since I really found that most of the time. I’m one of the only women in the room, if not the only woman in the room.”
Having grown up in a rural town in Pennsylvania, USA, Moriah began her career as a Technology Consultant for Microsoft and now works at Google’s London offices as a Cloud Consultant. Passionate about promoting and encouraging women in technology – something that stems from her being one of the only women in her field of study at university – Moriah has been involved with a number of women’s initiatives. In addition to her part in helping to lead Microsoft’s involvement in GHC for three years, she has worked the Google booth at the Women of Silicon Roundabout conference, has spoken to a number of audiences, including at the Wonder Women Tech conference, and is a mentor to multiple young women in technology.
The winners of the Rising Star Award will be announced at the WISE Awards, taking place on the 7th November, 2019 at 8 Northumberland Avenue, London.
If you would like to attend, tickets for the event can be purchased here