Here on this blog we celebrate the Emerson experts from around the world. And with the celebration of International Women’s Day this Sunday, I wanted to pay tribute to the women we’ve featured here on Emerson Automation Experts.
Encouraging people to study in the areas of science, technology, engineering & math (STEM) is a major cause for Emerson in order to inspire the next generation of great problem solvers.
In a focus to encourage more females to pursue careers in the STEM fields, Emerson has very active Women in STEM chapters globally. One example is the Houston area Women in STEM chapter. This chapter has more than 280 members in multiple offices. I caught up with Sue Ooi, Elena Carillo and Jan Bendfelt who are active as leaders in the Houston chapter. They shared with me that membership is not limited to women or people in STEM-based roles, but rather those with a passion for encouraging career growth and inspiring students.
This chapter is celebrating International Women’s Day to highlight women’s achievements, raise awareness against bias, and take action for equality.
Jan noted that the Houston chapter has also had a series of “Collected Voices” meetings. The purpose of these meetings is to have the site leader(s) from each location in the Houston area host the meeting and discuss ways to build your personal brand, reputation, and advocates both within and beyond Emerson. To date, over 240 employees have attended these meetings and several more are scheduled through the spring.
The need for highly-skilled scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians to drive quality of life of improvements for people across the world will continue to grow. Encouraging more young people to pursue STEM careers and to help advance existing careers will continue to be a passion for many here at Emerson.
Read some of the great stories shared in the Women in STEM group in the Emerson Exchange 365 community and view some of the pictures from the Houston Women in STEM chapter.