Chicago’s ComEd sponsors girls in icebox derby

As a means of encouraging girls to take an interest in STEM fields (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics), ComEd — a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation, a Fortune 100 energy company —is pairing some of their female engineers with teams of girls competing in the company’s annual icebox derby. The challenge is to design, build and race a car with the parts of a recycled refrigerator. Continue reading

New 60 Minutes  segment focuses on young girls and science

A CBS 60 Minutes segment on March 3 focused on new efforts to get girls to love computer science and other STEM subjects at a very young age. One of the people featured, Hadi Partovi, the founder of, a non-profit that aims to teach computer science to all American students, said that “to increase the number of women in tech, the focus needs to begin well before women enter the workforce.” Continue reading

AWESOME Symposium will feature Out In Front with astronaut

Cady Coleman, PhD, a chemist by education, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel, and veteran of two space shuttle missions and six months aboard the International Space Station, will speak at the AWESOME Symposium – May 1-3 in Seattle. Cady will share her experiences in experimentation, innovation, problem-solving and teamwork that translate into leadership lessons and apply to the supply chain field as well as space travel. Continue reading

Lillian Dukes gives her perspective on “navigating from engineer to corporate vp”

An interview with AWESOME Advisor Lillian Dukes, Principal and President of LAD Consulting, appears in Exceptional People magazine. The publication showcases extraordinary people of all ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, reveals the motivating factors behind their success and recognizes them for their significant impact and contributions to society. Continue reading