The Tampa campus of Keiser University hosted over 140 young ladies from eight area high schools for the 1st Annual Women in Technology event. This event brought together a panel of professional women to discuss their experiences and share insight with the group on what it takes to enter the STEM career fields. The panelists included Ms. Heather Kenyon, Apple Inc., Dr, Cecilia Nunes, University of South Florida, Dr, Csilla Ari, University of South Florida, Ms. Pat Graham, Independent IT Consultant, and Ms. Karri Zaremba, COO-Venuetize.
The event attendees were also treated to various hands-on workshops provided by Dr. Tammy Ferrante, Dr. Clare-Ann Edwards Canfield, and Ms. Brenda Hannah from Keiser University, as well as Ms. Paige Spence from Moffitt Cancer Research Center and Ms. Cynthia O’Leary from JP Morgan Chase. These workshops included activities relating to microscope building, cyber security, software coding, hardware assembly, chromatography and organ dissection.
The event concluded with a drawing for an Apple i-Pad which went to a lucky winner from Middleton HS. All students and educators that attended gave tremendous feedback on the event. The event is expected to be much larger next year.