“I went to an all girls school and my friends from there are my army of soul sisters. There are 12 of us, we have been best friends since we were 12.” -Belisa Bermúdez Fernández is a start up executive at Parallel18.
“When I was in 6th grade the Howard Hughes Foundation funded a Saturday science program that was targeting diversity and girls. That summer I was one of five students chosen to go to an extension research program at Duke University. I did research on phage, viruses found in the soil. I discovered a new phage that is still being researched at the Pittsburgh Phage Institute. I knew from the 6th grade that I wanted to become a biochemical engineer. I want to find the woman who ran the Saturday science program, her name is Rebecca and I’d like to thank her because there are a lot of federally funded programs but there needs to be a bridge, a person who is dedicated to making a program happen and to making it diverse, she was that bridge. Innovation only happens when you have diverse perspectives brought together in an integrative way to create a new strategy. I want to use my STEM background for good, it’s the social impact of my work that I am most interested in.” – Temiloluwa Adeniyi is a graduate student at Georgia Tech and she is the CEO/Founder of Nopneu, LLC which has developed Nopneu, a low cost- diagnostic tool for diagnosing pneumonia in a fraction of the time and cost of conventional methods. Temiloluwa was awarded $10,000 from Backstage Capital this week for winning the Pitch Black Competition at SXSW2018
“It’s because I am a woman of color and graduated from an Ivy League school that Dolly Singh hired me to be general counsel for her company Thesis Couture Inc. My peers are the demographic for her brand.” – Kelly D. Shapiro is an attorney who provides legal representation and business counseling to clients in the entertainment, tech and start-up industry.