Pearson to Host the “STEM Education Series: Closing the Gender Gap” Event

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Event Seeks to Improve the Underrepresentation of Women in STEM Fields with a Focus on Computer Science

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 17 of the top 20 highest paying jobs require STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) skills. Unfortunately, statistics show that far fewer women than men are choosing to major in STEM programs, and even fewer are pursuing STEM and STEAM (STEAM adds arts) careers. The STEM Education Series: Closing the Gender Gap event seeks to address this challenge.

WHAT: The event focuses on how institutions, educators and industry leaders can work together to close the gap in STEM education and STEM careers.

WHEN: February 19-21, 2015 at the Fairmont San Jose in San Jose, California.

WHO: Pearson has partnered with learning leaders from Higher Education, K–12, and STEM industries in Silicon Valley, including: Google,, Maker Ed, Girls Who Code, and the City of San Francisco. Speakers include Mona Akmal, Director of Product at; Deborah Acosta, Chief Innovation Officer, City of San Leandro; Danielle Feinberg of Pixar Animation Studios; and J. Robert Gillette, Associate Professor of Economics, the University of Kentucky.

Event Highlights:

  • Keynote presented by Mona Akmal, Director of Product at
  • Google Campus tour and presentation of Google’s research report “Women Who Choose Computer Science—What Really Matters”
  • Panel discussion, moderated by Davey Alba, Wired Magazine, featuring Susan Nesbitt from Girls Who Code, Danielle Feinberg from Pixar Animation Studios, and Carol Varney from
  • Presentation about the gender gap's economic implications by J. Robert Gillette, Associate Professor of Economics, Gatton College of Business & Economics, University of Kentucky
  • Presentation “Imagine a World Where Women Feel Safe: Break the Silence” by Deborah Acosta, Chief Innovation Officer for the City of San Leandro
  • Panel discussion, moderated by Lisa Regalla, National Program Manager at Maker Ed, featuring secondary-school and college women discussing their interest in STEM careers, mentorship, and other topics

About Pearson

Pearson is the world’s leading learning company, with 40,000 employees in more than 80 countries working to help people of all ages to make measurable progress in their lives through learning. For more information about Pearson, visit

Media Contact: Brandon Pinette, brandon.pinette(at)pearson(dot)com or 800-745-8489

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