Beatriz Manetta Recognized in STEMconnector’s® 100 CEO Leaders in STEM Sponsors Include Diversified Search, Sodexo, Tata Consultancy Services, and Walmart

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STEMconnector®, the one-stop shop for “who is doing what” in STEM education and careers, released its 100 CEO Leaders in STEM publication during the Global STEM Talent Summit at Gallup’s world headquarters. The book features Chief Executive Officers who offer their unique perspective on the issues facing America’s STEM workforce.

America’s STEM workforce is at a critical juncture; the need for critical leadership on the part of all stakeholders could not be more vital. With women and minorities being so underrepresented in STEM fields, the education system falling short of meeting the demand of a 21st century economy, and the United States edge on innovation, the need for action is urgent. As leaders of major companies with involvement in STEM fields, these 100 CEOs are uniquely placed to provide exemplary leadership on these issues. “Our educational system is open to all, creating the need for US kids, in particular women and minorities to excel in STEM. The future will be technology driven and only those will these skills will be ready for the change” stated Manetta, President and CEO Argent Associates, Inc and Asociar LLC.

Drawing from their Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives, these leaders believe that fostering a more inclusive STEM workforce should be the objective of any education initiative. Given the gender disparities in STEM, placing the emphasis on diversity is an area of broad agreement among these 100 CEOs. “Careers in STEM industries offer better compensation and more career advancement opportunities. Women who hold STEM positions earn 92 cents to the dollar versus 77 cents for women in other fields,” said Lorna Donatone, Chief Executive Officer of Sodexo Schools Worldwide.

Edie Fraser, Chief Executive Officer of STEMconnector® shared, “We are proud to highlight 100 CEO leaders and recognize their leadership and excellence. The role of CEOs becomes critical to business and innovation. These role models are change leaders. Special thanks to Lorena Fimbres, VP & Chief Business Development Officer, and team, for leading this series and contributing to STEMconnector®’s position at the forefront of STEM thought leadership.”

Each Chief Executive Officer is profiled across a two-page spread, and their thought-provoking reflections on STEM education, workforce development, public-private partnerships, and diversity in STEM will influence the national conversation regarding these issues. 100 CEO Leaders in STEM is a STEMconnector® publication sponsored by Diversified Search, Sodexo, Tata Consultancy Services, and Walmart. To access the full publication visit http://stemconnector.org/100-ceo-leaders-in-stem-v2

About Argent Associates, Inc.
Argent Associates, Inc. is an award-winning national tech-centric systems integrator and technology innovator. It develops and delivers an ecosystem of solutions across a number of technologies and at various stages of the lifecycle. This includes new product development, distribution of multi-vendor solutions, engineering, installing and optimizing technology systems and supplying environmentally responsible end-of-lifecycle solutions. With over 18 years of service to Fortune 100 companies, Argent continues on the leading edge of solutions for distribution services, manufacturing, products, Internet of Things (IoT), wireless provisioning, distributed antenna systems and more.

About Asociar LLC
Asociar is an international technology system integration company that provides complete end-to-end supply chain optimization services and solutions which includes total equipment acquisition, rack & cabinet integration, data center efficiency and network modernization for telecom, utilities, and government and enterprise customers.

About STEMconnector®
STEMconnector® is a consortium of over 150 companies, associations, academic institutions and government entities actively working to advance STEM education and the future of human capital. STEMconnector® is both a resource and a service, designed to link “all things STEM.” STEMconnector®’s network includes organizations at the global, national, state and local levels. Our work spans the entire pipeline (Kindergarten to Jobs) and how STEM education experiences translate into careers. STEMconnector® has a particular emphasis on diversity and women. For information on how to become a member, contact Lorena Fimbres at Lorena.Fimbres@STEMconnector.org.

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