Annual STEM Education Summit Brings Tech, Education and Business Together to Explore the Future of Work

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Tech, education and business leaders will meet Sept. 26 to discuss "The Future of Work" during the STEM Education Summit. The event is free via live link and is held annually by Scientific American and Macmillan Learning.

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"The STEM Summit is a great way to bring together education’s evangelists to discuss how to prepare students for their best future,” said Susan Winslow, General Manager, Macmillan Learning

Speakers to discuss topics including job preparedness, ethics in tech, how to teach AI, and the gig economy

Austin, September 9, 2019 -- The STEM Education Summit, held annually by Scientific American, the longest-running magazine in the US, and education publisher Macmillan Learning will focus this year on the future of work. The meeting was established to help find solutions to best educate and empower the next generation of STEM students; for the seventh year, the event will bring together thought leaders from the education, business, policy, and technology communities to explore how to best do that.

The STEM Education Summit will be held on Sept. 26 at the Central Library in Austin, Texas. The event is free to the public via livestream.

“As we enter what many are calling the fourth industrial revolution, this year’s focus on the future of work couldn't be more timely. We believe that the STEM Summit is a great way to bring together education’s evangelists to discuss how to prepare students for their best future,” said Susan Winslow, General Manager, Macmillan Learning.

Sessions include*:

The Merger of Education and Work
Brandon Busteed, President, Kaplan University Partners

Access, Equity, & Engagement: Equipping Students to Thrive After Graduation
Panel features Dr. Danette Howard, SVP & Chief Strategy Officer, Lumina Foundation, Dr. Allen Delong, Senior Associate Dean, Center for Purposeful Work, Bates College and Scott Carlson, Senior Writer, The Chronicle

Sarah Kessler, Author & Editor-in-Chief, Quartz Magazine

Developing a STEM Workforce at Scale: The Power of a Coalition Supporting Education
Janet Auer, Global Advisor Education Programs, Chevron and Susanne Thompson, SVP, Corporate Education Partnerships, Discovery Education

The Entrepreneurial Future of Education
Fireside chat between Susan Winslow and Dr. Robert Lue, Director of the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, Harvard University.

Computer Science Education for All
Matt Dawson, Engineering Education Program Manager, Google

Teaching AI
Lightning talk by Michelle Zimmerman, Director of Teaching and Learning Sciences, Renton Prep

Big Data, Wellness and Disease
Dr. Lee Hood, SVP and Chief Science Officer, Providence St. Joseph Health; Chief Strategy Officer, Co-founder and Professor, ISB

Diverse Pathways to Career Success
Dr. David Soo, Chief of Staff, Jobs for the Future and Jennifer Stredler, VP of Workforce Development, Salesforce Foundation, Caitlyn Brazill, EVP, Development & Communications, Per Scholas

Student Perspectives on STEM & Work
Tricia Berry, Director, Texas Girls Collaborative Project, The University of Texas at Austin along with three students from Cockrell School of Engineering

Reflections from a former Google Science Fair Winner
Kenneth Shinozuka, Current Harvard College Student

Ethics in Tech:
Casey Fiesler, Assistant Professor, University of Colorado, Boulder

In addition to presentations and panels, the conference will include a demo from Komal Dadlani, CEO and Founder, Lab4U on a mobile technology she believes is poised to help democratize science.

Follow the #STEMSummit2019 on Twitter and on @MacmillanLearn. Media interested in attending should email

*Speakers and sessions are as of September 6, 2019 and are subject to change.

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