Jessie Woolley- Wilson at SXSWedu on Women: Disruptors of Education
Jessie Woolley-Wilson, President & CEO of DreamBox Learning, Inc. will be discussing Women: Disruptors of Education, Wednesday March 5, 2014 at the SXSWedu Conference & Festival. Woolley-Wilson and the three other panelists are women who have revolutionized online learning, helped set the global agenda on education and technology, and advised some of the most promising young education startups.
Girls and STEM. One of Woolley-Wilson’s passions is girls and math—and the need to engage them in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) to prepare them for future careers. “Right now, too few girls are entering STEM-related fields,” Woolley-Wilson commented in a speech last spring, “and we believe that the solid foundation we’re providing for girls in elementary math help change current statistics.”
Future STEM jobs for women. In a recent report on women in STEM, despite the fact that women fill close to half of all jobs in the U.S. economy, they hold less than 25 percent of STEM jobs, even though more women are graduating with college degrees than men. It’s a rather lopsided statistic, and as Woolley-Wilson comments, “That’s just bad math!” and a loss for women and the nation, since STEM jobs pay more and offer more opportunity. If current trends continue, the nation won’t have enough skilled graduates to fill even 30 percent of those STEM jobs.
Join the discussion. If you’re going to be at SXSWedu 2014, be sure to join the exciting discussion about women in STEM, disruptive educational technologies, and what women’s leadership means to the future of education.