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ClickSide Chat: The Need for Humanities in STEM

  • 07/17/2024
  • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Virtual
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STEM has historically been explicitly focused on the hard scientific, technological, engineering or mathematical skills to drive progress or create a new concept. In recent years, STEAM-focused curricula adds the study of the humanities: language arts, dance, drama, music, visual arts, design, new media and more. 

The extra “A” (for Arts) expands the STEM doctrines of hands-on investigation and include process-driven inquiry to include design, creativity, and iteration. STEAM also emphasizes valuable soft skills like communication, collaboration, and innovation.

One study of of high-level employees in leadership positions, such as chief executives and product engineers, found that only 37 percent of these individuals had degrees in engineering or computer technology. The remaining 63 percent had degrees in a wide range of fields, including business and the arts and humanities. So, this begs the question, how do these "softer" degrees translate into STEM careers?

Join Glenn Keller and ClickSide Chat Facilitator, Tori Harper Mercado, for a discussion on how a background in the arts can be advantageous in STEM careers and how we can encourage the addition of the arts from youth.

The event is FREE and exclusive to Women & Hi Tech members! Space is extremely limited, and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Once registration is filled, no wait list will be initiated. Registration for ClickSide Chat is required in order to provide you with the final login instructions.

Glenn Keller 

Glenn Keller grew up in New York and was sent off to military school in Virginia at a young age for all the usual reasons and then some. He attended college in Anderson, Indiana where his high school counselor expected that he would pursue some sort of career in writing but realizing there was no money in that he decided to pursue a degree in theatre which promised even bleaker prospects of making a living.

After finishing a Computer Science class, which he took on a dare to fulfill an elective, the professor, named "Anne", noticed that he seemed to have an interest in the work, though honestly, what he had an interest in was the Lab Assistant. No matter, for soon with Professor Anne's encouragement, he was off to Ball State to get a Master’s Degree in Computer Science where the entrance exam consisted of “I see Anne sent you.” Before making the decision, he asked Professor Anne if there would be a lot of math. She looked him in the eye and said "no." This was a lie.

After graduating from Ball State, Glenn spent 13 years working for Public Service Indiana, now Duke Energy. While there he programmed in FORTRAN, COBOL and Visual Basic. He then moved into management working for a business unit of Alcoa and stayed with that business through a number of spinoffs and mergers, eventually becoming the Business Unit CIO. While at Alcoa and through an eventual divesture, he had the opportunity to travel and work with people all over the world and learned a lot of good jokes that people tell about Americans.

He is now the director of Information Technology for CountryMark Cooperative a fully integrated Oil and Gas Company. Glenn has been leading IT teams since 1999, despite their best attempts to get him killed along the way. He publishes a blog which you can find at GlennKeller.com and enjoys haranguing captive audiences with his off-beat takes on various topics.

He lives in Westfield with his wife, daughter, a Bichon Frise' named "Ray" and a fish named “Barbie.”

Women & Hi Tech’s ClickSide Chats are monthly, virtual discussions amongst our members to share ideas, resources, and perspectives about the professional and personal challenges we are facing and serve to build new connections with fellow members. ClickSide Chats are held on the third Wednesday of each month, except July, from 4-5pm. One or more members serve as co-hosts and share their experiences, advice, talents, and resources for our greater good. ClickSide Chats are presented by the Membership Engagement Committee, led and facilitated by Women & Hi Tech Board Member Tori Harper-Mercado.

Tori Harper-Mercado serves as an Account Executive at a local, woman-owned Data, Analytics, and AI consultancy. The firm specializes in empowering business leaders to make better, faster decisions through user-friendly data analytics and business intelligence solutions. In her role, Tori excels as a relationship builder and networker within the IT consulting industry. She holds a degree from the Kelley School of Business at IU Indianapolis and a sales certification from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Tori's diverse background includes experience in civil engineering and the sports and entertainment sectors, where she has held various marketing and sales positions.

Tori participates and involves herself in areas where she feels she can give back to her community such as coaching and mentoring athletes of her high school track and field and middle school volleyball teams and being an active committee member for Rebuilding Together Indianapolis.

Outside of work, she is a mom, wife, and new experience fanatic that thrives off of fun adventures, connectivity, and the love of animals (especially dogs).

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