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1 Diversify or Die Its the law Its the right thing to do It will make you more competitive (innovative) Its the only way were going to survive

2 American business sees a crisis To maintain our country's competitiveness in the 21st century, we must cultivate the skilled scientists and engineers needed to create tomorrow's innovations. Virtually every major respected organization representing business, research and education, as well as government science and statistics agencies and commissions, has extensively documented the critical situation in U.S. science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

3 Business & academia agree MEASURING THE MOMENT: Innovation, National Security, and Economic Competitiveness November 2006 Task Force on the Future of American Innovation

4 America is in a slow motion crisis Unless we invest more in science and technology, the America of tomorrow will be weaker, poorer, and less safe Newt Gingrich, April 8, 2008

5 The world is changing By 2010, 90% of all Ph.D.-holding scientists and engineers will be living in Asia, according to a prediction by the late Nobel-prizewinning chemist Richard Smalley. Time magazine, October 26, 2006

6 National Governors Association Gov. Janet Napolitano, AZ U.S. economic growth in the 21 st century will be driven by our nations ability to innovate

7 U.S. demographics are changing Women and minorities = 60% of the total U.S. workforce Women = 46% percent of the total labor force = 23% of the S&E labor force African Americans and ethnic minorities = 24% of the total population = 7% of the S&E labor force Shirley Ann Jackson 2003 …it now is unclear whether the nation can expect to have an adequate supply of scientists and engineering professionals needed to maintain its long-established global leadership.

8 We have a problem

9 In group achievement, diversity often trumps ability In his simulation, the more diverse group almost always performed better than the "smarter" group. The best and the brightest would often get stuck at the same place, so that the problem became impossible. The randomly selected group, however, had a diverse cognitive tool kit, which allowed it to overcome such apparent obstacles. The Frontal Cortex, Feb 15, 2008 "Progress depends as much on our collective differences as it does on our individual IQ scores,"

10 Corporate America speaks out The world needs science... Science needs women (www.forwomeninscience.com – LOREAL - UNESCO)www.forwomeninscience.com

11 We can be the solution America is in a slow motion crisis Corporate America is desperate for scientists, techies, engineers, mathematicians (STEM) [demand is there] We need to engage more kids and early in their lives to fill the STEM pipeline [provide the supply] That means looking beyond the traditional demographics that have filled STEM jobs in the past


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