Congratulations to Board Member Tonya Noble, the Director of International Defense Training at The Boeing Company, who has been announced an award winner for the 2020 Women of Color STEM Conference which will be held virtually in October.  The Women of Color STEM Conference, now in its 25th year, has been the venues where women and men from diverse backgrounds have come to recognize outstanding achievements in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), celebrate excellence in STEM-related fields, and create a career learning and networking environment.

Women of Color STEM Conference Announces 2020 Winners 

Ahead of the upcoming annual conference, Career Communications Group recognizes women leading in STEM from around the nation for their work in the advancements of opportunity for minorities and technology. 

Baltimore, M.D.  July 1, 2020 – Each year the Women of Color STEM Conference gathers an audience of the nation’s respected leaders in science, technology, engineering, math, and medicine (STEMM) from Fortune 500 companies to government entities and colleges and universities to recognize the achievements of women from diverse backgrounds who create innovation and inspiration. This year, 41 women will be recognized for their notable achievements across several categories.

RADM Sylvia Trent-Adams, PhD, RN, FAAN will be recognized with the prestigious Technologist of the Year award. Other notable award recipients include Adrienne Somerville of the Naval Air Systems Command who will be receiving the President’s Award that evening.

Additional award categories include career achievement in government and industry, community service, corporate and managerial leadership, educational leadership, new media and IT, and technological contributions. Celebrating 25 years in 2020, the Women of Color STEM Conference will take place October 8-10, 2020.

2020 Women of Color STEM Award Recipients

Technologist of the Year; RADM Sylvia Trent-Adams, Ph.D., Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

President’s Award; Adrienne Somerville, President, Somerville Consulting Group, Commander,Acquisition Group Head, Naval Air Systems Command

Career Achievement – Government; COL Antoinette Gant, Commander, Louisville District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Chavonda Jacobs-Young, Ph.D., USDA Agricultural Research Service Administrator and USDA Acting Chief Scientist, USDA Agricultural Research Service

Career Achievement – Industry; Tonya Noble, Director, International Defense Training, The Boeing Company and Karen Rodriguez, Ph.D., Divisional Vice President; Corporate Engineering, Abbott

Community Service – Government; Priscilla Ford, Workforce Development Specialist, Fleet Readiness Center Southwest

Community Service – Industry; Demetria Hall, Hardware Engineer Staff, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics and Jasmine LeFlore, Sr. Project Engineer, Collins Aerospace

Corporate Responsibility; Karen Bradford, Director, Strategic Partnerships, NASA Ames Research Center

Diversity Leadership; Tamberlin Golden, Plant Director, General Motors

Educational Leadership – College-Level Promotion of Education; Bushra Ahmad Saeed, Ph.D., Associate Professor University of the District of Columbia

Educational Leadership – Corporate Promotion of Education; Claudia Morales, Supplier Quality Assurance Systems Staff Specialist, Bell Textron Inc.

Managerial Leadership – Government; Shitarria Battle, Chief Engineer, C2 Systems Development, Missile Defense Agency

Managerial Leadership – Industry; Beethika Khan, Ph.D., Program Director, National Science Foundation (NSF) and Shanique Smith, Director, Raytheon Missiles & Defense

New Media/IT Leadership – Government; Barbara Pilate, Computer Scientist, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineer Research and Development Center

New Media/IT Leadership – Industry; Rachel Smith, Assistant Vice President – Technology, AT&T

Outstanding Technical Contribution – Government; Antonella Alunni, Aerospace Engineer, NASA Ames Research Center and Trena Jackson, Operations Research Analyst, NAVAIR

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