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January 16, 2023 Vai Kumar interviews Melanie Flores Season 2 Episode 30
Helping students succeed in STEM and innovation
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Fresh Leaf Forever
Helping students succeed in STEM and innovation
Jan 16, 2023 Season 2 Episode 30
Vai Kumar interviews Melanie Flores

Are you "hungry to learn,  innovate "?  Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) or STEAM(with Art included) has so much potential for anyone  to uncover and prove themselves in.
Engineering ain't just for nerdy folks; instead, one can discover what facets of STEM might truly be of interest to you - as a student, young innovator, girls ready to get thinking hats on and those women, men looking to take that next leap or pivot in your career.
In this discussion with Melanie Flores, a two time Tedx speaker, engineer, STEM enthusiast and a technology solutions leader, we go through her journey, and lot of possibilities for anyone to succeed in STEM. The fact that no idea is small and innovations can unfold when we unlock our real potential is well highlighted by my guest.
Here are some focus areas from this conversation:
* Melanie's non linear career path - from a student at MIT to a digital solutions leader currently
* Pivoting with a purpose, bringing ideas to life
* Guiding principle in career and focusing on opportunity to learn, grow
* Melanie's involvement in starting a Corning optical fiber factory from the ground up
* Her transition from a engineering manager to a Montessori job
* Working with kids and having them succeed in design thinking skills
* Engineering design workshop for kindergartners and successfully implementing it
* Melanie's Tedx talk on the above and how she nurtured young thinkers
* Process design, process map and the need to put ideas down on paper
* Need for girls to have role models in STEM and feeling comfortable about getting their hands dirty - her 2nd Tedx talk
* Developing spatial thinking skills
* Importance of Story telling and the power of communication
* Melanie's role as an e-commerce business co-founder
* Helping businesses scale
* Digital Media, her role as a technology solutions leader in the SaaS marketplace
* Power of digital story telling
* Technology focus areas for youth of today to become future innovators
and much more.....
A great reminder that technology is for everyone and not just a chosen few! Here's to fostering more innovators and STEM leaders- remember, technology is NOT just for men. This is a compelling episode to HELP GIRLS an

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Show Notes

Are you "hungry to learn,  innovate "?  Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) or STEAM(with Art included) has so much potential for anyone  to uncover and prove themselves in.
Engineering ain't just for nerdy folks; instead, one can discover what facets of STEM might truly be of interest to you - as a student, young innovator, girls ready to get thinking hats on and those women, men looking to take that next leap or pivot in your career.
In this discussion with Melanie Flores, a two time Tedx speaker, engineer, STEM enthusiast and a technology solutions leader, we go through her journey, and lot of possibilities for anyone to succeed in STEM. The fact that no idea is small and innovations can unfold when we unlock our real potential is well highlighted by my guest.
Here are some focus areas from this conversation:
* Melanie's non linear career path - from a student at MIT to a digital solutions leader currently
* Pivoting with a purpose, bringing ideas to life
* Guiding principle in career and focusing on opportunity to learn, grow
* Melanie's involvement in starting a Corning optical fiber factory from the ground up
* Her transition from a engineering manager to a Montessori job
* Working with kids and having them succeed in design thinking skills
* Engineering design workshop for kindergartners and successfully implementing it
* Melanie's Tedx talk on the above and how she nurtured young thinkers
* Process design, process map and the need to put ideas down on paper
* Need for girls to have role models in STEM and feeling comfortable about getting their hands dirty - her 2nd Tedx talk
* Developing spatial thinking skills
* Importance of Story telling and the power of communication
* Melanie's role as an e-commerce business co-founder
* Helping businesses scale
* Digital Media, her role as a technology solutions leader in the SaaS marketplace
* Power of digital story telling
* Technology focus areas for youth of today to become future innovators
and much more.....
A great reminder that technology is for everyone and not just a chosen few! Here's to fostering more innovators and STEM leaders- remember, technology is NOT just for men. This is a compelling episode to HELP GIRLS an

Send us a Text Message.

Buzzsprout Get your podcast launched!
Start for FREE

Enjoy PIOR Living products
Enjoy PIOR Living products at a 20% discount and free shipping on orders over $75 Code FLF20

Instacart Grocery delivery
Free delivery on your first order over $35.

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.

Support the Show.

Videos available on YouTube channel.
Follow host Vai on socials - Instagram , YouTube, LinkedIn for thought leadership content.
Head to my website for enlightening blogs & service offerings.
This podcast comes to you from Listen Ponder Change LLC, founded by Vai Kumar.
Every support the show contribution is much appreciated !!
Subscribe https://www.buzzsprout.com/1436179/support and help us amplify our voice and reach!