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Career Communications Group Hosts 2014 Women of Color STEM Conference in Detroit, Michigan
By Imani Carter
Jun 30, 2014, 11:33

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BALTIMORE, MD– The focus of the 2014 Women of Color STEM Conference is to recognize and honor the achievements of women in STEM. The conference will take place October 23-25, 2014 at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center in Detroit, Michigan.

The 2014 Women of Color STEM conference is a multicultural event for women in scientific and technical careers. The conference features several key speakers who will address the underrepresentation of women in the various disciplines. In its 19th year, the conference will continue to host training seminars that will highlight important topics such as leadership and professional skills, diversity and inclusion, technical leadership and innovation and career outlook.

"Women make up more than half of the population of this country and are receiving more than half of the college degrees, yet too many women in today’s work force are trapped in low-paying and low-grade-level jobs," says CEO of Career Communications Group Tyrone Taborn. "Given the growing diversity of the current work force, employers must commit not only to leveling the playing field but also to addressing those inequalities that limit women from achieving their full career potential."

One of the many goals of the Women of Color STEM Conference, Taborn says, is to “provide employers with a unique opportunity to recognize those women within their ranks who are already successful, thus sending a clear message that there is room for many others who choose to follow.”

The 2014 Women of Color STEM Conference award winners under their respective categories are:

Technologist of the Year
Alicia Boler-Davis
Senior Vice President Global Quality and Customer Experience
General Motors Company

Career Achievement-Government
Deborah Baker
Chief of Staff (EA-6B)
Naval Air Systems Command

Career Achievement-Industry
Ragini Saxena
Manager, Sensor Engineering
Northrop Grumman Corporation

College-Level Promotion of Education
Serita Acker
Director, Women in Science and Engineering Program
Clemson University

Vivian Incera
Dr. C. Sharp Cook Chair in Physics
University of Texas at El Paso

Community Service
Pamela McDonald
Electrical Engineer/Series 0850, NH-03
Army Test and Evaluation Command

JoAnn Joyner-Loyd
Sub-Contract Management Staff
Lockheed Martin Corporation

Tatonya Holman
Senior Community Management Specialist
Naval Air Systems Command-Aircraft Division

Jovonia Taylor
Airplane Systems Senior Skill and Strategy Leader
The Boeing Company

Corporate Promotion of Education
Stephanie Brown-Houston
Education Program Specialist
NASA Glenn Research Center

Lelie Downing
College Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative Program
U.S. Coast Guard

K-12 Promotion of Education
Dionne Cross Francis
Associate Professor
Indiana University School of Education

Managerial Leadership - Industry
Shelley Mills-Brinkley
Partner and Global Integration Executive
IBM Global Business Services

Shawn Purvis
Vice President, Integrated Intelligence Systems Business Unit
Northrop Grumman Corporation

New Media/IT Leadership
Janice Sooudi
Assistant Vice President, Technical Operations Planning and

Jessica Sun
Information Technology Program Manager
Northrop Grumman Corporation

Outstanding Technical Contribution - Government
Sarah "Ashley" Catlin
Biomedical Engineer
Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division

Outstanding Technical Contribution - Industry
Sapna Jain
Director, IT

Professional Achievement - Government
Brigadier General Gwendolyn Bingham
U.S. Army White Sands Missile Range

Jeannie Menze
U.S. Coast Guard

Professional Achievement - Industry
Marachel Knight
VP- Program Management

Special Recognition
Cheryl Moo-Young
Senior Infrastructure Manager
Accenture LLP

Jo Minor
Chief Financial Officer
Aircraft Carriers

Angela Zelinski
Uconnect Service Management Lead
Chrysler Group LLC

Anna Yang
EPM Manager
Chrysler Group LLC

Melonie Parker
Human Resources Director
Lockheed Martin Corporation

Lamia Spedden
Website Designer Staff
Lockheed Martin Corporation

Latonya Boyles
Industrial Engineer Technician
Naval Air Systems Command

Cora Ingrum
Director of Multicultural Programs
University of Pennsylvania

Kelly Fling
Supervisory Meteorologist
U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center

Student Leadership
Dionne M. Hernandez-Lugo
Research AST, Direct Energy Conversion
NASA Glenn Research Center

Katrina Knight
NSF Graduate Research Fellow
University of Pittsburgh

Technical Innovation - Industry
Dawnielle Farrar
Senior Electrical and Materials Engineer
The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Saroja Raj
Environmental Health &Safety Engineer
Lockheed Martin Corporation

About Women of Color magazine:
Women of Color Magazine is published by Career Communications Group (CCG), the leader in celebrating diversity and promoting equal opportunity for minorities and women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). CCG provides leadership in talent management and career development, enabling employers to recruit, retain, and recognize highly qualified employees.

For more information about this year’s awardees, sponsors, and registration details, please visit

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Promoting STEM

The development of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers is integral to America's advancement. Career Communications Group publications--US Black Engineer & Information Technology magazine, Hispanic Engineer & Information Technology magazine and Women of Color magazine--offer a blueprint for continued growth and success in STEM fields by highlighting progress and people at all stages of the STEM pipeline; from the college student taking his first engineering courses to the senior executive managing the projects that will change the ways we live.

About CCG

A Unique Company Providing Unique Opportunities Career Communications Group, Inc. was founded 25 years ago with a unique mission: To promote significant achievement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics professional careers. We are a socially conscious diversity media company that recognize the mandate to inspire and promote excellence in our youth by telling the stories of the thousands of unheralded people striving for success. The people we reach provide top employers a unique opportunity to fulfill their mission of hiring this country’s most promising talent. We offer inspiring magazines, award-winning syndicated television programs and national conferences to reach hundreds of thousands of students and professionals who share these traits: A determination to succeed and the commitment to be personally responsible for that success. Their attitude of self-empowerment creates a unique hiring environment for companies and other organizations seeking top talent to diversify and strengthen their workforce.