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It’s the last and final day of the 2020 BEYA Conference. Following the opening reception Thursday, Vic McCrary, the 2011 BEYA Scientist of the Year, opened the Hall of Innovation, a science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) exhibition. The hall is the backdrop for An Evening with BEYA’s Leading Voices, where commentators present thought-provoking concepts and honor the contributions of STEM Innovators.

The Technology Recognition Luncheon on Friday recognized the contributions of outstanding researchers in institutions across the country. They were nominated not only for their accomplishments but also for what their rich pipeline of talent means for the future.

The first event on Saturday will be the Engineering Deans’ Power Breakfast, which honors leaders in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).  Click here to watch.

In a recent keynote, a CEO challenged the audience to “do something, no matter how small” to make a difference in a young person’s life, emphasizing the dedicated efforts of his employees who are making a difference in their communities by tutoring and coaching sports. They were among employees honored their achievements in STEM.

“Sometimes someone’s path appears to be predetermined by things you cannot change,” he said. “Yet I know from experience that the best way to change that path–to influence a person’s outcome–is through education. … That’s where you come in. You’re engineers. In fact, you are the best and the brightest. You are leaders. You are trained to solve problems. You just might be able to help solve a problem for someone who deserves a chance–just by getting involved. By turning them from one direction to another. By believing in them when maybe no one else does.”

BEYA is the nation’s largest gathering of STEM professionals and leaders committed to increasing the percentage of underrepresented communities in the technology workforce. The conference is an opportunity for students, business leaders, and educators to celebrate and promote academic and professional achievement, network, and recruit new hires at the Career Fair.

Outstanding STEM achievements are celebrated at conference recognition events such as the Modern-Day Technology Leaders Lunch, Leading Voices feat. HBCU Innovators, Student Leadership Awards, and the Deans Breakfast.

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