STEM CAFE Speakers

Creating A STEM Pipeline for AZ K-12 Students

Keynote Eric J. Rodriguez

As the global impact of technology is profound and far-reaching, Eric J. Rodriguez shares a message of optimism and action, engaging us in a dialogue about the real-world applications of future technology. His passion for building an inclusive future has led Eric to be recognized as an Arizona 40 under 40, Young Hispanic Corporate Achiever and Distinguished Young Engineer.

What To Expect

Location: Grand Canyon University Arena, 3300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85017

Date & Time: March 28th, 3:30 – 6:00 pm

School Connect, the City of Phoenix, and Grand Canyon University invite you to the STEM CAFE – an exciting event where STEM industry professionals meet with school leaders to strategize collaborative initiatives that will provide Arizona students with real world STEM experiences and opportunities. The event, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, aims to bolster Arizona’s future workforce, addressing the ongoing shortage of qualified STEM professionals as we work to build adaptable, future ready students. School Connect’s STEM CAFE is an opportunity to collaborate toward a sustainable K-12 STEM pipeline.

With the presence of esteemed guests like City of Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego and organizational leaders, the following speakers will also share their thoughts and personal experiences regarding STEM and technology.

Keynote

Eric J. Rodriguez

City of Phoenix Youth and Education Director

Tim Valencia

Presenting Sponsor

Washington Covena

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

Emcee

Michael Wilson

GenTech Support

Dalton Abbitt

GenTech Support

Hosting Partners

Dr. Carol Lippert

Grand Canyon University

Dean Lambertson

Grand Canyon University

Student Keynote Sponsor

Taylor Perkins

Chasse Building Team

Student Keynote

Atharva Goel

Paradise Valley Unified School District

Host

Tracey Beal

School Connect

Giveaway Sponsor

Haley MacLean

STEM Sports

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