Women Living STEM

Recognizing Brilliant and Innovative Trailblazers in STEM

From performing the trajectory analysis for the first man in space to inventing Kismet the humanoid robot to discovering the BRCA-1 gene, women have been trailblazers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). They take risks that have made impacts so great that they have shaped and changed the world we live in today. Yet the recognition these women receive are no on par with their innovative acumen and spirit. They live STEM every day, whether researching, teaching young minds or sharing their gifts in the arts.

STEM Disciplines

STEM professions including aeronautics, math, engineering, research, and related non-profits

Education

PreK-12, college, community outreach, and related non-profits

Institutions

Corporations, manufacturers, healthcare and government

Arts

Digital, informal, museums, music, theatre, and related non-profits

Natural Resources

Economic development, parks (county, state and national), and related non-profits

Funders and Philanthropists

Foundations, individuals, and related non-profits

Future Leaders

Girls (K-12) and young women who are on track to make an impact in STEM

Women have played a critical role in living and leading STEM in communities around the globe

Women Living STEM is a program developed by TIES and STEM Learning Ecosystems. It started as a special event in conjunction with Living STEM: Communities At The Heart, a convening of more than 400 leaders from 84 global STEM ecosystems October 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. During the three-day program, this diverse group participates in best practices sharing and programming to explore how regions can find, pursue and advance their own STEM connections, career pathways and innovative partnerships. TIES designed and continues to lead the STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice.

Women Living STEM in Northeast Ohio

After Jan Morrison, TIES founder and managing partner, was named a Notable Women in STEM by Crain’s Cleveland Business, we started to develop a list of women in Northeast Ohio who have made important contributions to STEM. The list quickly grew and continues to uncover notable women and future leaders in STEM. That is because Northeast Ohio has quietly been the heart of STEM innovation throughout the country, with women making many meaningful contributions. The region’s women take claim to the first non-profit in medical and bio venture capital, a patent in infrared and Ramon spectroscopy, and the first girls primary school Science Research and Engineering Program, among many more important and impactful STEM firsts.

Northeast Ohio STEM Legacies

These women are honored for their life-long commitment to advancing STEM, leadership, accomplishments, and willingness to be a role model for girls and up-and-coming women trailblazers.

Ruth Begum

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Dr. Jeanette Grasselli Brown

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Margot James Copeland

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Ruth Begum

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Dr. Jeanette Grasselli Brown

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Margot James Copeland

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Northeast Ohio Women In STEM

These women have made measurable impacts in STEM throughout the region and beyond. We invite you to explore the more than 80 women who are showcased in seven categories: Arts, Education, STEM Disciplines, Institutions, Natural Resources, Funders and Philanthropists, and Future Leaders.