A well attended event on Tuesday afternoon at NFPA Conference sponsored by Jensen Hughes focused on discussing the challenges for women in STEM careers.
Research shows that many women leave STEM in their 30s and 40s for a number of reasons, including raising families or caring for aging parents. This program focused on educating the audience the challenges for women in STEM of achieving a balance between work and life, while informing managers on how to provide better support in order to retain valuable talent.
Using an interactive game show type format, statistics surrounding this issue were highlighted and the three panelists with varying levels of experience and diverse backgrounds - Amy Murdock, Jen Hoyt, and Jenny Nelson - answered questions on how they have overcome challenges in their own careers and gave advice for those in the audience. Following the panel session, industry professionals continued the discussion in a networking event.