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While in the DC area, where I lived most of my life, I volunteered for a few years with the American Association of University Women. I learned how AAUW supports girls and women in STEM and was dismayed by the statistics and barriers girls and women face. I wanted to do something to counter the obstacles.
I've always been an avid reader and it occurred to me that novels with STEM themes would have influenced me when I was younger. And with that, my literary career was born.
The big question--Am I a scientist? No, but I did want to be an astronaut for a while. Fortunately, you don't have to be good at science to value it and to recognize it's the key to the future of the planet. My BA degree is in Economics from Wake Forest University and my MA is multidisciplinary (International Business, Public Policy, and Economics) from the University of Kentucky.
Off topic experience : From 2010 to 2015, I worked in the Office of Presidential Correspondence where I screened incoming mail and email for Michelle Obama.