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#108: Overcoming Barriers as a Female in STEM

Today’s guest has a passion for scientific discovery. This episode’s guest Amber Yang won the Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award for her impressive astrophysics project. Amber discusses her project, and personal stories related to pursuing science and the representation of women in STEM. From her experience on a robotics team to science classes, Amber has had to overcome challenges to find her success as a young scientist. She shares advice for girls interested in pursuing STEM fields.

Amber is a Physics student at Stanford University whose primary interest is astrophysics.  In 2017, Amber was named the winner of the Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award, a top award at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, the world’s largest pre-college science competition. Her main project involved developing a computational model for predicting the positions of space debris. Visit her start-up business website which features her astrophysics products. You can also learn more about her by watching her TEDx talk, ‘The Space Debris Apocalypse’.

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Todd Yuzuriha and Mindy Lockard

Todd is passionate about personal finance and began investing at age 12. He retired as Vice President of Engineering for Logitech, where he led product development of the company's audio and video game products. Previously he was Senior Vice President of Engineering for Labtec, Senior Director at Sharp Microelectronics, and Engineering Manager at Tektronix. Todd has a bachelor's degree in engineering from Stanford, a master's degree in engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and an M.B.A. from the University of Portland. Todd is married and has 3 children. He previously served on the boards of Evergreen Public Schools in Vancouver, Washington and the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District, and he plays the trumpet.

Mindy is an internationally recognized leadership and etiquette expert, and for more than a decade, she has facilitated interpersonal workshops for college athletes and alumni, government agencies, corporations and professional organizations, and youth of all ages. Mindy also established G3 (The Gracious Girls’ Guide), a leadership guide for tween + teen girls that aids in equipping both girls and moms with key social skills/habits to help girls live Brave, Confident and Authentic lives; and the Leadership Academy, a program for middle school boys and girls that focuses on cultivating lifelong social and leadership skills. Mindy has been featured as a regular on-air television expert for KATU Afternoon Live, FOX 12 MORE Good Day Oregon, KING 5 Seattle and Huffington Post LIVE. She has been featured in publications such as Forbes Woman, Oregon Business Magazine, Women’s Day and InStyle Magazine, Real Simple, Better Homes and Garden and People’s Style Watch. She is married with two teenage girls and lives in Portland, OR.