Jason Andringa Recognized in STEMconnector’s® 100 CEO Leaders in STEM

STEMconnector®, the one-stop shop for “who is doing what” in STEM education and careers, released its 100 CEO Leaders in STEM publication during the Global STEM Talent Summit, last week at Gallup’s world headquarters.

The book features Chief Executive Officers who offer their unique perspective on the issues facing America’s STEM workforce. As visionaries, these 100 CEOs offer a unique perspective on the challenges and opportunities surrounding a diverse, strong, STEM pipeline. Their insights will drive the action going forward.

America’s STEM workforce is at a critical juncture; the need for critical leadership on the part of all stakeholders could not be more vital. With women and minorities being so underrepresented in STEM fields, the education system falling short of meeting the demand of a 21st century economy, and the United States edge on innovation, the need for action is urgent. As leaders of major companies with involvement in STEM fields, these 100 CEOs are uniquely placed to provide exemplary leadership on these issues.  “As manufacturing and the world around us become more and more dependent on technology, a STEM-skilled workforce quickly becomes a priority” said President and CEO Jason Andringa, Vermeer Corporation.

Drawing from their Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives, these leaders believe that fostering a more inclusive STEM workforce should be the objective of any education initiative. Given the gender disparities in STEM, placing the emphasis on diversity is an area of broad agreement among these 100 CEOs. “Careers in STEM industries offer better compensation and more career advancement opportunities. Women who hold STEM positions earn 92 cents to the dollar versus 77 cents for women in other fields,” said Lorna Donatone, Chief Executive Officer of Sodexo Schools Worldwide.

Edie Fraser, Chief Executive Officer of STEMconnector® shared, “We are proud to highlight 100 CEO leaders and recognize their leadership and excellence. The role of CEOs becomes critical to business and innovation. These role models are change leaders.  Special thanks to Lorena Fimbres, VP & Chief Business Development Officer, and team, for leading this series and contributing to STEMconnector®’s position at the forefront of STEM thought leadership.”

Each Chief Executive Officer is profiled across a two-page spread, and their thought-provoking reflections on STEM education, workforce development, public-private partnerships, and diversity in STEM will influence the national conversation regarding these issues. 100 CEO Leaders in STEM is a STEMconnector® publication sponsored by Diversified Search, Sodexo, Tata Consultancy Services, and Walmart.

Vermeer Corporation delivers a real impact in a progressing world through the manufacture of high-quality underground construction, surface mining, tree care, environmental and agricultural equipment. With a reputation for durability and reliability, that equipment is backed by localized customer service and support provided by independent dealers around the world. To learn more about Vermeer Corporation, visit vermeer.com.

About STEMconnector®

STEMconnector® is a consortium of over 150 companies, associations, academic institutions and government entities actively working to advance STEM education and the future of human capital. STEMconnector® is both a resource and a service, designed to link “all things STEM.” STEMconnector®’s network includes organizations at the global, national, state and local levels. Our work spans the entire pipeline (Kindergarten to Jobs) and how STEM education experiences translate into careers. STEMconnector® has a particular emphasis on diversity and women. For information on how to become a member, contact Lorena Fimbres at [email protected].

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