Presented by Elmwood’s Sisterhood of Science on the evening of May 19th, a group of Old Girls, alumni, staff, and students joined together online for Elmwood’s first special interest panel discussion.
Based on the award-winning film, Picture a Scientist, three alumni – Dr. Elissa Cohen ’03, Karlye Wong ’06, and Genevieve McSpaden ’09 – who all pursued careers in STEM to give their impressions on the film, share their own experiences and provide valuable insights on how equality can be achieved in the field. Ms. Meagan Enticknap, Deputy Head of School, moderated the discussion which was prompted by thought-provoking questions. Sarah Allam '21 and Aahana Uppal '21, two grade 12 students who are pursuing studies in STEM next year, asked their own questions which inspired answers from the panelists about how their solid education and leadership experiences at Elmwood successfully prepared them in their undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral studies, as well as for their demanding careers.
The outcome of the panel discussion was clear – an Elmwood education prepares women to become changemakers. Elmwood graduates are confident, they have a strong and valued voice, they are mentors and allies of each other and other women, and they are leaders.
Special thanks goes to Dr. Elissa Cohen ’03, Karlye Wong ’06, and Genevieve McSpaden ’09 as well as Science Faculty member Ms. Jennifer Howell for championing the integration of this film into the grade 12 science curriculum, and envisioning this event.