STEMming in Stilettos with Dr. Toshia

Dr. Natoshia Anderson

An entertaining and revealing podcast, highlighting some of the most badass minority women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math(STEM) today. You are going to laugh, cry, shout, be inspired, and gain new knowledge from these amazing women. Hosted by award-winning STEM advocate, educator, strategist, mechanical engineer, and motivational speaker, Dr. Natoshia Anderson (Dr. Toshia), join us for an engaging, invigorating, motivational, and inspirational journey.

Meet Ashlee Cooper: Drones, Drone Technology, and the Drone Industry
Jun 7 2022
Meet Ashlee Cooper: Drones, Drone Technology, and the Drone Industry
Episode Summary1) She made a shift in her career from the science/medical fields to drones. She took the risk and has been successful. The lesson here is to take the risk.2) The field of drone and drone technology is wide open for Black women. We currently only make up 4% of the industry. 3) Get yourself a drone and start learning the particulars of how to fly one and how to build one. Ashlee Cooper Bio Ashlee Cooper, MLS(ASCP) aka Drone Boss Lady is the President of Droneversity. Ms. Cooper's success as a molecular microbiology scientist prepared her for success in the drone industry. She has more than 10 years of experience as a STEM educator, curriculum developer, and certified clinical laboratory scientist. Her career in academia includes training medical residents to manage, design, and instruct STEM labs at post-secondary institutions. She served on the campus safety board as the Chemical Hygiene Officer, as well as set on the Science Olympiad board and many educational tasks force.Becoming a Part 107 pilot presented life-changing opportunities. Ms. Cooper's drone-industry credentials include certification as a Remote pilot with an sUAS rating, PA drone association board member, Federal Aviation Administration, Safety Team representative, and the first Black female FAA DronePro in the U.S. North East region. She has developed STEAM-aviation training for multiple organizations.She founded Drone Navigations LLC and  Droneversity with the mission to continue the Black aviation legacy in the drone revolution. Her drone instruction started with teaching her now 4 years old to fly drones by coding.Website:  Buzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched! Start for FREEDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show
Meet Dr. Simone Soso: The Road Less Traveled; Tigers, HBCUs, STEM Equity and Equality
May 10 2022
Meet Dr. Simone Soso: The Road Less Traveled; Tigers, HBCUs, STEM Equity and Equality
Episode Summary1. Dr. Soso is a badass. She has traveled the world using STEM as her guide. Her road is unlike anyone I've heard so far. From the zoo to the jungles of India. But that just goes to show you the power and reach of being in the world of STEM. 2. There is still a need for STEM exposure and opportunities in communities of color. We have to be invested in ensuring that our children have the same opportunities as all other children. 3. We know our children are brilliant and need the opportunity to showcase it. 4. We still need to provide opportunities for our college graduates. We have to hold companies accountable for the still dismal numbers of minorities on the payroll at ALL levels of the leadership pipeline. Dr. Simone Soso Bio.Dr. Soso is a Program Manager and Research Associate at the Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) Network. At QEM, she performs project management leadership of grants, development of grant proposals, outreach and recruitment of STEM experts to engage in workshop implementation for Minority Serving Institution (MSI) STEM faculty proposal development and training, and capacity building. Prior to joining QEM, she was an American Association for the Advancement of Science (Science and Technology Policy) Fellow at the National Science Foundation for two years. She had a placement with the NSF ADVANCE program where she was responsible for evaluating programs in the Education and Human Resources Directorate and presenting findings to policymakers, scientific professionals, and other stakeholders. Dr. Soso is the developer and former project manager of the National Science Foundation's STEM Diversity and Inclusion Video Exhibition Challenge (STEM DIVE). This NSF-wide initiative showcased the work of NSF-funded projects that focused on diversifying the STEM workforce. Dr. Soso has over ten years of experience in the development, implementation, evaluation, and data analysis of scientific-educational programs and research projects. Dr. Soso has worked on many projects focused on enhancing the recruitment, retention, sustainability, and career development of students traditionally underrepresented in STEM. Dr. Soso is a trained animal ecologist with expertise in lion and tiger scent-marking communication. She earned her B.S. degree in Animal Science from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, an M.S. degree in Animal Health Science from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Science from Iowa State University.Linkedin: Buzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched! Start for FREEDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show
Meet Shaundra Wood: Math Speaks...
Apr 19 2022
Meet Shaundra Wood: Math Speaks...
Episode SummaryShe was introduced to math at age five and was hooked since then. She had amazing math teachers throughout her academic career. She wanted to be an engineer when she went to college. She struggled in calculus courses and with some of the engineering courses. She switched majors to mathematics.  She learned how to study and how to be a student in college. She has used that experience and her love of math to influence students everywhere. Math Speaks, Inc. is her organization Math Speaks is a national non-profit organization that engages, empowers, and exposes middle school students of color from economically disadvantaged communities to STEM experiences and careers through the exploration of math topics. Through their culturally responsive after-school and professional development programs, we empower the next generation of innovators and leaders to change the world.Shuandra Woods BioShe is an 11- year experienced teacher with a demonstrated history of working in the education industry. I am Skilled in Staff Development, Educational Leadership, Teaching, Lesson Planning, and Curriculum Development. Strong education professional with a Bachelor of Science - BS focused in Computational and Applied Mathematics / Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is currently pursuing an Educational Doctorate in Math Education.Website: Buzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched! Start for FREEDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show (
Meet Da'Shaun Joseph: STEM Choose Me; STEAM and Business,and Having a Choice
Mar 15 2022
Meet Da'Shaun Joseph: STEM Choose Me; STEAM and Business,and Having a Choice
Episode Summary1. Da' Shaun has an unusual STEM story. She says that STEM chose her. You will have to listen to her story to see how true that is. 2. She believes that if she's called to it, then she's going to do it. STEM and Arts and STEAM and business are her areas of excellence.3. Her motto is "Say Yes, and Lets See What Happens."4. Her creativity is the thing that allows her to be the best STEM person, STEM Advocate that she can be. 5. She wants women to know that they have agency and choice. Don't forget it. Da'Shaun Joseph BioDa’Shaun Antionette Joseph is the CEO of D.A. Joseph LLC where she manages the brands Boom Speaks and Boom Productions. Through her brands and service, her personal mission is to inspire, empower, and impact. Da’Shaun is a professional engineer and growth-focused leader with more than 12 years of experience in public speaking, sales, and consulting. Her expertise in equity, leadership development, empowerment, STEAM advocacy, intersectionality, colorism, emotional intelligence, and program management has allowed her the opportunity to speak, moderate, and host various conferences, keynotes, and seminars related to those topics. She has served on the chapter, regional, and national executive boards for the National Society of BlackEngineers, Urban League, and various advisory boards including the Norfolk state University Computer Science Advisory Board, ArtBAE, and the Virginia Council on Women.Da’Shaun received her M.S. in Systems Engineering from George Washington University and is a proud graduate of Norfolk StateUniversity, where she completed a B.S. in Computer Engineeringon a full academic scholarship. She is a proud member of Delta SigmaTheta Sorority, Inc. and has earned a Program Management Professional (PMP), Social Marketing, and ITIL certification. LinkedIn: Buzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched! Start for FREEDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show (
Meet Stephanie Moore: The Relationship between Computer Science, IT, and Cybersecurity
Mar 1 2022
Meet Stephanie Moore: The Relationship between Computer Science, IT, and Cybersecurity
Episode Summary1.  There is a significant relationship between Information Technology, Computer Science, and Cybersecurity. They are intertwined together and yet they are talked about separately. 2. Stephanie is definitely one to watch in this space.3. She is a woman of color in STEM that has leveraged her experience to help other women get into the tech space. 4. She is a proud HBCU alum.5. PLEASE protect yourself online. There is so much information out there that you need to know to protect yourself online. Stephanie Moore BioStephanie is a Senior Lead Engineer at Booz Allen Hamilton in the Washington (DC) Metropolitan Area (WMA). In her 16-year tenure with the firm, she has supported the intelligence community’s cybersecurity initiatives. In addition to her client work, she plays a significant role in developing firm programs to support diversity, equity, and inclusion. She is the recipient of industry awards such as Women of Color in STEM and BEYA Modern Day Technology Leader. Stephanie began her STEM journey as early as 7 years old when she demonstrated her curiosity of how the inner workings of things worked by taking them apart and re-engineering them back together. Stephanie grew up in rural Spartanburg County, South Carolina, and was reared in the home by her teen mother and grandmother. In high school, Stephanie took her first programming class. At that time, there were only two females in her class and she was the only person of color. Although she did not see people that looked like her taking computer science classes, she persisted.She journeyed off to Virginia to study Computer Science and Norfolk State University (NSU). After one year, she changed her major to Business with an emphasis in Management Computer Information Systems.  The change was a welcomed one. It provided her with the right IT acumen coupled with business. A 1996 graduate, she has held various roles in the system development lifecycle and worked at companies such as Harris Publishing Company, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and IBM.  Her client base spans state, local and federal government. Her most proud client engagement was with the Department of Justice’s Victim’s Compensation Fund, established for relatives of deceased victims and personal injury claimants. This opportunity footed her the means to indirectly support the war on terrorism and would eventually allow her to support client work in the intelligence community.Given her experience growing up without women mentors that look like her, Stephanie has worked diligently to remain active in her STEM advocacy pursuits for girls and young women; especially those that are disadvantaged or otherwise would not have access to STEM education.  Her volunteer efforts include Delta Academy, Black Girls Code, BlackGirlsHack, Girls,Inc., FIRST Robotics and NSU’s Information Assurance Research Education and Development Institute (IA-REDI).  IA-REDI is her latest endeavor in which she was appointed to a board committed to developing corporate partnerships to offer students cybersecurity opportunities and mentorship. Stephanie graduated from The Ohio State University with a Masters in Global Engineering Leadership, emphasis Enterprise Services and Architecture. She made history as the first woman of color to complete her program discipline. LinkedIn: Stephanie (Collins) MooreFacebook: Stephanie Michelle Moore Buzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched! Start for FREEDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show (
Four People You Need in Your Professional Life: Allies, Mentors, Sponsors, and Friends
Feb 22 2022
Four People You Need in Your Professional Life: Allies, Mentors, Sponsors, and Friends
Episodes SummaryThere are four people that you need in your career. The first is an ally. This person is the person speaking up in difficult situations. They are speaking to tough situations and they are consistent and persistent in seeing change happen on your behalf.The second is the mentor. This is the one that many people are talking about these days. A mentor provides guidance and advice to you throughout your career. These can be short or long-term relationships. How to find a mentor can be difficult. Networking is key. Mentors can be male or female, the same ethnic group or not. They have to be willing to guide you with proper guidance and advice. The third is the sponsor. This is the person that can help move your chessboard. They are literally speaking about you in spaces that you aren't in. They are advocating for you. They endorse you. They don't take this role lightly and you shouldn't either. They are taking their professional reputation on what they know about you. The final one is the friend. Everyone needs someone to get a cup of coffee with at work. Someone you can spend a few minutes talking about the latest show or Tik Tok with.  They can be the work friend. Someone that you can relax just a bit with while at work. Hey yall check me out here.www.drtoshia.comCheck out my new planner and journals here:The I Am Planner: Queen Planner: Dream Journal: Support the show
Meet Dr. Eve Hudson: 1st Generation College Students, and What is Professional?
Feb 15 2022
Meet Dr. Eve Hudson: 1st Generation College Students, and What is Professional?
Episode Summary1. She has lived the story that she tells and believes in being the help that she had during her journey.2. Teachers really helped her all along her journey and now she teaches and inspires students all across the world.3. Believes that social media has changed the way we engage in the world and that also affects students, especially students who think college isn't for them. 4. Can we talk about what is professionalism? Who defines it? And must we oblige the "norms".Dr. Evingerlean Hudson Bio Dr. Evingerlean D. B. Hudson, affectionately known as Dr. Eve® is a very proud native of Charlotte, North Carolina. She is the oldest of 3 and was reared by a single mother in a low-SES household.  She is a first-generation college student that earned her Ph. D. at the age of 28. After years of service in higher education, she started her social entrepreneurial journey. She is the  Founder and Chief Strategist of Evingerlean Worldwide® and she is on a mission to inspire, empower, and uplift first-generation scholars and graduates across the globe. She is committed to being a champion for historically underserved communities, creating safe spaces for growth, making pathways for social mobility, disrupting generational poverty, and building wealth through entrepreneurship. website: evehudsonphd.com  (Company Website)                    instagram.com/evehudsonphd  (Instagram)                    youtube.com/evehudsonphd  (YouTube)Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/evehudsonphd Buzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched! Start for FREEDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show (
Meet Dr. Brandeis Marshall, Part 2: Taking a Minute, Jar of Wins, Taking What's Ours and Data, of course!
Feb 8 2022
Meet Dr. Brandeis Marshall, Part 2: Taking a Minute, Jar of Wins, Taking What's Ours and Data, of course!
The conversation was so good, we had to do it again. In this conversation, we talk about the importance of taking a minute during your day to reflect on the good and the bad. We talk about being an introvert and the energy that we take in and give out and how we recharge. In this episode, we really get into being a Black woman in STEM, having our voices heard, and demanding what we are worth. And of course, we continue the conversation on data and the importance of it and the space that Black women take up in the world of data. Data is the fuel that runs algorithms.Dr. Brandeis Marshall BioBrandeis Marshall(she/her/Dr) is an education activist, scholar, and data justice advocate. Originally trained as a computer scientist, Dr. Marshall teaches, speaks and writes about the impact of data practices on technology and society. Her work contributes to the data engineering, data science, and data/computer science education fields. Through DataedX (her education agency), she guides current tech workers in building data equity skills. Her first book, Data Conscience: Algorithmic Siege on our Humanity, is expected to be released later in 2022. It unearths the interlocking computational and civic implications of data on digital processes, structures and institutions.Dr. Marshall holds a Ph.D. and Master of Science in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Rochester. She is on sabbatical leave from Spelman College, where she is a Full Professor of Computer Science. Dr. Marshall is also a 2021-22 Stanford PACS Practitioner Fellow as well as one of the inaugural Research Partner Fellows with the Siegel Family Endowment.   Buzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched! Start for FREEDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show (
Meet Dr. Brandeis Marshall: The Episode That Almost Didn't Happen; Data, Equity, and Diversity; and Data Lost
Feb 1 2022
Meet Dr. Brandeis Marshall: The Episode That Almost Didn't Happen; Data, Equity, and Diversity; and Data Lost
Episode SummaryDr. Brandeis Marshall is all about data and the science behind it. She believes that data is powerful and should be used for good and to advance causes that benefit all. And she is a brilliant data and computer scientist that the world needs to pay attention to. The data is skewed and she's on a mission to correct the issues both in front and behind the programs. Dr. Brandeis Marshall BioBrandeis Marshall(she/her/Dr) is an education activist, scholar, and data justice advocate. Originally trained as a computer scientist, Dr. Marshall teaches, speaks and writes about the impact of data practices on technology and society. Her work contributes to the data engineering, data science, and data/computer science education fields. Through DataedX (her education agency), she guides current tech workers in building data equity skills. Her first book, Data Conscience: Algorithmic Siege on our Humanity, is expected to be released later in 2022. It unearths the interlocking computational and civic implications of data on digital processes, structures, and institutions.Dr. Marshall holds a Ph.D. and Master of Science in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Rochester. She is on sabbatical leave from Spelman College, where she is a Full Professor of Computer Science. Dr. Marshall is also a 2021-22 Stanford PACS Practitioner Fellow as well as one of the inaugural Research Partner Fellows with the Siegel Family Endowment.  website: Buzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched! Start for FREEDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show (
Meet Brenda Denbesten: The Art of Networking; Metallurgy and Being a Black Woman in a Male Dominated Field
Jan 25 2022
Meet Brenda Denbesten: The Art of Networking; Metallurgy and Being a Black Woman in a Male Dominated Field
Episode Summary1. She is a Chemical Engineer in the mining and manufacturing industry. 2. Worked in mining towns all over the world. 3. Her experiences have definitely shaped her worldview.4. She is multi-talented. She is an author and has her own channel on Youtube: Chronicles of a Female Engineer5. Wants the world to know that being a black woman in a white male field isn't easy and that it needs to change. She's willing to be a part of the change. Brenda Denbesten BioBrenda provides speaking, mentoring, and coaching services to driven women in STEM so they can gain clarity on their unique strengths and skills and the confidence to leverage these for maximum impact in the workplace. She is the best-selling author of "the FIFO wives tales and the creator of 'Chronicles of a Female Engineer' a YouTube series that provides tips to flourish in your career in typically male-dominated fields.Her transition to coaching was underpinned by her 15 years of experience as a chemical engineer in operations and senior management roles across mining and manufacturing industries. As an advocate and driver for change, she noticed the value women can bring to the workplace when they step up, speak up and stand out to create better solutions.She is renowned for my strong interpersonal skills, empathetic approach, and ability to empower her clients to create their careers by design rather than by default.Check out the YouTube Channel- www.youtube.com/c/BrendaDenbestenLinkedin: Buzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched! Start for FREEDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show (
Meet Dr. Sybrina Atwaters: Being Bold, Learning How to Network, and Pursuing Liberation
Jan 18 2022
Meet Dr. Sybrina Atwaters: Being Bold, Learning How to Network, and Pursuing Liberation
Episode Summary1. Dr. Atwaters loves math. She really loves and understands the tenets of it and knows how to apply it to life.2. She learned to be bold from her mother, who told her that she should apply to any college she wanted to. 3. She believes that being at GT introduced her to other people who were just like her and have become her network.4.  Her STEM story is also her life story. 5. She wants everyone to learn how to network. Having a strong network is a blessing and a good thing but is something you have to be intentional about who is in your network. 6. Liberation is key to her. Science serves liberation; theology serves liberation.Dr. Sybrina Atwaters BioSybrina Y. Atwaters is an interdisciplinary sociologist with research interests in sociology of technology (exploring knowledge production through virtual world technologies); and social inequality (examining patterns of inequality within science, engineering, and higher education).  Her broad experience includes collaborative research with the National Academies, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), Iowa State University, the Fund for Theological Education, and the Association of Theological Schools. She has presented her work at both national and international professional conferences.  Her research has been published by Spring International and John Hopkins University Press.Dr. Atwaters currently serves as Director, OMED: Educational Services, for Institute Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Georgia Institute of Technology. She supervises several programs and grant initiatives under her purview, including the 9-time award-winning African American Male Initiative (AAMI); Challenge, OMED’s signature 5-week summer academic intensive residential program; and Focus, an annual institute-wide diversity graduate recruitment program; and the Women of Color Initiative (WOCI), a city-wide collaborative with Georgia Tech, Spelman, Emory, and STEM Atlanta Women non-profit. Most recently she became affiliated faculty with the School of History and Sociology.Sybrina is a 3-time graduate from Georgia Institute of Technology, receiving her B.S. in electrical engineering and master’s and Ph.D. in sociology of technology and science. She also earned her master’s degrees from Emory University in Theological Studies and Georgia State University in Instructional Technology. Dr. Atwaters has over nine years of experience as a senior wireless design engineer, eight years in STEM diversity research and programming, and 15 years in higher education instruction.Dr. Atwaters serves on several boards, steering committees, task forces, and strategic planning working groups; including Georgia Million Women Mentors.LinkedIn: Buzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched! Start for FREEDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show (
Meet Dr. Rhonda Anderson: The Goal Digger's Playbook
Jan 11 2022
Meet Dr. Rhonda Anderson: The Goal Digger's Playbook
Episode SummaryIt's that time of year again. Let's talk about goals. However this time I've brought you someone who knows how to set them and make them stick. Dr. Rhonda Anderson is the author of the book, The Goal Digger's Playbook. This book is more than a how-to guide to goal development. It gives you practical steps to doing ALL of the work towards achieving your dreams. You will want to get your copy and buy one for a friend.Dr. Rhonda Anderson BioRhonda Anderson, PhD, CPC, progressive author of “The Goal Digger’s Playbook: Eight Strategies for #NextLevel Success, and the co-author of the epic, quasi-#TLDR guide to 21st-century startups, “The Quick and Dirty Guide to Entrepreneurship”, is the founder and chief executive change agent at JECO Global, LLC DBA Silver Hawk Coaching & Consulting, a business and career transition strategy, professional development, and public speaking firm for women. Set in the legendary Metropolitan Atlanta area—the “Silicon Peach/Hollywood of the South”—Dr. Rhonda Anderson has quickly become the engine for women entrepreneurs, employees, and gender equality-conscious companies, educational systems, organizations, and leaders seeking to launch, retool, or level up their operations.  A Certified Professional Coach with over 10 years previous experience in the business and higher education sectors, Dr. Anderson holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, with a concentration in Higher Education Administration, from historic Mercer University. She also contemporaneously serves as the Director of Curriculum & Program Planning for Community Sustainability Enterprise; and, together with her husband, is additionally an avid residential real estate investor. Equally, an engaging and sought-after public speaker, Dr. Anderson’s highly relatable style and status quo-disrupting content have been informing, inspiring, and equipping audiences across the industriesWebsite: Buzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched! Start for FREEDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show (