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Hi, I'm Meredith, founder of TigerLily STEM

Science, technology, engineering, and math are more than school subjects to me - they are a large part of how I see the world.  Perhaps from the outside, my STEM journey might seem idyllic - graduating with a degree in Chemical Engineering, Summa Cum Laude, from Iowa State University, landing my first engineering internship at a Fortune 500 company as a college freshman and working in various engineering roles that have taken me all over the United States and the world. 

Although I’ve experienced how rewarding STEM fields can be, I have also experienced a number of roadblocks, stigmas and frustrations which seem to disproportionately affect women interested in STEM.  Throughout my education, I’ve been on both sides of the spectrum - from not connecting with the teaching method to teaching myself because I tested out of the standard class curriculum.  Societally, I continue to be confronted with stereotypes about how being in a STEM field fits with being a woman. 

These challenges are motivating.  Please join me in creating a better experience for the next generation of women leaders in STEM.