JUNE event: Our role in inspiring the next generation - part 2 by Rachel S.

The “Our role in inspiring the next generation - part 2” interactive webinar took place on the 30th of June 2021 and it regarded the under-representation of gender diversity in sectors of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). The gender gap is closing, but not fast enough to truly be representative of our gender split.

Our honored speaker, Rachel Scully,  shared her findings from her MA Leadership dissertation titled ‘An exploratory study of the motivation of female leaders in professional Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) careers’. The study focussed on a small group of female professionals in STEM careers across nine companies in six sectors: Engineering, Technology, Geo and Environmental Science, Medical, Biomedical and Automotive. The interviews focussed on their career evolution and what influenced their decisions throughout their journey. Also, what continues to excite and inspire them and will keep them in their professions today. Rachel also examined numerous factors involved and what we can do in education and industry to improve the number of females moving into and remaining in STEM careers.

Rachel Scully is a Geoscience technology manager for Shell who has spent the past 20+ years working alongside geoscientists and software developers in several locations and companies globally, ensuring that geoscientists are making the best out of the technology they use to solve their technical challenges. She has also worked closely with schools to deliver STEM careers workshops and providing strategies to assist students studying from home during COVID. Rachel builds on her personal and leadership experiences to look at how we can all contribute to inspiring the next generation of females into STEM roles.


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