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Fuentek's Laura A. Schoppe to Speak at Breakfast Forum for Diversity in STEM Programs

(March 17, 2015)

Laura Schoppe

Laura Schoppe

GREENSBORO, N.C. – As the "Lean In" movement, #LeanInTogether, spreads across social media and encourages men to lean in with women, the Breakfast Forum for Diversity in STEM is also pressing for change in the workplace by encouraging companies to diversify their workforces. Laura Schoppe, Founder and President of Fuentek and a leading minority and female in STEM, will speak as an authority on the topic of diversity at the forum, held at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering on March 18, 2015. Fuentek is a Triangle-based company that provides consulting services in technology commercialization and strategic innovation management.

Scientific innovations impact and connect the lives of individuals and communities across the world. Because scientific impact transcends cultures, it's important to have diversity in STEM industries. Schoppe—along with panelists from academia, industry and STEM education—will discuss the need for our culture as well as our corporations to be self-aware of the lack of diversity in STEM jobs. She will also encourage other companies to lend their support to diversity programs to enrich the pipeline of talent that will be needed to fuel America for years to come.

"It is critical that we identify kids early in the process and stick with them throughout their journey in STEM so that we have a pipeline of talent available for future jobs," said Schoppe. "When we see the strengths that diverse companies can bring to the table, we all can work more efficiently and effectively to advance technology. I'm honored to be a part of this forum and look forward to this exciting discussion."

Schoppe founded Fuentek in 2001 after leaving a research institute to pursue an entrepreneurial path. As an owner of a STEM-related business, Schoppe has assembled a diverse team of individuals who lean in together to find the best path for innovations. Due to the high-quality environment Schoppe has fostered, Fuentek has become one of the leading technology transfer consulting firms in the nation. Because Schoppe built Fuentek on a foundation of diversity, she was invited to share her story at the Diversity Forum.

The event, which is sponsored by Honda Jet, will feature a keynote address from Dr. Harold L. Martin, Sr., Chancellor of North Carolina A&T State University. Following Dr. Martin's speech, Schoppe and other panelists will speak, followed by an audience question-and-answer session. The audience will be composed of leadership figures in the community who will discuss methods of fostering diversity in STEM fields and actions to encourage young people of all backgrounds to consider STEM careers.

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