Fireside Chat – USNA Women in STEM

Earlier this year we put out a “Save the Date” note for the Women’s SIG STEM 1-day conference “EXPONENTIAL CHANGE: WOMEN TRANSFORMING STEM CAREERS FROM THE MILITARY AND BEYOND” with CAPT Wendy Lawrence, USN (ret.) as the key note speaker.  Due to COVID-19, this conference has been postponed until 2021. In the mean time, we are moving forward this year with a series of fireside chats “USNA Women in STEM” in which we will weave the STEM topics into our continuing conversation regarding our path to end racism, sexism, homophobia and bigotry.

Our first USNA Women in STEM guest will be CAPT Wendy Lawrence, USN (ret.) ’81,  a four time Shuttle astronaut and the first woman as well as the first openly LGBTQ alumna to be awarded the USNA Distinguished Graduate Award. CAPT Lawrence will be chatting with LCDR Erica Reid-Dixon ’08 with a few prepared questions followed by a discussion with the viewing audience.  

Registration for the Zoom session for our first Fireside Chat with CAPT Wendy Lawrence ’81 at 1700 PDT on Thursday, July 30, 2020: 


You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Thursday, Jul 30, 2020 1700 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting and adding it to your calendar.

Schedule for the USNA Women in STEM series:

  • Thursday, July 30th, 2020 at 1700 PDT: CAPT Wendy Lawrence, USN (ret.) ’81 and LCDR Erica Reid-Dixon ’08 – WATCH VIDEO HERE, contact Linda Postenrieder: 415-235-9413 for video access
  • Thursday, Sept 10th, 2020 at 1700 PDT: Junior Officer forum featuring women alumnae from the 21st century
  • Thursday, Nov 12th, 2020 at 1700 PST: Cyber Security

You MUST register in order to attend this event.

If you have ideas for future featured guests and panelists, please contact Linda Postenrieder: 415-235-9413.

Linda “Postie” Postenrieder ’82
USNA Women’s SIG STEM Steering Committee

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