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Disrupting the digital divide, one conversation at a time

 

I am on a mission to make technology easy for all to understand

Did you know that while the demand for technology based careers are continuing to grow in the US, we are still struggling to provide the right education to our innovators of tomorrow? 

Some things to consider...

Math the single-most important subject for students today, yet there is a shortage of qualified math teachers.

Hands on learning to link math and science to the real world is necessary for STEM to thrive.

Women and minorities are less likely to pursue a STEM education.

Parents need to get behind the STEM movement and encourage their children to pursue studies in these areas.

STEM is as much an education issue as it is an employment issue!

 

Initiatives

Check out below the initiatives that I am personally focused on to support closing the digital divide.

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Public Speaking

To continue disrupting the digital divide, I lean into speaking opportunities at schools, organizations, and conferences across the United States. 

If interested in booking me for a seminar, public forum, or even making PBJ sandwiches while talking about critical thinking, let's connect.

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Current Publications

A great way to make to de-mystify the complexity of technology is through development of new curriculum.


Check out my recently published manual for middle school students and teachers on how to better understand software analysis concepts.

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Community Involvement

I live to support my community through spreading my personal love of technology and the arts.

If you have a personal and/or professional connection to STEAM, let's connect and build our network of STEAM Ambassadors!

 
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Past Speaking & Community Events

Hack OHI/O

2021 - The Ohio State University

Breakout keynote speaker to hackathon contestants. Provided overview of moving into a technology profession and the power of STEAM education to disrupt central Ohio's digital divide

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2021 - International Institute of Business Analysts

Conference speaker on how to introduce software analysis concepts to individuals, and the importance of closing the digital divide in America, the push for young minds to get involved into technology, and how we as community leaders can help support.

Hack OHI/O 

Showcase presenter for Analyze It! publication. Presented to 200+ attendees

2021 - The Ohio State University

FranklinHack

Community Hackathon Judge for Franklin University's annual hackathon

2021 - Franklin University

Innovation Bytes

2021 - AWH Bytes Podcast

Guest for AWH Bytes Podcast - Discussion on corporate careers in innovation and closing the digital divide.


Listen here: https://anchor.fm/bytes9/episodes/INNOVATION-BYTES-Interview-with-Kristen-Elliott--Author-and-Innovation-Consultant-e10mjoa

Path to Agility

Conference Speaker - focus on design thinking and insight mining

2019 - COHAA

Girl Scouts 

2021 - Girl Scouts Heartland Ohio

Community presenter and activity lead for girl scouts troops in Columbus, OH on human computer interaction design concepts using a PBJ sandwich

 

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