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May 25, 2021
21st Century Skills

Behind the Biography Podcast

Ever hear an interview and crave more?

Welcome to the “Behind the Biography” podcasts. A show where we did in and get rich insights from professionals in our Speaker Network on key career decisions, what drives their success, and what the future might hold. 

New episodes drop every other Wednesday. Join us!

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April 2, 2021

Seven Cool Careers with Canines

You don’t have to be a veterinarian to have a career with dogs—the list of career fields outside of animal care that use the friendly faces of sweet pups or their super senses is ever-growing. So, if your interests are in medicine, law, security, or even engineering you could be bringing your dog to work every day!

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April 1, 2021
Career Exploration

Tax Day in the Classroom

While there are probably 364 days in the year that we like better than Tax Day, the event does present a wonderful opportunity to discuss the concept of taxes with our students. Here are some historical facts that you may not know, as well as some fun ideas for an interactive and educational Tax Day class exercise.

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March 4, 2021
Influencers, Innovators and Inspiration

How Your Career Can Help Your Hometown: An Interview with Dr. Nashlie H. Sephus

Dr. Nashlie H. Sephus is the Applied Science Manager for Amazon’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) initiative, focusing on fairness and identifying biases in the technologies. She formerly led the Amazon Visual Search Team in Atlanta, which launched visual search for replacement parts on the Amazon Shopping app in June 2018. This technology was a result of former startup Partpic (Atlanta) being acquired by Amazon, at which she was the Chief Technology Officer (CTO).

She has her Ph.D. from the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology and her B.S. in Computer Engineering from Mississippi State University. Recently, Dr. Sephus became founder and CEO of The Bean Path non-profit organization based in Jackson, MS assisting individuals with technical expertise and guidance. We're thriled to have her as part of the Speaker Network at Envision by WorldStrides, participating in the National Youth Leadership Forum: Engineering.

 

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February 25, 2021
Influencers, Innovators and Inspiration

Six Facts about Dr. Charles Drew - From Athlete to America's Blood Bank Hero

Every two seconds, a blood transfusion is required in the United States, yet few know the incredible person behind the lifesaving uses of donated blood. Dr. Charles Richard Drew was one of the 20th century’s most important scientists who started as a leader in sports! As a surgeon and pioneer in the preservation of life-saving blood plasma, he discovered the method for its long-term storage and organized America's first large-scale blood bank. Learn more about this African American medical legend!

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February 18, 2021
Influencers, Innovators and Inspiration

Fun Facts About the Hidden Figures: Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson

If you’ve seen the 2016 film Hidden Figures, you know these women were American mathematicians whose work as National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) employees was critical to the success of the first and subsequent U.S. crewed spaceflights. Not only were they superhuman computers, they were Girl Scout Leaders, Silver Snoopy Award winners, and have a namesake on the moon! Check out the fun facts below about these mathematical legends!