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Women in STEM Panel to Address National Conversation on Local Level

According to the National Science Board, in 2018, boys and girls scored similarly on math and science in elementary, middle and high school, and women graduated with 50% of the bachelor’s degrees in science and engineering.

So why is it that women remain vastly underrepresented in the STEM workforce?

In honor of Women’s History Month, the Crystal City Business Improvement District — in partnership with the Arlington Chamber of Commerce and Axios — will host a panel to discuss the issue of gender parity in science and technology fields, on Wednesday, March 20.

In greater Crystal City (also known as National Landing), more than half the workforce has a background in STEM, and tech companies both large and small call Crystal City home.

The panel, moderated by Erica Pandey, e-commerce reporter at Axios, includes representatives from across the scope of STEM careers:

  • Rachel Golden Kroner, Social Scientist — Environmental Governance and Impacts at The Betty and Gordon Moore Center for Science, leads Conservation International’s work on environmental governance and protected areas, conducting research to inform evidence-based policy.
  • Hana Hassen, an Alumna of Year Up, is an Enterprise Software Engineer at Capital One and a member of the Year Up Alumni Board.
  • Carol O’Donnell, Director of the Smithsonian Science Education Center, a unit of the Smithsonian Institution that is dedicated to transforming the learning and teaching of science throughout the nation and world.
  • Lena Trudeau, CEO of U.Group, led Amazon Web Services Public Sector’s global expansion before joining Bytecubed in advance of their merge with CHIEF to become U.Group.

Event Details

Date: Wednesday, March 20


  • 7:30-8 a.m. — Registration, Breakfast & Networking
  • 8:15-9:30 a.m. — Panel Discussion followed by Q&A

Location: U.Group, 2231 Crystal Drive, #401

Tickets: ARLnow readers can get $10 off by using promo code ARLNOW at

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