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Breast Cancer Awareness: Some BWHS Stats and New Blood Test Clinical Trial

After five years and 300+ posts to A Bridge for Business & STEM, a blog started in 2012, I’m more than pleased that my writing has found an audience. However, whenever I am contacted by another journalist, writer, or blogger regarding one of my posts, that puts a wider smile on my face. This happened recently … Continue reading

Unconscious Bias: Guest Post – Grabbing the Controls

Guest Post Author: Sondra Thierderman, PhD Have you ever believed something was a certain way, acted as if you were right, and, voila!, your belief came true? If that initial belief is a positive one, these self-fulfilling prophecies can be great, but, what if, on the other hand, it is negative or misguided? Take for … Continue reading

Leaders: Common Sense MIA During United Airline Passenger Incident

By now, most of you have seen the video of a Chicago Aviation Officer dragging a passenger off of a United Airlines plane. The eviction of David Dao, a 69-year-old American doctor, from United Airlines Flight 3411 on Sunday, April 9, 2017, has prompted a massive outpouring of indignation and criticism on social media here … Continue reading

Her-Story: Jean Williams

This Women’s History Month has been rich with content featuring known and unknown females who have made great contributions to their communities, the United States, and the world. Perhaps my taking notice of this special content is tied to several events that have already occurred this year that include the Women’s March and release of … Continue reading

Unconscious Bias: #NotTheNanny

What does a nanny look like? In the last two days, social media has been buzzing with a video of an interview between Professor Robert Kelly and a reporter from the BBC. It appears that Kelly is Skyping from his home office. He is providing comments on the scandal involving South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye and … Continue reading

The Brawny Man Makes Room For Women: #StrengthHasNoGender

We are starting the second week of Women’s History Month. International Women’s Day (IWD) will be observed around the world on tomorrow,  Wednesday, March 8, 2017. Participation in IWD has been growing annually with thousands of events – global gatherings, conferences, awards, exhibitions, festivals, fun runs, corporate events, concert performances, speaking events, online digital gatherings, … Continue reading

A Message From Small Business Owners: Before You Offer To Help Us, Ask Yourself These Five Questions

A recent post by Ruth Carter of Carter Law Firm, Time is Scarcest Commodity of Entrepreneurship, resonated with me so much that I was compelled to read it again. Here’s the introduction: Being an entrepreneur is one of the most challenging and rewarding things I’ve done in my life. I have almost total autonomy over … Continue reading

Remembering Doris “Dorie” Miller, World War II Hero

Across these United States, “Doris D. Miller” is name that is found on streets, schools, parks, and other public places. In the City of Waco, Texas, one will find the Doris D. Miller Park and the Doris Miller Family YMCA. The heroic and valiant service of Doris “Dorie” Miller may be known to some but … Continue reading

Guest Post: Unconscious Biases – They Tend to Give Themselves Away

Guest Post Author: Sondra Thiederman, Ph.D. Sometimes I get impatient with the phrase “unconscious bias.” The word “unconscious” leaves the impression that these biases – these inflexible beliefs about particular categories of people – are completely beyond our reach. In turn, because they are (supposedly) beyond our reach, the implication is that there’s nothing we … Continue reading

Guest Post: Finders Keepers

Guest Post Author: Eric Herrenkohl When you find good people, do you keep them in your life? Recently I had the chance to interview a logistics leader for a major multinational firm in Canada. In the course of the interview, this guy told a story about taking a new role and reaching out to recruit … Continue reading