Shaping the Future of STEM: 6-Part Podcast Series from Abbott Laboratories

Abbott Is Changing the Face of STEM

We’ve partnered with Abbott to showcase its groundbreaking podcast series, Shaping the Future of STEM. As a global health technology company that recruits world-class scientists and engineers, Abbott knows women are critical to solving the world’s biggest problems with smart, imaginative thinking. In this unique series, you will learn firsthand from Abbott female high school and college interns interviewing Abbott female scientists and engineers on topics such as:

  • Paths to STEM careers
  • Challenges women may face in STEM and how to overcome them
  • Why working in STEM is rewarding
  • Exploding science lab projects!
  • And much more!
This series is perfect for STEM faculty and staff, career and guidance counselors and other student advisors, diversity and inclusion personnel, librarians, parents, students, and anyone else interested in changing the face of STEM and learning about the important role women will have in doing so.

6-Part Podcast Series

EPISODE 1 How to Find STEM Success? Learn to Pivot

Neuroscientist Beth McQuiston talks with intern Jomi Babatunde-Omoya about how flexibility builds career success.

In this edition of Shaping the Future of STEM, host and high school intern Jomi Babatunde-Omoya speaks with Dr. Beth McQuiston, a neurologist, registered dietician and medical director for Abbott’s diagnostics business. Jomi calls her a “STEM triple threat.” Listen as Beth shares how she found her way amid the science, technology, engineering and math fields and offers advice to young women looking to do the same.


EPISODE 2 How to Find Support When You’re Studying STEM

Abbott intern Diya Iyer talks with Betsy Wille about how to find support when you’re studying STEM subjects.

In this edition of Shaping the Future of STEM, college intern Diya Iyer – who is majoring in computer engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - speaks with Betsy Wille, Abbott’s Chief Information Security Officer. Listen as Betsy and Diya talk about what it’s like to be one of the only girls in their STEM classes and the tools they used to find support.

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EPISODE 3 How to Turn STEM Curiosity Into a Career

Abbott intern Fiona Harley talks with microbiologist Zaina Bawa-Mamudu about mentoring, diversity and curiosity.

In this edition of Shaping the Future of STEM, host and intern Fiona Harley speaks with Zaina Bawa-Mamudu, a microbiologist for Abbott’s Structural Heart division based in California. Listen as Fiona and Zaina discuss how mentors can provide guidance, the importance of being curious and learning from a school science lab explosion.

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EPISODE 4 How Confidence Can Open Doors in STEM

Lisa Earnhardt – the head of Abbott’s Medical Devices division – discusses finding your authentic self with intern Stephanie Slowik.

In this edition of Shaping the Future of STEM, college intern Stephanie Slowik – who is majoring in bioengineering and biomedical engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, speaks with Lisa Earnhardt, executive vice president of Abbott’s Medical Devices division. Listen as Lisa and Stephanie discuss what the future looks like for women in STEM and how to find your confidence.

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EPISODE 5 How to Turn STEM Passion Into a Profession

Abbott Nutrition scientist Yen Ling Low and intern Allison Huckins discuss how women can find inspiration for STEM careers.

In this edition of Shaping the Future of STEM, incoming college intern Allison Huckins, who is majoring in chemical engineering at Michigan State University, interviews Yen Ling Low, divisional vice president of Scientific and Medical Affairs for Abbott Nutrition Research and Development. Listen as Yen Ling and Allison discuss pursuing your passion for STEM in the professional world.

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EPISODE 6 How to Navigate Change in the STEM Fields

Abbott’s Agnes Ortega and engineering intern Ixchelle Hernández Lebrón discuss navigating STEM careers amid a new culture.

In this edition of Shaping the Future of STEM, college intern Ixchelle Hernández Lebrón interviews Agnes Ortega, divisional vice president of Global Compliance and Quality Operations at Abbott. Listen as Agnes and Ixchelle discuss navigating a STEM career amid a new culture, the similarities between engineering and art and leadership lessons for women.

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