May 10, 2016 – STEMconnector®, the one-stop shop for “who is doing what” in STEM education and careers, released its 100 CEO Leaders in STEM publication during the Global STEM Talent Summit, last week at Gallup’s world headquarters. The book features some of the top CEO’s in the Nation including MicroTech’s Chief Executive Office, Tony Jimenez, who offer their unique perspective on the issues facing America’s STEM workforce. As visionaries, these 100 CEOs offer a unique perspective on the challenges and opportunities surrounding a diverse, strong, STEM pipeline. Their insights will drive the action going forward.
America’s STEM workforce is at a critical juncture; the need for critical leadership on the part of all stakeholders could not be more vital. With women and minorities being so underrepresented in STEM fields, the education system falling short of meeting the demand of a 21st century economy, and the United States edge on innovation, the need for action is urgent. As leaders of major companies with involvement in STEM fields, these 100 CEOs are uniquely placed to provide exemplary leadership on these issues. “It’s an honor to be featured in such a prestigious publication such as this. It is always a pleasure to share my knowledge and experiences I have accumulated over the years as a veteran-owned service-disabled small business owner,” said MicroTech President and CEO, Tony Jimenez.
Drawing from their Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives, these leaders believe that fostering a more inclusive STEM workforce should be the objective of any education initiative. Given the gender disparities in STEM, placing the emphasis on diversity is an area of broad agreement among these 100 CEOs. “Careers in STEM industries offer better compensation and more career advancement opportunities. Women who hold STEM positions earn 92 cents to the dollar versus 77 cents for women in other fields,” said Lorna Donatone, Chief Executive Officer of Sodexo Schools Worldwide.
Edie Fraser, Chief Executive Officer of STEMconnector® shared, “We are proud to highlight 100 CEO leaders and recognize their leadership and excellence. The role of CEOs becomes critical to business and innovation. These role models are change leaders. Special thanks to Lorena Fimbres, VP & Chief Business Development Officer, and team, for leading this series and contributing to STEMconnector®’s position at the forefront of STEM thought leadership.”
Tony Jimenez is profiled across a two-page spread, and his thought-provoking reflections on STEM education, workforce development, public-private partnerships, and diversity in STEM will influence the national conversation regarding these issues. 100 CEO Leaders in STEM is a STEMconnector® publication sponsored by Diversified Search, Sodexo, Tata Consultancy Services, and Walmart. To access the full publication visit http://stemconnector.org/100-ceo-leaders-in-stem-v2
About MicroTech: MicroTech, a certified and verified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) and a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) certified by the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), has had noteworthy success since its inception in 2004. Under Mr. Jimenez’s leadership, the privately owned company has experienced exponential growth over the years and is repeatedly recognized as a small business success story. Described as the “hottest Hispanic business in the nation,” MicroTech was ranked as the #1 Fastest Growing Hispanic Company in the Nation for three consecutive years by Hispanic Business Magazine. MicroTech was also named one of the Top 10 Fastest Growing Hispanic-Owned Companies in the Nation for five consecutive years and has been repeatedly listed on Washington Technology’s annual list of the Top 100 Government Contractors.
MicroTech provides Cloud Computing, Technology Services, Cyber Security Solutions, Products & Managed Service Solutions, Network Systems Integration, Big Data Management, Telecom Solutions & Integration and Financial Services to the public sector, as well as commercial enterprises -- managing more than a quarter of a million technology users daily. A prime contractor of over 200 Federal projects and more-than-20 procurement vehicles, MicroTech offers access to 2500 vendors and a million technology products and services across the government.