Fostering Solutions – Karen Leak: A STEM Role Model

In this episode, Dr. Foster chats with Karen Leak, Early Career Program Manager, tasked with providing leadership to accelerate the acquisition and retention of key technical talent. Karen is a proud graduate of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University where she earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering. Through partnerships with Greater Cleveland Schools and STEM-based organizations, Karen recruits skilled technical talent, focusing on underrepresented groups. She then crafts individualized mentoring programs that lead to success for these groups. And she doesn’t stop with recruitment. Karen encourages all young people to consider technology in some form for their future. Helping people realize their potential is her goal and she believes there are opportunities in STEM for all.

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