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Minnesota is home to many women who empower others through their careers in STEM - and the Twin Cities PBS-produced show SciGirls has captured many of their stories in a series of Role Models videos. These women are the innovators, problem-solvers and dreamers who live right next door. They’re passionate about their work, hobbies, families and helping to make the world a better place. They share their strategies for overcoming challenges, and finding success and joy in jobs where women are underrepresented. Along the way, they inspire girls to pursue all kinds of interests and career paths.
Minnesota is home to many women who empower others through their careers in STEM - and the Twin Cities PBS-produced show SciGirls has captured many of their stories in a series of Role Models videos. These women are the innovators, problem-solvers and dreamers who live right next door. They’re passionate about their work, hobbies, families and helping to make the world a better place. They share their strategies for overcoming challenges, and finding success and joy in jobs where women are underrepresented. Along the way, they inspire girls to pursue all kinds of interests and career paths.

SciGirls Role Models: Laura Valencia, Electrical Engineer

  Laura Valencia is an Electrical Engineer at Eaton, designing and developing electrical controls for technology that people use on a daily basis. These projects...

SciGirls Role Models: Becca Cuellar, Medicinal Chemist

  There are many STEM professionals working on trying to cure cancer, Alzheimer’s Disease and other chronic illnesses every day, and Becca Cuellar assists in...

SciGirls Role Models: Kirsi Kuutti , NASA Intern

  As a NASA intern, Kirsi Kuutti relies on grit and determination to power past failure and setbacks. Kirsi found her love for computing and...

SciGirls Role Models: Denise Bailey, Welder/Instructor

  Denise Bailey, or “Seven,” as her friends call her, is a welder, artist and instructor who forged her own path as a woman in...

SciGirls Role Models: JoNette Kuhnau, Traffic Engineer

  Traffic is one of the most stressful parts of having to get around, but people like JoNette work every day to make commuting safer...

SciGirls Role Models: Bridgette Shannon, Chemist

  Bridgette Shannon is a Product Development Specialist at 3M, and it all started with an inspiring chemistry teacher and the will to achieve. Bridgette’s...

SciGirls Role Models: Rachel Obermoller, Pilot/Aviation Rep

  There have been many female aviators in history who have broken down barriers for modern-day pilots, and Rachel continues that legacy. Rachel Obermoller is...

SciGirls Role Models: Rachel Gitajn, Bicycle Engineer

  Rachel Gitajn turned her love for art, engineering and the outdoors into a dream job designing bikes that she loves to ride. Rachel is...

SciGirls Role Models: Pallavi Sharma, IT Project Manager

  Sometimes thriving in a STEM field takes a lot of perseverance, and Pallavi Sharma definitely has the determination to succeed. Pallavi has fought through...

SciGirls Role Models: Brennetta Harris, Architectural Estimator

  Brennetta Harris has dreamed of becoming an architect since childhood and designed her own blueprint for working towards her career goals. But reaching a...