Julie Shannan serves as Deputy Director at Girlstart, a nonprofit organization focused on empowering young girls through STEM education. During her tenure at Girlstart she has created, launched and managed some of the most innovative and effective informal education programs for girls, parents and teachers. Ms. Shannan is a recipient of the prestigious “Austin Under 40” Award for leadership in Youth and Education. She currently serves on the Texas Girls Collaborative Project Leadership Council, a member of NASA Human Health and Performance Center, and is an advisory board member for SciGirls, a PBS show for girls and science. She is also a graduate of Leadership Austin (’05) and Leadership Texas (’13).
Ms. Shannan graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelors in Biology and has developed nationally recognized science and technology programs that have been funded by Oprah’s Angel Network, the Texas Education Agency and the National Science Foundation. Ms. Shannan has presented at the Texas Conference for Women, The Conference for Science Teachers Association, Expanding Your Horizons, Society of Women Engineers, Women in Technology International, and the National Science Teachers Association promoting opportunities for girls in math, science, engineering, and technology.
Julie provides professional advice for advancing: own your mistakes and your successes quickly. When it is your team you lead, you take responsibility for everyone. We are all human and sometimes forget or make mistakes, and women often hold on to failure longer. Women need to let the mistakes go and celebrate high points. Do not be afraid to ask for what you are worth.
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