Earlier this year, Washington STEM CEO Caroline King and Fred Hutch President and Director Dr. Gary Gilliland got to talking. The fellow Geek of the Year finalists, sitting together in the front row of the 2018 GeekWire Awards, soon discovered a shared dedication to supporting science, technology, education and math education.
The pair recently sat down again, this time in a Fred Hutch training lab, to talk about empowering students from diverse backgrounds to succeed in STEM fields — areas evolving so quickly that “85 percent of the jobs that [will] exist in 2030 don't exist today,” King noted.
To prepare young people for the economy of the future, Gilliland emphasized, leaders and educators must help students to be flexible. “The people who do well have to be adaptable and to move with that change, because it does move quickly,” he said.
King and Gilliland also spoke about how people in the business, nonprofit and education sectors can work together to spark passion in students and support their success. “The opportunity for industry just to open up their doors and bring young people in is a real game-changer,” King said.
Watch their full conversation in the video above.
Opportunities abound, both for students interested in making a mark on the world through a STEM career and for STEM professionals ready to help cultivate tomorrow’s innovators.
Fred Hutch has a long history of science education and training to support the development of the diverse next generation of biomedical researchers, including:
What are you doing to support young people interested in STEM opportunities? How do you see the future of STEM unfolding? Join Gilliland and King's conversation on LinkedIn.