Profiles in Diversity Journal Second Quarter 2022

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Women Worth Watching® in STEM INTERNATIONAL

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Company: Ally Financial Industry: Financial Services Company Headquarters: Detroit, Michigan Number of employees: 10,700 CEO: Jeffrey “JB” Brown

Donna P Hart, CISO My credentials: BSBA, computer information systems, Appalachian State University My work location: Charlotte, North Carolina Words I live by: “Seek first to understand.” – Stephan Covey (paraphrase from Peace Prayer) My personal philosophy: You cannot change others, you can only change your reaction to them. What I’m reading now: Sandworm by Andy Greenberg My first Job: Dishwasher My favorite charity: Wounded Warrior Project My interests: All things family, books, hiking, and travel My family: Two sons (19 and 16), a husband, and two rescue dogs

Increasing Diversity in STEM In order to increase diversity in STEM fields, we must create an all-inclusive environment. In general, the funding in schools for STEM in the last 15 years has focused on building a diverse pipeline. Funding STEM for all students will continue to be important as a way to show both boys and girls from any background that they can be successful and have fun in a STEM career.

Barriers to Closing the Gender Gap in STEM We need to remove the bias that one has to be skilled at math and science classes to enjoy STEM programs. STEM is more than doing equations and memorizing theories. STEM is about building things, using logic and finding solutions.

How the World is Changing with Regard to STEM STEM degrees are leading the pack for individuals coming out of college with jobs. The top paying jobs according to US World News and Report are in STEM-related fields. We are most focused on STEM from a recruitment standpoint at Ally.

Where I See Women in STEM in Five Years Since STEM is a top growing industry, I think it creates a lot of opportunity for women. In five years, I would like to see the number of women working in STEM increase to a level that is comparable to the number of men in the field.

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