Omaha STEM Ecosystem and Zoo Academy
Presented by: Julie Sigmon
This meeting will be virtual via Go-To Meeting. Log-In information will be sent approximately 2 hours prior to the start of the meeting!
This presentation will highlight the power of public–private partnerships to impact change, not only in the Greater Omaha area but statewide and nationally. Four years ago, the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium partnered with the University of Nebraska to develop an organization to address the overwhelming shortfall of current and future professionals in the Greater Omaha area and across Nebraska. As a collective impact organization, the Omaha STEM Ecosystem, connects, collaborates and communicates with our community partners to develop a mutually reinforcing plan in building a strong STEM centered workforce.
Julie Sigmon has experience in the education, non-profit and business fields for over 40 years. She is currently serving as the Director for the Omaha STEM Ecosystem, a backbone organization in support of a collective impact initiative to grow the number of STEM professionals to create a balance between industry demand and available talent.
Previous experiences involved Special Education teacher , school administrator, Chief Operating Officer of a local non-profit youth organization and contract work around quality in STEM programs, specifically Out of School Time programs, as well as serving as the external evaluator for the NE STEM 4U program at University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Sigmon currently serves on the Board for Clarkson College, Heartland Workforce Solutions Youth Council, NE Beyond School Bells Network, Omaha Chamber Education Advisory Council, Women In STEM/BioNebraska Leadership, Aviation STEM Day, Metro Science and Engineering Fair, NE Science Festival and Member for the Blueprint STEM Ralston School District.