Great Minds in STEM Motivates Hispanic Youth to Explore Careers in STEM

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NEW ORLEANS, LA – The 26th Annual Great Minds (GMiS) in STEM HENAAC (Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corporation) Conference took place in New Orleans, Louisiana October 2nd-4th. Walt Disney World Corporate Citizenship has sponsored GMiS for over a decade.

Great Minds in STEM is a non-profit organization that focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) educational awareness programs for students from kindergarten to career. For over a quarter century, Great Minds in STEM has honored the nation’s best and brightest Hispanic engineers, scientists, mathematicians, and technology experts. A core mission of HENAAC is to highlight and showcase outstanding role models to inspire young people to pursue careers in technology, and to motivate professionals to continue to connect with the Hispanic community.

At this year’s conference, Marissa Suarez, a Walt Disney World Senior Engineer, was honored with a Luminary Award for her significant contributions as both a leader and role model in the Hispanic technical community. Marissa has been an active member of the STEM community for over a decade, and early on she chose to take an active role in guiding young minds in those fields and has led the GMiS College Bowl team for the past 6 years, and in 2013 led the team to victory. “Walt Disney World has taken me from a ‘green engineer’ to one who has grown an understanding of problem solving skills, professional presentation, technical aptitude, confidence, and leadership. The best part is how our organization supports us to share the science ‘behind the magic’, giving us the opportunity to prepare the youth of tomorrow in STEM fields.  It’s the most rewarding and challenging role to date.”

The 2015 Annual HENAAC Conference will take place in Pasadena, California.