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STEMconnector® CSO and Telecom Executive to Keynote Third Annual STEM Education Awards
September 26th Event attracts experts on science, technology, engineering and math education
ATLANTA (September 15, 2014) – The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) and the TAG Education Collaborative (TAG-Ed) today announced keynote speakers for the Third Annual STEM Education Awards which will be held on September 26th at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center in Savannah, GA .
Ted Wells, Chief Strategy Officer for STEMconnector®, and veteran technology/telecom executive, Carrie A. Wheeler are both set to address this year’s event.
In his role at STEMconnector®, Wells manages a portfolio of projects relating to STEM K-12 education and workforce development. He also has led the development of STEMconnector®’s Google+ On-Air Hangouts series that highlight issues in STEM education. STEMconnector® is an organization committed to improving the flow of information to stakeholders in STEM education. The group works with a number of organizations including non-profits, government entities and corporations on key projects such as the STEM Food and Ag Council, STEM Higher Education Council and STEMconnector®’s computer science education outreach.
Carrie A. Wheeler is the former Chief Operating Officer for Atlanta-based Cbeyond and the current TAG-Ed Board Chair. During her 20+ year career in technology and telecommunications, Wheeler has led several development, operational and integration teams including mergers and acquisitions for MCI and Worldcom, MCI and Verizon, and Bellsouth and AT&T. Prior to her years in telecommunications, Wheeler worked for Accenture in a senior consulting role in the healthcare industry. During her tenure at Accenture, she led system design and implementation teams for package software systems at The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Alabama and The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Texas.
“STEM education plays such a vital role in the future workforce for Georgia,” said Michael Robertson, Executive Director for TAG-Ed. “We are proud to have these speakers host an event that will bring a focus on the importance of STEM education and recognize those schools and companies throughout the state that are making it a priority.”
The Georgia STEM Education awards were created in 2012 to recognize and celebrate schools, extracurricular programs, public-private partnerships, science agencies and post-secondary education outreach programs for outstanding efforts and achievement in supporting and promoting science, technology, engineering, and math education in Georgia. To learn more or to register, visit: http://www.tagonline.org/events/stem-education-awards/.
About The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)
The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) is the leading technology industry association in the state, serving more than 24,000 members and hosting over 200 events each year through chapters in Metro Atlanta, Augusta, Athens, Columbus, Middle Georgia, and Savannah. TAG serves as an umbrella organization for 34 industry societies, each of which provides rich content for TAG constituents. TAG’s mission is to educate, promote, influence and unite Georgia’s technology community to foster an innovative and connected marketplace that stimulates and enhances a tech-based economy. The association provides members with access to networking and educational programs; recognizes and promotes Georgia’s technology leaders and companies; and advocates for legislative action that enhances the state’s economic climate for technology. For more information visit the TAG website at www.tagonline.org or TAG’s community website at www.TAGthink.com.
About TAG Education Collaborative
TAG Education Collaborative is dedicated to developing science, technology, engineering and math initiatives in Georgia. Through partnerships with statewide STEM programs, TAG-Ed fosters student interest in STEM in order to increase appreciation for the opportunities available through technology careers. TAG-Ed hosts an internship program for high school students, two web-based team challenges for students interested in Health IT and web design, and the Vine Event, an annual fundraiser benefiting STEM education. For additional information, visit TAG Education Collaborative or contact Michael Robertson at (404) 920 – 2038 or firstname.lastname@example.org.