Employees participate in, recognized at Women of Color STEM conference

Beattra Wilson staffs a table at a career fair.
Urban Forestry program manager Beattra Wilson talks with young women about career opportunities with the Forest Service at the Women of Color STEM career fair. Forest Service photo by Linda Jones.

WASHINGTON, DC—Several Forest Service employees participated in the 23rd annual Women of Color STEM (science, technology, engineering and math education) conference held in Detroit, Michigan, Oct. 11–13. This national conference recognizes the outstanding achievements of women in STEM fields by offering a forum for women to share ideas and knowledge, network, gain training, and inspire the next generation of STEM leaders. This year’s conference theme, “Press for Progress: It’s Our Time,” reflected the global push for gender parity.

Forest Service employees were involved in several aspects of the conference. They hosted a seminar attended by more than 50 professionals and students, “The Next Generation of Natural Resources Decision-Makers…More Diverse than Ever! Are You Ready?”. The panelists included Cherie Hamilton, Ozark-St. Francis National Forest supervisor Serra Hoagland, Rocky Mountain Research Station biologist, Keyana Ellis Reynolds, volunteers and service program coordinator for Recreation and Heritage Resources, and Beattra Wilson, Urban Forestry program manager with State and Private Forestry.

In addition, employees Kelly De Hoyos and Anthony Leyva, Human Resources Management, hosted a national recruitment, outreach and hiring event at the conference to promote opportunities for recent graduate, merit and intern positions with the Forest Service. They also shared information about the Pathways Program, which offers federal internship and employment opportunities for current students, recent graduates and those with an advanced degree.

Forest Service employees didn’t just work at the conference, two were recognized for their career achievements. Patti Hirami, acting Deputy Chief for State and Private Forestry, and Angela Coleman, Chief of Staff, received Technology All Stars Awards. These awards are given to accomplished women of color from mid-level to advanced stages of their careers who have demonstrated excellence in the workplace and in their communities.