emPoweringSTEM Conference

The What & Why:
There is a critical disconnect between the STEM skills needed to support the state’s current and future jobs ecosystem and our students’ interests and levels of mastery in those fields. By bringing together businesses leaders and educators from across North Carolina in a hands-on learning environment, this conference will help make that connection from classroom to career. Participating Teachers will: interact side by side with business leaders in STEM fields; participate in a series of learning labs and hands-on, work-based learning activities that can be replicated in classroom environments; be empowered to ask questions and discuss perspectives and challenges around incorporating workforce related (technical and soft) skills into their classrooms; and gain access to information and resources needed to help students navigate course selection and various career pathways that lead to successful STEM careers.

This event is a partnership between GSK, NCBCE, and the Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership.


The When & Where: March 8, 2018 | GSK Headquarters


The Participant Profile & Ticket:

  • Participation is based on nominations from local superintendents. We have asked superintendents across the state’s 115 local education authorities to nominate one middle school teacher from their school district
  • These men and women are recognized as “teacher leaders”
  • The participant package (sponsored by GSK) includes: $50 stipend to cover cost of travel, one-night hotel for those traveling 50+ miles or more, breakfast and lunch the day of the conference.
  • Breakfast and Lunch for the conference have been sponsored by Fidelity Investments and Google, respectively.
  • Pathway Maps & Conference Materials have been sponsored by North Carolina’s Electrics Cooperatives


Event Agenda:
7:30 Breakfast
8:00 – 8:30 Welcome

  • Introductions, Marti Skold-Jordan (GSK Manager of Community Partnerships)
  • Remarks, Jack Bailey GSK (President US Pharmaceuticals)
  • Remarks, Mark Johnson (NC State Superintendent)
  • Directions, Marti Skold Jordan (GSK Manager of Community Affairs)

8:30 – 8:40 Break / Walk to breakout rooms
8:40 – 9:55 Learning Labs Round 1*
10:05 – 11:20 Learning Labs Round 2*
11:30 – 12:30 Lunch

  • UNC-TV
  • NC Leadership Panel
    • Jacquelyn Moore (GSK HR Business Lead)
    • Napoleon Wallace (Deputy Director NC Dept. of Commerce)
    • LaTanya Pattillo (Governor Roy Cooper’s Teacher Policy Advisor)
    • Moderated by Marti Skold Jordan (GSK Manager of Community Partnerships)

12:40 – 1:55 Learning Labs Round 3*
2:05 – 3:20 Learning Labs Round 4*
3:30 – 4:00 Closing Remarks

*Learning Lab Faculty and Industries Include:

  • Energy – NC Electric Cooperative & Duke Energy
  • Agriculture – NC Farm Bureau
  • STEM – GSK and Fleet Readiness
  • Information Technology – The Kramden Institute