Wanda Cartrette

Advanced Technology Maker Center & K-12 Mobile Skills Lab Sr. Manager, Ashley Furniture Industries

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There are so many opportunities in STEM.

What do you do?

The first thing that comes to mind is rewarding.. I have the blessing to mentor and prepare students of all ages and employees in STEM related careers through hands on competency based education. I also hold youth summer workshops and after school programs such as coding, SolidWorks, robotics, career choice and so much more.

Why did you choose this field?

I am very active in the community in which I live and serve on many non-profit organizations. I have also been in manufacturing for 29 years for the same company and see very few women entering STEM careers. In 2019 was honored to start from grounds up a state of the are facility to help bridge the gaps in STEM related fields. I don’t know that I just realized it one day.. I always knew that I wanted to mentor other and help them be everything they could be!

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

I believe anything is possible but I would have to say my path may have been less traveled if I had known as much as I do today about all of what STEM has to offer.

Why do you love working in STEM?

There are so many reasons I love working in STEM but the most rewarding is making a difference in someone else’s STEM education and career journey by being there for them as a mentor. That’s truly what makes me wake up with a smile.

Best advice for next generation?

There are so many opportunities in STEM... Be Curious! Anything is POSSIBLE!

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them” Walt Disney

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