Inspiring
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Michigan Youth Empowerment Foundation’s Inspiring Role Models (IRM) Virtual Conference aims to motivate youth to fully invest in themselves and explore their passions.

2022 DAy 1

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Day one

Saturday August 6, 2022

Our speakers and panelists include inspiring leaders in business, STEAM, and activism around the world who will share their stories and offer guidance to uncover your true potential.

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

Embedded Software Platform Engineer, General Motors

Incoming Harvard Freshman, Writer

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT

Founder and Former CEO of Cootek Cayman

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Day Two

sunday August 7, 2022

Robertson Leadership Scholar and Neuroscience Researcher Duke University

5:00 pm - 5:50 pm EDT

Sarah Alonso Vega

Curiosity Expert, STEAM Advocate, Content + Graphic Creator & Everything in Between

Applications Engineer at ZEISS, Founder of TwoBlueTech

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT

VP of Cybersecurity Engineering at Comerica Bank

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The Ambassador Program is a leadership opportunity for students who are dedicated to representing the IRM Virtual Conference. Ambassadors have full access to the conference VIP package, participate in ambassador-exclusive giveaways, and earn Presidential Volunteer Service Award volunteer hours.

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Michigan Youth Empowerment Foundation’s Inspiring Role Models (IRM) Virtual Conference aims to motivate youth to fully invest in themselves and explore their passions. We aspire to bring people of different interests together for collaboration and innovation. Our speakers and panelists include inspiring leaders in business, STEAM, and activism around the world who will share their stories and offer guidance to uncover your true potential. Together, we can build a better tomorrow.

As adolescents strive to develop a sense of identity and purpose, role models become important in helping identify the behaviours, attitudes, and qualities that make up an impactful leader.

Although this event is geared towards middle and high school students, we welcome all people regardless of age, location, or experience!

The conference is currently scheduled for August 7th – 8th, 2021, 12 PM to 6 PM EDT.

 

By becoming a partner, your organization will be featured on our website along with a clickable logo that leads to your web page. Moreover, all of our partners will receive VIP tickets to the conference free of charge, and be a part of an awesome team!

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We strive to provide guidance and opportunities for motivated students around the world to help them pursue their passions. Many students lack a professional role model in their lives that can provide mentorship in a specific area, and we hope to change that. At IRM, youth will be able to hear from leaders and professionals in their industries and learn from them.

IRM will be held online via Zoom. There will also be a YouTube live streaming available. 

An event ambassador will be responsible for helping to bring in publicity for the event. The event ambassador program is a great opportunity to earn volunteer hours and all event ambassadors will be invited to the live Zoom meeting with Q&A sessions with the guest speakers! All students from grades 6 to 12 are eligible to apply.

General Pass (free) holders will receive an email for the conference’s YouTube Live link.

VIP Pass ($14.99) holders will be invited to join the Zoom live to have direct interactions with all of our speakers.

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Michigan Youth Empowerment Foundation’s Inspiring Role Models (IRM) Virtual Conference aims to motivate youth to fully invest in themselves and explore their passions.

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Kristine Pankow

Embedded Software Platform Engineer, General Motors

Kristine Pankow is an Embedded Software Platform Engineer at General Motors. During her time in industry, she has focused her energy on mobility. She started out as an Autonomous Vehicle Embedded Security Engineer where she performed threat modeling and risk assessment for vehicle components and subsystems while also helping to ensure the implementation of security measures. Next, she worked as a Cybersecurity Penetration Test Engineer where she conducted ethical hacking of automotive hardware and software. Recently, she started a new role as a Software Defined Vehicle Embedded Software Platform Engineer. She is working to architect services and apps that comprise a new software platform that will foster versatility and software-based personalization

 

Pankow earned both her electrical and mechanical engineering degrees from Kettering University in 2017. Afterwards, she went on to gain her MBA from Walsh College.

Stephanie Wang

Incoming Harvard Freshman, Writer

Stephanie is an incoming freshman at Harvard University studying Molecular and Cellular Biology and Government. She is the founder of Project Unmasked, a global campaign for public health education and the author of Epidemiology Unmasked, an introductory textbook used by thousands of students.

 

She is a Research Science Institute scholar, Coca-Cola scholar, 3x Science Olympiad national champion, and has been recognized by Congress and on the Times Square billboard for her advocacy work.

NEXTEER SUSTAINABILITY TEAM

Nexteer Automotive

Nexteer Automotive (SEHK: 1316) is the global leading motion control technology company accelerating mobility to be safe, green and exciting.

 

Our innovative product and technology portfolio includes electric and hydraulic power steering systems, steer-by-wire systems, steering columns and intermediate shafts, driveline systems, eDrive and software solutions.

 

The Company solves motion control challenges across all megatrends – including electrification, software/connectivity, ADAS/automated driving and shared mobility. 

 

Headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States, the Company has 26 manufacturing plants, three technical centers, one software center and 13 customer service centers located across five continents – serving more than 60 customers around the world, including BMW, Ford, GM, RNM, Stellantis, Toyota and VW, as well as automakers in India and China.

 

Nexteer Automotive is committed to being a responsible corporate citizen and making a positive impact where we do business. Our One Nexteer culture encourages all employees to embrace sustainability – empowering every one of us with the freedom to explore, understand, suggest and continue to improve how we make tomorrow better than today.

 

The Company was recognized by Newsweek on the 2022 List as one of America’s Most Responsible Companies for the third consecutive year. Nexteer Sustainability team will continue this stewardship for the good of the planet, our communities and our future, through our longstanding work along the five key focus areas of our Sustainability Framework: Business Ethics, Supply Chain, Health, Safety and Environment, Community, and Value Creation.

 

Michael Wang

Founder and Former CEO of Cootek Cayman

Michael Jialiang Wang is the founder and former CEO of Cootek Cayman, a publicly-traded artificial intelligence and big data technologies-based mobile Internet company worth 20 million. Cootek won the mobile innovation award at the GSMA Global Mobile Award in 2009 and was awarded “Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in China” by Fast Company. His visionary product, TouchPal Smart, offered an alternative input method for mobile devices, powered by AI. TouchPal was named part of Google Play’s Best Apps of 2015, and would later become globally featured by Google Play in 2017. Michael earned his Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in Science and Electronic Engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2005 and 2000, respectively. In 2012, Michael spoke at the World Economic Forum about the importance of innovation in entrepreneurship. 

Julia Davis

Robertson Leadership Scholar and Neuroscience Researcher Duke University, Founder of Student Artists for Science Education

Julia is a rising junior, a Neuroscience major, and Roberstson Leadership Scholar at Duke University. Alongside Julia’s interest in science and medicine is her enthusiasm for art. Specifically, she was a dancer with the Boston Ballet for 16 years and more recently has continued dancing at Duke’s ballet company. Julia also enjoys playing blues and rock songs from the 70’s and 80’s on electric guitar. 

 

Julia has been involved in several initiatives that promote the intersection of science with art. For instance, she founded a STEAM Club at her high school with the goal of expanding artistic and scientific understanding in students and facilitating discussions outside of the classroom through hands-on experiments. 

 

Julia is also the founder of Student Artists for Science Education, an organization committed to bringing together the arts and sciences in order to create more science opportunities for children in underserved schools and communities.

 

At Duke, Julia manages the Community and Education Outreach Committee NeuroCare where she engages in art projects and activities with elementary school students in the Durham area, teaching them basic neuroscience principles and providing consistent mentorship.  

 

She is also the president and Academic Editor-in-Chief of Vertices: Duke’s Undergraduate Research Journal. 

 

Finally, Julia has been engaged in a wide range of research in college, from basic science neurobiology research to clinical and global health research, exploring the intersection of psychology, neuroscience, and child development.

Sarah Alonso Vega

Curiosity Expert, Founder of CUELUM, TEDx Organizer, DES Speaker, Technovation Mentor and everything in between

Starting at only 12 years old, Sarah was a key member for the organization of two TEDx events that drew more than 2,500 attendees’ total. She is an active member of various organizations including Girl Genius and Generation She. She has been a Mentor for various Technovation programs and was also nominated for the Aspiring Teen Global Award 2020 from Women In Tech.

 

Sarah is working to obtain a Professional Certificate in Computer Science for AI from HarvardX as well as obtaining her bachelor’s in International Studies from Leiden University in the Netherlands. She is also on her way to inspire others to unleash their inner “Curiosity Expert” with her upcoming initiative CUELUM.

Ahron Wayne

Applications Engineer at ZEISS, Founder of TwoBlueTech

Ahron has a Bachelor’s in Biochemistry from Michigan State University and a Master’s in Biomedical Engineering from Lawrence Tech. He’s also done research in Israel,  been a Ninja Warrior coach, and taught science in China. Currently, he works at the MYE foundation as a Python instructor, as an Adjunct professor at LTU, as a founder at TwoBlueTech, and at his main job as an applications engineer at ZEISS. When he’s not at any of these places, you can find him visiting his Nana, working through a Chinese movie for the 7th month in a row, and falling off his unicycle. 

 

Join Ahron through the journey of how he built his own 3D scanner out of Blu-Ray players, why does he do all of his 3D design in a program meant for kids, and how he helped develop a new method of printing using glass. If you want to know more about battery-powered 3D printing, how to scan and print your head big enough to wear it, and the lessons he’s taken away to his new, more serious job operating the world’s best industrial X-Ray CT scanners, this is the talk for you! 

 

Brandon Van Sickle

VP of Cybersecurity Engineering at Comerica Bank

Brandon Van Sickle is responsible for the Network Security function at Comerica Bank. Within his career, he has worked across multiple market verticals ranging from OEM Automotive, Software as a Service providers, Global Services, and Financial Services. He started out working within Cybersecurity as a Vulnerability Management Engineer, and then pivoting to more IT Operations focused roles in order to better understand what required protection. Over the course of the last few years, Brandon has moved from various Engineering Roles into Cloud and Infrastructure Architecture, and eventually landing within Management roles.

 

Van Sickle achieved his undergraduate work through Oakland University with a strong focus on Systems Design and Business Analytics.