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Axios' Alison Snyder and Bryan Walsh hosted a conversation on the future of STEM education, featuring host and executive producer of CBS' "Mission Unstoppable" Miranda Cosgrove, Girls Who Code CEO Reshma Saujani and Lyda Hill Philanthropies CEO Nicole Small.

Reshma Saujani unpacked the pandemic's impact on Girls Who Code programming and their alumni, as well as the current cultural climate of Silicon Valley and the tech world.

  • On COVID-19's impact on girls in STEM: "About 30% of [our] college-age alumni had their internships or their full time offers reneged. Almost 30% of our students had a parent or guardian lose their job."
  • On lack of opportunities for women and people of color in tech: "It's not a pipeline problem. It is still a bro culture. Until we change that, until Silicon Valley admits that all nerds are not welcome, we will continue to not solve this problem."

Miranda Cosgrove and Nicole Small discussed the importance of creating STEM programming specific to young women and reaching them on their preferred mediums.

  • Miranda Cosgrove on what the show "Mission Unstoppable" brings to its young audience: "I just think the show does a really good job of showing all different kinds of people and letting little girls know what different job opportunities are out there in STEM."
  • Nicole Small on the #stemlife TikTok campaign: "This is part of that strategy of, we need to meet girls where they are...So instead of trying to fight that, if you can't beat them, join them."

Axios' Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Dominique Taylor hosted a View from the Top segment with General Motors Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Sustainability Communications Hina Baloch and discussed the student-age experience of the pandemic.

  • "Such a long period of [disrupted] learning causes dire outcomes for poor students and particularly for students who are from marginalized and minority groups. At General Motors...we built hands-on learning projects [in STEM] that students can do at home with their parents or with their teachers or guardian and really gave them an opportunity for immersive learning in STEM."

Thank you GM for sponsoring this event.

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Watch: Global data-driven change

On Thursday, January 27, Axios' Ina Fried hosted a conversation on the social impact of Big Data, featuring Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.) and former U.S. chief technology officer and founder and CEO of shift7, Megan Smith.

Megan Smith. unpacked how data can help solve some of the biggest equity issues across our economy and society today, and the importance of having everyone at the table.

  • On solving social issues that are exacerbated by new technologies: "It's just not for the tech community to decide [how to fix this] on behalf of all of us, especially because they face extraordinary bias in their hiring practices and their teams' dismissiveness of people who are not of a certain group."
  • On how the government should approach solving problems that cross technological and policy divides: "The key there is less about what and more about who. Who is in the government teams, who is actually in the tech teams? Are they more balanced? How do we get more of society at the table together so that we're more fluent as we work on this?"

Rep. Yvette Clarke highlighted the risks and rewards of using Big Data, as well as the shared responsibility of the public and private sectors to keep the public informed.

  • On how algorithms can amplify existing biases: "[Big Data] can be great in making advances in our civil society. The other side is it can become a mirror of some of the inequities that exist in the real world...and that reflection can be programmed into algorithms."
  • On a balanced approach to technology regulation: "I really want to make sure that the public is educated and informed...[That] we also hold the companies accountable for the ways in which they perpetuate harm in certain respects and reward where they're doing good."

Axios' Chief People Officer Dominique Taylor hosted a View from the Top segment with Intel Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer Sandra Rivera to discuss collaboration and creating change from within the tech industry.

  • "We have convened other industry leaders to really drive meaningful, lasting change forward. This is such a big challenge and opportunity. It doesn't really work that any one company can do [it] alone: We take our role in terms of leading that work by participating, collaborating with other tech giants."

Thank you Intel for sponsoring this event.

In photos: Protesters rally for George Floyd ahead of Derek Chauvin's trial

Chaz Neal, a Redwing community activist, outside the Minnesota Governor's residence during a protest in support of George Floyd in St.Paul, Minnesota, on March 6. Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images

Dozens of protesters were rallying outside the Minnesota governor's mansion in St Paul Saturday, urging justice for George Floyd ahead of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin's trial over the 46-year-old's death.

The big picture: Chauvin faces charges for second-degree murder and manslaughter over Floyd's death last May, which ignited massive nationwide and global protests against racism and for police reform. His trial is due to start this Monday, with jury selection procedures.