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Heather Metcalf, PhD, is Chief Research Officer for AWIS, where she is project lead for their STEM to Market and ARC Network initiatives. She has undergraduate degrees in applied mathematics and computer science, master’s degrees in computer science and gender studies, and a doctorate in higher education, science and technology policy. She utilizes her unique interdisciplinary background to conduct applied research on organizational cultures, equity, and career development in STEM fields across all sectors, including entrepreneurship. Dr. Metcalf holds a patent on training materials for inclusive search and hiring processes and is the lead investigator on projects funded by the National Science Foundation, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the Kapor Center, and the University of Illinois. Dr. Metcalf has research, policy, and programmatic expertise on myriad topics in STEM, such as bias; educational and workplace cultures; harassment and discrimination; innovation and entrepreneurship; pathways; workforce development; organizational and systemic change; recruitment and retention; equity across fields, sectors, and ranks; mentoring; sense of fit; self-efficacy; federal funding; institutional and federal policy; structural and cultural barriers; and work-life integration. She has appeared on: Public Radio International and The Atlantic to discuss sexism in science; National Public Radio, Huffington Post, and The Chronicle of Higher Education to provide expertise on harassment in STEM; Scientific American and Nature Index to share insights on gender bias in federal research funding; and Forbes to discuss inclusive entrepreneurship.

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