White House to celebrate STEM diversity and ‘Champions of Change’

Patience Edet Goanue | 2/27/2014, 4:56 p.m.

Flowers has authored two books about STEM education, received numerous recognitions, including being named in 100 Women Leaders in STEM, and has been featured in U.S. World News Report for her WISE award nomination. Flowers is also on the national board of the American Leadership Forum. She continues to produce articles and blogs and links her success to three things: education, compassion and an “iron will” to make a difference.

Christina Lewis Halpern is the founder of All Star Code (ASC), a not-for-profit education organization dedicated to closing the systematic opportunity gap between young men of color and the tech sector. ASC prepares and places its students in the technology sector via an intensive computer science and professional skills summer program, internship placements and ongoing mentorship and networking.

Halpern is a board member of the Reginald F. Lewis Foundation, a 2014 Echoing Green semifinalist and has been profiled in Vanity Fair online. A former staff writer for The Wall Street Journal, her work has also been published in The New York Times Magazine and other publications. She graduated from Harvard College and lives in New York City with her husband, son and dog.

Felecia Hatcher is on a mission is to create 10,000 African-American start-ups as the Co-Founder of Code Fever. Code Fever is an initiative that trains African-American youth in the areas of technology and entrepreneurship. As an author, social entrepreneur and the chief popsicle of Feverish Ice Cream, Hatcher has been featured in Black Enterprise as the Innovator of the Week, ESSENCE magazine, the NBC “Today” show, the Cooking Channel and Grio’s 100 African Americans Making History.

In 2008, she co-founded Feverish Pops, a Miami-based gourmet popsicle company that donates a portion of every pop sold to building community programs that target South Florida’s 13 targeted urban areas. Before launching Feverish and Code Fever, Hatcher worked as a marketing manager for technology and gaming companies.

A frequent keynote speaker, Hatcher has presented engaging talks on entrepreneurship, tech education and embracing failure at Google London, Girl Scouts of America, South by Southwest, Coca-Cola headquarters, FBLA, DECA, TEDxMiami and TEDxJamaica. Hatcher is also the author of two books: “How to Start a Business on a Ramen Noodle Budget” and “The ‘C’ Students Guide to Scholarships.”

Danielle N. Lee is a biologist who studies animal behavior. Her current research examines the natural history and individual differences of African giant pouched rats. Her science outreach efforts emphasize sharing science to general audiences, particularly underserved groups, via outdoor programming and social media. She blogs about her research, evolutionary biology, as well as diversity and inclusion in the sciences at the Urban Scientist, hosted by the Scientific American Blog Network.

She is also a founder of the National Science and Technology News Service, a media advocacy group to increase interest in STEM and science news coverage within the African-American community.

At 8 years old, Kalimah Priforce held a successful hunger strike against his Brooklyn group home to add more books to its library, which drew the attention of a community of Buddhist monks and nuns who privately tutored him until the age of 14. By 16, Priforce had started his first computer tech company that primarily served low-income neighborhoods and the elderly. After his teenage brother was shot and killed behind their childhood elementary school, Priforce formed a lifelong commitment to transforming the lives of underserved kids toward mindfulness of their path and purpose.