1) She was exposed early to STEM by her father who was her early champion during her educational years.
2) Girls, in particular, need an early champion in their lives to assist in getting through the minutiae and stereotypes that are persistent in STEM.
3) We should give people the grace to pivot if they know that going down a path isn't going to work for them. Especially if they know it early.
4) Interdisciplinary work isn't just about bringing the disciplines together. It's about being intentional about the people in the room.
Saleema Khimji bio
Through her legal and IP background, in tandem with over a decade of experience in partnerships in the public and private sectors, Saleema has worked with a multidisciplinary range of skills, experiences, and education, to promote innovation globally. Her endeavors as MCI’s Chief Innovation Officer allow her to bridge various cultures, vertices, and geographies within the innovation ecosystem, yielding unique partnerships and collaboration platforms.
Prior to joining the MCI team, she developed extensive expertise in patenting and nurturing technologies through the development life cycle with a series of healthcare and technology projects, including co-inventing an AI-based sensor technology for counterfeit drug detection through the University of Oxford.
She is also deeply passionate about mentoring young women in STEM, entrepreneurship & innovation, and empowering them to excel in their careers.
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STEMming in Stilettos Youtube Channel: https://youtu.be/xAc25J7UH9A