Jackie Adams wants to facilitating awareness and educational opportunities to improve the culture for all people pursuing STEM-based careers. She pitched her vision to launch a scholarship competition a Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) to raise awareness about the struggles of women in engineering culture at Accelerate 2016.
Shortly after the event, Jackie began working with SPARC [conversations], a student group that hosts a speaker series at CWRU. Together, they launched a series of talks about minorities (including women) in STEM-based careers, with winners receiving monetary awards. The first SPARC [conversations] conference was held January 17, 2017.