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STEM Edutainment Takes Center Stage at Bay Path’s Women’s Leadership Conference

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Springfield, MA— Bay Path University has announced Margot Stern and Dr. Yael Schuster, founders of the Israel-based STEM edutainment company StellarNova, as the morning keynote speakers for its 24th annual Women’s Leadership Conference.

Created from a love of science and a “why not me” attitude about women in careers focused on science, technology, and math, StellarNova aims to bring the wonderment and excitement around science to children everywhere via books, science kits, and multimedia experiences. Stern and Schuster hope to inspire young girls to challenge the perception that scientists are only “old guys with crazy hair,” and to instead broaden their view to include the people they interact with daily – including themselves.

It’s the same message Bay Path has been delivering to women since the inception of their own STEM based degree programs, their Center of Excellence for Women in STEM, and their Women in STEM Honors Program – science, and science based careers, are for everyone.

Adding to the “why not me” discussion at the WLC are previously announced keynote speakers Mel Robbins, celebrated serial entrepreneur, best-selling author, life strategist, internationally recognized social media influencer and motivational speaker, and Rita Moreno, award-winning actress, dancer, singer, and winner of the grand slam of the entertainment industry’s most prestigious awards, the EGOT.

Conference attendees are also invited to participate in four breakout sessions focused on reimagining the narrative around women in leadership.

Now in its 24th year, Bay Path University’s Women’s Leadership Conference has garnered more than 23,000 attendees and featured more than 165 prominent speakers throughout its history, including Lena Waithe, Arianna Huffington, Barbara Walters, Dr. Maya Angelou, Nicholas Kristof, and Gloria Estefan.

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About StellarNova

StellarNova Ltd. is an edutainment company specializing in STEM products for
children. Dr. Mom and her team at StellarNova strive to provide kids, parents, and
educators with the tools to unlock the superpowers of science through literature,
adventures, games, and hands-on experiences.

About Rita Moreno

Rita Moreno is an actress, dancer and singer. Her career has spanned over 70 years; among her notable acting work are supporting roles in the musical films The King and I and West Side Story. Moreno is one of the few artists to have won all four major annual American entertainment awards: an Oscar, an Emmy, a Grammy and a Tony. She is also one of 23 people who have achieved what is called the Triple Crown of Acting, with individual competitive Academy, Emmy and Tony awards for acting. Moreno has won numerous other awards, including various lifetime achievement awards and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian honor.

About Mel Robbins

Melanie "Mel" Robbins is an American on-air CNN commentator, television host, author, and motivational speaker. Robbins is widely known for covering the George Zimmerman trial; her TED X talk, How to Stop Screwing Yourself Over, with over 15 million views on YouTube alone; and her book, The 5 Second Rule.

About Bay Path University

Bay Path University was founded in 1897. With locations in Longmeadow (main), East Longmeadow (Philip H. Ryan Health Science Center), Springfield (MA), Sturbridge (MA), and Concord (MA), Bay Path’s innovative program offerings include traditional undergraduate degrees for women, The American Women's College on-ground and online, the first all-women, all-online accredited bachelor’s degree programs in the country; over 25 graduate programs for women and men; and Strategic Alliances, offering professional development courses for individuals and organizations. Bay Path’s goal is to give students confidence in the fundamentals of their chosen field, the curiosity to question the ordinary, the leadership to show initiative, and the desire to make a difference.

About the Women’s Leadership Conference

The Bay Path University Women’s Leadership Conference is the region’s premiere women’s leadership event for professional and personal networking and enrichment. The content that attendees take away from this one-day event can be put into action to help our region grow and prosper. For twenty-three years, we have gathered as a community of women ready to honor each other’s experiences and celebrate our aspirations. With more than 23,000 attendees over the past 23 years, the conference has featured 158 prominent speakers, including Lena Waithe, Arianna Huffington, Barbara Walters, Dr. Maya Angelou, Nicholas Kristof, and Gloria Estefan.