Erika Jefferson is the President and Founder of Black Women in Science and Engineering (BWISE), an organization focused on bridging the leadership gap for Black women in STEM. She received a MBA from Georgia Tech and a BS in Chemical Engineering from LSU.
Mel Butcher is a speaker, creator and consultant with over 15 years of professional experience. Mel co-leads Lead to Soar, an organization with a mission to close the gender leadership gap using research-backed methods. As part of Lead to Soar, she teaches courses that focus on equipping women with what they most need to advance and earn leadership positions, namely — business, strategic, and financial acumen. Mel is also proud co-host of the Lead to Soar podcast. Mel holds a BS and MS in Engineering and a BA in Language.