“I decided to volunteer with Thriving Elements because I believe in the cause. I believe the future is STEM but that students do not have enough support to get through those programs, or even get into those programs and that’s where Thriving Elements came in. Thriving Elements is supplying girls who otherwise might give up on their STEM dreams, mentors that will stay with them and support them through their educational and professional careers. It’s been incredible to see the growth in the girls and the growth in STEM professionals invested in the future.” – Abby Dowd
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Natalie has a background in business development, marketing and project management. She is passionate about sustainability and is the founder of a natural skincare company. She believes in equality of education opportunity and wants to encourage young women to pursue higher education and explore their career paths in STEM fields. She is originally from Malaysia and currently based in Zürich, working as a product marketing & project manager in a tech startup.
I obtained a Bachelor of Business Science specializing in Actuarial Science from the University of Cape Town in South Africa. I am currently working as an Actuarial Analyst in the Financial Services Advisory Division óf Deloitte South Africa. In addition, I am pursuing my Fellowship of the Actuarial Society of South Africa. Throughout my schooling and university career, there were no prominent women role models in the actuarial field – and if there were, we were never exposed to them. This is something that has always troubled me, because I know so many girls would be inspired to go into the field if there was better representation of women. I have always wanted to give back to others, especially young girls, but didn’t quite know how – until I discovered the Thriving Elements Mentorship Program. This was the ideal opportunity to use my own experience as a woman who studied a STEM degree and help other girls with various challenges that they might encounter on their own
Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Shaun had an early interest in electronics and photography. During school years he built a autonomous rover, which triggered his career in computer vision and robotics. He completed his bachelors and masters degrees in electronic engineering at University of Cape Town and Stellenbosch, where he focused on medical imaging and unmanned helicopters, respectively. He then spent several years developing machine learning-based sensors for the mining industry, before moving to Switzerland to work in the field of sports broadcasting. Shaun enjoys seeing young people getting excited about the STEM fields and making a difference.
Ezunial “Eze” Burts
Ezunial (Eze) Burts III is senior manager of External Technical Affiliations (ETA) for The Boeing Company. He oversees company-wide strategy and investment levels for ETA global strategic partnerships to capture value, cultivate expertise, and leverage both to positively impact multi-functional technical workforce development roadmaps. He is sub-delegated this authority jointly from the Chief Engineer and Chief Information Officer. He leads a team of project management professionals who evaluate, establish, negotiate and manage a dynamic investment portfolio of strategic partnerships to cultivate the talent pipeline, and unlock innovation and growth for Boeing’s business units and talented team members.