Editor’s Note: This news release is published in conjunction with AAAS and IF/THEN®.
Brecksville, OH (Sept. 9, 2019) – MedData is proud to announce that Director of Technology Strategy Nicole Jackson has been selected as an AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) IF/THEN® Ambassador. IF/THEN®, a national initiative of Lyda Hill Philanthropies,seeks to further women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through empowering current innovators and inspiring the next generation of pioneers.
“We firmly believe that IF we support a woman in STEM, THEN she can change the world,” said Lyda Hill, founder of Lyda Hill Philanthropies. “We’re thrilled that Nicole has been chosen as an AAAS IF/THEN® Ambassador and know that she will be a tremendous asset to the IF/THEN® Initiative.”
“There is no doubt that science is the answer to solve many of our country’s most challenging issues and we need all of our nation’s critical thinkers addressing these issues,” said Nicole Small, president and CEO of Lyda Hill Philanthropies. “Women make up nearly half of our population yet only a fraction are entering STEM-related fields. This is why we’ve committed more than $25 million to ensure that women like Nicole Jackson are empowered to change the world and serve as high-profile role models for the next generation of STEM pioneers.”
The goal of the IF/THEN® Initiative is to shift the way our country—and the world—think about women in STEM and this requires changing the narratives about women STEM professionals and improving their visibility. To successfully change the culture and inspire more girls to consider STEM careers, IF/THEN® has developed an ambitious game plan, crucial to empowering a sustainable movement, with four key elements: IF/THEN® Ambassadors, IF/THEN® Coalition, IF/THEN® Collection and IF/THEN® Grants. For more information, visit www.ifthenshecan.org.
IF/THEN® is proud to recognize talented women STEM professionals across a variety of industries as IF/THEN® Ambassadors who will serve as high-profile role models for middle school girls. In partnership with AAAS, IF/THEN® created the AAAS IF/THEN® Ambassadors Program that brings together 100+ of these innovators for specialized media and communications training. Using a talent agency model, IF/THEN® will support the Ambassadors and their inspiring work by showcasing them on a national platform.
“We are proud of Nicole for being chosen as an AAAS IF/THEN® Ambassador,” said Emily Fisher, president and COO of MedData. “Her work with our technology is making a critical impact on how we help hospitals and physicians care for their patients throughout the entire U.S. In her time at MedData, Nicole has established herself as a versatile leader and helped us in our mission to make a difference in the lives of others. Her work here is impressive, and we’re looking forward to seeing all that she can accomplish as an AAAS IF/THEN® Ambassador.”
In her role as director of technology strategy, Nicole Jackson works alongside MedData’s CIO on high-impact projects; manages strategic initiatives for profitability, revenue growth, and efficiencies; identifies, tracks, and reports metrics that measure the successful implementation of strategic initiatives; identifies and mitigates technological gaps or issues that could impact the success of the company; and creates and implements training guidelines for technical leaders and individual contributors related to processes necessary to effectually ideate, build, and iterate within IT to remain competitive in a rapidly evolving, complex health IT landscape.
Nicole brought her experience as a manager and leader within the startup environment to Duet Health and MedData more than three years ago and has since helped modernize and streamline technical product management, process engineering, and software delivery strategies by actively applying her education in creativity and innovation with Drexel University to the science of computer software engineering and product management. An active community mentor throughout Columbus, Ohio, Nicole recently relocated to Houston to assume a new role as the Executive in Residence at Houston Community College’s Northeast College, where she will apply her background to modernize the HCC technology, STEM outreach, and HCC student experience.
AAAS IF/THEN® Ambassadors were selected through a rigorous selection process. Candidates were evaluated for overall excellence with a focus on the following:
- Contributions to their STEM-related field, commensurate with their career stage
- Demonstrated experience and abilities in STEM communication and public engagement via media, classroom, and public programs
- Commitment to inspiring middle school girls to be the next generation of STEM pioneers
For a complete list of Ambassadors, go to www.ifthenshecan.org/ambassadors.
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MedData, a MEDNAX (NYSE: MD) company, is a leading provider of technology-enabled management services for hospitals and health systems. For four decades, the company has been providing innovative solutions to the medical community and serving hundreds of millions of patients across numerous medical specialties. MedData currently serves more than 10,000 physicians at a growing network of 3,000+ facilities nationwide from its headquarters in Brecksville, Ohio, and more than 20 regional offices across the U.S. Learn more at www.meddata.com.
IF/THEN® is part of Lyda Hill Philanthropies’ commitment to fund game-changing advancements in science and nature. IF/THEN® seeks to further advance women in STEM by empowering current innovators and inspiring the next generation of pioneers. Rooted in a firm belief that there is no better time to highlight positive and successful female professional role models, IF/THEN® is designed to activate a culture shift among young girls to open their eyes to STEM careers by: (1) funding and elevating women in STEM as role models, (2) convening cross-sector partners in entertainment, fashion, sports, business and academia to illuminate the importance of STEM everywhere, and (3) inspiring girls with better portrayals of women in STEM through media and learning experiences to pique their interest in STEM careers. To learn more, visit www.ifthenshecan.org or follow IF/THEN® on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.
ABOUT LYDA HILL PHILANTHROPIES
Lyda Hill Philanthropies encompasses the charitable giving of founder Lyda Hill who believes that “science is the answer” to life’s most challenging issues and is committed to funding transformational advances in science and nature. To learn more, visit www.lydahillphilanthropies.org.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science, as well as Science Translational Medicine; Science Signaling; a digital, open-access journal, Science Advances; Science Immunology; and Science Robotics. AAAS was founded in 1848 and includes more than 250 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. Sciencehas the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world. The nonprofit AAAS is open to all and fulfills its mission to “advance science and serve society” through initiatives in science policy, international programs, science education, public engagement and more.