Heather Chandler Selected as AAAS IF/THEN® Ambassador
By: Penned by Kai
"I am honored to be chosen as an AAAS IF/THEN® Ambassador. Becoming an AAAS Ambassador allows me opportunities to share my experiences in the video game industry and get students excited about STEM. If we spark girls' interests in STEM, then they can become women in STEM who ignite future innovations."
During Heather's 23-year career in video game development, including over 3 years as Senior Producer on Fortnite, she's led teams at Epic Games, Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, and Activision. She's launched over 40 games on PC, Console, VR, and mobile platforms and has published several books and articles on Game Production and Development. In addition, she has lectured at conferences around the world like the Game Developers Conference and Netherland Festival of Games. In 2019, Heather decided to combine her love of games, her passion for team-building, and her entrepreneurial dreams and founded Whole Brain Escape.
AAAS IF/THEN® Ambassadors were selected through a rigorous selection process. Candidates were evaluated for overall excellence with a focus contributions to their STEM related field.
The IF/THEN Girls Advisory Council, comprised of more than 150 10-18 year-old girls from around the country, also participated in the Ambassador selection process.
For a complete list of Ambassadors, go to www.ifthenshecan.org/
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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 (https://www.facebook.com/