STEM Women featured in November

Our speaker, Rachel McGalliard, has had a phenomenal career. In the pre-meeting slides, we featured a couple of other amazing women. All are fascinating in their own right.

Rachel McGalliard

As Vice President of Operations of the Software Guild, Rachel McGalliard oversees all operational components of our coding bootcamps, 12-week intensive programs designed to train students in high-demand coding languages. Rachel oversees curriculum development, identifies location opportunities, optimizes the bootcamp enrollment process and ensures smooth delivery of services to students.

Rachel joined Learning House in 2010. Prior to her current role, Rachel spent five years in the account management department, first as an Account Manager and later as Director of Account Management. As Director of Account Management, Rachel managed client relationships for all Learning House partner institutions, ensuring they received the training, support, and services they needed to succeed.

Rachel has a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Chemistry and a Master of Arts in Psychological and Brain Sciences from the University of Louisville

Katherine Johnson

NASA Mathematician who helped get the U.S. to the moon and subject of soon-to-be-released movie “Hidden Figures

  • Graduated college Summa Cum Laude in Math and French
  • One of the first African-Americans to enroll in Math at West Virginia University
  • Calculated trajectory for Alan Shepard (1st American in space) in 1959 and his launch window in 1961
  • At John Glenn’s insistence, personally verified computer calculations for his orbit around the Earth
  • Calculated Apollo 11’s flight to the moon
  • Worked on backup procedures & charts that helped safely return the crew of Apollo 13

Learn more about Katherine here

Dr. Buddhini Samarasinghe

Science communicator and molecular biologist working on cancer research

How she’s changing the world:

  • Created of STEM Women, “an initiative to support and promote the careers of women who work in STEM fields.”
  • On her blog,, she helps make biomedical and cancer research more accessible to the public by removing jargon and debunking sensationalized science reporting

Other ways to keep up with her:

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