On Tuesday, April 15, 2014, The Ozark STEM Foundation’s Leadership Team gathered at the Northwest Arkansas Community College to celebrate the official launch of the Foundation.

The event included a welcome by Kurt Haas, Product Manager for Walmart’s Information Systems Division, and JP Thompson, Senior Solutions Architect for Walmart Stores, Inc.

Kareann Terrell, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Walmart Stores, Inc. delivered the keynote speech to an audience of more than 300 executives, technologists, students and educators.

Karenann joined Walmart in 2010. Previously, she was chief information officer of Baxter International, Inc. and chief information officer of the Chrysler Group and Mercedes-Benz North America. She began her career at General Motors where her responsibilities included automotive manufacturing and engineering as well as brand development at Cadillac.

In 2013, Karenann was named CIO of the Year by the National Association of Software & Services Companies (NASSCOM). She has been recognized as one of the 100 Most Influential Women in the Automotive Business by Automotive News. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Kettering University and a master’s degree from Purdue University, both in electrical engineering.

The Foundation received numerous, generous contributions in just a few, short hours. The Foundation, however, is actively seeking additional funds in support of the Foundation’s mission to foster high-quality science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) opportunities for all students in grades K-16. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities or corporate donations, please contact Sarah Scott at sarah@ozarkstem.orgorg.

For individual support, you may donate via PayPal. No contribution is too small. Every donation counts.

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