Shari Briggs is the first recipient of our African American Professional Network (AAPN) Volunteer of the Year award. It’s a fitting tribute to a woman dedicated to service.
“I am a black woman with an engineering degree so that makes me part of a small group, yet as soon as I walked in the door of our company, I had a group of people ready to expand my network personally and professionally, and help me succeed,” Shari said. “That genuine concern and effort confirmed what I suspected: this is a place where I would have a thriving career.”
Shari’s path toward an engineering degree is uncommon for many underrepresented groups – something she wants to change.
“Many young people lack confidence in their math and science skills, and don’t have STEM role models so they don’t envision the career for themselves,” she said. “I am working to remove those barriers so they see a way forward.”