ATOM Pink TankFinal Presentations and Closing Ceremony

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ATOM Pink Tank Final Presentations and Closing Ceremony
Monday, Mach 29, 2021
1:00pm – 3:00 pm

“Investigating the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Women in STEM careers in South Florida!”

ATOM Pink Tank student participants will collaborate in teams to create innovative solutions that address real-world challenges centering around equity, diversity and inclusion in South Florida companies, under the theme  “Investigating the Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on Women in STEM careers in South Florida!”

Studies have reported that the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic created a “ Shecession” in which working women disproportionately experienced the worst effects of the COVID-19 recession. The goal of the ATOM Pink Tank project is to investigate the experiences faced by women working in STEM-related careers in South Florida during the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Student teams will collect and analyze data to provide insights about:

  • Major issues working women in South Florida face because of the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • The differing nature and scope uniquely faced by these women, in contrast to their male counterparts

Student teams will also create proposals to:

  • Suggest initiatives/innovative practices to mitigate these challenges and help women cope and succeed in the “new normal” workplace environment
  • Recommend how organizations can act on this opportunity to reinvent themselves in order to thrive in an environment of greater uncertainty and unpredictability


Each student will receive a $750 stipend to gather the tools/resources in preparation for the final presentations.


  • First-place winners will each be awarded a $1,000 scholarship
  • Second-place winners will each be awarded a $500 scholarship


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Karageorge, E. X. (September 2020).  COVID-19 recession is tougher on women. U.S. BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS, Monthly Labor Review,,

Alon, T., Doepke, M., Olmstead-Rumsey, J., & Tertilt, M. (2020).  This Time It’s Different: The Role of Women’s Employment in a Pandemic Recession (No. w27660). National Bureau of Economic Research.  

Carrazana, Chabeli (October 2020), “ 865,000 Women Left the Workforce Last Month.” USA TODAY. URL: .

Jost, Gregor, Deepak Mahadevan, David Pralong, and Marcus Sieberer (December 2020) . “How COVID-19 Is Redefining the next-Normal Operating Model,” McKinsey & Company, URL:

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