Rocky Hill School was pleased to welcome its first Innovator-in-Residence, Susan Fonseca. A visionary and a global leader in women’s empowerment, Susan was on Rocky Hill School’s 84-acre waterfront campus for a week. She is well known for designing systems to increase access to STEM fields, entrepreneurism, and school design, and will speak with students and faculty about the process of innovation.
Susan Fonseca’s stay at Rocky Hill School included a visit to the third grade classroom where she held a Q&A with the students to discuss the importance of United Nations Global Goal #5, Gender Equality. Students came away with a better understanding of why Gender Equality is one of the 17 U.N. Global Goals. She also visited Lower School Spanish students with Nancy Maguire-Rambo to uncover the variety and geographical locations of Spanish-speaking countries, to understand that the range in cultural experiences among them is a critical competency for 21st century living.
In her visit to Jody Cicchese’s seventh grade geography class, they explored the seven themes of geography through an anthropological lens. Susan engaged in dialogue about movement of resources as they related to geography and human settlement.
With Charlie Laurent, Susan examined water as a limited resource on planet earth while visiting the 2017 RHS Lower School Robotics Team. Students participated in an ideation exercise to develop and improve on individual ideas, using the power of the collective intelligence. With Susan’s modeling of creativity and inquiry, students drilled down into problems to uncover the root cause, necessary to innovate and effect change.
On Thursday, female leaders from throughout Rhode Island gathered at the Hope Club in Providence for a presentation by Susan. She shared her perspective on trends in business and how women can and should play an important role in shaping the future. Susan also called upon the participants to create an enduring network aimed at supporting one another’s professional growth and building an ecosystem for business development in Rhode Island. Special guest, Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea, introduced Susan and also shared her excitement about the innovative programs underway at Rocky Hill School.
About Susan Fonseca
Susan Fonseca is an internationally recognized thought leader and advocate for empowering women. An anthropologist and lawyer, Susan grew up in Honduras and has been a keynote speaker at NASA, Forbes Women, Clinton Foundation, Future of Americas Summit, APEC, IDB Demand Solutions, STEM Summit, and TEDx.
During her impressive career, Susan negotiated diplomatic and international collaboration with Central American presidents, ambassadors, U.S. State officials, and industry CEOs that culminated in the successful vote and passage of the U.S. & Dominican Republic – Central American Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA). In addition, she has produced technical and scientific conferences (e.g., Life Extension Conference, Singularity Summits, Aging Conference, Convergence 08).
Susan’s focus is to create strategic alliances and global networks that empower, inspire, and drive positive change.
Susan Fonseca’s organizations and affiliations:
SheWorks! Co-Founder: SheWorks! is a California-based benefit corporation that connects vetted professional women from around the world with employment opportunities via cloud technology.
Women@The Frontier, CEO and Founding Member: Women@TheFrontier is a forum highlighting female change-agents who are leveraging exponential technologies and innovative platforms to address global grand challenges.
Singularity University: Co-Founding member of Singularity University (SU). Entrusted in 2008 by Ray Kurzweil and Peter Diamandis to structure SU, Susan organized SU’s Founding Conference, helped source $1.5M seed funding, and negotiated a five-year partnership with NASA. Susan spearheaded SU’s TED09 public launch and executed SU’s inaugural Graduate Studies and Executive Programs. Today, SU alumni are in more than 60 countries around the world.