A dynamic group of women who believe in and have experienced the unlimited power of education. Purpose driven visionaries committed to positive change through cultivating the promise of young women in the world.
From diverse backgrounds these women come together with passion and deliberate intent to continue paving a path that will afford young girls the opportunity to dream and manifest what their minds can conceive. Together, they are powerful, deliberate, dedicated, and daring in their passion for cultivating brilliance in its purest form, that which is imbedded in the mind of every child.
Camille Wardrop Alleyne, Ed.D.
Founder and President
"Honoring girls by providing access to a quality education is honoring the humanity within each of us" ~ Dr. Camille Wardrop Alleyne
Dr. Alleyne is a rocket engineer, space scientist, internationally-acclaimed speaker, writer and global STEM ambassador who founded the Brightest Stars Foundation in 2007 when she realized there were no young girls of color in the space science and engineering pipeline. She felt the Foundation would be an effective vehicle in which to change this narrative and influence girls to pursue STEM careers. She has traveled around the world empowering and inspiring youth but specifically young women.
Known as one of NASA Modern Figures inspired by the story "Hidden Figures", Dr. Alleyne holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Howard University, a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Florida A&M University, a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from University of Maryland, College Park and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Houston.
Jacinta Dawn Elder, M.D., M.S.
When we empower and educate 50% of the planet, we ensure that not only will our communities survive, we ensure that our communities will thrive and prosper. ~ Dr. Jacinta Dawn Elder
Dr. Jacinta Elder is a medical doctor with sub-specialty training in Oncology and Hematology who believes that if we are to have a world where freedom, equality, justice and peace prevail, then it is imperative that we begin by freeing 50% of the world's population - women, who are our mother, daughters and sisters. She believes that the number one mechanism to achieve equality and justice for women and girls globally is through STEMHealth education which will in turn ensure the continuation of Mother Earth.
Prior to earning her medical degree from George Washington University's School of Medicine, Dr. Elder earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology followed by a Master of Science degree in Genetics and Human Genetics from Howard University. Dr. Elder is currently in private practice.
Justina Isidienu, J.D.
“I advocate for girls’ education because, in a number of ways, it is the key to the world. It’s the deletion of poverty, the construction of stability, the foundation for equality—it’s the thing that cracks the world open and releases its possibilities.” ~ Justina Isidienu, J.D.
Justina Isidienu, J.D. is a Nigerian-American writer who considers herself, first and foremost, a citizen of the world. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Houston Honors College with Honors in English, and later received a law degree from the University of Houston Law Center with the goal of becoming a human rights attorney. Once there she went on to obtain a Graduate Certificate in Global Energy, Development, and Sustainability, acquiring specialized knowledge and skills related to alleviating the natural resource curse attributed to oil and gas projects around the globe.
She is dedicated to improving the quality of life of individuals here and abroad, through storytelling, truth-telling, problem-solving, and advocacy, and she remains committed to expanding her capacity to do so.
Nicole K. Gomez, Ph.D.
“I want to show young women that their past and respective histories do not define them. That unlike what they may have been told or seen, that some of the most brilliant minds in the world are women working in STEM.“ ~ Dr. Nicole K. Grimes
Dr. Grimes is currently serving as the first woman of color and lay-person Principal of Dominican Academy- an all-girls college-preparatory high school for academically talented girls in New York City. She also serves as the Vice President of its Board. Her current interests center around STEM education initiatives for women, creating engineering curricula for middle & high school, differentiated instruction, using co-teaching in mainstreamed science classrooms, social media curricular integration & improving teacher education.
Dr. Grimes obtained her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University, Masters of Arts in Secondary Science Education from Columbia University and her Ph.D. in Urban Education with a concentration in Mathematics, Science and Technology from the City University of New York (CUNY).