Scientist - Author - Speaker

Herstory

Aisha Martin a nurturer by nature is a cultured, creative, powerhouse with a youthful spirit and personable demeanor. Raised and educated primarily in Europe she has combined her artistic gifts, global travel, and experiences as a seasoned biologist with her heart for inspiring girls to be authentic, confident STEM leaders. Aisha’s STEM journey spans almost a decade and began at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, GA as a Molecular Biologist. She has held positions at Emory University Medical School, the Georgia Public Health Lab, and Baylor-Miraca Genetics Lab. As a certified Girls Empowerment Coach and STEMinist, her vision is to close the “gender gap to innovation,” by engaging girls from underserved and historically underrepresented communities through early exposure to STEM education and specialized mentoring. Aisha holds a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biology from Clark Atlanta University and a Master of Science in Forensic Science (MSFS) from National University.

Aisha’s mantra is “girls can’t be what they don’t see!” Her experiences as a female scientist in a male-dominated industry, coupled with her frustration at the lack of female STEM role models and mentors were the inspiration behind Fems4STEM which she founded in 2015. Aisha saw the need for early exposure to STEM through hands-on activities and resources to ensure that girls are successful and competitive in STEM. More importantly, a void needed to be filled in terms of female mentorship to combat the lack of gender diversity in STEM professions. She found that if more girls were exposed to STEM with the support of a female mentor on a consistent basis and with whom they could identify, they were more likely to pursue a STEM degree and career. Fems4STEM is on a mission to empower, inspire and equip a nation of girls with the knowledge; skills and confidence to be global STEM leaders.

She has been featured in Connected Woman Magazine and Formidable Woman Magazine. She was a contributing author in the Black Girls Hear Anthology for which she was honored with a Community Impact Award from Literacy Moguls Publishing sponsored by Sheen Magazine. She is a co-author of the critically acclaimed anthology Letters to Our Daughters and the highly anticipated Miseducation of the Alpha Woman: Love, Power Struggles & Relationships scheduled for release May 2019. Aisha was recognized at the 2015 Tween Star Awards as a Mentoring Star and honored with the Presidential Volunteer Service Award signed by U.S. President Barack Obama for her passion and dedication to mentoring girls. She has also been a featured guest on Connecting Atlanta Radio powered by World Star Hit Radio.

Aisha’s global travel and experiences lend themselves well to her role overseeing Organizational Partnerships, Charitable Donations, Fundraisers, Sponsorship, Community Involvement, & Research Implementation for the Tween Star Awards a national recognition platform for girls. She is also a proud volunteer at sister organization B2F Girls assisting in various capacities to facilitate their mission of “empowering one million girls with healthy esteem and unapologetic fierce!”

She currently resides in Orlando, FL with her husband Ricardo and two future global leaders, her son Shai (“Shy”) and daughter Sade (“Shah-day”).

When she’s not empowering girls globally to pursue STEM, Aisha enjoys traveling, cooking, performing arts, reading, writing and spending quality time with family and friends.