Dr. Talmesha Richards serves as the Chief Academic & Diversity Officer, managing a portfolio of projects including the STEM Higher Education Council and the global strategy for Million Women Mentors. Dr. Richards earned her Ph.D. in Cellular & Molecular Medicine from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She spent her undergraduate career at the University of Maryland Baltimore County as a Meyerhoff Scholar. She was an NFL Cheerleader for 8 years, combining her various passions: community service, dancing and science. Dr. Richards utilizes her cheerleading career as a platform to promote STEM Education. As a Science Cheerleader, she shares her personal story to challenge stereotypes and encourage youth to pursue STEM careers. Her work has been featured on local and national television programs including the Today Show. Dr. Richards has had many mentors throughout her life who have inspired, advised and encouraged and she considers it her personal responsibility to do the same.