Melendy Lovett - Texas Instruments
Senior Vice President
Melendy Lovett is senior vice president of Texas Instruments (TI) and president of TI’s worldwide Education Technology business, which focuses on market-leading educational technology to improve teaching and learning of math and science.
Previously, Lovett served as vice president of the company's human resources organization where she was responsible for TI's worldwide compensation and benefits programs.
Lovett holds a bachelor's degree in management and management information systems from Texas A&M, and a master's degree in accounting from the University of Texas-Dallas. She is also a Certified Public Accountant.
Why do you believe STEM Education and Workforce are important to our nation?
Horace Mann once defined education as the “great equalizer.” STEM education is the new “great equalizer” for today and our future workforce.
The United States could not be a leader in creating innovative, world-changing products and companies without having a globally-competitive STEM workforce.
Texas Instruments and other high-tech industries are dependent on having a strong workforce with creativity and innovative ideas.
Statistics show that the US STEM workforce is aging while jobs requiring specialized training are growing at five times the rate of other occupations.
The STEM workforce is a vital foundational element for the U.S. to sustain its capacity and increase global competitiveness for technological innovations.
What about STEM gives you passion?
I am fortunate to serve in a role that enables me to clearly see the value that strong math and science education has for students. At TI Education Technology, we create products that inspire academic achievement and build confidence for all students in these subjects.
I have seen firsthand how STEM education can remove barriers, level the playing field and lead to a path out of poverty and onto a road to success for disadvantaged students. This positive impact is one that continues to drive my passion in this field.
Of what one initiative you are most proud?
I am most proud of High-Tech High Heels (HTHH), a program I founded in 2001 to close the gender gap in STEM and prepare girls to pursue degrees in these fields. The program started with twenty women leaders of TI, as well as support from the TI Foundation and Public Affairs.
The HTHH program offers professional development and training for counselors and teachers and offers a two-week summer physics camp for girls. Since 2001, we have hosted more than 700 girls. Immersed in physics learning, the girls also visit corporate campuses, hear from STEM role models, and learn to visualize themselves in a future STEM leadership role.
Most of the girls are minorities from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Through this work, I’ve seen STEM education transform these girls’ lives and provide a world of opportunity. I’m not only proud but honored to be a part of this program.
How is your company innovating to promote STEM?
At TI, we listen to the needs of our customers. Their needs and improving student learning are what drive the innovation in our products, services and solutions. TI continues to invest in education technology to help educators meet their goals and improve student achievement in math and science.
TI MathForward is our research-based, pre-algebra and algebra-readiness program that fosters mathematics achievement for students.
In 2004, TI collaborated with Richardson Independent School District (RISD) tapping into national and local experts to customize and localize research to create a comprehensive mathematics intervention program to address existing gaps.
Today, thousands of students and educators in districts across the country achieve mathematics success through TI MathForward.
We will continue to provide innovations like MathForward in technology, professional development and other supplemental, learning material to ensure teaching effectiveness and student success.