Science Technology Engineering & Math (STEM) – the Keys to the North Shore’s Economic Future

When: Thu November 08, 2012 5:30 pm

Organization: North Shore Technology Council

Location: North Shore Community College Health Professionals and Student Services Building, Room 106, 1 Ferncroft Road, Danvers, MA

Speaker(s): Joyce Plotkin, President Emeritus of the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council and current Chairman and CEO of Digits


In the North Shore region, 16 of the 20 fastest growing occupations are in Science Technology Engineering & Math (STEM)-related fields. Most of these jobs require some college and 15 out of 20 require a BA degree or more. Join the North Shore Technology Council as it sets plans for its STEM outreach and hears from Joyce Plotkin, President Emeritus of the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council and current Chairman and CEO of Digits, who will speak about how investment in K-12 STEM education will keep our economy competitive and provide good jobs for future generations. Register for this event at Registration is free and open to the public. E-mail for more information.


About our Speaker:

Joyce Plotkin is President Emeritus of the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council and current Chairman and CEO of Digits, a sixth-grade classroom program that pairs STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) professionals with sixth-grade classrooms throughout the state to increase students’ interest in math and science subjects and careers. 


Well known in Massachusetts as a long-time technology leader and STEM activist, Joyce is a gubernatorial appointee to the Massachusetts statewide STEM Advisory Council, where she serves as Vice Chair of the Executive Committee and co-chair of the Public Awareness Subcommittee.   She is the founder of and catalyst for the creation of The DIGITS Project, assembling the founding coalition of science and technology associations and leading it through the design, pilot and implementation stages.   She currently manages the project, is responsible for its progress and growth, raises all the funding, and oversees the relationship with a variety of external partners.

She is also President Emerita of the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council where she managed the trade association that represented the software/Internet industry in Massachusetts for 22 years.  Under her leadership, the Council helped many entrepreneurs start, manage, grow and finance their companies.  The organization received broad recognition for several innovative workforce development projects that were developed locally but served as models nationally.  She represented the Council on local, state, national and international technology and workforce committees and established global partnerships with the software communities in Canada, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Korea, and Russia.  In cooperation with the Russian software industry association, the Council hosted Mikhail Gorbachev, Nobel Laureate and former President of the Soviet Union at an industry meeting.  Joyce was the driving force behind several important local initiatives — playing a major role in the passage of the first computer crime legislation in Massachusetts, chairing the organizing committee for the statewide Net Day effort (to install computers and bring Internet access to hundreds of K-12 public schools), and co-chairing Mayor Thomas Menino’s Boston Wireless Task Force.

She has served as an Overseer and Trustee of the Boston Museum of Science, an Overseer of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and a member of the Board of Visitors for Northeastern University’s College of Business Administration.     She is a co-founder and past chair of TECNA – Technology Councils of North America – a national network of technology associations.  She is also the recipient of six leadership and achievement awards.

About the North Shore Technology Council

The North Shore Technology Council (NSTC) is a non-profit, volunteer-led organization with a mission to be the leading collaborative for fostering technology businesses in Massachusetts' north-of-Boston region.  The council's mission is to build a strong ecosystem for the success of technology businesses North of Boston by facilitating collaboration, networking, professional growth and economic development in a collegial fashion.  The NSTC welcomes the participation of technology businesses, senior executive and employees of technology businesses, entrepreneurs, companies that support technology businesses, academic and governmental units and non profits.  The council is on the Web at Its office is at the Cummings Center, in Beverly, Massachusetts. For more information call, 978-335-5234.