Your Digital Mentor Podcast

Women Leadership in STEM

Episode Summary

Short description: How women in STEM careers can aspire to lead without compromise. Guests: Shubha Tole and Dorothy Mbori-Ngacha Soundbite: Kyla Roland Episode description: In this week's episode we interview two phenomenal women in STEM who have been outspoken on gender inequities in science. They share their personal stories and reflect on what works and what doesn’t. Also they have some great tips on being a leader and not conforming to social norms that would act only to limit the potential of a woman.

Episode Notes

Takeaways from today's episode: 


Some inspirational Women leaders in STEM from:

Insights from Women Leaders:

Shubha’s article in nature; Mentorship comes from many sources:

Inspirational words from Shuba Tole:

Shubha Tole on not compromising on your dreams as a woman:

Marriage, women and STEM:

Review of gender inequities in sub-saharan Africa:


Interviews with Women in STEM podcast (In French):


Guest information

Prof. Shubha Tole obtained her BSc (1978) from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai, and a PhD (1994) from Caltech, USA.  After a post-doc at the University of Chicago, she joined the faculty of the Tata Institute in Mumbai, India in 1999.  Tole actively engages in public outreach and is an engaged mentor. Connect with Shuba on twitter @shubhatole. Website:

Prof. Dorothy Mbori-Ngacha is a Senior Specialist on HIV for UNICEF’s global programmes. A medical doctor with specialist training in pediatrics, infectious disease and child health, she has extensive experience as a public health professional; and in academia including as chair and professor of paediatrics at the University of Nairobi. @DeeMboriNgacha

Kyla Roland completed a B.S. in Biology at Davidson College in 2019, and during her senior year she was awarded the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship.  Currently she is a Post baccalaureate IRTA Fellow at the National Institutes of Health, where she will pursue an independent research project with implications for understanding the spread of human diseases.



Editing by Mariana Vaz,

Research: Christine Boinett and Alice Matimba

Producers: Christine Boinett (Creator and Executive producer), Alice Matimba (Senior Producer), Isabela Malta (Producer) and Emmanuela Oppong (Producer).

Host: Christine Boinett

Media and Marketing: Catherine Holmes




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