Empowering Visionaries with Actionable Advice

Are you a STEM+ Leader ready to make a difference? else, to be a Gotara STEM+ career advisor.

We’re the Upskilling Growth Platform for STEM+ Talent

As a STEM+ Leader, you’ve been fortunate to have mentors or champions who made a difference in your career. You understand that the right advice, or an encouraging word at a pivotal moment, can transform someone’s life.

We appreciate that you’re busy, and can’t commit to a traditional mentoring model. That’s why we’ve created a new way to give advice. which we call nano-learning. It’s timely on-the-go advice that advisors share confidentially with our members via email. Neither you nor the member know each other’s identity. This way the advice is unbiased and confidential. 


Here’s how to become a trusted Gotara STEM-career advisor.

Voyager program

Step 1

Nominate yourself, or a colleague, to become one of our volunteer elite career advisors.

Voyager program

Step 2

Onboard in a 30-minute call with a Gotara Leader.


Voyager program

Step 3

Provide “on-the-go” advice in just a few minutes.

Make a Difference. Become an Advisor.

Let’s empower individuals in STEM+ to achieve their career goals together.


“I am passionate about solving the riddle of why more women and girls don’t go into or stay in STEM roles.”

Colleen Athans, Gotara Advisor
Retired VP/GM Aviation Global Supply Chain

Sometimes you choose a career; sometimes, a career chooses you. This could be said of Colleen Athans. “I don’t know how I ended up in engineering, considering there was no one in my family who had gone that route,” she told us for our premiere REACH REPORT. “But maybe it was more about luck than anything else.” And it was lucky for GE Aviation, where she worked for 34 years before taking the retirement she now enjoys.

As vice president and general manager of Supply Chain at GE Aviation, she led 29,000 people in 12 countries. But Colleen, who has a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota and a master’s in manufacturing engineering from Boston University, doesn’t want to leave it to chance for those who follow her path. “I am passionate about solving the riddle of why more women and girls don’t go into STEM careers,” she says.

Yumiko Damashek says that she has always been a people magnet. Part of that is her personality, but her other secret power growing up was her height. “I was a big kid,” she shared with us in our premiere REACH REPORT. “And big kids usually don’t get pushed around because kids think you have gravitas and presence already.” As a young woman, she knew she had “a bigger game to play,” which is why she left her native Japan and headed to San Diego State University to earn an MBA in international marketing and finance.

Her last post before retiring was a VP role at Cabot Microelectronics (now known as CMC Materials). “I’m not an engineer, and without being willing to learn continually, I wouldn’t have survived,” she says. “I wouldn’t have won the trust of all those analytical types in my life. Ironically, though, engineers appreciated my big-picture approach to things, which wasn’t always science-driven. Life isn’t all about data and analysis; big decisions are often made using other considerations.”

Voyager program

“Life isn’t all about data and analysis; big decisions are
often made using other considerations.”

Yumiko Damashek, Gotara Advisor

Retired, VP Cabot Microelectronics

Senior leaders program

“There may be times in life when you have to step back to learn something in order to go forward to follow your dream. Take risks. Follow your passions, and be willing to stretch yourself and learn something completely new.”

Nevin Sant, Gotara Advisor
Gotara Advisor, VP of Engineering, Fortune 500 Company

Gotara Volunteer STEM Advisor

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