A native of Miami, Florida and an alumnus of Florida A & M University, Ms. Tokiwa T. Smith is a chemical engineer, social entrepreneur and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) educator with over 12 years’ experience working in education and philanthropy. She has worked for organizations such as Atlanta Public Schools, Georgia State University, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Spelman College. Ms. Smith is the Chief Executive Officer and Principal Consultant of Kemet Educational Services LLC, a STEM educational consulting firm that that focuses on ensuring that pre-college, community college and undergraduates students are prepared to pursue STEM careers. The firm works with colleges and universities, community organizations, educators (formal and informal, government agencies, parents and schools/schools districts.
Ms. Smith is also the Founder and Executive Director of Science, Engineering and Mathematics Link Inc. (SEM Link), a national non-profit organization that promotes student achievement and career exploration in math and science for K-12 students by connecting them to the STEM community. SEM Link’s two core programs, Experimental Design Program and Math and Science Career Academy, enhance the STEM educational experience for K-12 students by providing them with opportunities to engage in hands-on STEM activities, explore STEM careers and learn about real-world applications of STEM. Since its inception in 2005 it has served thousands of youth in Atlanta, DMV (DC, Maryland and Virginia) and the San Francisco Bay areas. SEM Link currently serves the Atlanta and DMV metropolitan areas.
Ms. Smith is a writer for HBCU Lifestyle, a website that empowers current and future generations of HBCU students and their families by providing valuable advice about college admissions, campus life and financial aid resources. She is the former San Francisco/Oakland contributor for BlackGivesBack, a blog that has over 50,000 readers nationally that focuses on African Americans in philanthropy. She also has her own blog The Science Socialite , where she writes about her journey as a social entrepreneur and STEM educator. Ms. Smith conducts workshops on various STEM education topics and has conducted workshops for organizations such as the Association for Minority Health Professional Schools, California State University East Bay, Contra Costa County Office of Education, Florida League of Middle Schools , Oakland Public School District and University of San Francisco. She serves on the Advisory Council of the Trio Programs at University of California at Berkeley and a member of the Coalition of the Public Understanding of Science (COPUS). Ms. Smith’s work has been featured in several media outlets. In 2013 she was named as one Ebony Magazine’s 10 Black Twitter Tweeps to Watch! And in 2014, she was featured on NPR’s Tell Me More Women Digital Thinkers Tweet for A Day . In 2014, she wrote her first book A Guide to Hosting STEM Events. She currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia.