The Future Car: A Siemens Podcast


The Endless Possibilities of STEM education with Beth Paretta of Paretta Autosport | Pt. 2

Season 2, Ep. 33

There are certain moments in history that everyone remembers. There are events that changed our perspective of the planet, like the first moon landing. Others that changed the way we live, like the tech revolution. And others that changed our perspectives about what was achievable, like the first majority female racing team to qualify for the notoriously competitive, male-driven Indy 500 motorsports race.  

In this segment of our Women Driving the Future series, Ed Bernardon continues the conversation with Beth Paretta of Paretta Autosport. Not only has the team she put together helped demonstrate that barriers can be broken, but it’s also shown other women that careers in motorsports and other STEM fields hold plenty of promising opportunities.  

In today’s episode, we dig deeper into the logistics of putting a talented team together in a short period of time, and we discuss the challenges of turning people with other day jobs into a quick on their feet team of racing technicians, strategists, and crew members. We also talk about how her team was received in this long male-dominated industry, and how she's helping to encourage more women to think about careers in STEM.

Some Questions I Ask:

  • What does your hashtag, #drivenbywomen, stand for? (2:15)
  • Has the motorsports community been 100% supportive? (10:05)
  • How does your team promote STEM education for women? (15:38)
  • What would you do differently for the next race? (23:29)
  • When can we catch another race with your team? (25:56)

What You’ll Learn in this Episode:

  • The reason car companies have racing programs (3:47)
  • Why motorsports, in particular, holds unique opportunities for women (7:48)
  • The tweet that proved fans were behind the Paretta team (12:28)
  • Why STEM should be investing more in kids (17:08)
  • The ripple effect of having more women in racing (21:50)

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