Cynthia Chapple

Cynthia Chapple

Managing Director – Black Girls Do STEM

Cynthia is an innovative scientist, an advocate for black girls and women, and a champion for high-level STEM learning for all children. In keeping with this work, Cynthia founded Black Girls Do STEM which is an organization offering exploration of STEM career pathways through engaging, hands-on curriculum in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics to middle and high school black girls to expose them to career pathways and empower them to become STEM professionals. She looks for more ways in which she can act as a conduit by exposing young black girls to STEM industries. Additionally, she advocates for a diverse and inclusive STEM workforce that creates welcoming policies, practices and cultures for black women to thrive and therefore reach equitable representation in the STEM workplaces of today and tomorrow. In keeping with this work she is hte CEO of her own chemical consulting firm CC Black Lab.

Cynthia has been a featured speaker for numerous platforms and spoken on an array of topics including, Building Cultures of Equity and Inclusion, The Leaky Pipeline: A discussion about black women and girls in STEM, Leading with Impact, Values First Leadership, Understanding the state of black girls in K-12 STEM education, Planning Today to Build Tomorrow: You are the Future STEM workforce and Black Women in STEM history Storytelling. She has been the keynote speaker for symposiums such as Colorado College FemSTEM Symposium in Colorado Springs, Co where she discussed the impact of Black Girls Do STEM and its benefits to intersectional feminism. 

Cynthia Attended Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) where she received two Bachelor’s degrees in Forensic and Investigative sciences and chemistry. She then went on to receive her Masters of Science in Chemistry from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE), subsequently spending five and a half years in chemical industries prior to becoming a full-time educational entrepreneur and chemical consultant.