Alicia Morgan is an Executive Leader and Vice President of Education and Programs at the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas where she reaches over 40,000 students annually. She is a graduate of Tuskegee University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aerospace Science Engineering and New Mexico State University with a Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering. Committed to lifelong learning she has successfully maintained leadership excellence in the private for-profit and nonprofit sector through K-12 STEM education outreach, college/workforce readiness, strategic planning, and programming program development. In 2016, she was honored with the Women in Color K-12 Promotion of Education award. Her professional engineering experience includes working in Capital Asset Management and Process Engineering at Fortune 500 companies such as Lockheed Martin, The Boeing Company, and Raytheon. Prior to her current executive role, she was a Program Leader for the after school program Heart House Dallas and lead researcher for the Dallas Community College District(DCCCD) STEM Accelerator Insight Project website. The project through a grant partnership with the Dallas County Community College District, Educate Texas, and the Helmsley Foundation supports a healthy, growing STEM workforce for North Texas. The project’s website is a student, parent, and teacher-friendly online portal that introduces educational and career options in STEM for middle school, high school and college students in the DFW area. Broadening her experiences as a thought leader in 2018 she was selected to be the keynote speaker at the Tuskegee University STEM Open house funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) EPSCoR project. There were more than 125 poster presenters representing students from various Alabama universities. They were also over 90 middle school students in attendance for her keynote presentation on the fight to the space race through the Apollo program as well as her moderation of a panel discussion of doctoral candidates for their STEM-related research posters.
Alicia’s personal motto is “inspire others, speak your truth and believe you are good enough to be who you are.” Alicia understands the challenges of women in learning how to professionally advocate for yourself and in believing you are good enough to seek and apply for opportunities you desire. She uses the power of innovation to show through her own trailblazing efforts the importance of creating and seeking out opportunities through powerful connections. Alicia has been mentored by women and men in engineering leadership positions and other professional fields helping her to continue to grow as a leader while inspiring other women and young girls to succeed. As a fellow introvert, Alicia has perfected her ability to compellingly tell stories of challenge and success while thriving in male-dominated industries. She accepts this advocacy by helping to increase the attraction and retention of women in technical fields beginning in early childhood education, high school, college and professionals through her professional development training. Her commitment to continual improvement is evident as a former member of Toastmasters where she earned the distinctions of Competent Leadership, Competent Communicator and Toastmaster of the Year. She further improved her communication skills while working in for-profit engineering organizations through Raytheon Employee Resource Groups and MathMovesU initiatives. Personally, Alicia also advocated for Dallas SWE members to become lead facilitators on the STEM Insight Project through DCCCD which increased their visibility to partner with not only educators but other professionals and corporations funding STEM education. Alicia has three main leadership strengths: her proficiency in Strategic Planning; her ability to reach goals (Execution), and her strong leadership on Coaching, Mentoring and Building Teams. Most importantly based on her strong technical and professional background, she is a “high-tech, soft-touch” collective impact leader in the community.
BOARD LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE
Strategic Planning | Board Leadership and Development | Program Management |
K-16 STEM Education and Outreach | Fundraising
“I have been so grateful to have Alicia’s involvement on the Scholarship Advisory Committee for the Woodrow Wilson High School Community Foundation. The scholarship committee has the crucial responsibility of selecting recipients for the 20-plus scholarships bestowed annually by the Foundation. Last year, Alicia reviewed close to 60 applications, helping choose 21 Woodrow seniors to receive $40,750 in scholarships. Her contributions to this volunteer committee are making a difference for young people in our community.”
– Leigh Straughn
Woodrow Wilson High School Community Foundation
“I met Alicia when I was an executive officer for the SMU collegiate chapter of National Society of Black Engineers. She regularly supported our chapter from 2015-2017 through public speaking, hosting professional workshops, mentorship, and behind-the-scenes support for the SMU NSBE executive board. Along with SMU NSBE, Alicia also personally supported me and advocated for my success. Thanks to her nomination, I was selected as a finalist for The City Influencer’s 2016 College Influencer of the Year Search. This distinguished honor opened doors for me and allowed me to network with other influential people throughout the country. On multiple occasions Alicia acknowledged my often-unseen efforts as a student and a leader. I graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science and an M.S. in Software Engineering thanks to women like her, who paved the way academically and positively impacted me.”
– Nariana Sands