Opus 12 chief science officer (and Cohort One alumna) Etosha Cave has drawn a bevy of attention recently, including a feature in Ozy, a spot on the Grist 50 list, and inclusion in Vanity Fair's fantastic list of 26 women of color diversifying entrepreneurship...
"Over the last two decades," writes Margot Lee Shetterly in Vanity Fair, "black women have become the fastest-growing demographic of entrepreneurs, owning nearly 60 percent of all black businesses. And if current efforts to diversify the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) workforce have their intended impact, the number and scope of founders should increase as well..."
Indeed, Cave told reporter Zara Stone, who profiled her for OZY, that a science-focused education (and an engineering-focused brother) set her career trajectory:
"'A self-described 'science geek,' [Cave] attended a magnet school for engineering and was part of the National Society of Black Engineers in high school. She wanted to be an astronaut but gravitated to engineering instead — a shift she partly credits her older brother for. 'He wouldn’t play with me unless we were building cities or playing Teenage Turtles!'”