Go for it, if you truly have a curious mind, and love tinkering and exploring new things. The engineering world is for everyone, men, women, and all ethnicities.

Who is Shavonti Archer?

 

Shavonti Archer is a skilled engineer by trade, advocating for diversity within the engineering community. She founded Systematic Motivation, LLC in 2018, a company- based foundation whose primary focus is creating more opportunities for minority students to explore their interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs and encourage their desire to pursue a career in STEM. Born and raised in Locust Grove, Georgia where she attended Luella High School, Archer quickly discovered her love for engineering as a 10th-grade student. She was instantly captivated by videos of solar and wind farms.

In 2013, Shavonti Archer graduated from Georgia Southern University to attain her Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering. During her tenure at GSU, she became a member of The Society of Women Engineers and would later become president of the organization. She was instrumental in launching Society of African American Sisterhood (SAAS) on GSU’s campus. She served as an orientation leader, a Habitat for Humanity volunteer and managed to complete an internship with Rayonier Performance Fibers and one of the largest engineering companies to date, General Electric.

In conjunction with her current role as a transmission and distribution engineer for a local utility company, Shavonti’s involvement with engineering organizations such as The Society of Women Engineers has allowed to present and share her knowledge at over 100 speaking engagements, connecting with both adults and children. At her most recent speaking engagement, Shavonti spoke to the young women of EmpowHER in West Palm Beach, FL. She shared her journey to becoming an engineer and what motivated her to stay committed. Shavonti is a thought leader with a passion for giving back. Systematic Motivation, LLC further supports the idea that engineers are not limited to a certain look or color. Though the industry is dominated by those who are not minorities, there is still room for pioneers from other communities. Systematic Motivation’s aspires to level the playing field and broaden the horizons for all students.

Educational Background

Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certified

Special Awards

My Energy Future: STEM HERO from The Energy Coalition

 

How did you choose to pursue this field?

I chose to pursue this field in the 10th grade, from the encouragement of my teachers at the time.

 

Who was your inspiration or role model that guided you to this field?

That was the problem, I didn’t know any female engineers, and from what I could research 10 years ago, most didn’t look like me. So I said I’ll create the role model for the next generation.

Did you always have the desire to work in this field? If not, what was your intended field? Why did you change careers?

That is a very funny question. I actually pursed modeling at first and had my first newspaper spread in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. But then when I got introduced to STEM, I thought maybe I could become a teacher, sure enough, I changed my mind again! So my senior year I applied to college to obtain my bachelors in Mechanical Engineering.

Mechanical Engineering, I felt was the broadest of engineering, and you could really go and work anywhere with this degree. That is why I chose M.E. For example, now I work for a power company, that produces electricity and I am not an electrical engineer 🙂

What do you love most about your job or career?

What I love about my job is that I turn concept drawings, into actual real-life designs.

 

What has been the most rewarding aspect of your job or career?

The most rewarding aspect of my job is to be able to share all that I have learned with other young students, to encourage them to pursue a STEM career. I also enjoy being able to supply power to our happy customers!

What things would you want to see changed about your current field of study or job?

The only thing that I would change about my job is the ability to work remotely full time. That would allow more time with my family and friends in the Bahamas and Atlanta Georgia.

What are the most difficult things or disappointing aspect of your job?

That’s a tough one. I would say the most disappointing aspect of my job is sometimes not having males respect your authority.

 

What tips would you offer to anyone thinking about entering into your profession/field of study?

Go for it, if you truly have a curious mind, and love tinkering and exploring new things. The engineering world is for everyone, men, women, and all ethnicities.

 

How have you combated the stigma of being a “woman of color” in STEM?

I think I have combated the stigma by embracing and owning it. Standing strong in the field meetings, weighing in my opinions in the meeting rooms, and speaking firmly and confidently when my voice needs to be heard.

 

 

What advice would you give your younger self about your career journey as a “woman of color” working in a predominantly white, male-dominated field?

I would tell my younger self, that it’s okay that you may be the youngest, smallest, and darkest in the room, YOU STILL BELONG IN THE ROOM!

 

 

Can you provide some words of wisdom to young ladies thinking about entering a STEM field as a career choice?

Some words of wisdom I have for young ladies thinking about entering a STEM field would be to make sure you have an amazing support system of family and friends!

 

 

 

What is your favorite quote?

My favorite quote comes from a woman I met in college named Shandice Stallworth…

 

“You cannot withdraw what you don’t deposit”

 

 

Meaning, you can only get out of something, what you put in it! If you want to pass that exam, you must put in the study time. If you want that big promotion at work, you must put in the extra work and time to get it! Nothing worth having comes from just sitting around and waiting for it.

 

 

How has your family been a great influence or support system?

Great question! My family has been the force behind everything that I do. From college, my husband has always pushed me to go for my goals and be better today than I was yesterday. Included in that force, my parents, my aunts/uncles, my grandparents, have always encouraged me to do what makes me happy!

 

What are your future goals related to your career?

My future goals related to my career includes becoming a professional engineer, and a certified teacher.

 

 

What are some interesting facts about yourself that you would like to share?

An interesting fact about me is that I have lived in the Bahamas.

 

 

Follow Shavonti:

https://www.systematicmotivation.com

https://www.facebook.com/systematicmotivation/

https://www.instagram.com/systematicmotivation/

Contact Shavonti for any further questions:

Email: systematicmotivation@gmail.com

 

 

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