You could say that Kristen Sokoloski’s promising new career at LANXESS blooms from a strong STEM. Sience, Technology, Engineering and Math, that is. Her father, an elementary school teacher, instilled in her a passion for science and math from an early age. He frequently brought home fun science experiments for Kristen to do, and many of their family vacations included forays into nature and visits to science museums, such as the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia or Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Science Center.
With this inclination towards STEM, in school Kristen naturally gravitated towards classes like biology and chemistry. And when she enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh, it was as a biology major. But after three semesters, Kristen realized that while science would always be of interest, it might not be the career for her. Switching gears, she transferred to the College of Business Administration at “Pitt” with an interest in studying business. She graduated two-and-a-half years later with a degree in marketing.