White House honors local woman for STEM efforts

Entrepreneur Felicia Hatcher named as “Champion of Change”

Carla St.Louis | 3/6/2014, 9 a.m.

The White House honored ten local residents, including Felecia Hatcher of Miami, as champions of change for their innovation in creating diversity and access in STEM fields.

The ceremony took place on February 26 at the White House. Hatcher and the other nominees were nominated through the Champions of Change program.

The program, created by President Barack Obama, features individuals, businesses and organizations doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities.

Hatcher and the other honorees were recognized for using unconventional approaches to enhance Black students exposure to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) industries.

Some of those unorthodox measures included using photography, film, hip-hop music, coding competitions and community-based workshops to attract children to careers in STEM.

Throughout Miami Dade County, Hatcher's best known for co-founding Feverish Pops, a Miami based gourmet popsicle company that launched in 2008. Feverish Pops donates a portion of every popsicle sold to building community programs that target South Florida's 13 Targeted Urban Areas (TUA’s).

"The White House Initiative is proud to honor [the] leaders for their work […] in ensuring even our youngest children become not only consumers in our global economy, but also creative innovators themselves," read a press release from the White House.

Hatcher's recognition comes as no surprise. As the co-founder of Code Fever, she has trained many Black students in the areas of technology and entrepreneurship. According to Hatcher, she's on a mission to create 10,000 Black-owned start-ups.

Her success in entrepreneurship and tech education has led her to various speaking gigs at Google London, Girl Scouts of America, TEDxMiami and TEDxJamaica. She's also the author of two books, How to Start a Business on a Ramen Noodle Budget and The C Students Guide to Scholarships.

For more information about the Champions of Change program log on to www.whitehouse.gov/champions.