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Expanding Your Horizons

2020 Virtual Conference Keynote Speaker

Mikayla Monroe

Mikayla Monroe

Mikayla Monroe is a Data Analyst and Submersible Pilot at OceanGate, Inc., provider of manned submersibles headquartered at the Port of Everett. Inspired by marine biologists on Shark Week when she was in 5th grade, Mikayla got involved in hands-on activities through beach cleanups, habitat restorations, volunteering at the Seattle Aquarium, and making connections at Expanding Your Horizons when she was in middle and high school. Following those childhood ambitions has led her to log 16 submersible dives and counting.
Mikayla is also an alum of the Ocean Research College Academy (ORCA), where she presented research on heavy metal concentrations in human hair and river otter fur at 8 national and international conferences. Mikayla graduated a year early from college with the 2018-2019 Outstanding Graduating Student in Management Information Systems (MIS) Award at Western Washington University. She continues to be involved in outreach for young women in STEM and in her spare time enjoys running, kickboxing at 30 Minute HIT, and competing in relay races like Ski-to-Sea and Bellingham Bay Marathon Relay.