Editor’s note: Before all of our Power Breakfast events, we bring the panelists to the Business Record for a pre-event meeting on the topic and to banter through potential questions. We always leave that meeting wishing we could have invited our entire audience into the room with us to hear the informal discussion. So, we decided this year to host a series of what we are calling Power Roundtables, and invited members from a variety of industries to have a discussions about the trends, opportunities and challenges they are facing as we head into 2014. We recorded each conversation on video, which can be viewed on our website. Not only did we get a variety of story ideas for 2014 and beyond, but we also had our reporters pull out some key takeaways and observations from the discussion. For our first roundtable, we hope you enjoy this inside look at STEM (science, technology, engineering and math ) education in Iowa.

- Chris Conetzkey, editor of the Business Record

Panelists: (left to right)
Mark Putnum - president, Central College
Alissa Jourdan - director, discovery research and worldwide research and development coordinator, Kemin Industries Inc.
Gary Scholten - senior vice president and chief information officer, Principal Financial Group Inc.
Teresa Wahlert - director, Iowa Workforce Development
Jeff Weld - executive director, Governor’s STEM Advisory Council