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Oct 25,2017

Women in the Insurance Industry - Publication by STEMconnector

Women in Insurance White Paper Released WASHINGTON, D.C.—STEMconnector announced the release of its Women in Insurance White Paper at the Million Women Mentors National Summit and Awards Ceremony on October 24 at the National Press Club. The paper provides an overview of existing trends in the industry while highlighting innovative approaches currently underway at a number of leading insurance organizations and sharing critical opportunities for recruiting and nurturing top female talent. Women represent 60% of all insurance workers, but hold only 17% of board seats and 10% of top management positions. Additionally, the insurance industry demonstrates significant pay disparity, with women earning only 62 cents on the dollar compared to their male colleagues.  After examining existing gaps in the representation of female leaders throughout the industry, the Women in Insurance White Paper also shares promising survey results in which respondents report their leadership teams increasingly acknowledging these issues and voicing a desire to improve work environments and opportunities for female employees. ACORD, Erie Insurance, MEMIC, Prudential, QBE, VSP Vision Care, and TATA Consultancy Services co-sponsored the production of the paper. “Our predecessors worked hard to get women a seat at the table. It is our duty to get the next generation of women a seat at the head of that table.” Carol Zacharias SVP & Underwriting Counsel, QBE North America STEMconnector founder and chairman Edie Fraser commends the leadership exemplified by these sponsoring companies and urges others to “join STEMconnector in telling the story, saluting the progress, and pushing the envelope for women, especially women of color, into important roles in the insurance industry.” The publication can be downloaded here or on the Resources page of this site. ### About STEMconnector. Founded in 2011, STEMconnector is the organization for STEM education and jobs. STEMconnector brings together 165+ organizations as part of an established platform designed to leverage partnerships and collaboration to advance the STEM economy and the future of jobs. Our collective network represents the entire talent pipeline and impacts millions of jobs. STEMconnector is owned by Diversified Search, the largest women-owned executive search firm in the U.S. and with global search capabilities in 29 countries.    

Oct 25,2017

Million Women Mentors Reaches 2 Million Pledges

MWM Reaches 2 Million Pledges WASHINGTON, DC — October 24, 2017 | STEMconnector’s Million Women Mentors (MWM) initiative has reached two million pledges for mentoring relationships and is on target to reach its goal of three million by 2020. Additionally, there have been over 958,000 completed mentoring relationships as of this release. To build on this progress and enable the organization to reach its goal, MWM and MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership announced a new partnership during the Million Women Mentors National Summit and Awards Ceremony on October 23-24 at the National Press Club. The partnership will leverage existing resources to expand Million Women Mentors’ presence to all 50 states, and add 1,032 organizations to the number of NGOs and non-profits currently providing mentoring services to youth and young career professionals through MWM, particularly women and girls, exponentially increasing engagement efforts and creating an effortless user experience for members. MWM currently serves 43 states and works with 85 NGOs and non-profits nationwide at 958 sites, and global expansion efforts are underway. PANELISTS FROM AN EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP DISCUSSION POSE TOGETHER ON FIRST DAY OF THE MILLION WOMEN MENTORS SUMMIT & AWARDS IN DC. Founded in 2014, Million Women Mentors helps companies and corporations across the nation connect with local girl-serving mentee organizations to provide face-to-face and online mentoring opportunities for their employees. The 3rd Annual MWM Summit & Awards provided an opportunity for celebration of the two million pledges milestone along with learning, networking, and collaboration to advance the MWM movement for women and girls in STEM. Speakers included former U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith and Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds as keynotes, with additional panels and sessions featuring Arkansas Lt. Governor Tim Griffin, Ohio Lt. Governor Mary Taylor, Kathleen Martinez of BP, Tonie Leatherberry of Deloitte, Lakshmi Eleswarpu of Boeing, and many others who have been advocates of the MWM movement. Awards for achievements empowering women in STEM were presented to Gov. Kim Reynolds, Dr. Sue Ellspermann of Ivy Tech Community College, Balaji Ganapathy of Tata, and several others. A comprehensive list of awards and recipients can be found at: millionwomenmentors.com. “We are so excited to bring together so many thought leaders from across the country to celebrate this progress and advance our movement,” said STEMconnector founder and chair Edie Fraser. “We are on track to truly make a difference for women and girls across the country who have been historically underrepresented in STEM careers and leadership.” The event also coincided with the release of three publications from MWM: The 100 Corporate Women Leaders in STEM, profiling 100 of the top female STEM leaders in the nation; the annual State of the States report, detailing the progress of each of MWM’s 43 active states; as well as the Women in Insurance: Leading to Action white paper, illuminating existing areas of opportunity for female leadership in the insurance industry while highlighting some of the existing efforts underway by various industry leaders. The 65 national sponsors of MWM were saluted, with TCS being commended for building the MWM website, MillionWomenMentors.com. The MWM Global Committee, led by PepsiCo and joined by Boeing and Credit Suisse, shared updates on its three-year plan. Also announced at the event was the MWM Entrepreneur Initiative with Wells Fargo, which aims to support and strengthen women-owned businesses. According to MENTOR’s 2015 report, The Mentoring Effect, youth with mentors are often twice as likely to be successful in school, to be leaders in their communities, and to enter into young adulthood with opportunities for ongoing education and career choices. At the same time, companies that provide mentoring opportunities for their employees see greater employee retention, engagement, and productivity.1 This kind of engagement is especially pressing for women in STEM fields, where only 24% of the workforce is female and only 6.7% of women earn STEM degrees. About Million Women Mentors An initiative of STEMConnector, Million Women Mentors is the gender movement that supports the engagement of millions of STEM mentors to increase the interest and confidence of girls and young women to enter and succeed in STEM programs and careers. About STEMconnector STEMconnector® is committed to increasing the number of STEM-ready workers in the global talent pool. Owned by Diversified Search, LLC, we provide a platform to engage leaders in both public and private sectors who collectively are re-envisioning the workforce and identifying strategies to increase the number of STEM-ready workers. Our goal is to inform, stimulate, counsel and connect leaders with a passion for and commitment to closing the STEM-ready gaps.  About MENTOR MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) is the unifying champion for expanding quality youth mentoring relationships in the United States. For more than 25 years, MENTOR has served the mentoring field by providing a public voice; developing and delivering resources to mentoring programs nationwide; and promoting quality for mentoring through evidence-based standards, innovative research and essential tools. MENTOR has developed and supports a national network of affiliate Mentoring Partnerships that provide regional, state and local leadership and infrastructure necessary to support the expansion of quality mentoring relationships. Together, we engage with the private, public and nonprofit sectors to ensure that all youth have the support they need through mentoring relationships to succeed at home, school and, ultimately, work.

Oct 24,2017

MWM 2017 Awards

 National Stand Up for STEM Award Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds Governor Kim Reynolds, a former state senator and county treasurer, serves as Iowa’s 43rd Governor. Prior to taking office in May 2017, she served as Iowa’s 45th Lt. Governor from 2011-2017. Governor Reynolds was named co-chair of the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, along with University of Northern Iowa President Ben Allen in September of 2011. She also serves as co-chair of the Iowa Partnership for Economic Progress board, which was created in October 2011. As Iowa’s first female governor, Kim Reynolds has a long history of encouraging women to lead. In 2012 she was named one of the 100 Women Leaders in STEM by STEMconnector, an annual publication acknowledging role models of STEM leadership. Governor Reynolds has worked tirelessly to provide access to STEM for students, especially the underrepresented and underserved, and champions an innovative economy for her state. The Governor launched MWM-IA in 2014 as the first state involved, and proudly serves as the national Honorary Chair of Million Women Mentors. She is a great advocate for women and girls in STEM and she has had an active role in securing honorary leadership for MWM across the country. MWM-IA recently participated in the STEM Day at the Iowa State Fair in August of 2017 where the Governor presented MWM-IA’s Stand Up for STEM Award to John Deere for their dedication to STEM literacy for young people in Iowa. The National Stand Up for STEM recognizes a national leader for MWM.   Outstanding State Achievement Award MWM-CA MWM-CA is led by the CA Commission on the Status of Women and Girls and University of California Davis Office of the Provost with an active Steering Committee of Government, Non Profit and Private Sector leaders. MWM-CA recently increased their pledge goal to 100,000 as they surpassed their initial pledge goal of 50,000 with 66,210 completed mentoring relationships. Over this past year, the California Commission on the Status of Women & Girls and the California Department of Education developed a series of successful town halls. Upcoming events for MWM-CA include presenting at the State STEAM Symposium, and holding their first ambassador training for Women in Tech in San Francisco. MWM-CA is partnering with UC Davis and MentorCloud to establish a private online platform that brings together California women interested in STEM fields. MWM-CA has also uniquely funded a position for MWM and are looking to expand that. States are a cornerstone of MWM. The MWM State Award is decided via a nomination and voting process by state leaders.   Transformational Leadership in Higher Education Award Dr. Sue Ellspermann - President, Ivy Tech Community College Dr. Sue Ellspermann has been serving as President of Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana since May of 2016. Ivy Tech Community College is one of the nation’s largest community colleges, and a vital workplace development source for Indiana. Dr. Ellspermann is dedicated to providing Indiana’s workforce the training and skills needed to meet the demand of employers. She works to develop and implement programs to prepare students and workers for the growing economy. Dr. Ellspermann has served as Honorary Chair for Million Women Mentors-Indiana since MWM was launched. She attended the first MWM Summit & Gala, and participated in the main panel. As President of Ivy Tech she has continued her role in MWM and even allocated staff to support the effort for Indiana. She is part of the team that will be sponsoring the MWM Stand Up for STEM Award this year and presenting it at the largest Women’s Conference in Indiana later this fall.   Veterans Engagement Award Monster In 1999, Military.com revolutionized the way the 30 million Americans with military affinity stay connected. Today the Military.com team, made up of veterans, active members of the National Guard, reserve, and military spouses, run the largest online military and veteran membership organization. Free membership connects over 10 million service members, military families and veterans to all the benefits of service and provides the resources to use them. In 2004, Military.com partnered with Monster Worldwide to accelerate their growth and offer broadened career and educational opportunities for service members, veterans and military spouses. Military and Monster hold an Annual Academy Women Officer Leadership Event to honor female service members. The event includes educational and professional development workshops and an invaluable opportunity for female officers, midshipmen and senior enlisted women to benefit from the open dialogue, career enhancing information, and mentoring opportunities. Together, Military.com and Monster also enhance the military spouse experience by participating in the Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes Military Spouse Career Event, in which experts teach sessions on networking and career enhancement strategies. This Memorial Day, Military.com participated in a panel at NASA titled “Stories from the Trenches-A Woman’s Perspective,” and it is actively involved with the Department of Defense’s initiative to foster innovation by supporting female veteran entrepreneurs.   Excellence in Partner Innovation Award Techbridge Girls Techbridge is a program to expand the academic and career options for girls in science, technology, and engineering. Techbridge Girls was highlighted in testimony at the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies as an example of a STEM program that introduces girls, especially girls of color, to role models and mentors from STEM workplaces. They recruit girls from underrepresented groups, such as Hispanic, African-American, and Native American girls. Their programs focus on underserved communities, where STEM enrichment opportunities for girls are not easily accessible. We reach out to girls and help them develop the skills, confidence, perseverance, and passion they need to enter the STEM workforce. I would like to nominate Techbridge Girls because they recognize the importance of impactful mentor relationships and have volunteered to work with us on creating a mentor guide specifically for MWM members to utilize when working with women and girls.   Male Champion of Change Award Balaji Ganapathy, Tata Consultancy Services Since its inception, Balaji and the entire TCS team have been a driving force behind the Million Women Mentors movement, committing resources and countless person-hours to the cause. In addition to Balaji’s work with MWM, he has also been a chair of STEMconnector’s STEM Innovation Task Force, proving his commitment to innovative STEM programs and mentoring. He will be continuing to lead as Co-Chair of the Global STEM Talent Initiative in 2017-2018. Balaji holds a leadership role at many organizations, including Million Women Mentors, NPower, US2020 and IMPACT 2030. He has an extraordinary vision for what good corporations, and the people within them, can do. In addition to his work outside of TCS, Balaji heads a TCS employee-run computer science and STEM education program for middle schoolers called goIT. Seventy percent of students participating in the wildly successful goIT program reported an increased interest in STEM, and the program won TCS’s internal Employee Engagement Award as “Social Responsibility Project of the Year” in 2016. Balaji’s dedication to helping others is purpose driven, and for that reason he deserves the Male Champion of Change Award.   Corporate Commitment Award Kathleen Martinez - BP BP America’s STEM and mentoring efforts show a commitment to social responsibility not shared by many other corporations. In addition to BP’s ongoing partnership with Million Women Mentors, they also inspire students to pursue STEM pathways through their Drone Camp (a partnership with Rice University), the newly formed OTC Energy Challenge (challenging high school students to find real answers to industry problems) and the International Student Energy Summit. In addition, BP equips STEM teachers for success through their support of the Association of Science and Technology Centers and through resources shared online. Employees of BP show a commitment to their communities through the BP STEM Ambassador Volunteer Program and by participating directly in Million Women Mentors.  Martinez plays a central role in the advancement of BP America’s national external affairs efforts. Her responsibilities include leading key strategic relationships and oversight of the company’s U.S. commitment to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education, and veterans outreach efforts. Martinez is a member of the board of directors for the Houston Independent School District Foundation, serves as BP’s representative on the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Senior Executive Corporate Advisory Board, and trustee liaison for the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering. She is on the national Million Women Mentors Leadership Council, and the Texas Science and Engineering Fair Advisory Board. Martinez was named the 2014 Corporate Advocate of the Year by the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and recently invited to be a fellow of the American Leadership Forum’s Class XLI.BP America’s STEM and mentoring efforts show a commitment to social responsibility not shared by many other corporations. In addition to BP’s ongoing partnership with Million Women Mentors, they also inspire students to pursue STEM pathways through their Drone Camp (a partnership with Rice University), the newly formed OTC Energy Challenge (challenging high school students to find real answers to industry problems) and the International Student Energy Summit. In addition, BP equips STEM teachers for success through their support of the Association of Science and Technology Centers and through resources shared online. Employees of BP show a commitment to their communities through the BP STEM Ambassador Volunteer Program and by participating directly in Million Women Mentors.  Martinez plays a central role in the advancement of BP America’s national external affairs efforts. Her responsibilities include leading key strategic relationships and oversight of the company’s U.S. commitment to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education, and veterans outreach efforts. Martinez is a member of the board of directors for the Houston Independent School District Foundation, serves as BP’s representative on the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Senior Executive Corporate Advisory Board, and trustee liaison for the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering. She is on the national Million Women Mentors Leadership Council, and the Texas Science and Engineering Fair Advisory Board. Martinez was named the 2014 Corporate Advocate of the Year by the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and recently invited to be a fellow of the American Leadership Forum’s Class XLI.   Entrepreneurial Leadership Award Siobhan Mullen - TiViTz Siobhan Mullen, CEO of the TiViTz parent company, has advocated for girls to enter STEM fields throughout her career. With a background in physics and optical engineering, Siobhan pursued a career in the aerospace industry, working with satellites solutions and launch sites. Her success afforded her a front row seat to watch the attrition rate in the science and high-tech industries go up, while the number of students entering STEM fields went down. She was moved by the challenges facing students and as a result, took a hiatus from her career to help students by motivating them to want to speak the language of STEM - math. To help students build math skills, Siobhan and game creator Steve Scully, created TiViTz, a math and strategy game, which has motivated hundreds of thousands of students to excel in math as a board game and online. TiViTz was most recently honored as the Microsoft U.S. Public Sector Education Mobility Partner of the Year. The TiViTz team’s dedication to addressing the global STEM pipeline crisis drives all of their collaborative programs and partnerships, including the upcoming TiViTz Math Bee.   Distinguished Service Award Dr. Eleanor Smalley - JASON Learning JASON Learning, a nonprofit organization that teaches experiential learning to over 3.7 Million K-12 students by placing them in challenging, real-world situations while being guided and mentored by leading STEM professionals in their respected fields.  JASON Learning was instrumental in helping Million Women Mentors reach its goal of 1 Million pledges by making a pledge of 210,000, which at the time was the largest pledge ever made. Their unparalleled access into the schools has given Million Women Mentors the unique ability to mentor girls right in the classroom.  JASON Learning understands how important it is to foster a student’s curiosity during their critical years of development when their curiosity and imagination about the world around them is at its peak. As a result, 96% of students who complete JASON’s Argonaut program are now employed in STEM careers.   Mentor of the Year Community Innovator Award Gabriela Gonzalez Over the last two years, Gabriela and her team at Intel developed a mentoring approach that empowers a collaborative network of organizations to inspire and excite middle school girls in STEM Fields. Through its design, the partnership brings together partners whose relative strengths enable maximum impact. These partners and activities include:  TEC is For Girls!!! – A coalition of Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation, Phoenix College, South Mountain Community College, and Gateway Community College bringing the experience of college and technology-related studies to middle school girls.  Enabling Future Engineers through innovative, real-world STEM curriculum – A collaboration with Iridescent and AGUILA Youth Leadership Institute to infuse technology, engineering and computer science curriculum into their college preparation and life skills development programs for high school girls.  Technolochicas Lift - Televisa Foundation and the League of United Latin American Citizens work together to bring technology and hands-on training to existing technology centers in the community to develop innovation skills and stimulate middle-school girls’ interest in STEM careers.  The partnership leans heavily on Intel’s committed workforce to engage middle school girls in this powerful collaboration. Gabriela and her partners at Intel and in the community take the same innovative approach that defines their corporate culture to realize their goal of engaging diverse communities in technical careers.

Jun 26,2017

Gender Leadership for the Future of Women and Girls

By Edie Fraser, Chairman, STEMconnector® and Million Women Mentors Thanks to Credit Suisse for hosting STEMconnector®’s Global STEM Talent Initiative and Million Women Mentors® (MWM) representatives here at Credit Suisse London Headquarters at this gender and inclusion Forum for Million Women Mentors® (MWM). Acknowledge this special day as we celebrate progress on the gender front and commit to the future, seeking numbers that show greater advancement. Set plans and beat the goals to mentor, sponsor, and advocate! Do whatever it takes to drive change. As a sponsor of STEMconnector® and Million Women Mentors®, Credit Suisse plays an important role in helping advance the goal of gender mentorship and leadership in the IT industry. Laura Barrowman, Credit Suisse’s Chief Technology Officer, serves as the Credit Suisse “Executive Champion” for the Million Women Mentors movement. Together with companies like Credit Suisse, we can make a noticeable difference in the gender landscape through a combination of sponsorship and mentorship. This forum and our research together provide the chance to understand gender in England, Europe, and global base lines including those from the USA and work together to advance women and girls. Let us also recognize organizational partnerships that are changing the face of women in science, technology, engineering and finance. Million Women Mentors® (MWM) is close to 2 million in mentoring commitments that reach towards at least 20 hours a year from academic schools all the way up the corporate pipeline. Recognize the work of many organizations and the role of the private sector. We also focus on our public sector leaders driving commitments as well as the hundreds of women organizations making advancement a reality. Review Credit Suisse Gender 3000: The Reward for Change. This report is produced by the Credit Suisse Research Institute and discusses the global impact of gender diversity, beyond the financial services sector. It is based on a proprietary database of the 3,400 companies in the Credit Suisse Gender database. Gender diversity is key. This report reviews: The Rewarding Change in the Boardroom; The Women and Management in 2016; The 50% club; Female CEOs; Gender in Microfinance (Where women begin to gain some leverage); and perspective on venture capital and entrepreneurs and “Women Investing in Women.”    In 2016, The World Economic Forum highlighted the importance of encouraging more European women to go into ICT (Information and Communication technologies) which could in turn boost the EU’s GDP by 9 billion pounds a year, according to the European Commission. More than a decade ago, the Council of European Municipalities and Regions launched a European Charter for equality in May 2006. The percentage of women on boards varies significantly between countries. It ranges from a high in Norway (38.7%) and Sweden (34.6%) to a low in Spain (18.8%) and Switzerland (16.1%). Quotas are contributing to increased board diversity in some countries. Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, and Norway all had mandatory quotas from 2011–2015 and continue to diversify. France boasted the largest increases in percentage points in female board membership. With a 12-month countdown, some 7,000 UK companies will report board and advisory board results. The new gender quotas in France for boards and secondary boards have set a tough target. Credit Suisse’s research reports a 54% increase in board diversity since 2010. There is a wide disparity between countries despite all the studies showing stronger financial performance based on gender diverse boards. Women in corporate management are increasing. However it is increasing slowly from the 3,400 country data in the Gender 3000: Credit Suisse Report. Women business heads have increased from 8.5% in 2014 to 9.9% in 2016. In Europe, operations roles increased slightly and CEOs remained around 3.9% (same as 2014). USA Women CEOs hover in the 6% range. There is a long way to go before reaching parity and decades of work to come. Those advancing results can attribute male leaders committing to gender success. Diversity is growing in Asia with 22.2% women in Finance and Strategy. In a spring issue of Board Agenda, one article on “Mind the Gender Pay Gap” reports that new regulations require large private sector UK companies to publish yearly gender-based pay statistics. Other European initiatives pinpoint rewarding gender diversity achievements within major companies, as well as areas such as entrepreneurship and venture capital support. Venture capitol gender leadership is increasing and some 22% of gender leadership is from owners and directors to associates. Europe is supporting the growth of women entrepreneurs, just as we are at Million Women Mentors®. Nearly 10 million women are contributing to the bottom line in the US. To give you one example, on May 3, 2017, the Women Startup Challenge Europe showcased 10 amazing, women-led tech startups at a pitch competition held at City Hall in London. Venture capital for women entrepreneurs is beginning to grow in Europe and the USA. The lack of women in IT is a global, not just an American, problem. International Girls in ICT Day on April 28th, 2017, addressed the gender imbalance by encouraging and empowering girls and women to consider careers in computing. It called on governments and technology companies to do more to provide opportunities in the industry. Women in developed countries represent 26% of the STEM workforce and less in developing countries.  Let’s take a quick look at women in finance and insurance. Currently, women in Sweden and Norway have the highest representation in finance overall. Japan and South Korea have the lowest. In finance and insurance, we salute Finland for working to move to 60.9 % women followed by France and Germany (source: Oliver Wyman, 2016). According to Grant Thornton International, women hold 25% of senior management roles in the global financial services industry. Study shows that women held 18 percent of global CFO roles, and the latest CS Report shows 14.1%.  Women’s Equality Day is August 26th each year, and November is Science and Technology Month. Why can’t every day be celebrated for gender gains in science and technology and every day a commitment to change the numbers? Consider that up to 80% of jobs today require tech skills, and tech jobs are an answer to parity and pay equity or close to it.  All STEM jobs pay women close to parity; in tech, women are paid about 96 cents on a dollar compared to what women are paid across the board, 77 cents. Gain STEM skills, especially tech skills, and make tech careers a national priority. Read the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) report, The Power of Parity: How Advancing Women’s Equality can add $12 Trillion to Global Growth. Gender advancement in STEM and tech is about economic opportunity and equality. Join me in saluting the roles that other Million Women Mentors® supporters are playing and let me provide two examples. Two examples: TCS and PepsiCo and other companies and organizations are driving change and building a clarion call for all to make commitments.   Join with them our own Million Women Mentors® (MWM) movement. Move the needle together far more quickly as we drive success. This means that we start with girls and look for progress for women through every stage up to senior management and to corporate boards. Back to April 28, 2016: Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a leading global IT services, consulting, and business solutions organization, was named Platinum winner in the 'Empowerment of Women Award' category at the Global CSR Conference and Awards, recently held in Bali, Indonesia. TCS has built our Million Women Mentors® web site and has been at our side, along with PepsiCo, and so many others. I had the honor of writing a blog with PepsiCo CEO, Indra Nooyi, back in 2015, and we said about Million Women Mentors®:  “We’ve already seen some amazing progress, but imagine what could happen if every STEM professional made a commitment to mentoring one-on-one for just two hours a month. We could truly change the game.” Poet and author Maya Angelou said, “In order to be a mentor, and an effective one, one must care.” We all care about the phones in our hands, the computers on our desks, and the cars that we drive. But we must care even more about the girls who want to invent, explore, and discover the newest tools and gadgets. As Melinda Gates has recently said, we can’t go to the same old elite institutions to recruit and train and expect to reach all organizations and institutions.  We need to assure that we move the needle beyond white affluent women and girls. Diversity is America today, and as I have preached for 30 years, whites will be the minority by 2050 or sooner, and already minorities are the majority in five states. We have no choice--build the mosaic now! Tech skills impact 80% of jobs today. Women comprise about 24% of the tech and computer science industry, but this percentage has been declining or static for the past decade in the USA, and in most countries men are jumping ahead.  Most high school and university gender numbers are poor as are the requirements to teach computer science in all schools. Jobs are open in every area of tech, and we must mentor, sponsor, offer great jobs, and share our successes. We must push to advance women and girls. Role models are vital. Write your own stories and blogs. Speak out and act, and most importantly, execute and report results. We released 100 CEO Leaders In STEM, 100 CIO Leaders, and 100 Diverse Leaders.  You can look for the 2nd edition and release of 100 Women Leaders in STEM by October, 2017.  Back to the USA: The “Fearless Girl” is a symbol on Wall Street now staring down the bronze “Charging Bull.” The “Fearless Girl” represents the desire to build equality for finance (and STEM and tech) and has gained millions of media impressions and new commitments. Join together as fearless leaders and mentors achieve STEM success and gain great tech jobs in a world where tech is dominating finance and every other area. All of us can be catalysts for gender action, and girls and women can—and will—build our economic future, financial achievement, and success. Tech underlies all we do, so act now and COMMIT to mentor and sponsor as we join together to drive RESULTS. 

May 23,2017

MWM May 2017 Newsletter

Check out our May newsletter! It contains great examples of events happening around the country, including in South Carolina, Tennessee, California and more! You can see it by clicking here.

May 15,2017

South Carolina Pledges 5,000 Mentors to Million Women Mentors® State Efforts Announced to Advance Girls and Women in STEM

This week, Million Women Mentors, in partnership with South Carolina is proud to announce 5,000 new commitments to mentor a girl or young woman in STEM skills. The national goal of the movement has garnered over 1.8 million pledges for mentoring girls or women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) professions in four years, to collectively increase the interest and confidence of girls and young women in these academic areas.  Over 800,000 of these pledges have been completed thus far.  South Carolina is joining over 40 states by pledging 5,000 mentors. MWM-SC will host its first STEM Symposium on Wednesday, May 17 at River Bluff High School in Lexington, SC.  Speakers include Molly Spearman, South Carolina Secretary of Education, Sheila Boyington, President, Learning Blade and State Chair for Million Women Mentors and a student panel sharing their mentoring experiences. National companies and organizations like BP, PepsiCo, TATA Consulting, DuPont, Cisco and Apollo Education Group, are also committing to mentor girls and young women in STEM fields. By taking the pledge at www.MillionWomenMentors.org, states, organizations and corporations are committing to mentoring a young woman for a minimum of 20 hours through suggested mentor pathways. MWM-SC is being led by the only student leader nationally, Iriana Molusky, a 2017 graduate of River Bluff High School in Lexington, SC who plans to pursue her education The University of Alabama as a civil/construction engineering major. Molusky’s passion for STEM started as an elementary student who participated in LEGO Robotics and building with LEGOs.  Through her volunteering and personal education experiences, she recognized the lack of girls in STEM classes and activities.  Iriana commented, “As a high student, I realized the challenges that exist for girls interested in STEM.  Bringing MWM to SC will help girls and young women pursue mentoring relationships to support their interest in STEM.” South Carolina has recruited high paying STEM-related jobs to the state and has an excellent PK – 16 educational system to support STEM education. By communicating and engaging current employers, civic organizations, and our communities about the available support for women and girls interested in STEM careers and of the need for additional support, it will ensure that South Carolina has a future workforce that will continue to meet the long term needs of its employers and its citizens. “As a technical college administrator, I am excited to see South Carolina join the national Million Women Mentor movement of advancing women and girls interest and confidence in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Careers and education,” remarked Dr. Donna Foster, Piedmont Technical College.   Corporate involvement is also critical in the movement and several companies are engaged including SCANA Corporation.  Chris Brady Wolfe from SCANA, stated “Mentoring is important to our business community because it serves as an impactful tool to develop people through trust and relationships, and that’s what great business is all about.  Mentoring someone can make a huge impact on somebody’s career and life, just as it did on mine.” “As a nation, women are underrepresented in STEM fields with 50 percent of the entire workforce in all fields being women, but only 24 percent of workers in STEM fields are women.   The Million Women Mentors movement is working nationally to change that and we are excited to welcome SC to 42 states engaged, “ said Sheila Boyington, MWM National States Chair. MWM-SC Steering committee is represented by: Dr. Ashley Daugherty, Nephron Pharmaceuticals Dr. Donna Foster, Piedmont Technical College Latia Gary, Westinghouse Carmelina Livingston, S2TEM Centers SC Iriana Molusky, State Chair, River Bluff High School Student Mary Molusky, Community Volunteer Dr. Kaye Shaw, SC Department of Commerce Chris Brady Wolfe, SCANA Ebony Young, Unique Interventions for Youth Justice Young, Anderson University, Student About Million Women Mentors Million Women Mentors, a community outreach effort of STEMconnector®, is a movement to have millions of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) mentoring relationships to increase the interest and confidence of girls and women to persist and succeed in STEM programs and careers. MWM is an initiative of STEMconnector in collaboration with over 60+ partners reaching over 30 million girls and women, 45+ corporate sponsors, and 40+ state leadership teams. To learn more, visit http://millionwomenmentors.org/