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/
Edie Fraser, CEO of STEMConnector and Million Women Mentors was a recent recipient of the 2017 Enterprising Women Advocacy Award. This award is an annual tribute to the world’s top women entrepreneurs and is a representation of the hard work that Edie and her teams have put into these organizations. In honor of the hard work and dedication that goes into the organization, MWM has launched a video in celebration of the team. MWM started in January of 2014 with the goal of advancing women and girls in STEM through mentoring. Thanks to a dedicated team MWM has grown into a national movement and has gained over 1,826,849 pledged mentoring relationships! This is all made possible with the help and support from government officials, countless corporate sponsors and partners that work alongside our dedicated staff. We look forward to continued success with MWM and would like to invite you to join us at our next National Summit in Washington, DC on October 23 and 24, 2017. Check out the video here! About Million Women Mentors: Million Women Mentors supports the engagement of one million Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) mentors (male and female) 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, 60+ corporate sponsors, and 39+ state leadership teams. For more information on MWM, please visit www.MillionWomenMentors.org. About STEMconnector®: STEMconnector®, a Diversified Search company, is a consortium of companies, nonprofit associations, and professional societies, STEM-related research & policy organizations, government entities, universities and academic institutions concerned with STEM education and the future of human capital in the United States. STEMconnector® is both a resource and a service, designed to link “all things STEM” through a comprehensive website and portfolio of products that connect national, state and local STEM entities. The STEMconnector® website contains profiles of STEM-related entities and details ‘Who is Doing What’ in STEM education throughout the world. For more information on STEMconnector®, please visit www.stemconnector.org
STEM Advocate and Science Cheerleader, Talmesha Richards Ph.D., Addresses Witter Elementary in Tampa
Richards challenged stereotypes and encouraged youth to pursue STEM careers Tampa, Fla. – On January 13, 2017, Talmesha Richards Ph.D., chief academic and diversity officer at STEMconnector® and Science Cheerleader, addressed students and teachers at Witter Elementary. Dr. Richards shared her personal story with students and teachers to challenge stereotypes and encourage youth to pursue STEM careers. She shared insights on motivating kids by pairing gaming with education, and using TiViTz, the popular math game to spark kids interest in STEM. “Games open up a world where STEM is not perceived as hard but rather as fun,” said Dr. Richards. “In 2017, tablet and computer based games will continue to strengthen their presence in the classroom. Kids learn in so many different ways and non-traditional options like games will appeal to a whole new set of future STEM professionals.” “STEMconnector® is proud to work with our member TiViTz because it is such a strong example of how blending gaming with math and strategy can produce measurable results for kids,” said Dr. Richards. “In fact, recent reports have shown that students who play TiViTz can improve their math scores by as much as 30 percentile points.” Dr. Richards joined TiViTz creator Steve Scully at Witter Elementary as part of the new TiViTz Microsoft Office 365 Challenge. Classrooms at Witter Elementary and across Hillsborough County are playing TiViTz through O365 to win prizes. Learn more at http://www.tivitz.com/Hillsborough. About Talmesha Richards Dr. Richards earned her Ph.D. in cellular and molecular medicine from the John Hopkins School of Medicine. As an NFL Cheerleader for eight years, Richards is also a member of Science Cheerleaders, a group of professional cheerleaders in STEM careers working to inspire young people to connect with science and consider STEM careers. As an executive at STEMconnector®, she manages a portfolio of projects including the STEM Higher Education Council and the global strategy for Million Women Mentors. http://stemconnector.org/ About TiViTz The TiViTz math and strategy game motivates kids by pairing gaming with STEM education. On tablets, at home and in classrooms, TiViTz taps into the intrinsic motivation of children to create an approach to mathematical learning that is fun, challenging, and competitive. More than 400,000 students and more than 10,000 teachers agree — TiViTz makes math FUN! http://www.tivitz.com
Representatives of MWM-VA will take part in the upcoming Presidential Inauguration Leadership Summit Change Agent Fair. WASHINGTON D.C. January 17, 2017 – Million Women Mentors–Virginia (MWM-VA), an effort co-led by Dr. Carole Cameron Inge of the Institute for the Commercialization of Technology, Inc. and Jennifer Bisceglie, CEO of Interos, will participate in the Presidential Inauguration Leadership Summit Change Agent Fair at 11:15 a.m. on Thursday, January 19 at the EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, Virginia. Representatives of MWM-VA will meet with small groups of students until 12:45 p.m. to discuss their mission to support girls and women in STEM by providing one million STEM mentors. Students attending the Change Agent Fair will participate in simulations consisting of six delegations, including Women and Global Leadership, and work toward finding solutions to pressing global challenges. The Fair is part of this year's Presidential Inauguration Summit, a program designed to inspire and embolden ambitious students from across the country. In addition to the Change Agent Fair, Summit Delegates will witness the 58th Presidential Inauguration and attend speeches by world-renowned speakers. “The Change Agent Fair offers Million Women Mentors–Virginia a unique opportunity to educate students from across the country about our mission as an organization. With this event, we hope not only to attract mentors but also to inspire a confidence in girls who have the potential to be our nation’s future STEM leaders.” – Dr. Carole Cameron Inge, MWM-VA Co-Chair, Founder The event is expected to attract over two thousand middle school, high school, and college students, as well as educators and parents. Reporters and interested parties are encouraged to contact MWM-VA with any further questions. For more information regarding the Presidential Inauguration Leadership Summit, please visit www.envisionexperience.com. To learn more on how you can become a mentor, or how to participate in Virginia or other state efforts with Million Women Mentors, please register online at www.MillionWomenMentors.org. About Million Women Mentors: Million Women Mentors supports the engagement of one million Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) mentors (male and female) 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, 60+ corporate sponsors, and 39+ state leadership teams. For more information on MWM, please visit www.MillionWomenMentors.org. About STEMconnector®: STEMconnector®, a Diversified Search company, is a consortium of companies, nonprofit associations, and professional societies, STEM-related research & policy organizations, government entities, universities and academic institutions concerned with STEM education and the future of human capital in the United States. STEMconnector® is both a resource and a service, designed to link “all things STEM” through a comprehensive website and portfolio of products that connect national, state and local STEM entities. The STEMconnector® website contains profiles of STEM-related entities and details ‘Who is Doing What’ in STEM education throughout the world. For more information on STEMconnector®, please visit www.stemconnector.org ### FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: MWM-VA: Dr. Carole Cameron Inge: (540) 837-2175, firstname.lastname@example.org MWM-VA Director of Communications: Brooke McClary: (540) 837-2175, email@example.com MWM State Initiatives: Sheila Boyington: (423) 309-3667, Sheila@thinkingmedia.com
Imagine Tom Brady’s first day of practice as a quarterback: perhaps he misses a snap and gets sacked and probably throws a few interceptions and fumbles once. So how does this awkward start eventually transform so that Brady becomes one of the most successful quarterbacks in the NFL? Practice and coaching (for academics – mentoring). Students in extracurricular activities often have coaches, yet it is students in classrooms who are most in need of the motivation and support that coaches can provide. Fluor employees are trying to change this within the Fort Bend Independent School District. Fluor piloted the program at Austin High School during the spring semester of 2016 with engineers going into the classroom and acting as a teacher’s aide in science and math classes. STEM coaches this school year in Algebra 1, Algebra II, Geometry, Chemistry, and Physics during 5th period every Thursday are going to Austin High School, Dulles High School, and Kempner High School. Jennifer Nicholas, principal at Dulles High School said, “I think this is a wonderful program and way for students to gain real-life experiences. Any time we have people who currently work in industries come work or speak with our students, it helps to reinforce to our students that what they are learning is meaningful. “ Not only are the students getting an academic help, they are also getting career awareness. The mentors talk to the students about how the concepts they are learning in their classroom relate to the work they do at Flour. Mr. Edgar Huerta, a teacher at Kempner High School, said,” I think that the mentor from Fluor Daniel is exactly what my kids need to see in class because she relates very well to the kids about her job and her experiences that led to her job. She is a real life model of what my kids can achieve. Hearing information from her is more impactful than hearing it from me or their parents.” The Fluor mentors are helping Texas in its pledge of 20,000 mentors to the Million Women Mentors (MWM-www.millionwomenmentors.org) effort. The MWM movement seeks to garner one million mentors in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) professions during the next four years to collectively increase the interest and confidence of girls and young women in these academic areas. For more information about this program or how to start one in your school district, please contact Dr. Asha Vaidya at firstname.lastname@example.org. #### Pictured: Top Row - Left to Right: Gautam Sane, Kevin Land, Arpan Bhakta, Robert Fausett Bottom Row - Left to Right: Linda Tu, Trang Nguyen, Joyee Guin, Linh Nguyen Not Pictures: Paul Nguyen, Rachel Vaughan, Sneha Dama (coordinator) For Immediate Release Contact: Asha C. Vaidya Phone Number: 281-565-3124 Fax Number: 281-565-3124 E-mail: email@example.com
Chief Science Officer’s Speak About Mentoring What Makes a Successful Mentor? CSO Dana is in 11th grade at Sandra Day O’Conner High School in Phoenix, AZ Mentoring today is essential for achievement beyond average accomplishments and can be applied to any area of one’s life. A successful mentoring engagement relies on the effort that both the mentor and mentee put forth. At it’s best, a mentorship can be an incredible and rewarding experience that continues to give for years and years. I’ve found the most important characteristics of a successful mentor include a strong sense of commitment; willingness to share their experience; and the ability to give constructive feedback while also providing encouragement and fostering self-belief. A personal experience in a successful mentorship was with one of my many outstanding mentors whom I encountered after striving to become more involved with STEM in my community. I will first start by saying that this rewarding mentorship could not have been successful without my - the mentee's - action toward seeking guidance, and my curiosity of improving STEM education. It falls on the mentee to take the first step; without the desire to learn, a mentorship will not be fulfilling for either party. However, once my interest was displayed, a plethora of mentors and fellow mentees presented themselves. I came across one mentor, in particular, Susan Farretta, that through her words and actions encouraged my abilities, and even expected me to accomplish great things. It is her encouragement and her commitment to teaching me her knowledge that makes her an extraordinary mentor. Good communication is as equally imperative in making a mentorship effective, which allows for discussion about enriching and stimulating topics and clarity of direction. Being willing to take risks, being totally committed at times, and putting in the effort to build a cooperative and personal relationship makes a successful mentor. CSO Kimberly is in 11th grade at Verrado High School in Phoenix, AZ I was able to get where I am today due to mentors’ help, advice, and guidance; and it is likely the same for you too. Mentorship is a two-way relationship between a mentor and mentee. It is often misunderstood as an older individual teaching a younger apprentice in a work trade. While this is the stereotype, this isn’t always the case. Mentorship is important for all walks of life, but it is especially important for the STEM fields. I have been on both sides of the fence, being a mentee most of the time, but more recently becoming a mentor through the Chief Science Officer (CSO) program where I can advocate for STEM in my school and community, as well as help students get the opportunities they deserve. Being a mentee is a special experience, seeing as I can learn mainly new things in a hands-on manner. I also have the ability to build a relationship with someone as devoted to a topic as I am, which means I am not just learning from a book or class (which can sometimes be really boring!). In a mentor-mentee bond, the relationship is vital to the impacts and benefits that each will walk away with. For it to be successful for me as the mentee, I must walk away with knowledge I couldn’t have gained elsewhere; meaning that I learned some kind of tribal knowledge unique to the topic. And as for being the mentor, I need to walk away with some sort of new understanding on how to be a better mentor the next time around. Overall, I believe that the most important thing to make sure to implement in this mentor-mentee time is that it can be ensured that both parties are able to walk away knowing that they were benefitted in a positive way. As I have experienced firsthand, mentorship in the STEM fields gives individuals the opportunity to learn from the best and also get the help they need in order to succeed!