MWM Bi-Weekly E-Newsletter: April 2, 2015

In This Issue:
  • MWM Announcements
  • New MWM Team Member
  • RSVP Now - AAUW and MWM Town Hall
  • MWM Events & Calendar
  • Women In STEM Resources
  • Women in STEM News
  • Sponsors
  • Engage with MWM

Million Women Mentors 
Events & Calendar

April 22nd
Town Hall with AAUW on New Report

March 11
100 Diverse Corporate Leaders Series - Female Executives
March 23 - 27 
MWM State of the States
March 24  
Corporate Leadership Session 
Mentor Fireworks Campaign 

September 23
MWM Mentoring Summit and Gala

Women in STEM  

Million Women Mentors 
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Pledge To Mentor 
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Women in STEM:
Realizing the Potential
This white paper will give you credible insight and facts for your use. This key document was developed with our lead technology partner TCS.
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Action Guide and Toolkit
Million Women Mentors
20 Hours of Mentoring
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100 Women Leaders in STEM  
In celebration of women role models in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), STEMconnectorâ„¢ published in hard copy and online its inaugura
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100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM
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9 Corporations Optimizing STEM Talent Through Mentoring
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Teach Thought
40 Important STEM Resources For Women
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  Office of Science and
Technology Policy 
 Women in STEM: Fact sheets & Reports
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Thank you Sponsors as of February 1, 2015






About MWM
Million Women Mentors will support the engagement of STEM professionals (male and female) to serve as mentors for girls and women middle school through careers, allowing them to persist and succeed in STEM programs and careers. MWM is an initiative of STEMconnector in collaboration with 30 corporate sponsors, 60 partners and nearly 30 state leadership teams.
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MWM Announcements
Million Women Mentors is proud to welcome BP as a Platinum Sponsor of the movement. BP is truly a champion advancing girls and women in STEM fields internally and in the energy industry as a whole. On their website they note, " We have set a global goal to have women in 25 percent of group leadership roles and 30 percent of senior-level leadership roles by 2020."  They have also developed a Million Women Mentors Leadership Council with seven BP STEM role models like Janet Weiss, regional president, BP Alaska and Mary Streett, vice president, US Government Affairs. We are excited and delighted to have BP in this new leadership role along with Platinum Sponsors, Cisco, PepsiCo, Sodexo and Tata Consultancy Services. 


Million Women Mentors is excited to welcome Cargill and Johnson & Johnson as Gold Sponsors of the movement. Both companies join the MWM Leadership Council and are truly committed to developing female STEM talent. Other Gold Sponsors include Alpha Corporation, Apollo Education Group, Department of Defense, Diversified Search and Wal-Mart.   
MWM Welcomes New Staff Member
We are proud to announce Kayla Brown as new State Program Coordinator for MWM. She will be working to support Sheila Boyington, MWM Senior Advisor and State Director and President Thinking Media, to help make MWM a success in every state! Kayla is a graduate of University of Tennessee of Chattanooga with a Design Degree, and has worked for 3 years in a Chattanooga-based startup, wearing many hats at the company. We are excited to have Kayla join the MWM team and she is looking forward to contributing to the movement.
RSVP Now: Upcoming Town Hall 
Introduction: Solving the Equation
Introduction: Solving the Equation
On April 22nd, the Association of University Women (AAUW) will partner with STEMconnector to convene a virtual Town Hall to discuss the findings of its just-released report,  Solving the Equation: The Variables for Women's Success in Engineering and Computing . Featured speakers include Linda Hallman of AAUW, Esra Ozer of the Alcoa Foundation, Robert Denson of Des Moines Area Community College, Anne Wintroub of AT&T, Edie Fraser of STEMconnector/MWM, Christianne Corbett of AAUW, and Lorena Fimbres of STEMconnector/MWM. 

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Women in STEM News  
This is a test: Where are the highest proportions of women working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM): in affluent industrialized countries, or in less affluent, less economically developed countries?

The answer may surprise you. Mathematical and technical occupations and degree programs are considerably more male-dominated in rich, reputably gender-egalitarian societies like the U.S., than they are in poorer, more gender-traditional ones. Countries such as Iran, Romania and Malaysia are among the countries where women earn the largest share of science degrees; and in Indonesia, women earn nearly half of all engineering degrees. Read more here.

Outdated Stereotypes 'Continue to Restrict Girls in Engineering' (Works Management)

Just 7% of parents would encourage their girl to pursue a career in engineering, according to research from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) to mark the launch of its Engineer a Better World campaign. The research also reveals that parents could be limiting their child's future career decisions by having outdated perceptions of the jobs they think boys and girls are interested in. Parents of girls said their child would be most interested in pursuing a career in education and childcare (32%), the arts (29%), healthcare (26%) and hair and beauty (23%). In contrast, parents of boys thought information technology (47%), sport (33%) and engineering (28%) were sectors that would appeal to their child. Read more here.


Attracting more students into STEM education has long been a challenge for colleges and universities. For example, African-Americans make up only 5 percent of undergraduate engineering degrees, as compared with 13 percent of overall undergraduate enrollment. Latinos are fare similarly, and many schools wrestle with gross imbalances from a gender perspective. 


One reason is that many high school students have the impression that STEM programs are welcoming only to a limited range of population. To deal with this, many schools have created a variety of programs - scholarships, summer programs and so forth - intended to attract more diverse applicants to STEM. We hear about the "STEM pipeline" all the time. Read more here.

A Fortune analysis finds most of the largest, most celebrated and powerful startups have no women on their boards. Find out which ones - and what they say about it. It's no secret that the Fortune 500 is led mostly by men. Only 25 Fortune 500 companies have a woman as CEO, and 23 had all-male corporate boards when Fortune conducted an analysis earlier this year. Read more here.

Intel to Offer Scholarships to Women Studying Science and Technology (Irish Times)

Intel is seeking to encourage a new generation of women to take up careers in science and technology, be offering scholarships for STEM courses. The company's scholarship programme offers a monetary grant valued at â‚¬2,000 per annum as well as opportunities for work placements at the Intel Leixlip or Shannon campuses. The scholarships are open to female school leavers entering, in September 2015, specified four year undergraduate degree courses in science, technology and engineering at a variety of third level institutions across Ireland. "What we find is that the more technical rich in the employee mix becomes the less female candidates are available to fill roles and this is something which needs to be addressed," Intel said. Read more here.


Q&A with Cathy Engelbert: How Deloitte's New CEO Broke Gender Barriers (Standard Examiner)

When Cathy Engelbert started at Deloitte nearly 30 years ago, she was hard-pressed to find many female mentors among the accounting firm's top leadership ranks. Only 7 percent of Deloitte's partners and principals were women at the time, a statistic that prompted the firm to launch a major initiative in 1993 that was aimed at boosting its retention and advancement of women. 


Decades later, that effort appears to be paying off. Last week, Engelbert took over as Deloitte's new chief executive, making her the first woman to help any of the world's major professional services firms. Her election as leader of Deloitte's 65,000 U.S. employees is, she says, "a testament to what we started back then coming to fruition today." Read more here.


Sierra Leone News: US Embassy, Alumni Engages Girls on STEM (Awoko)

The United States (US) Embassy and alumni yesterday engaged young school going girls from different schools in the Western Area, encouraging them to pursue courses in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths which is normally referring to as STEM because they are not normally studied by girls. 


Giving a background about the program which was held at the Sierra Leone Library Board, the US Public Affairs Officer Hollyn Green said during the ebola outbreak, lots of schools were closed, and during this time there has been a lot of teenage pregnancy. Therefore, the US Embassy and its collaborative partners brought together girls from different schools to pursue careers in Science. Read more here


Cards Against Humanity Science Pack: Helping Support Women in STEM (Slate)

I am very pleased to let y'all know that the ridiculously fun and grotesquely crass game Cards Against Humanity has released an expansion of science pack of cards I helped develop. And better yet: Sales of the pack go toward a full-ride scholarship for women seeking undergraduate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math! Read more here.


"STEM Success for Women Telesummit" Features Top Educational Experts and Practitioners (PR Newswire)

Community College educators will learn how to recruit and retain more women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) when they attend "The STEM Success for Women Telesummit." The virtual event will be held online April 13-16. The entire conference is free thanks to support from the National Science Foundation. 


"The telesummit will help educators - particularly those in community colleges - close the gender gap for women and girls in technology," aid Donna Milgram, Executive Director of The Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science (IWITTS). "This is a can't-miss event for educators who are serious about enrolling up to 25-50% female students in their STEM programs and ensuring high retention rates for their female and male students." Read more here.


Tech Savvy Conference to Expose Middle School Girls to STEM Careers (Cleveland)

Middle school girls in the Akron area can get a taste of what science, technology, engineering and mathematics have to offer at the Tech Savvy career conference April 25. The daylong, hands-on program is for girls in sixth through ninth grades who are interested in STEM careers, particularly in the manufacturing field. The program is sponsored by the American Association of University Women and funded by a grant from the Alcoa Foundation. Read more here.


Young, Latina Coding (Aljazeera America)

A new generation of tech leaders is emerging and they may change the face of Silicon Valley. Guest speakers on this episode include Deldelp Media, Founder & CEO of Avion Ventures and Sylvia Aguinaga, Program Coordinator of DIY Girls. Watch episode highlights here

In an advertisement campaign by Always, when adult women and men are asked to run/hit/throw like a girl they do those things wispily and terribly. On the other hand, when young girls are asked to run/hit/throw like a girl, they do those things with lots of enthusiasm and effort. When asked what doing things like a girl means to them, a young girl responds "Do them as best as you can." Heartbreakingly, at some age, we become convinced that doing anything like a girl means that you are doing it ineffectively, wimpily, and in a way that can't be taken seriously at all. Read more here.