August 2019

Please check out below for what's going on in MWM! 
2019 Leaders to Learn From Series

The  2019 Million Women Mentors Leaders to Learn From series showcases the career paths of STEM leaders who have followed unique pathways to attain their current status. Every month we will celebrate the story of a new trailblazer who beat the odds and define what it means to be a role model. These profiles will celebrate individuals who persevere against convention and remind young people and seasoned veterans alike that there is no longer a "traditional" means to career success.

We are happy to announce this month's leader Cindy Patman , Vice President, Human Resources , Orica. We are very excited to feature Cindy and journey through Human Resources taking her all around the globe! Feel free to share this profile with your networks to show women across the globe that there is no longer a 'traditional' model of a successful career. To download the profile please click here or the image below.
REMINDER: It is Time to Get Your Numbers in For ‘Be Counted!’ 2019
As we begin 2019, it is important you start thinking about our   Million Women Mentors ‘Be Counted!’ Campaign , an effort to record all of the mentoring of girls and women in STEM that is happening already for 2019! We know companies, organizations, and individuals are working to move the needle for girls in STEM currently, and now we just need to count it!
Now you can easily record the mentoring you are doing just by clicking on the Be Counted! button after logging into the website. After logging in, just fill out the information about the mentoring you have done, and voila! You will be counted!
Please help spread the word about this campaign and get all of the mentoring counted!  If you would like the Be Counted! Campaign Cheat Sheet click here . As well, the link to share out for our Google form can be accessed by   clicking here.
If you have any questions or comments, please contact .
2019 MWM Leadership Circle Webinar Follow-Up

On Thursday, July 18, members from various Million Women Mentors initiatives virtually convened to share their insights on how each of these initiatives impacts our movement, and reinforced the case for mentoring across sectors. This one-hour webinar was a chance to celebrate and build on progress within each initiative, while providing concrete calls to action for attendees. On the webinar we heard about:

  • Going Global
  • Mid-Year 2019 States Update
  • Women in Insurance Initiative
  • Technology & Impact/ Digital Ecosystem
  • Wells Fargo Entrepreneurship Initiative
  • Update from Our Partner MENTOR
Women In Insurance Initiative Embarks on Comprehensive Study on the State of Women in the Industry

On June 12th the Million Women Mentors'  Women in Insurance Initiative (WII)  Consortium announced the launch of a data collection project designed to measure and provide insight into issues and opportunities that currently exist for women in the insurance industry.  Verisk , a leading data analytics provider and member of the consortium, is leading the data collection. WII is encouraging the insurance industry's senior leaders and HR professionals to join and include their organizations in this first-of-its-kind research and important data gathering exercise. The WII 2019 data collection will ask companies to share valuable information about employee demographics, diversity and inclusion programs, and gender parity initiatives. Verisk will aggregate the information for release in the fall of 2019.To provide a deep and comprehensive view of issues and opportunities for women in the insurance industry, the survey will collect detailed information about the numbers of men and women employed throughout the industry, looking at their age ranges, highest education completed, and ethnic groups. It will further examine how many women hold management positions, and what issues are driving inequality in the workplace. All responses will be kept strictly anonymous, allowing organizations to provide candid responses. For more information or to participate in the survey, HR professionals should contact
Nine in 10 Workers Who Have a Career Mentor Say They Are Happy in Their Jobs

About half of workers say they have a mentor at work, and those who do are significantly more likely to be happy with their jobs, according to the latest  CNBC/SurveyMonkey Workplace Happiness Survey . Digging into the data from nearly 8,000 full- and part-time workers across the country, one of the findings that jumps out:  Mentorship  has an outsize impact on a worker’s career across several measures. More than 9 in 10 workers (91%) who have a mentor are satisfied with their jobs, including more than half (57%) who are “very satisfied.” Among those who don’t have a mentor, each of those numbers drop by double digits. The value of mentorship shows up in more specific ways as well. Workers with a mentor are more likely than those without to say they’re well paid (79% vs. 69%) and to believe that their contributions are valued by their colleagues (89% vs. 75%) — two key components of overall happiness at work. For more information about this survey please click here.
Fighting Toxic Relationships with Healthy Ones: Mentoring Youth Who Experience Commercial/ Sexual Exploitation

Thursday, August 15 2019, 1:00PM – 2:15PM EDT

This webinar explores the high challenges faced by Commercially and Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC), and the value of positive mentoring relationships in helping young people resist and overcome these abuses. Our panel centers the voices and experiences of survivors and youth from vulnerable backgrounds, and also offers a provider perspective. We explore best practices for mentoring youth who are vulnerable to exploitation, including relationship-focused work, trauma-informed practice, and strengths-based and youth- and survivor-led programming. Woven into the discussion is a critical understanding that truly addressing the problem of youth exploitation in our society requires not only a commitment to assist young people to better adapt, but also to address the environmental causes of exploitation at both the micro and macro levels. Click here to register.
Three Ways to Make Mentoring Girls in Tech More Valuable at Northwestern Mutual

As part of Northwestern Mutual’s technology outreach program,  hi, Tech , they recently completed a mentoring initiative designed to encourage high school girls to pursue careers in technology. Sixteen employees (mostly women technologists, along with several male allies) were paired with 16 girls from Ronald Reagan High School in Milwaukee. Over the course of a year, the goal was to encourage and inspire them. They'd like to think they made a positive impact. And they know they've learned a few things about how to make the experience valuable for their mentees – tips that might be helpful if you're considering being a mentor yourself.
  • Share your tech journey
  • Connect the dots to the broader world
  • Make yourself available
For more information on this initiative, please click here.
2020 STEP Ahead Awards

The Manufacturing Institute’s STEP Women’s Initiative is dedicated to fostering a 21st-century manufacturing workforce that honors and promotes the role of women at all levels of the manufacturing industry, from the factory floor to the C-suite. One important way we do so is by recognizing exceptional women in manufacturing at the annual  STEP Ahead Awards  gala and empowering those honorees to pay it forward with tools to mentor and inspire the next generation. Over the past seven years, we’ve honored more than 900 women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in science, technology, engineering and production (STEP) careers—and we’ve provided them with important leadership training to mentor tomorrow’s female manufacturing leaders through an associated two-day professional development program. Are there peers or colleagues of yours who deserve recognition and whose stories can encourage others to follow their lead? Visit  to submit your nomination. The nomination period will close October 4, 2019 . For any questions or more information, feel free to access the  Nominations Guide Toolkit  which contains helpful information to get started or please contact the Institute’s STEP Ahead team at .
First Annual Girl Powered Gala

The Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation invites you to join us at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science on December 11, 2019 at 7 PM for our first annual Girl Powered Gala, a celebration of the Girl Powered initiative. We will reflect on the achievements of the past year, recognize the impact of the Girl Powered Initiative and enjoy a memorable evening dedicated to the spirit of women excelling in STEM fields. We invite you to help us redefine the face of STEM.
Join Us
  • Dinner 
  • Explore the entire Perot Museum of Nature and Science
  • Meet local teams and see VEX Robotics in action (floors 3 and 2)
  • Inspirational Guest Speakers
  • Silent Auction
  • Networking

Please register at by 12/4. If you have any questions, please email
Million Women Mentors Customization to Attract Mentors for Snap the Gap for MWM-CA
The MWM team is supporting and creating resources to attract mentors for the Snap the Gap program in California. Snap the Gap has begun a pilot where 10-12 year old girl participants receive a littleBits STEM Starter Pack provided by The Walt Disney Company, along with a one-year immersion in an inventor community and mentorship by an inspiring adult in STEM. UC Davis, which leads MWM-CA is helping to recruit participants and mentors and measure the program’s impact. With this launch, Snap the Gap is calling on STEM professionals to join the movement and volunteer as mentors or partners. MWM-CA engaged the MWM Technology Leaders and MWM Sponsor TATA Consulting Services to create customized location search solutions for the California program. Snap the Gap is looking to attract up to 5,000 mentors for up to 15,000 participants in the program to assist in reducing the gender gap in STEM. MWM has designed a customized page that highlights Snap the Gap mentoring locations in major cities in California by entering the appropriate zip code. You can view the search page  here . If you want to get involved or for additional information please visit  SnapTheGap.or g
MWM State of the States 2018-2019

The report provides an overview of the movement and features a page on each state involved. The state pages detail events and initiatives within that state over the past year, commitments and pledges to mentor, and plans for the coming year, and provides information on that state's leadership structure and partner organizations. It's a chance to celebrate progress, share best-practices and scalable models of success, and dive deeper into the daily workings of this vast volunteer movement. 

To download the report please click here.