February 2019
FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER

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

As Million Women Mentors embarks on our fifth year in operation, we are excited to build on the progress we have made and share authentic insight into the world of mentoring through our #BeyondtheBuzzword campaign. Part of this work is showcasing the leaders who have paved the way for women across industries and set a true example for girls and women across the globe. We know that leadership comes in many forms and that there are many avenues to success. 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 kicked of the 2019 Leaders to Learn from Series with a profile of a truly authentic leader in STEM Umran Beba , SVP, Chief Diversity and Engagement Officer of PepsiCo. We are happy to announce this month's leader Halleemah Nash , Chief Partnerships Officer , The Academy Group. Halleemah's incredible journey from Compton, CA to authentic and passionate leader supporting diverse communities shows young people that they do not have to be defined by stereotypes that surround them, and that they can use their individuality as a competitive advantage on the road to success. 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.
Making a Difference as a STEM Mentor

After the October 2018 MWM 'Becoming the Difference' Summit, one of our State Leaders, Jenny Kopach of Illinois , wrote a blog post about ' The Power of One: How You Can Make a Difference During STEM Mentoring Month. ' The article was published on our partner MENTOR 's website and we encourage all of you to read it. It combines great insight and ties together all that our movement is about. To read it please click here.

If you are published anywhere for anything related to Million Women Mentors please send it our way, we would love to feature you in the newsletter!
Mark your calendars for our International Women's Day Webinar!

This year's IWD theme is "Better with Balance"; we will be hearing from an international cross-sector of leaders on why gender balance is important to their industry and the economy as a whole, as well as a bit about what efforts are seeing the most impact. Speakers will be announced in the coming weeks. The webinar will take place on March 8th, 2019 (International Women's Day) at 11 am EST, please register today by clicking here.
CORPORATE PARTNERS
Million Women Mentors Participated at MENTOR's National Mentoring Summit
 
On Friday, February 1st in Washington DC STEMconnector's Senior Director of Communications & Partnerships Ashley Szofer , BP's Executive Director of the BP Global Foundation Kathleen Martinez , Genentech's Associate Director of Corporate Citizenship & Engagement Ragnar von Schiber and Cisco's Head of Global Community Relations Kirsten Weeks hosted a Corporate Activation Panel. This session provided an opportunity for participants to learn more about the benefits of corporate mentoring volunteer programs, as well as lessons for how to operationalize such a program for the greatest impact. Corporations looking to expand their community impact through local mentoring, either to form a new program or tighten or expand an existing one, walked away with scalable models and resources to bring back to their organizations. If you are interested in any of the information that was discussed please contact Alexa.Gitler@stemconnector.com
STATES' INITIATIVES
Society of Women Engineers Hosts 'Tomorrow's Engineers Today' Saturday February 23
 
Every year they host a one day event for middle and high school girls to learn and get excited about a career in STEM. This event includes: fun experiments, laboratory tours & demos, presentations on various engineering majors, and insight for parents about the field of engineering & the University of Tennessee Tickle College of Engineering. Come join UTK SWE for this fun day! To get more information and purchase tickets please click here.
Middle-school girls learn about leadership and self-esteem at third annual Young Women’s Empowerment Conference

On January 26th at a day-long event, hosted by Congressman Alan Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, 200 seventh and eighth-graders participated in the third annual  Young Women’s Empowerment Conference at Browning High School. Throughout the day the girls were given career advice, support and guidance from women in a range of careers.The girls also participated in “career cafe” stations where they chatted with women in the areas of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), the arts and entrepreneurship. For more information about the event please click here.
Bridging the Divide Between Classrooms and Corporations: 
Our Solution to Narrowing the Gender Gap in STEM

Written and published in Connected Science Learning , a publication of NSTA and ASTC, by two of our wonderful MWM-MN State Leaders, Amanda Svedarsky  and  Jennifer Granner , they describe their experience and what is going on in Minnesota with STEM.  

Two years ago, Minnesota STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) leaders from across the corporate, education, and government sectors came together to discuss our individual and organizational experiences related to the gender gap in the STEM fields. Although everyone’s circumstances were very different, the trends and themes of our stories were all connected, and we decided to ignite a movement to bring intentional focus to narrowing the STEM career gender gap within our state. Before we launched into action, we knew we first had to ground ourselves in the data of the current state of the gender gap in STEM careers in Minnesota and the needs of our target populations. It was important for us to consider a wide variety of voices from within the communities where we live and work. Our desire was to truly understand the why behind the gender gap prior to defining how to approach a solution. To read the rest of the article please click here.
On January 7th, u nder the direction of newly minted Lt. Gov. Kate Marshall and Executive Vice President of Public Policy and Corporate Responsibility at Caesars Entertainment Jan Jones Blackhurst , the nationwide Million Women Mentors movement arrived in Nevada with a kick-off event at CES. “We will grow Nevada’s economy from the bottom up, with us and with our children,” Marshall said at the launch event, where she met with Caesars employees who will serve as part of the steering committee. Jones Blackhurst said she expected the initiative to launch within the first four months of the year, adding that "while mentors would be appropriate for women of all ages, the younger the women are, the larger the possibilities." Please s ave the date for the MWM-NV State Webinar on Thursday Feb. 21 at 3 pm PST . For more info please contact  states@millionwomenmentors.com .
WHAT'S GOING ON WITH MWM?
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! link from the  homepage . From there you can sign in or sign up and create your account. Finally, 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  Alexa.Gitler@stemconnector.com .
WEBSITE UPDATES
Tracking Mentoring Matches on the MWM Portal

As you may know, the MWM website has allowed you to search through thousands of mentoring opportunities across the country. Businesses, organizations and individuals have also been able to tell us about any other mentoring you may already be doing using the “Be Counted” button at the top of your account’s Mentoring Relationships page. 

At the request of several users, we have now added a new feature to allow you to better track when a mentor has been accepted by a mentoring opportunity found in our listings and the mentor and mentee relationship has been achieved!

Those with MWM accounts can select a mentoring opportunity in our listings by clicking on the “ Volunteer Here ” button. This adds the mentoring relationship to your “Current Mentoring” list. MWM has now added the ability to mark the relationship as “ Matched ” when the mentor and mentoring organization have contact each other and assigned the mentor a task.
  • Beginning this week, the mentoring relationships will show a “Matching Status” of either “Matched” or “Unmatched.”
  • The relationship may be marked as “Matched”by either the mentor or the mentoring organization by clicking on the “Mark as Matched” link in each listing. The date it was marked will be shown.
  • Past “Be Counted” relationships will automatically be marked as “Matched.”
  • The status will be reflected in the mentoring reports.
Using this new feature, companies and mentoring organizations will be able to easily track which mentors have been placed into productive mentoring relationships.

Remember we are always available to do a webinar for organizations as desired. Please send an email to  info@millionwomenmentors.com to request this.

We hope that this will help you to make your mentoring programs more effective!
ONLINE RESOURCES
MWM State of the States 2018-2019 Released at Annual Summit

At our annual Summit on October 26th , we released this year's State of the States report. 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.