November 2019

Please check out below for what's going on in MWM! 
On  December 5, 2019 , in Celebration of our
5-Year Anniversary, Million Women Mentors is
Calling the World to Action!

MWM is calling the world to action to demonstrate what is possible when we all come together to encourage and support girls and women on STEM pathways, with a goal of encouraging more organizations to join the movement and amplify their mentoring efforts. MWM will share stories of women who have achieved success as a result of being mentored and are now giving back as STEM mentors themselves. 

Throughout the day, follow #BecauseofMyMentor and #MWM5YearCelebrationDay to see the live streamed videos, speeches, and calls to action. Like, share, and interact with these videos online!

Need some ideas? Share your own story on social media using #BecauseofMyMentor and answering the question: “What have you been able to accomplish or dobecause of your mentor?” ie: Because of my mentor, I took a chance. Because of my mentor, I pursued a PhD in Physics. Because of my mentor, I don’t give up. Because of my mentor, I became a mentor myself. 

More ideas include: 
  • Posting a picture of you with your mentor 
  • Share a photo of you holding a poster with the answer to the question incorporating #BecauseofMyMentor 
  • Create a video of what you are doing because of your mentor and how that has affected your life 
  • Share why you are mentoring others through video, graphics, photos 
  • Flip the script to share “BecauseofMyMentee” to show that mentoring is mutually beneficial and consists of a reciprocal relationship 

Post throughout the day and join in by sharing, liking, and responding to the posts of others! For an overview of the event please click here.
We hosted a webinar for STEMconnector members and shared ideas and ways to celebrate the day, to watch the webinar please click here.
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 Shantel Butler , Project Engineer , United Parcel Service (UPS) . We are very excited to feature Shantel, she is an inspiration to all of those around her and after reading her story and the struggles she has overcome we are so excited to feature her as a leader to learn from! 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.
Website New Look and Feel!
We are happy to announce some cosmetic changes to our website! As you will see in the upcoming months the look and feel of the MWM website will change to reflect our branding as well as new resources and other updated portions! Stay tuned for all of the great things we have coming, and don't worry- everything you will need will still be there during this process. A big thank you to Tata Consultancy Services , who run our website, for helping us through this process; we could not have done it without you!
MWM joins the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) as an Affinity Alliance Member
MWM is pleased to announce that we have become an Affinity Alliance Member this fall to further support NCWIT's commitment to increasing women's participation in tech and computing by bringing more voices to the table. 
NCWIT is a “change leader” network of more than 1,100 organizations in support of NCWIT’s mission. NCWIT convenes our change leader network at the annual NCWIT Summit on Women & IT; equips member organizations with resources, tools, data, and more, so that when they step out as change leaders they do so based on evidence and not anecdote or whim; and unites them in common action platforms that leverage their combined strength for the nation, like in our Aspirations in Computing program.
The two organizations will work to support their shared common mission. MWM participants can support NCWIT in two ways. – Getting students to apply for the Computing Awards or Review Applications. For more information about this please click here.
Teaching Social Emotional Competencies in Mentoring Programs

Thursday, November 21 2019, 1:00PM - 2:15PM ET

This webinar will explore a national definition of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and how mentoring can contribute to young people’s social emotional development. Presenters will discuss successful strategies of integrating the Search Institute Assets of social emotional learning into a mentoring strategy, interviewing to assess SEL competence, and assessing SEL progress in program evaluation. Click here to register.
Employer Award: Northwestern Mutual
hi, Tech

STEM Forward recently announced its 2019 STEMMY Award Winners. The STEMMYs were established in 2005 to recognize educational institutions, businesses, organizations and individuals whose efforts demonstrate a unique approach or unparalleled commitment to promoting STEM awareness and improving the STEM competency of students. The awards are divided into four categories: employer, individual, business and partnership. We are pleased to say Northwestern Mutual has won the Employer Award!!

Northwestern Mutual recognizes that technology and innovation drive the future of southeastern Wisconsin. Recognizing that technology talent is critical to our region’s success and as part of their commitment to Milwaukee, they are focused on attracting and retaining digital innovators, creative thinkers and leading talent. Currently, they are partnering with dozens of local companies and organizations to advance technology and make the Milwaukee area a tech hub. They are taking action to develop a strategic plan and formalize a tech industry coalition to pursue critical initiatives as well as forming partnerships with economic development groups, educational institutions, non-profits and government.

hi, Tech , Northwestern Mutual’s technology outreach program, introduces students and teachers to what’s possible. Participants connect to, explore and transform the world around them. Students don’t just build apps – they build confidence. They don’t just unlock the next game level – they unlock their career potential. These efforts directly support our mission of making Milwaukee a tech hub by focusing on building the capacity for teachers and students to gain and apply tech skills and better understand digital concepts and their connection to future careers. With hi, Tech, Northwestern Mutual wants to welcome K-12 students into the world of technology by giving them skills to explore the many facets of technology creation and real-world experiences to put their learning to the test. Serving nearly 6,000 students, teachers and parents in 2018, their STEM outreach program relies on support of roughly 350 volunteers, all focused on inspiring the next generation of tech talent to see the key role they can play in the future success of our communities. For more information please click here.
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
Congratulations to Pennsylvania!
At our 5-Year Anniversary 2019 Awards Gala we were happy to announce this year's Outstanding State Achievement Award to our MWM-PA chapter ! This award goes to a group of outstanding volunteers who collectively lead a state steering committee to above
and beyond the call of duty, organizing incredible events for the women and girls of that state year after year. Pennsylvania has exceeded all expectations in this regard, in particular their organization of ‘PA Girls in STEM Day’; an annually held day that brings together middle school and high school girls from across the state to learn about STEM, STEM careers, and network with women who have careers in STEM. In 2019, five locations across the state participated; Pittsburgh, Erie, Harrisburg, Philadelphia, Lehigh Valley. Cisco Systems helped to facilitate the day in Pittsburgh, Erie Insurance in Erie, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology in Harrisburg, Temple University in Philadelphia, and B. Braun in Lehigh Valley. In total the event hosted over 230 girls from across the state, nearly doubling participation from the previous year.
Calling all Arkansas STEM Professionals!
Join us at Arkansas State University for the launch of Million Women Mentors brought to you by EAST and the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas. At this event, you’ll learn more about the importance of women and girls in STEM, while viewing projects from individual EAST programs.

Location: Centennial Hall Ballroom 101 N Caraway Rd. Jonesboro, AR 72401
Date: Monday, November 18, 2019
Time: 10-11:30am

Register for this free event online here.
Texas Women and Girls in STEM Summit 

When: Friday, December 6, 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Where: Engineering Education & Research Center, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas

Join the Texas Girls Collaborative Project for our 3rd Annual Texas Women and Girls in STEM Summit designed to share best practices, connect organizations and individuals, and showcase outstanding efforts to increase the number of girls in STEM and support the retention of women in STEM careers.  STEM professionals and all who are engaged in education, outreach, recruitment, and/or retention of women and girls in STEM are invited to join in.  CPE hours will be offered. NOTE: This event is for educators and STEM professionals. It is not intended for K12 students. Learn more and register today here.

UT STEM Professional Development Day

When: Saturday, December 7, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Engineering Education & Research Center, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas
Join the programs and departments from across The University of Texas at Austin for the  2nd Annual UT Austin STEM Professional Development Day  on Saturday, December 7 th , 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.Mix and match your workshops throughout the day. STEM educators and all who are interested in the workshops and sessions are invited to join in. Register online here.
The MWM-TN team is planning multiple events in celebration of MWM’s 5-Year Anniversary in close collaboration with partners in non-profit, for-profit, and educational organizations.
Flagship events include:
  • The Chattanooga Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) is hosting a day-long networking event on location at BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee. For working adults, sessions will feature a women’s leadership training led by Sandler Training as well as a panel of high-profile STEM industry experts. That afternoon, high school students from around the region will also assemble to hear from these STEM industry experts from companies like Thompson Engineering with an immediate opportunity for in-person speed mentoring.  
  • Women’s Leadership Institute has offered partnership PR, in an effort to amplify MWM-TN’s reach through their female-focused network and will host a day-end Happy Hour with their membership. 
Other examples include:
  • The Technology Council is planning to bring Million Women Mentors into their monthly Connect event that has tech businesses networking scheduled on December 4th.
  • Chattanooga State Community College, Girls Inc. of Chattanooga and Learning Blade will partner for an Hour of Code event in anticipation of Computer Science Education Week.
  • The Society of Women Engineers are hosting a scholarship event and tying that to MWM as well. This event raises funds to provide funding to a rising student in college or university to pursue a STEM major.
  • If you would like to get involved in Tennessee or other states for the December 5th celebration, please email to get plugged in.
MWM State of the States 2019-2020

On October 23rd at our annual summit we released our State of the States 2019-2020 report to the world. 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.
Engaging Women in STEM: A Literature Review of Dominant Causes of Female STEM Attrition and Promising Mitigating Practices

In November 2018 the Kevin Kubasik Charitable Trust published a paper on the lack of support provided to women workin in STEM (especially tech) field. The trust is driven by the power of research, data and practical insights to cultivate positive change. To download the report please click here.