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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 Summit & Gala - 2016

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Lt. Governor's Panel

We heard incredible commentary on the state of girls and women in STEM from Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin (AR), Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey (AL), Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno (NJ), and Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford (MD), all of which echoed the exemplary leadership of Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds (IA).


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State of the States Report

Immediately following the Lt. Governor's Panel, we released the 2016-2017 State of the States Report featuring 37 state teams. See what all of the states have accomplished, the programs they have gotten involved, and even where they are in completing their pledge goal. 

You can download your copy here:

2016-2017 MWM State of the States Report

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Leading a State Effort

States Breakout Session 

During the first breakout session, we heard from a panel of state leaders about how they are leading their state efforts, moderated by Dr. Carole Cameron-Inge, MWM-VA State Chair. 

Beth Broome, MWM-CA - Beth went over how they have structured such a large state, with regional leadership, and an Honorary Leadership Council with distinguished individuals who can promote the effort across the state. 

Andrea Roberts, MWM-AR - Andrea went over her unique engagement strategy by partnering with Lt. Governor Tim Griffin for a roadshow to promote MWM across the state, all backed by Walmart. Walmart, Andrea's organization, helps to lead the state effort for AR as well, a different take on state structure. 

Jana Rieker, MWM-IA - Jana discussed the many ways IA is transitioning into a state effort focuses on results for mentoring as they are a more mature effort. She discussed initiative's like the Mayor's Project, the fellowship program they are developing, and the way they are using social media and their website to promote the effort.

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From Pledges to Completed

States Breakout Session 

During the second breakout session, we heard strategies for completing their pledge goals from a panel of state leaders, moderated by Kim Case, MWM-NJ State Chair. 

Venita Sivamani, MWM-CA Venita shared her experience with the mentoring pilot program they launched this year using MentorCloud, an online mentoring platform, and UC Davis Students. 

Joleen Clark, MWM-FL - Joleen discussed the work they have done with Hillsborough County Public Schools, where interested schools received a STEM mentor to meet with 5-7 girls weekly during the school year. This program mentored over 350 girls and is being expanded to new cities in Florida. 

Jenny Kopach, MWM-IL - Jenny, who also represents Science Olympiad - a National MWM Partner, explained how Science Olympiad has been instrumental in completing the pledge for IL and how other states, companies, and organizations can use the structure of Science Olympiad for mentoring.

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Outstanding State Achievement Award 

Gala Awards Ceremony

The MWM-TN team was this year's winner of the Outstanding State Achievement Award, which was selected by overwhelming by votes from other states leaders. Their accomplishments included engaging several companies and higher education institutions across the state, launching regionally with leadership in Middle Tennessee, being the first state team to host a fundraising event to raise money for the state effort by partnering with the local Girl Scouts council, and even surpassing their original 10,000 pledge goal by recording 17,000 mentoring relationships through the Be Counted! Campaign. 

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Inaugural MWM Summit & Gala State Leaders Breakfast

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Inaugural MWM Summit & Gala Celebrating the Mentoring Movement

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State Leaders Meeting

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Note: In attendance at the event was MWM-VA State Lead, Dr. Carole Cameron Inge, CEO, International Association for STEM Leaders, along with IASL board members, Dr. Yvonne Thayer, CEO, VESTED, LLC and Sheila Boyington, President, Learning Blade & Million Women Mentors States Coordinator

Inaugural MWM Summit & Gala Award Winners

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Award Winners at the Inaugural MWM Summit & Gala Celebrating the Mentoring Movement

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Congratulations to our Award Winners:

Driving Employee Engagement Leadership Award: BP

From Local to Global Leadership Award: PepsiCo

Mentor Leadership through Technology Awards: Tata Consultancy Services

Partnership Advocacy Award: Cisco

Partnership Communications Award: Sodexo

Policy Leader Awards: Senator Debbie Stabenow, Michigan; Senator Jeanne Shaheen, New Hampshire; Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, New York

State Leaders Awards: Dr. Allison Jackson, MWM - New Jersey; Jana Rieker, MWM - Iowa

State Steering Committee Awards: Indiana State Steering Committee; Tennessee State Steering Committee

State Honorary Chair Awards: Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, MWM - Iowa; Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey, MWM - Tennessee; Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann, MWM - Indiana

Mayor Award: Nan Whaley, Mayor of Dayton, Ohio

Global Mentorship Award: Poland

Higher Education Award: Washington State University - Tri Cities

Leading Woman Entrepreneur Award: Sylvana Coche, Founder and CEO, Gravity Pro Consulting

Mentor of the Year Award: Liz Centoni, VP, Strategy Planning Chief Development Officer, Cisco

Youth Mentor Award: Sreva Atluri - Thomas Jefferson High School (VA)

Mentor-Matching Award: Girls, Inc.; Lockheed Martin Corporation

Movement Building Award: National Girls Collaborative Project

Groundbreaking Research Award: American Association of University Women

Media Award: Enterprising Women

Mentoring Innovation Award: ORAU

(Copyright -- Above is an excerpt taken from the MWM Newsletter – 9/28/2015)

Note: In attendance at the event was MWM-VA State Lead, Dr. Carole Cameron Inge, CEO, International Association for STEM Leaders, along with IASL board members, Dr. Yvonne Thayer, CEO, VESTED, LLC and Sheila Boyington, President, Learning Blade & Million Women Mentors States Coordinator


Inaugural MWM Summit & Gala Featured Speakers

Featured Speakers at the Inaugural MWM Summit & Gala Celebrating the Mentoring Movement

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Thank You to our Featured Speakers:

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Michigan
Michelle K. Lee, Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office - Read more here for her remarks.
Sodexo: Michael Norris, Co-host of event, Chief Operating Officer and Market President
Keshia Knight Pulliam, Actress (The Cosby Show) and founder of Kamp Kizzy, a nonprofit organization for young girls
BP: Redia Anderson, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Americas, Organizational Effectiveness
Alcoa: Natalie Schilling, Vice President Corporate Human Resources & HR Innovation & Excellence
Cigna: Rosanna Durruthy, Chief Diversity Officer 
Corning: Dr. Mark Vaughn, Manager, Technical Talent Pipelining for Corning's Technology Community & Lead, Technology Community Office of STEM
Lockheed Martin: Vicki Schmanske, Acting Vice President and General Manager - Lockheed Martin IS&GS Civil
Randi Williams, Senior at University of Maryland - Baltimore County
Kritika Singh, Sophomore at Rutgers University - Douglass Residential College
Aimeerenee Layton-Junco, Vice President, Global Human Resources, Carnival Corporation
Tara Russell, Founder, President and Global Impact Lead of fathom
Girls Inc: Andrea Wolf, Former Director of Public Policy, President BREM
Girl Scouts: Jennifer Allebach, Principal Girl Experience Advisor
MentorNet: Mary Fernandez, Chief Executive Officer
NCWIT: Lucy Sanders, Chief Executive Officer  
Tata Consultancy Services: Balaji Ganapathy, Head of Workforce Effectiveness
Cisco Systems, Inc.: Patrice D'Eramo, VP of Field Marketing
Learning Blade: Dr. Dane Boyington, Chief Technology Officer & Million Women Mentors Senior Advisor  
Learning Blade: Sheila Boyington, PE, President & Million Women Mentors States Coordinator
PepsiCo: Maria Velissariou, Vice President of Research & Development and Quality, Quaker
Alpha Corporation: Kate Lindsey, Chief Executive Officer
eWomenNetwork: Sandra Yancey, Founder
SCORE: Ken Yancey, Chief Executive Officer
Black Girls Code: Kimberly BryantChief Executive Officer
FIRST: Donald BossiChief Executive Officer
InRoads: Forest Harper, Chief Executive Officer  
Techbridge: Linda Kekelis, Chief Executive Officer
The Science Cheerleaders 
Tena Clark,Founder and CEO, DMI Music
The White House: Corinna Zarek, Senior Advisor for Open Government to the U.S. Chief Technology Officer at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Gerry "G." Garvin, Acclaimed chef, cookbook author and TV Host of Turn Up the Heat
Deloitte LLP: Chuck Saia, Partner and Chief Risk, Reputation and Regulatory Affairs Officer
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 MWM Michigan Stabenow Stemconnector Frasier

(Copyright -- Above is an excerpt taken from the MWM Newsletter – 9/28/2015)

Note: In attendance at the event was MWM-VA State Lead, Dr. Carole Cameron Inge, CEO, International Association for STEM Leaders, along with IASL board members, Dr. Yvonne Thayer, CEO, VESTED, LLC and Sheila Boyington, President, Learning Blade & Million Women Mentors States Coordinator.








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Day 1: Saturday, March 10, 2018
            After landing, we settled into the Stranmillis dorms where we were pleasantly surprised by our accommodations. Later, we journeyed up the hill into town to window-shop and familiarize ourselves with the local markets. We ended our night by visiting a local restaurant, El Chapo, where we got tips and recommendations on things to do in the area from our server.


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Day 2: Sunday, March 11, 2018
Sunday morning we ventured out to see the famous Titanic Exhibition. We learned about the history of Belfast and the economic influence of the White Star Line industry. Afterwards, we continued our learning by visiting the Ulster Museum. It was interesting to explore the history of the local culture of Belfast, and interact in a museum outside of Washington DC. After a long day of learning, our uber driver gave us a great recommendation for dinner at a local diner called Maggie Mays (which is famous for their delicious milkshakes).
Titanic Museum and Exhibits at the Ulster Museum


Day 3: Monday, March 12, 2018
After filling up on a traditional, Irish breakfast at Stranmillis University College, we took a coach through the countryside to Dublin. When we arrived in Dublin, we toured Trinity College. Next, we explored Dublin Castle and learned about Ireland’s rich history. The Coach House (part of Dublin Castle) displayed art depicting the horrors of the Great Famine. Afterwards, we made our way to St. Patrick’s Cathedral where we gained a new appreciation for the role that religion played in the history and culture of Ireland. Later, we enjoyed shopping for souvenirs on Grafton Street. To finish out our experience at Dublin, we had dinner at the famous Temple Bar Pub where we enjoyed live Irish music.


Dublin Castle


Saint Patrick’s Cathedral

Day 4: Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Tuesday marked our first day at Fane Street Primary School. The principal and staff were very welcoming and supportive as we planned and prepared for our STEM Event on Thursday. Following our introduction to the school, we ventured on a “10-minute walk” to the nearby Poundland to collect supplies for our event. Upon our return, we enjoyed a complimentary lunch from staff and faculty at Fane Street Primary School. In the afternoon, we took the train to Victoria Square to explore Belfast city center.


City Center, Belfast

Day 5: Wednesday, March 14, 2018
We started our day with observations at Fane Street Primary School. It was interesting to see the similarities and differences between the United States schools and Fane Street Primary. We were impressed by the atmosphere of the classrooms and the school as a whole. Students are given the opportunity to showcase their individuality through creativity which is represented by the art on their walls. The teachers demonstrated impressive classroom management tactics and had differentiated strategies for teaching reading and math.
After lunch, we had the opportunity to participate in STEM focused workshops at Stranmillis University College. We gained hands-on experience for computational thinking and engineering. Dr. Bell stressed the importance of encouraging students to pursue careers in engineering as there is a growing need and lack of interest in the field. She provided ways to implement multiple engineering fields within interactive STEM activities geared towards elementary/primary school students. The support from Stranmillis continued when they provided us with the necessary supplies for our STEM event that we were unable to locate ourselves.




Fane Street Classrooms




Stranmillis University visit. Dr. Bell sharing activities conducted by her pre-service teachers

Day 6: Thursday, March 15, 2018
Today we conducted our STEM Event and Makerspace Lab set-up at Fane Street Primary School. The STEM Event was a major success. Students from every class were able to attend and interact with all of the activities that we were able to provide. We were very pleased with the parents turnout and participation.The feedback we received from students, teachers, and parents was positive and the teachers expressed their excitement and interest to take on these STEAM challenges in their own classrooms. With help from the students, we were able to pack up the supplies from the STEM Event and create the first ever Makerspace Lab in Belfast, Northern Ireland. We loved these experiences and look forward to continuing our relationship with Fane Street Primary.


How strong is spaghetti


Wrecking ball


Clothespin Tower




Marble run


Makerspace area set up at Fane Street Elementary School

Day 7: Friday, March 16, 2018
Bright and early in the morning, we hopped on the Odyssey tour bus and headed for the coast line. Our tour started at the Dark Hedges which can only be found in Northern Ireland and are famous film locations for Game of Thrones. Our next stop was at Old Bushmills Distillery which is the oldest whisky distillery in the world. It opened in 1608 and can be found on Irish money. From there we headed to Dunluce castle for a quick photo op. We finally arrived at the main attraction, Giant’s Causeway! The hexagonal basalt rock formation was created naturally but the locals have their own myth for the creation. We ended the tour with the Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge. Unfortunately, due to high winds, we were unable to cross the bridge as planned but managed to enjoy the scenery and see Scotland from afar.



Day 8: Saturday, March 17, 2018

Today was Saint Patrick’s Day and we celebrated by embracing the Irish culture and watching the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in the Belfast City Center. We were able to see Irish step dancers, traditional Irish music being played, and people dressed up in costumes. It was a lot of fun to be among the people of the city on our last day in Northern Ireland.



City Hall, Belfast




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