Governor Terry McAuliffe Celebrates International Women’s Day with Launch of Million Women Mentors – Virginia

Richmond, Virginia — March 8, 2016 | In celebration of International Women's Day, today Governor Terry McAuliffe will be launching the Million Women Mentors initiative in Virginia (MWM-VA) at Richmond's historic Patrick Henry Building. Governor McAuliffe proudly serves as the Honorary Chair for MWM-VA, an initiative whose mission is to support girls and women in STEM by providing one million STEM mentors, alongside MWM-VA Co-Chairs Dr. Carole Inge, founder of the International Association for STEM Leaders, and Jennifer Bisceglie, CEO of Interos. Governor McAuliffe will present a proclamation supporting girls and women in STEM during the launch event.

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Foxcroft School students celebrate STEM and Million Women Mentors Initiative with Governor McAuliffe

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STEM Students Help Governor Launch Million Women Mentors Initiative in Virginia


Foxcroft School students celebrated International Women's Day Tuesday with Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and a stunning group of STEM leaders, mostly female, committed to growing the number of girls and women studying and working in the critical science, technology, engineering and math fields.

Speaking before several hundred people in Richmond's historic Patrick Henry Building, Governor McAuliffe launched the Million Women Mentors initiative in Virginia (MWM-VA) and presented a proclamation supporting girls and women in STEM.


“When we are advancing women we are advancing the Commonwealth,” said the Governor. “I want to make sure that women are leading the way in STEM, so we are ‘all in’ with the Million Women Mentors.” He is the first governor to serve as Honorary Chair of a state chapter of Million Women Mentors, a nation-wide initiative to support girls and women in STEM by providing one million STEM mentors.


Dr. Carole Inge, one of MWM-VA Co-Chairs and founder of the International Association for STEM Leaders, invited Science Department Chair Maria Evans, Ph.D., to bring students to the event because she had read about the School’s outstanding STEM program and special initiatives, such as its girls-only interscholastic STEM competition and Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) curriculum. Foxcroft’s contingent consisted of 13 girls who are passionate about STEM. (Only three other high schools were represented and none by more than three girls.)

“It was a wonderful opportunity for the girls,” said Dr. Evans, an aerospace engineer who transitioned from launching rockets and designing constellation orbits to teaching at Foxcroft. “They got to meet the Governor and hear about the many diverse opportunities in STEM fields from some impressive speakers. They also made some wonderful connections with people and companies and got excited about their possibilities.”

Of particular interest to the students were programs supported by Cisco Systems and Lockheed Martin. They also enjoyed hearing from such powerful figures as Michelle Lee, the first woman to be Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice A. Jones; and MWM-VA Co-Chair Jennifer Bisceglie, who is CEO of Interos Solutions and Global Chair of WIPP (Women Impacting Public Policy).


“I’m counting on you,” Governor McAuliffe told the students. These Foxcroft girls seem anxious to rise to the challenge!

*Story published by Foxcroft school www.foxcroft.org.  Picture taken by Bethany Stotler*

More STEM jobs are coming to Hawaii thanks to Govenor Ige, but can we fill them?

More STEM jobs are coming, but can Hawaii fill them?
Feb 18, 2016, 11:23am HST

Kathleen Gallagher, Reporter
Pacific Business News

The tech industry in Hawaii is expanding and high-ranking politicians from the governor to President Barack Obama are touting the growth opportunities in careers that use skills in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM. But there's a shortage of coding teachers to prepare the incoming generation, so parents are taking on the role themselves.

Meli James, head of new ventures at Sultan Ventures, has warned PBN that the "talent challenge" is holding back the state's Startup Paradise. Gov. David Ige has promised to spend $6.8 million in private grants to promote science, technology, engineering and math jobs in the state. However, even if there are new jobs, the children need to be able to fill them and there is a significant lack of teachers.

"You need more teachers," said Russel Cheng, co-founder of DevLeague, Hawaii's coding bootcamp. "Even the schools that are flushed with cash have the computers and the software, but they don't have enough instructors. They can throw as much money as they want at it, but you need to train the teachers."

Parents have begun to take matters into their own hands, according to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal. Even those parents that have never written code are using websites, gaming apps or puzzles to teach their children programming.

The article sites websites such as Code.org, which is provided by a nonprofit organization that promotes coding.
Children are drawn to coding naturally, according to some experts. Manuel Cerqueiro, founder of codingKIDZ.com, an after-school computer-science program in New York, told the Journal that the focus for kids is "on the creativity."

The demand for products to teach children to code has grown rapidly and even includes picture and activity books and board games as well as apps and websites.

Marymount Professor Teaches STEM in Northern Ireland!

Monday, October 26, 2015 

Marymount Professor Teaches STEM in Northern Ireland

A Marymount University professor has taken her push for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education across the ocean, with an October visit to Stranmillis University College in Belfast, Northern Ireland.  Dr. Usha Rajdev taught, observed faculty and helped 85 students sign up an International Association of STEM Leaders (IASL) chapter.

“Everyone has gone above and beyond to make me welcomed, and faculty have been open to sharing their ideas and experiences with me,” said Rajdev, a professor of education at Marymount. “It was an awesome teaching and learning experience for me. They welcomed my ideas as well.”

Rajdev made the trip as a member of the panel for IASL. Stranmillis, a college of Queen’s University, has students volunteering in schools throughout Northern Ireland, providing students STEM activities in order to gain IASL recognition. Such recognition is offered to students and graduates who demonstrate that they can display innovative practices.

On Oct. 7, Rajdev helped facilitate a NASA webinar in conjunction with Marymount at Stranmillis, where students went through four tasks linked to challenges NASA faces when designing, building, launching and landing projects on the moon and Mars. One of the activities involved making batteries from pennies, washers, saltwater and filter paper.

Rajdev said she looks forward to developing a stronger partnership between Marymount and Stranmillis that will benefit both students and faculty.

MWM Summit & Gala Celebration

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Over 400 Attendees at the Inaugural MWM Summit & Gala Celebrating the Mentoring Movement

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Big News! Million Women Mentors just shy of half a million pledges to mentor (see more below).

One week has passed since our Inaugural MWM Summit & Gala and we are so proud to celebrate the great achievements of our friends, partners and sponsors. Engaging testimonials from student mentees on the power of mentorship preceded amazing keynotes from Tara Russell (President, fathom, Carnival Corp & plc) and Michelle K. Lee (Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office) reasserted the importance of mentoring women in STEM fields and the potential for growth. Success stories from the MWM Leadership Council, esteemed Partners and State teams continued to highlight best practices of mentorship through corporate and nonprofit channels. Special shout out to Sodexo, Carnival Corp & plc, Deloitte, and Sony for sponsoring the Summit along with the MWM Vice Chairs: BP, Cisco, PepsiCo, Tata Consultancy Services, and Apollo Education Group.

We heard from so many passionate and driven speakers throughout the entire event and announced nearly half a million pledges to mentor girls and women interested in STEM education and careers. 

Pictured above:

Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds (Iowa), Tennessee Senate Speaker Pro Tempore Bo Watson on behalf of Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey (Tennessee), and Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann (Indiana) (from left to right) shared remarks on their mentoring initiatives on the state-level.

(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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