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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.

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.

Speaking about today’s announcement, Governor McAuliffe said, “As we work to build a new Virginia economy, it is important that we encourage innovation in business, attract new STEM industries to our state, and ensure that girls and women are part of the talent pipeline to opportunities in STEM careers by providing them with a world-class education. That is why I am happy to support Million Women Mentors, an initiative dedicated to girls and women succeeding in STEM.

The program features several state and STEM leaders speaking on the importance of women and STEM in areas such as innovation, education, cyber security, and entrepreneurship. Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice A. Jones joins the launch event to speak on the importance of STEM to promoting entrepreneurism in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

“It is critical in today’s 21st century economy to encourage all citizens, especially girls and young women, to realize their full potential in STEM. The STEM workforce of tomorrow and future entrepreneurs of the Commonwealth will lead our state in developing an economy that thrives, and initiatives like Million Women Mentors help to do just that,” said Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice A. Jones.

Governor McAuliffe and Secretary Jones will share the stage with other incredible individuals, such as Michelle Lee, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; Jane Oates of Apollo Education; Michelle Kang, CEO of Cognosante and many others.

To learn more on how you can participate in Virginia or other state efforts with Million Women Mentors, please register at the website www.MillionWomenMentors.org.