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. 

(all photos/article property of Million Women Mentors)

SU-IASL Student Chapter Officers 2015-2016



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From Left to right: Anthony McGill (Vice President), Micha Lanz (Historian), Peter Soutar (President), Erin Curry (President), Ryan Litter ((Historian), Emma Owens (president).

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Officers w/ Dr. Usha Rajdev, Professor, Marymount University

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Officers w/ Dr. Irene Bell, Head of STEM, Stranmillis University, Belfast

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Officers w/ Dr. Rajdev and Dr. Bell


First event on Wednesday, October 7, with NASA was a huge success. See pictures below.  Head of NASA Goddard Education, Dr. Gabrys came online to congratulate the students and indicated they will extend this partnership through Marymount University to Stranmillis. This was the engineering and technology aspect of their STEM certification!!

Another event takes place on October 14 with a joint workshop presentation on extreme weather and climate change.

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 Bryant, Chief Executive Officer
FIRST: Donald Bossi, Chief 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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