To support the engagement of two million Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) mentors (male and female) to increase the interest and confidence of girls and young women to persist and succeed in STEM programs and careers by 2020. Million Women Mentors® is the movement that aims to change the face of women and girls, their career choices and advancement. We have 39 states with pledges and committees; 60 corporations and 60 partners are engaged nationally; and the global pledges are increasing. These important partnerships represent more than 30 million girls and women and the media partners as well. It is about scaling up and insuring that women and girls are encouraging and supported in their STEM careers.
Through the engagement of one million mentors, our goals are to:
1. Increase the percentage of high school girls planning to pursue STEM careers.
2. Increase the percentage of young women pursuing undergraduate degrees in STEM fields.
3. Increase the percentage of women staying and advancing in STEM careers through supporting workforce mentoring programs.
Mayor Martin Walsh (Boston, MA) and Mayor Betsy Hodges (Minneapolis, MN)
Michael Norris, Sodexo*
Communications & Branding
Jane Oates, Apollo Education Group*
Corporate & BD Strategy
Fernando Hernandez, Microsoft*
Edie Fraser, STEMconnector®
Maria Velissariou, PepsiCo*
Rob Denson, DMACC
Patrice D’Eramo, Cisco*
Honorary Chair Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds (IA)
Balaji Ganapathy, Tata Consultancy Services*
* MWM Initiative Vice-Chairs
Chief Executive Officer
VP & Chief Business Development Officer
Dr. Talmesha Richards
Chief Academic & Diversity Officer
Manager, State Programs
Manager, Business Development
Director, Project Partnerships
Director, Corporate Developmentt
Manager, Corporate Development
Dr. Dane R. Boyington
Senior Advisor, Technology
Sheila C. Boyington
Senior Advisor, National States Chair
By creating your account at www.millionwomenmentors.org, individuals, organizations and companies are creating a one to four year pledge to join the “million” mentors. Through this agreement with MWM, a commitment is made to mentor a girl or woman in STEM for 20 hours out of the year. By mentoring, you are helping girls and women succeed in STEM careers.
"Million Women Mentors, we ought to be able to make some progress with this… Thank you for what you are doing, as we encourage and challenge our young women in STEM fields. This is how we're going to be making a difference, and this is how we're going to be translating into the future with our women leaders."
"I know the importance of strong women mentors in my own life. Congratulations to the Million Women Mentors for their efforts to give young women interested in science and technology the support they need to be successful in these careers!"
"We all should mentor a young person, and in turn that young person will become a mentor for another. It's that simple. You have the opportunity to offer anything and everything."
"As women who have accomplished so much, we have to look behind us and pull the women on the next rung of the ladder up with us. We have the time, we have the opportunity and that's what encouraging girls in STEM is all about… I am proud to sponsor legislation this year, to make sure that we can encourage young girls and underrepresented minorities to enter the STEM fields."
"Women right now make up about 48% of the workforce, which we all appreciate but only 24% make up the STEM workforce and what's so critical is that those jobs pay more…In New Hampshire alone by the year 2018 we are going to have 43,000 STEM jobs available… All kids do not learn the same way, and it is important that children have mentors."
"The connection for me with STEM, is our workforce…Almost half the workforce in New Hampshire is female, this has long been a tradition…40% of American families are now lead by a female breadwinner, she is the primary source of income… What we are participating in with this movement [Million Women Mentors] is myth busting, so that policy makers can become more aware of the demographics in our communities…"