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Million Women Mentors Holds its Inaugural Summit and Awards Gala Sept 21st

With Over 356,000 Mentors Pledged, Million Women Mentors Holds its Inaugural Summit and Awards Gala Sept 21st

MWM Partners Share Over 170,000 Mentor Matches - Enterprising Women Foundation to Receive Award at Gala Dinner

September 17, WASHINGTON, DC – Million Women Mentors (MWM), an Initiative to reach a goal of one million mentors (male and female) for girls and women in STEM Careers by 2019, announces more than 356,000 pledges to mentor and the first annual Summit and Gala, September 21st National Press Club. The summit will focus on a day of sharing and learning best practices to use mentoring as a tool to advance more women and girls in STEM careers. The evening Gala will award states, companies, non-profit partners, and others for their strong commitment and achievement.

More than 450 leaders from corporations, non-profit partners, higher education, state/city, federal government, and global organizations will join. Million Women Mentors is led by a committed group of corporate executives and public officials with Vice Chairs from Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), PepsiCo, Sodexo, Cisco Systems, BP, and Apollo Education Group. Carnival Corporation and Sodexo are the lead sponsors for the Summit and Gala, along with MWM’s top sponsors. TCS led the development of MWM’s web-portal, enabling groups in need of mentors to be found on and connected to matching capabilities and resources. All Official MWM Partners and Sponsors are listed HERE.

Enterprising Women Foundation President and Founder Monica Smiley, and Enterprising Women Vice President of Operations Beth Blake will participate in the Summit, and the Foundation will be recognized at the Gala Awards Dinner Monday evening. “We are honored that the work that our Foundation is doing around mentoring girls in STEM and STEMpreneurship around the country is being recognized,” Smiley said. “The Summit is a wonderful opportunity for us to exchange ideas with other corporate and nonprofit leaders.”

The schedule for the day will include a corporate panel on mentoring practices, students talking about “what mentoring means to them,” discussion with three Lt. Governors, keynote speakers featuring Carnival Corporation’s fathom’s president, Tara Russell and the Director of the US Patent & Trademark Office, Michelle Lee. Several CEOs from MWM’s partner organizations will be contributing to the day of learning and speaking on a TEDX style segment. The Gala will be enlightened with personalities including acclaimed chef, cookbook author and host G. Garvin and actress Keisha Knight Pulliam. For the full program visit:

To date, 34 states have joined the MWM movement, championed by Honorary Chair Lt. Governor of Iowa Kim Reynolds. Lt. Governor Reynolds is also the Chair of the National Lt. Governors Association. Tennessee's Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey has also endorsed the initiative: “It is more important than ever to translate strong STEM outreach and advocacy into action."

Recognition of Leaders: Million Women Mentors will also host its first-ever MWM Awards, recognizing corporations, non-profit organizations, countries, and public officials for their track record in support of mentoring to advance women and girls in STEM careers.

The inaugural list of awardees is as follows:

o Driving Employee Engagement Leadership Award - BP

o From Local to Global Leadership Award - PepsiCo

o Mentor Leadership through Technology Awards - Tata Consultancy Services

o Partnership Advocacy Award - Cisco

o Partnership Communications Award - Sodexo

o Policy Leader Awards Senator

Debbie Stabenow

Senator Jeanne Shaheen

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

o State Leaders Awards

Dr. Allison Jackson, MWM – NJ

Jana Rieker, MWM – IA

o State Steering Committee Awards

IN State Steering Committee

TN State Steering Committee

o State Honorary Chair Awards

Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, MWM – IA

Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey, MWM – TN

Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann, MWM – IN

o Mayor Award - Nan Whaley, Mayor of Dayton, OH

o Global Mentorship Award - Poland

o Higher Education Award - Washington State University – Tri Cities

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

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

o Youth Mentor Award - Sreva Atluri

o Mentor-Matching Award

Girls, Inc.

Lockheed Martin Corporation

o Movement Building Award - National Girls Collaborative Project

o Groundbreaking Research Award - American Association of University Women

o Media Award - Enterprising Women

o Mentoring Innovation Award - ORAU


About Million Women Mentors: Launched on January 8th, 2014, MWM is the collective action of over 60 national partners, 35 corporate and government sponsors and thousands working together to increase the number of girls and women to succeed in careers with mentoring at the core. To date, over 356,000 mentors have been pledged. Million Women Mentors has a States Initiative that has engaged 34 states. MWM State efforts have been a critical component of the national movement. The MWM State of the States Report will be released. Plans are to have all 50 states within two more years. Mayors are signing on for the MWM Cities Initiative and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley will speak and announce the 20 mayors who have signed. The two Co-Chairs for the Cities Initiative are: Mayor Martin Walsh, Boston, Massachusetts and Mayor Betsy Hodges, Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Million Women Mentors Entrepreneurship Initiative will be shared, and the MWM Global program has some 11 countries attending. Mexico and Poland were first two countries to commit. For more information on MWM and how you can engage, please visit

Million Women Mentors is part of STEMconnector®. About STEMconnector®: STEMconnector® is a consortium of over 154 companies, associations, academic institutions and government entities actively working to advance STEM education and the future of human capital. STEMconnector® focuses on the STEM workforce, with a particular emphasis on diversity and women. Our work spans the entire pipeline (kindergarten to jobs) and how STEM experiences translate into careers.

For more information, please visit

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