WASHINGTON, DC — Enterprising Women has announced its partnership with the “Million Women Mentors” (MWM) initiative, which was launched January 8, 2014 during National Mentoring Month at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. The initiative will support the engagement of one million science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) mentors – male and female – to increase the interest and confidence of girls and young women to pursue and succeed in STEM degrees and careers.
As a part of the Million Women Mentors initiative, the Enterprising Women Foundation, together with Enterprising Women magazine, will host the first annual Enterprising Women Foundation National Mentorship Luncheon. STEM Connector and the National Girls Collaborative Project are supporting partners for the luncheon, which will be held January 24 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Additional supporting partners include: Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP); the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO); the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO); the Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women (IEEW); Count Me In (CMI); and the Women’s Leadership Exchange (WLE).
In the past 10 years, growth in STEM jobs has been three times greater than that of non-STEM jobs. Today, 80% of the fastest growing occupations in the United States depend on mastery of mathematics and knowledge and skills in hard sciences. While women comprise 48% of the U.S. workforce, just 24% are in STEM fields, a statistic that has held constant for nearly the last decade. While 75% of all college students are women and students of color, they represent only 45% of STEM degrees earned each year. Too many of these young women begin in a STEM degree program, but leave those degree paths despite good academic standing, often citing uncomfortable classroom experiences and a disconcerting climate. Even when women earn a STEM degree, they are less likely than their male counterparts to work in a STEM field, despite the fact that STEM jobs pay more and have a lower wage gap (92 cents on a dollar versus 75 cents in other fields).
Enterprising Women has a strong interest in encouraging girls to consider entrepreneurship in STEM-based industries or fields, according to Monica Smiley, publisher/CEO of Enterprising Women and founder/president of the Enterprising Women Foundation. “Many of the women on the Enterprising Women Advisory Board have built strong, innovative businesses in STEM-based fields, and we are extremely interested in providing mentors and role models for young women who want to follow that path,” Smiley said.
Million Women Mentors is a collective effort of more than 40 non-profit, media, educational, and governmental industry partners and nine corporate sponsors.
To become involved with Enterprising Women magazine or Million Women Mentors, visit www.EnterprisingWomen.com and www.MillionWomenMentors.org.
Tickets for the January 24th Enterprising Women Foundation National Mentorship Luncheon may be purchased through Eventbrite at: www.eventbrite.com/e/the-enterprising-women-foundation-national-mentorship-luncheon-tickets-9700493437.
About Enterprising Women Magazine:
Enterprising Women magazine (www.enterprisingwomen.com), headquartered in Cary, NC, is the nation’s only women-owned magazine published exclusively for women business owners. Celebrating its 14th anniversary in 2014, the publication chronicles the growing political, economic and social influence and power of entrepreneurial women. Enterprising Women provides a friendly meeting place, a public forum, and an international stage for the critical issues confronting women’s businesses and daily lives, all from the unique perspectives and experiences of entrepreneurial women. The magazine’s digital edition, launched in 2008, reaches nearly one million top-level women entrepreneurs in 185 countries around the globe.
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About Million Women Mentors®(MWM):
Million Women Mentors®(MWM, https://www.millionwomenmentors.org) is a collective national campaign and program with the purpose of captivating one million mentors to link with one million girls and young professionals for their STEM careers. Through its efforts MWM works to showcase existing best practice and suggestions for the future. Utilizing a technology portal built in three phases and developed in collaboration with Tata Consultancy Services, MWM technology will enable mentor services for the nation. The MWM website and program was launched January 8, 2014. The program is a collective effort of founding partners including 35 non-profits and major corporations and will also reach government agencies. MWM is an initiative of STEMconnector®, a company which works closely with corporations and other organizations to assist in corporate development, corporate structure and smart STEM investments.
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STEMconnector® (http://www.stemconnector.org) is THE information resource and source of best practices – The one-stop for Who’s Doing What in STEM Education and STEM jobs. STEMconnector®’s web site contains 6,500 profiles of stakeholders in STEM Education. STEMconnector®’s purpose is to map STEM activity of organizations, government, private sector, education, associations, diversity, and women. STEMconnector® overall works through collaboration with its members and partners. Members are in all sectors. STEM Council meetings are offered three times a year to members and these are business, government, education and non-profits.
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