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MWM Entrepreneurship Council Chair, Nina Vaca, Spoke at the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit    Tues July 26, 2016                 Every year the world’s leaders and future leaders in innovation and entrepreneurship come together to address the world’s latest challenges and to foster relationships between entrepreneurs and investors.1 Previous summits have been held in Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, Morocco, and Kenya. This year the summit returned to the U.S., to a place known for its entrepreneurs and its innovation - Silicon Valley.             The summit provides a diverse range of activities for participants that encourages them to network and foster relationships, such as “workshops, panels, ignite talks, pitch competitions, mentoring, and networking sessions.” 2 Of all the activities, however, the opportunity to network with industry experts is the most valuable. One such industry expert is Nina Vaca, Chairman and CEO of Pinnacle Group.  Nina Vaca and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker at GES             For the past 19 years, Vaca has tirelessly lead the growth of Pinnacle Group into the successful and dynamic company that it is today.3 For her efforts she has received numerous awards, such as the Goldman Sachs Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs and the NBC Innovator awards in 2013. In 2005, Vaca was not only the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year but she was also inducted into the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Hall of Fame.           Vaca’s accolades are undoubtedly impressive, but more impressive still is her track record of leadership in her community. She works relentlessly to pave the way for other female entrepreneurs. Her leadership on this front can be seen through her creation of At the Table – Women in Business Leadership, an initiative of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation. She also is the chair for STEMconnector’s Million Women Mentors’ Entrepreneurship Council, which aims to increase the number of female entrepreneurs in STEM through mentorship.             When it comes to entrepreneurs, Vaca’s most notable leadership role is her work with The Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE) initiative. This year, as a PAGE Ambassador, Vaca was featured in the summit’s video on entrepreneurship alongside other industry experts such as Daniel Lubetzky, Founder and CEO of KIND Snacks; Julie Hanna, Executive Chair of the Board of Kiva; Brian Chesky, Co-founder & CEO of Airbnb; Daphne Koller, President & CO-founder of Coursera; and Steve Case, Chairman of Revolution. In the video Vaca asks us to question what the world would be like without entrepreneurs; a world without Henry Ford, the Wright Brothers, Mark Zuckerberg, or Bill Gates.4 These entrepreneurs represent the car, the airplane, Facebook, and Microsoft, inventions that would make our world look much different if they never existed. That is why it is so important that people like Nina Vaca and programs like the Global Entrepreneurship Summit exist, because innovation and entrepreneurs are the key to a better future.             The Summit is designed to help future leaders and aspiring entrepreneurs by opening up doors that otherwise would have remained shut. “Building ecosystems of networks where you can meet people that are like-minded is the recipe for success for entrepreneurs,” says Vaca in the video.5 That is why the Summit is so important, it connects experienced entrepreneurs and leaders like Nina Vaca to those who are trying to start their own entrepreneurial journeys. In the process, valuable networks and relationships are forged that can prove integral to the success of an entrepreneur.             Entrepreneurs face a tough road, they hear the word “no” more than they hear the word “yes”, but with people like Nina Vaca out there to help them and remind them that “the word no…is just part of the journey of success” perhaps it doesn’t have to be.6             To watch the full video click here.  

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Arizona Press Release CONTACT: MWM-AZ: Marsha Lamb, Vesalius Ventures: 602-316-9682, marshalamb@cox.net Lisa Herrmann, Consultant: 480-209-6946, lisa.herrmann@gmail.com MWM State Initiatives: Sheila Boyington: 423-309-3667, Sheila@thinkingmedia.com Arizona Pledges 3000 Mentors to Million Women Mentors® State efforts announced to Advance Girls and Women in STEM WASHINGTON, D.C., December 10th – This week, Million Women Mentors, proudly announces the newest state to join the movement, welcoming Arizona with their pledge goal of 3000. The national goal of the movement is to garner one million mentors in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) professions over the next four years, to collectively increase the interest and confidence of girls and young women in these academic areas. Arizona is joining states by pledging 3000 mentors. Companies and organizations like BP, Cisco Systems, Intel, PepsiCo, Wal-Mart, and Apollo Education Group, are also committing to mentor girls and young women in STEM fields. By taking the pledge at www.MillionWomenMentors.org, these states, organizations and corporations are committing to mentoring a young woman for a minimum of 20 hours through one of the five suggested mentor pathways. For more information, please visit the MWM website. “We understand the importance of STEM mentoring for girls and women, and we are excited to bring Million Women Mentors to Arizona to expand that effort. After learning not only what STEM efforts are already happening within Arizona, but also how successful states grew their MWM initiatives, we knew we were ready to launch this incredible effort in our home state.” -Marsha Lamb, VP of Strategic Initiatives at Vesalius Ventures MWM – AZ worked for months to determine their pledge for the state, learning as much as they could about the state’s current mentoring status to make a pledge that was both appropriate and obtainable. MWM – AZ has also been very active within Million Women Mentors, participating in the MWM Summit and Gala, monthly state leadership calls, and STEM events within the state. The effort is being co-led by Marsha Lamb, VP of Strategic Initiatives at Vesalius Ventures, and Lisa Herrmann, Consultant, Education & Commerce. The team is currently developing a strategy for launching the effort within the state. To get connected to efforts within Arizona please visit www.MillionWomenMentors.org and register as a mentor or interested organization. About Million Women Mentors: Launched on January 8th, 2014, MWM is the collective action of over 60 national partners and 30 corporate sponsors (as of December 2015) designed to increase the number of girls and women within the high school to work age continuum that persist and succeed in STEM programs and careers. For more information on MWM, please visit www.MillionWomenMentors.org. About STEMconnector®: STEMconnector® is a consortium of over 110 companies, associations, academic institutions and government entities concerned with STEM education and the future of human capital. STEMconnector® focuses on the STEM workforce and jobs, with a particular emphasis on diversity and women. Our work spans the entire pipeline (Kindergarten to Jobs) and how STEM education experiences translate into careers. For more information, visit www.STEMconnector.org.

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RSVP for 100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM Town Hall December 8, 2015 @ 2pm- 3pm EST Join us on December 8th, from 2 PM to 3 PM EST in a Google Hangout, as we gather Chief Technology Officers and Chief Information Officers from some of today's top organizations to lead a discussion on STEM Careers with a focus on technology and IT. We will also be hearing about what these organizations are doing to advance more women and girls in STEM careers. Background: 100 Leaders in STEM is a platform that brings together c-suite level executives to discuss the future of the economy and jobs from a STEM talent perspective. 100 Leaders in STEM works in cycles starting with the release of a publication and followed by a year of back-to- back events to elevate the conversation. Four issues have published: 1. 100 Women Leaders in STEM (2012) 2. 100 CEO Leaders in STEM (2013) 3. 100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM (2014) 4. 100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM (2015) To date, over 330 leaders have been recognized in over 150 corporations. On April 28, 2016, STEMconnector will release its second edition of 100 CEO Leaders in STEM. Make sure your CEO is included! For more information, contact Lorena.Fimbres@STEMconnector.org. Register Here Confirmed Speakers as of December 1 (Speakers will be added upon confirmation) Click Here for updated list of Speakers Sophie Vandebroek Chief Technology Officer and President of Xerox Innovation Group Xerox Sophie V. Vandebroek has been Xerox's Chief Technology Officer and the President of the Xerox Innovation Group since 2006. She is responsible for leading Xerox's global research labs with the mission to create high-impact innovations that drive profitable revenue growth and maximize the return on the company's investment in R&D. Xerox's research labs are located in Europe, Asia, Canada and US and include the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC Inc.). Balaji Ganapathy HR Head - Workforce Effectiveness, North America Tata Consultancy Services As the Head of Workforce Effectiveness, Balaji oversees the functions of Talent Management, HR Business Consulting, Corporate Social Responsibility, Employee Retention, and Diversity & Inclusion for over 22,000 employees of Tata Consultancy Services in North America. His primary responsibilities include coaching sales & business teams for new business acquisition, driving talent management & employee retention initiatives, leading the corporate sustainability initiatives & chairing the Diversity & Inclusion Council for TCS North America. Michael Keithley Chief Information Officer Creative Artists Agency Michael Keithley is Chief Information Officer for Creative Artists Agency (CAA), the world's leading entertainment and sports agency, with offices in Los Angeles, New York, London, Nashville, and Beijing, among other locations globally. In this role, Keithley is responsible for all facets of Information Technology (IT) at the agency, including strategy, applications, infrastructure, support, and execution, along with advising CAA's agents and clients on digital and technology-related issues. In addition to his IT responsibilities, Keithley collaborates on technology strategies across all areas of the agency, including Business Development, Corporate Consulting, Social Media, Digital Media and Entertainment Marketing business units, among others. Armistead Sapp Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer SAS Institute Inc. As head of SAS' Research & Development Division, Armistead Sapp leads R&D employees worldwide to produce the highest quality software in areas such as business intelligence, advanced analytics, data management and customer intelligence, as well as industry-specific solutions and mobile applications. As CTO, he actively engages with and encourages SAS' development teams to take full advantage of modern computing platforms that deliver value to customers.

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At Million Women Mentors, we understand the importance of aggregating and amplifying the mentoring that is going on already throughout the country, and we continue to do that through the Be Counted! Campaign. This month we worked with Steve Scully of TiViTz and Robert Conigliaro of Caspers Company McDonald’s, which has locations in the Tampa, FL area. In 2015 45 mentors participated, mentoring 996 girls in math skills and strategy as part of TiViTz Tuesday at several different McDonald’s locations in the area. TiViTz is a strategy based board game, which utilizes math skills in order to win. TiViTz is designed for students from 4th to 8th grade. Players move their TiViTz across the board to create math equations to produce the largest total score. Students must correctly answer the equations they create in order to win. There is also an online version of the game. Caspers Company McDonald’s locations have teamed up with TiViTz to put on TiViTz Tuesdays at their locations. As part of this program, McDonald’s managers host groups of students to play the game from 2:30 to 5:00pm each Tuesday from February through April. Parents and teachers register their kids to participate online and then mentor the kids on strategy and game play at their McDonald’s location. TiViTz hosts regional and championship tournaments for the game, and teams can qualify for those tournaments during TiViTz Tuesdays. To learn more about TiViTz Tuesdays, and the TiViTz game itself, please visit their website, or to learn more about Caspers Company McDonald’s, you can visit their website. If you would like to be featured during the Be Counted! Campaign please contact states@millionwomenmentors.org.

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US2020 Honors Leaders of the STEM Mentoring Movement

US2020 announced the winners of the second annual US2020 STEM Mentoring Awards on August 11, 2016 at the White House Comples in Washington, DC. The awards are a national platform to celebrate and encourage exceptional work in the STEM mentoring field. US2020 and co-founding sponsors Chevron and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) recognized the winners for their achievements and innovations in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) mentoring. The second annual US2020 STEM Mentoring Awards included three award categories and two winners per category. Applications were evaluated by a cross-sector panel of judges. By category, this year’s winners are: Excellence in Public-Private Partnerships (CH2M and Genentech, Inc); Excellence in Corporate Culture (Yahoo and Covestro LLC); Excellence in Volunteer Experience (EnCorps STEM Teachers Fellowship and FIRST North Carolina).  The Excellence in Volunteer Experience award recognizes US2020 Education Partners that provide high-quality, well-supported engagements for their volunteers. Winners are selected based on the survey results submitted by their volunteers. EnCorps STEM Teachers Fellowship is forging unique public-private partnerships to recruit, train, and support STEM professionals to teach and tutor California’s most needy students in math and science. "EnCorps is incredibly honored to be the recipient of this national award, and to be in the company of such outstanding fellow awardees for Excellence in Public-Private Partnerships, as well as Excellence in Corporate Culture," says Executive Director Katherine Wilcox. "All students deserve an excellent STEM education. STEM literacy is a fundamental building block for individual opportunity and vital to the success of our workforce and the broader U.S. economy. “Young people today need to acquire a transdisciplinary set of skills and a foundational knowledge of STEM disciplines, combined with an artistic and creative mind, in order to succeed,” said Surya Kant, President, North America, UK and Europe, TCS. We are proud of the dedicated efforts and achievements of the STEM Mentoring Awards winners, who are key contributors to shaping the youth of America for 21st STEM careers.
US2020, a division of Citizen Schools, developed from a White House call to generate large-scale, innovative solutions to our STEM education challenges. Its mission is to dramatically scale the number of STEM professionals mentoring and teaching students through hands-on projects with a focus on serving underrepresented communities -- girls, underrepresented minorities, and low-income children. US2020 is supported by national Co-Investors: Alcoa, CA Technologies, Chevron, Cisco, Discovery Communications, HP, Raytheon, SanDisk, Tata Consultancy Services, and Texas Instruments. Through partnerships at the national level and coalitions at the city level, US2020 has built a network of more than 250 organizations in 13 cities actively working to scale the STEM mentoring field, to align the field on common metrics, and to advance a focus on quality. 

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Development of Scientists from Underrepresented Groups in Gould and Dumas Arkansas

I am Dr. Tameka A. Bailey. I am a Cell and Molecular Biologist and a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.  I am originally from Gould, Arkansas.  Gould is a small town in southeast Arkansas. It was a wonderful place to grow up.  I love my community. It has been a lifelong dream to get an education and to position myself to help my community.  In 2015 the University of Arkansas' Women's Giving Circle funded my proposal to develop a biomedical research girls for junior high female students from Gould and Dumas, Arkansas.  The reason that this camp is so important is because women and minorities are underrepresented in STEM. The literature suggests that the earlier young ladies are exposed to STEM the more likely they are to develop an interest and pursue careers in those areas. I see education as the only viable option to overcome the poverty in my community. We  want these young ladies to obtain a good  college education (and beyond).  In 2015 and 2016 I hosted a Biomedical Research Girls Camp for female junior high students in Gould and Dumas, Arkansas.  In 2015 the camp was held in Dumas, Arkansas for 6 days. During that time the young ladies conducted experiments in dentistry, cardiology, phlebotomy,  and oncology.  At the end of the week, the students presented their data to their families and the community at a science fair.  Also they toured laboratories at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff, Arkansas and the National Center for Toxicological Research in Jefferson, Arkansas In 2016, we provided on-campus laboratory research experience to 14 female junior high school students from Gould and Dumas, Arkansas. The majority of the campers also participated in the 2015 camp.  The  intent of the 2016 camp was  to alleviate some of the apprehensions these young women may have entering a campus environment while  also fostering a desire to pursue their college education at the University of Arkansas and careers in  STEM by including them into my research program. The students lived in  a dormitory on the U of A campus. They toured the Amazeum and Crystal Bridges museum in Bentonville, Arkansas.  They toured the U of A campus and visited the  U of A's Multicultural Center. The young ladies conducted research in a U of A laboratory. They conducted experiments in ecology, oncology, cardiology, urology, medical microbiology, ophthalmology or cardiology.  They hosted a luncheon for members of the Women's Giving Circle at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks in Springdale, AR. They also used the data from their research projects to develop a poster display at a computer lab located at the U of A's Mullins Library.  They displayed their posters at a science fair in Dumas, Arkansas. The  science fair was attended by the camper's families and members of the community.  The science fair was held at Sonflour Bakery. A local small business.  The young ladies are already asking about next year's camp. Two of the fourteen participants were invited  to return to the U of A to attend the ACT Academy. The Academy prepares students for the ACT test.  The Academy is hosted by the Multicultural Center.  These young ladies love science and want to pursue careers in STEM. They really want to attend college.  I am not funded for next year. Hopefully I can find a mechanism to continue to support this camp. The girls want to study STEM, they just need the exposure and opportunity.   

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Mentored Pathways Helps Louisiana Students Succeed

Access the story here: http://www.mentoredpathways.org/docs/ITP_Project_JoanTurek_2013.pdf

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Hour of Code

Cerner sponsored an Hour of Code with Girls in Tech.  I helped girls write code and solve puzzles as well as told them my story of how I got started in Technology and what I do today.  This really excited me about working with Girls in Tech.

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