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SXSWedu 2015

STEM for Girls: Building Increased Engagement

Only 1 in 7 engineers is female, and women have seen no employment growth in STEM jobs since 2000. This session is designed to look at why we see the gender gap in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math and how we better support the shift to increased awareness and excitement around women in STEM. Participants will be encouraged to engage in this panel style discussion with female education leaders who are dedicated and enthusiastic about empowering girls to be successful in STEM.

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  1. Better understand the current state of women’s involvement in the STEM fields as well as the challenges that face women in STEM.
  2. Learn how powerful mentorship experiences can support engagement and interest in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields.
  3. Identify the difference in conceptual understanding of STEM content, and the next stage for our students & future workforce - mastering the STEM context.


  • Ingrid Ellerbe, Chief of Staff, MIND Research Institute
  • Julie Kantor, Chief Partnership Officer, STEM Connector
  • Patricia Driscoll, Chief Operating Officer, Girls Inc


Grace Gonzalez, Engagement Specialist, MIND Research Institute

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  • Event: EDU
  • Format: Panel Discussion
  • Track: Achievement Gaps & Educational Equality
  • Level: Basic Understanding
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