This is a press release from Million Women Mentors
MWM State of the States Report Released
WASHINGTON, D.C. March 25, 2015 |
Million Women Mentors (MWM) announces the release of the new portal at www.MillionWomenMentors.org
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Limited (TCS), as well as the release of the MWM State of the States Report highlighting the first 29 states with our-year pledges and their strong leadership in MWM (Find the report on the web site under the Resource Section). The MWM movement will support girls and women in STEM through mentorship. The MWM team announced that over 250,000 pledges are committed since the launch January, 2014. The goal of the four year movement is to garner one million mentors (men and women) in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) professions, to collectively increase the interest and confidence of girls and women in these high-demand and well-paying careers. The MWM team cites the forceful momentum from all sectors engaged with MWM: states, corporations, non-profit partners, higher education as all work to build the movement to assure one million mentors by early 2019. The news is that 29 states that have made STEM mentor commitments along with major corporations and other organizations like Science Olympiad, National Girls Collaborative Project and The National 4-H Council.
Unveiling New Technology: Launching tomorrow at the official STEMcouncil gathering is MWM 2.0 Web-portal. The updated portal allows matching of mentors to hundreds of Million Women Mentors partners, educational institutions and STEM organizations. "We built this web-portal with Tata Consultancy Services who is our lead technology partner and Vice Chair of the Leadership Council along with Cisco, PepsiCo and Sodexo," said Edie Fraser, CEO of STEMconnector® and Million Women Mentors (MWM), "This portal will enable great learning for the country and expedite mentoring relationships while capturing metrics and sharing best practices. 1700 entities have already pledged over a quarter of a million."
"Leveraging our core competency as an IT Services leader, to support the needs of our community is part of our way of doing business at Tata Consultancy Services. Developing this dynamic online portal for MWM is just one of the ways we are supporting STEM mentoring for girls and women in their STEM education and careers." Balaji Ganapathy, Head of Workforce Effectiveness, North America.
Each mentor commits to a minimum of 20 hours per relationship (just two hours per month) and the initiative has five suggested mentor pathways including online, internships with a designated mentor, and sponsoring women in STEM. For more information on the pledge to join the million and create an account profile as an individual, non-profit, or corporation, please go directly to our website.
The States: The 29 states that are currently involved include: Alaska, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and the District of Columbia. The States Report shows the volunteer chairs and committees in each state. "We salute the state-level leadership and know how hard they have worked to submit the mentoring pledges," said Fraser, "We are thrilled to work with groups, corporations, government and all institutions and individuals who have pledged through our official site at MillionWomenMentors.org to take us past the 250,000-mark- which is significant since the four year MWM initiative only launched less than 14 months ago; watch for all states and hundreds of corporations and higher education and other institutions over time." said Fraser.
One of the key leaders spearheading the national push and call to action is Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds of Iowa who is the national Honorary States Chair of Million Women Mentors. Lt. Governor Reynolds has encouraged challenges to her fellow lieutenant governors to mobilize the business communities and educational institutions and even sports team and others in their states to commit to Million Women Mentors pledges. Lt. Governor Reynolds shares, "In the United States, STEM is a driving force behind economic growth, stability, and educational success. That's why we're creating an environment in Iowa that prepares all of our students with the necessary skills to compete in a global, knowledge-based economy. As part of MWM-IA, we're working to secure mentors in all 99 counties across our state. I am extremely pleased with the active engagement shown by our communities, businesses, schools, and universities since the launch of our effort in 2014," shares Lt. Governor Reynolds. " Many have responded including TN Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey, NJ Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, and IN Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann, an engineer herself, who is kicking off the initiative in her own state today.
Engineer Sheila Boyington, National Senior Advisor to MWM and States Chair, also praised the work being done at the state level. "The participation is at all levels of the states and the extensive teams and infrastructure being built in the states to work toward their state goals is impressive. We are proud to support these efforts. In the past few weeks we have held exciting events to recognize Women in STEM and the impact we can have on the upcoming and existing workforce."
Portal Update: The new web portal being released is a key part of the implementation of the MWM initiative. The portal provides a new way to encourage, enable and amplify the mentoring efforts of individuals, their services to girl and women serving organizations, who will connect them with mentees in a safe environment. Companies can make goal pledges for their mentoring campaigns, and then track progress against those goals either through offline mentoring programs or through employees that sign up through the company's individual mentoring link. The state-level leadership initiatives can also access reports of the number of individuals, companies and organizations participating in the state and the total number of mentors and mentees involved. "This portal provides an important new way to amplify STEM mentoring by allowing all levels to set goals and then to measure progress against these goals through any type of new or existing mentoring programs," says Boyington.
"The Million Women Mentors® (MWM) team is working now with over 200 major corporations on mentor & recruitment strategy, and alignment with the initiative", says Julie Kantor, Vice President and Chief Partnership Officer. "Our Leadership Council meets quarterly and has really stepped up to champion the technology, partnerships, global strategy, city/state, engagement of entrepreneurs/SMBs, and leveraged communications."
About Million Women Mentors (MWM):
Million Women Mentors (MWM), an initiative of STEMconnector®, is a national movement aiming to increase the number of girls and women from middle school to the workplace continuum to pursue and succeed in STEM programs and careers. Designed to take place over a four year period (2014-2018) MWM will engage one million science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) mentors, both male and female through mentorship to increase the interest of girls and women. Many of you are already engaged in mentoring efforts, so as we continue to build this movement we invite you to join us by signing up or learn more by visiting: www.MillionWomenMentors.org