Million Women Mentors



A National Movement to Support More than One Million Girls & Young Women 
in STEM Education and Careers



This letter should answer some of the top questions we have been receiving about Million Women Mentors, give you key information on next steps, and we are excited to share our hot off the press first official brochure:

Million Women Mentors, launched as an initiative of STEMconnector®, will support the engagement of one million women (and men) in STEM to serve as mentors by 2018.  Our shared vision with 42 lead partners* is to serve at least one million girls and young women throughout the high school to work age continuum to increase the interest and confidence to persist and succeed in STEM programs and careers. If you haven’t already, you can pledge-to-mentor HERE at www.millionwomenmentors.org as a corporation, organization or individual.

Key information and NEWS can be found in our inaugural Newsletter HERE

Q1: Why just focusing on Girls in STEM? Also, can men be mentors too?

A: Yes absolutely! Both men and women can be skills based mentors with emphasis of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. 71% of jobs will require these skills.

Why should your company jump in and mentor girls and young women in STEM? Because it's a crucial move to make now for future human capital and America's competitiveness. Inasmuch, young girls and women are less likely than their male counterparts to work in STEM fields. In fact, just 24 percent of women work in STEM fields. The good news is that women in STEM careers earn 92 cents for every dollar male-STEM counterparts earn versus 75 cents in other fields. What's more, 80 percent of the fastest growing occupations in the United States depend on mastery of mathematics and scientific knowledge and skills.

Q2: We are interested! How can my company participate?

A: Easy, you can sign up and pledge to mentor girls and young women in STEM directly at www.millionwomenmentors.org. Under the pledge you have the option to sign on as a corporation with a designated point person, Individual or organization that will bring mentors to the table with a minimum requirement of 20 hours a year. 

Your company chooses how you want to mentor through five suggested pathways to build your program. These pathways are delineated in the pledge section and include online, face to face, internships, sponsorship of a young woman and more. Many of our 42 National partners who serve combined over 18 million girls are in need of mentors. 

We will share groups and ‘NOW’ opportunities through Million Women Mentors Weekly.  Please sign up to receive these updates on the front page of the site. You can also share your companies commitment and spread the word using #millionwmentors, follow us on all social media  (links directly on the site) and twitter is @millionwmentors.  By the Fall, if not sooner, we will be able to link corporations by geography to excellent and worthy educational and non-profit groups in need through the site with an emphasis on middle school through careers. 

Companies who sign on are being asked to share their metrics, outcomes and best practices bi-annually. 

Q3: My school or education institution needs skilled STEM mentors NOW. Can you help us?

A: In phase one (Note: MWM technology portal is being built with Tata Consultancy Services in three phases) we are building the corporate commitment to mentoring and have links to all of our partner sites including: National Girls Collaborative, Girl Scouts, The National 4-H Council, MentorNet, Girls Inc., YWCA, SkillsUSA and more.  If you are a scaled national organization serving girls and STEM focused reach out to Yinka.robinson@stemconnector.org

We also strongly suggest you post your opportunities TODAY with one of our founding partners www.npower.org through ‘The Community Corp’ and reach out to MentorNet.org if you are a University interested in online mentoring.  Feel free to reach out to us at mwm@stemconnector.org and we are happy to make a connection. You can also sign up to be a mentor at www.npower.org.

Q4: Can a company sponsor Million Women Mentors? What are the benefits of being a sponsor of MWM?

A. Currently we have four sponsorship levels: Lead, Platinum, Gold and Silver. Companies who are looking forward to play an active role on MWM's leadership council should explore becoming a sponsor of MWM. This will give companies the opportunity to contribute in the shape and direction of MWM as well as branding and thought leadership opportunities. If you are interested in becoming a MWM corporate sponsor, please contact Julie.Kantor@STEMconnector.org or Lorena.Fimbres@STEMconnector.org

Founding Sponsors include (as of 1-8): (Platinum) Accenture, Cisco, Sodexo, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) (Gold) Diana Davis Spencer Foundation, Microsoft Research, Walmart and ADP (Silver) Adecco Group North America, General Motors, Intellectual Ventures and UST Global. 

Q5: What makes a good mentor?

A: Glad you asked! MWM will be running a series of TownHall Conference calls including best practices in Skills based mentoring, Mentee perspectives, Sponsoring a young woman in her career and more. All events will be shared on Million Women Mentors Google+ page and Million Women Mentors Weekly. Partners MENTOR, MentorNet, National Girls Collaborative Project, National Center for Women and Information Technology and others have decades of experience and research to share. Stay tuned!

Q6: Who are the MWM Partners?

A: Our partners are focused on girls and STEM or have key initiatives scaled nationally focused on girls/ young women and STEM.  We also have key association partners, media partners and research partners. MOUs have been developed with each and every partner and if you scroll over any Partner you will access a profile directly on the site. We are happy to discuss opportunities. 

Partner list as of 1-8-14: National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP), MentorNet, and NPower. Then The National 4-H Council, Girls Inc., The Manufacturing Institute, MENTOR, Teach for America, AAUW, Great Minds in STEM, American Institute of Architects (AIA), Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC), Business and Professional Women's Foundation (BPW), National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT), YWCA, Junior Achievement, Sally Ride Science, Skills USA, Girl Scouts of the USA, Lean In, US News & World Report, Diversity Woman, Diplomatic Courier, Enterprising Women, Discovery Communications, National Utilities Diversity Council (NUDC), National Women's Political Caucus, eWomen Network, Girlstart, Global WIN, Innovate+Educate, My College Options, National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE), US 2020, Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN), Computer Clubhouse Network, LATINAstyle, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), Success in the City, Arizona State University, and Nepris.

Q7- We are interested in better understanding MWM parent company, STEMconnector® and who your members are…

STEMconnector® is a consortium of companies, nonprofit associations, government entities and academic institutions actively working to promote STEM education and careers in the United States. We are owned by Diversified Search, LLC. Fulfilling the charge to identify, inform and connect stakeholders in STEM education and workforce development, STEMconnector® is both a resource and a service, designed to link "all things STEM." STEMconnector® differentiates itself by focusing on the entire education and workforce ecosystem and how STEM Education translates into jobs and careers with a particular emphasis on diversity. 

Contact Julie.Kantor@STEMconnector.org or Edie.Fraser@STEMconnector.org to discuss membership. Sign up for STEMdaily at www.STEMconnector.org

If we missed anything, please let us know and on behalf of our team Edie Fraser, Lorena Fimbres, Yinka Robinson, Giavanni Babb and our 42 partners & founding sponsors- Welcome, please start mentoring this week, and thanks a million!

Pledge to Mentor HERE www.millionwomenmentors.org

EMAIL questions and more to mwm@stemconnector.org 

________________________________

Julie Silard Kantor

Chief Partnership Officer

 

STEMconnector® 

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