FREDERICK, Maryland—Hood College is partnering with Frederick Community College, Woman to Woman Mentoring, Inc. and the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research (operated by Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc.) to bring the Million Women Mentors (MWM) movement to Frederick County. The goal of this movement is to attract and retain girls and women to STEM professions.
These four organizations are working to build a viable program in the Frederick region. As a precursor, the partners are coordinating a smaller, pilot version this coming year, which will run from January through September. The pilot workshop schedule includes: a meet and greet in which mentees and mentors will get to know each other; a panel discussion by professional women in STEM; creation of personal development plans and goal setting for mentee participants; determining top five personal strengths and how to use them to achieve goals; tips for being assertive and standing out; training for networking and making personal connections with professionals in the STEM field; and reflection and wrap up. The one-on-one relationships will continue in the months after the workshops are complete.
The MWM movement supports the engagement of millions of science, technology, engineering and math mentors (male and female) to increase the interest and confidence of girls and women to persist and succeed in STEM programs and careers by 2020. MWM is the movement that aims to change the face of women and girls, their career choices and advancement. For more information, visit www.millionwomenmentors.com.
For questions about this new program and/or to volunteer to serve as a STEM mentor, contact Tonya Hatosy-Stier with Woman to Woman Mentoring, Inc. at 301-846-2556 or firstname.lastname@example.org.