Paving the Way for Women and Girls in STEM

Tracy GuarinoAs I study the available STEM talent pool in business, an issue I champion is inspiring young women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math. Reality check: Those who pursue these careers often face discrimination and lack of mentorship and support.

I was especially honored to share this topic with The Committee of 200, a not-for-profit, membership organization of more than 500 female corporate executives and entrepreneurs dedicated to sharing success. Last week in Arizona, they awarded me their 2016 STEM Innovator Luminary Award, representing entrepreneurial, corporate and philanthropic innovation and excellence in the science, technology, engineering and math fields. What an honor to be with these amazing women!

Past recipients of the STEM Luminary Award include: Megan Smith, the United States Chief Technology Officer (CTO) in the Office of Science and Technology Policy, as well as Marillyn Hewson of Lockheed Martin.

It’s especially meaningful to receive this award, as I was personally inspired when the Committee of 200 named Marillyn Hewson an honoree two years ago. Her accomplishments continue to motivate me. She affirms two lessons I’ve embraced: Be a student of leadership and be a role model for other women.

We still have a lot of work to do to get more women in executive roles in STEM. I want to partner with others to pave the way for girls who enter these industries in the future. Join me in my passion.

Check out C200:

The Committee of 200 is a not-for-profit, invitation-only membership organization including more than 500 of the world’s most successful female corporate executives and entrepreneurs. C200 member companies generate more than $1.4 trillion in annual revenues. By sharing their success, C200 members are supporting and advancing future generations of women leaders worldwide.

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