MW BWGCBWGC members Faith Boettger, Lauri Isbrandtsen, and Jennifer Siciliano, joined Dr. Carole Inge, Co-Chair of Million Women Mentors Virginia, at the International Women's Day and Million Women Mentors Initiative Launch Event in Richmond, Virginia where Governor Terry McAuliffe presented a proclamation supporting girls and women in STEM.   

Million Women Mentors is an initiative whose mission is to support girls and women in STEM by providing one million STEM mentors.  Governor McAuliffe proudly serves as the Honorary Chair for MWM-VA, alongside MWM-VA Co-Chairs Dr. Carole Inge, founder of the International Association for STEM Leaders and Business Women's Giving Circle Member, and Jennifer Bisceglie, CEO of Interos. Virginia has pledged their support for MWM and set a goal for 10,000 mentors.

It is exciting to see our state provide such strong support for this initiative.  The event included a panel of state and business leaders stressing the importance of critical thinking, and promoting women and STEM in areas such as innovation, education, cyber security, and entrepreneurship.​

Also represented were several schools' STEM students and their mentors.MW BWGC2

As BWGC members, we have seen first hand the impact STEAM and 21st century skills can have on young girls and women in Northern Virginia.  Our $80K in grants over the last two years has sponsored programs in STEAM, entrepreneurship and leadership. 

The issues raised by events such as this underscore the importance of BWGC's continued focus on our goals and continuing to make an impact.  Members and prospective members are invited to attend the BWGC at the April 7th Grants Committee Meeting as we define our focus area for 2016-2017.

Thursday, April 7, 2016
5:30 - 7:30 pm
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11911 Freedom Drive
Reston, VA 20190
Fore more information about the Business Women's Giving Circle, please contact Sari Raskin at 703-879-7641 or sari.raskin@cfnova.org.