Summit to empower female students on STEM career paths

518 East Bay girls gather for Richmond STEM summit
Over 500 high school girls from Alameda, Contra Costa and Solano counties gathered for a STEM summit with women professionals at Richmond Memorial Auditorium on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. (Photos by Kathy Chouteau)

By Kathy Chouteau

The Junior Achievement of Northern California’s annual S.H.E. Leads STEM Summit March 8-10 may be going virtual this year, but its aim will remain steadfast: connecting business leaders and outstanding Northern California high school students who are exploring STEM career paths.

The summit, which will run from 1-5 p.m. over the three-day period, is open to all 8-12 grade students who identify as female. Students will be able to participate in as many workshops and mentoring sessions as they want.

Throughout the event, students will engage in a variety of virtual activities where they can explore a range of STEM careers and curriculum and gain insights from high profile speakers. More than 100 volunteers and panelists—including Chevron Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Josetta Jones—will mentor students toward careers in STEM, through interactive student/mentor activities, STEM workshops and a speed-mentoring session.

Joining Jones will be some of the region’s best and brightest STEM talent to support more than 500 participating students.

Keynote speakers will include Alyssa Nakken of the SF Giants, the first female coach in Major League Baseball, and Shakeya McDow, vice president, Ethics and Compliance, Strategy, Intelligence and Operations at Kaiser Permanente. The summit’s moderators will be Jobina Fortson, Breaking News & Traffic Anchor at KGO-TV ABC7 and Diana Kapp, author and journalist.

To register for the free online summit, which counts Cisco and Chevron as its key sponsors, click here. To sign up as a mentor, click here. For more info about the summit, click here.