By Jenny Oh.
My name is Jenny Oh, and I am so honored and so pumped to be returning as the Chair of GIT’s Mentor-Protégé Program in Virginia.
GIT is a program under Women in Technology (WIT), and funded by WIT Education Foundation, with a mission to inspire girls towards successful futures in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM).
The Mentor-Protégé Program is GIT’s flagship program which officially launched in 2010. Our program connects high school girls with women in STEAM so that the protégés can learn about STEAM career paths from role models in a professional environment.
Mentor-Protégé is now starting our fourth year! For this program year, we will have 5 monthly sessions from October 2014 through March 2015 (no session in December), where we will explore various STEAM topics, meet amazing inspiring women (speakers and mentors), and develop professional skills. Oh, we’ll make friends and have fun along the way too!
To kick off the program, we held our Mentor Orientation on Wednesday September 24, 2014. Accomplished #WomeninSTEAM from throughout Washington DC joined us despite the rain and despite work from the end of the fiscal year. Our program is honored to have such accomplished women – associates, directors, executives, entrepreneurs, CEO’s, PhD’s, presidents and vice presidents – joining us as mentors to our protégés. Mentors and protégés are usually aligned by their STEAM interests and experiences. Mentors will share their academic and career paths, explain and explore together various STEAM opportunities, help identify resources to achieve goals, develop protégés’ confidence and professional skills. Our mentors are truly invaluable resources to the protégés.
These exceptional women in STEAM are from the following organizations:
|Acumen Solutions||Hodges Enterprises|
|Agilex Technologies||Institute for Defense Analyses|
|Appian Corporation||MicroStrategy Inc.|
|Arxan Technologies||National Association of College and University Business Officers|
|Beach Street Consulting||Navstar Inc.|
|BEI||NOVA Community College|
|Berkeley Research Group LLC||ON24|
|Booz Allen Hamilton||Phase One Consulting Group|
|CGI Federal||Resilient Management Technology Consulting, LLC|
|Computer Science Corporation||Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)|
|Dataprise||Simone Acha Consulting|
|Deloitte Consulting||U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration|
|Eyak Services, LLC.||Uniformed Services University|
|Fairfax County Adult High School||Unisys Federal|
|Green Mansions Designs||Verizon Enterprise Services|
We had Nancy Lamberton as our Mentoring Coach for the evening. Nancy coached us on the do’s and don’ts of mentoring and taught us how to lead purposeful and meaningful conversations with high school girls. The highlight of the night, in my opinion, was when Nancy led a lively discussion on the purpose of mentoring. This had us all reflect on why we want to be a mentor. Many of us reflected back on the mentors and role models who have shaped our lives and made a difference. Now we want to pay it forward to another young female to help her navigate through her insecurities and challenges; motivate her to dream big; help turn a dream into an actionable plan; and equip her with the confidence and resources to be successful in her pursuits.
The entire GIT Committee and I want to thank you, Mentors. For volunteering your time. For supporting the dreams of young females. For being the definition of success so that protégés can see and understand new possibilities.
SPECIAL THANK YOU:
- Phyllis Kolmus (previous WIT President, and current GIT CyberGirls Chair) for being a supporter of the Virginia Mentor-Protégé Program.
- Danny Hinton, Donna Morrissey, Lam Tran, Ron Reed, Sherry Grasson, and everyone at AT&T Government Solutions for being our program sponsor
- WIT and WIT Education Foundation
We also want to take this time to thank all mentors and role models out there who have guided us along the way. You have inspired us to be part of this organization so that others can find their own champions.
We have an exciting program year ahead of us. We will be featuring new speakers, STEAM demonstrations, and many more surprises. We hope you will join us for every session.
Chair, Virginia Mentor Protégé Program
The 2014-2015 Girls in Technology Committee members are:
- Chair – Trish Barber
- Vice Chair – Elvina Kamalova
- Chair, VA Mentor Protégé Program – Jenny Oh
- Vice Chair, VA Mentor Protégé Program – Edith Ababio
- Chair, MD Mentor Protégé Program – Carmen Radelat
- Vice Chair, MD Mentor Protégé Program – Anika Lalmansingh
- Registration Manager – Puja Chadha
- Protégé Liaison – Melanie Hendrick
- Mentor Liaison – Whitney Vickrey
- Speaker Liaison – Irene Lane
- School Outreach Chair – Suzanne Harvey
- Scholarship Chair – Susan Chait
- Social Media – Casey Linsey
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