GIT Graduation Session

By Jenny Oh.

Congratulations! Through participation in the GIT Mentor-Protégé Program, you’ve heard from the remarkable achievements of women in the STEAM community from your mentors, guest speakers, the GIT program committee and each other. In our final session, we’ll consider the strategies you’ve learned and focus on how to channel them into making impactful contributions to the STEAM community!

Networking Session – Message to Our Mentors and Protégés

Our GIT Mentors are amazing women who truly care about advancing girls in STEM/STEAM.  They are accomplished #WomeninSTEM and join us year round despite bad weather, work deadlines, and family duties.  Girls in Technology Mentor Protégé is very lucky to have these women support us and share their wisdom with the protégés.  We asked the mentors and protégés to share what they learned from each other in the GIT Mentor Protégé program.

 GIT Talks – How Can You Change the World?

Guest Speaker Sabrina Hersi Issa
Guest Speaker Sabrina Hersi Issa

All of our speakers and demonstrators are specifically invited for their accomplishments and expertise in STEM.  For our graduation session especially, we really wanted to bring in a guest speaker that demonstrates to protégés how they can use their STEM passions and talents to make a real impact on the world.  Many of us entered the program not knowing what to do with our STEM talents, and how to apply it to the real world.  Our guest speaker, Sabrina Hersi Issa, is our example of “You Gotta See It To Be It”.  She is Forbes “30 Under 30” who has combined her STEM talents with her passion for journalism towards humanitarian efforts.  (For her full bio, check out our announcement.)  Truly an inspiring woman, we invited her to speak at our Graduation Session, How Can You Change the World.

GIT Moderator Irene Lane and Guest Speaker Sabrina Hersi Issa
GIT Moderator Irene Lane and Guest Speaker Sabrina Hersi Issa

GIT Talks Moderator, Irene Lane, interviews Sabrina during our GIT Talks about Sabrina’s background, how she found her passion, how she developed STEM skills, and when was the moment she discovered to combine her STEM + Passion.

Sabrina Hersi Issa is a remarkable woman with many accomplishments to her name at such a young age.  We invited her with the hopes that the proteges could see that they could pursue their dreams, no matter their age, and that they could pursue their dreams no matter how big or small.  We knew she would be inspiring, but we were beyond surprised by just how much she had to offer us.  Despite her current success, Sabrina shared that success was not handed to her.  At a young age, she faced many adversities without much support from her teachers.  Yet that did not discourage her.  She surrounded herself with people who cared about her success.  And even when she failed, these people were there to guide her back towards her path.  Through her determination to learn and conquer combined with her passion for human rights, she is now an international powerhouse.  She taught us to be comfortable with our own space and the power that we have.  She taught us all how to power pose!  Most importantly, she demonstrates to us what resilience is, and is the walking example of a Woman in STEM making a huge impact on the world.  We hope her story and example gives us all the courage to persevere and shine.

GIT Session – Graduation

Wow, it is graduation session already.  It is with great sorrow and pride to be at graduation.  Sad, that after the time we spent getting to know each other, we will now have to wait till October to see each other again, and many of the protégés are graduating high school.  But also with great pride.  We have done so much, learned so much, met so many amazing people, and had great many discussions on how to be leaders, combine passion and STEM skills, so that we can be successful and make lasting impact on the world around us.  We have built such a great connection and learned that through the support of each other, we are better.

2014-2015 GIT Program Sessions
2014-2015 GIT Program Sessions

We have had a fantastic year!  Here is an overview of our GIT Program Year:

Throughout the GIT program, we learned about the various opportunities and demand for females in STEM.  We learned how to be leaders to make our way from the classroom to the boardroom.  We also learned how to combine STEM with our passions so we can find our dream jobs.  We also learned that failure is part of the success equation.  As part of the graduation ceremony, we ask proteges, as future female STEM leaders, how can you change the world?

2014-2015 GIT Graduation
2014-2015 GIT Graduation

GIT MS INSPIRATION AWARDS

GIT has launched a new award, Ms Inspiration Award, we hope to be able to provide this award annually to all of our GIT Programs.  Proteges nominate the girl who has shared her ideas, encourages others to be more active, and is a role model and inspiration to other proteges.  Dr. Anasse Bari, a Fulbright Scholar, and current Visiting Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the George Washington University, has generously sponsored our award this year.  In addition to the award, the winning Ms Inspiration received a book on Predictive Analytics, which Dr. Bari co-wrote.  The Virginia Proteges have voted Tenzin as their Ms Inspiration!  Thank you Dr. Bari for this wonderful opportunity and encouraging girls towards STEM.

GIT MENTOR RECOGNITION

We wanted to take the time to recognize our long serving Mentors that make the GIT Mentor Protege program so special.  The Mentors’ support and dedication to the proteges every month, every year, means so much to proteges as they embark on their future.  Thank you for being their greatest champion!

Thank You to Mentors who have support GIT Mentor Protege for 2+ Years
Thank You to Mentors who have support GIT Mentor Protege for 2+ Years

GIT SPECIAL THANKS!

We wanted to give a special shout out to Mentor Ruth Yeh who baked us these wonderful cupcakes for our GIT Graduation Session.  We had many mentors mention that through the GIT program, even the Mentors found the confidence to pursue their dreams.  One mentor mentioned she got back into music thanks to the conversations we have had during Mentor Protege.  Another mentor mentioned the will to start playing tennis again.  Mentor Ruth shared that she has a passion for baking and is motivated to start her own baking catering business.  These cupcakes were delicious, with gluten-free options as well.  For those interested in hiring Ruth, please contact her: ruthyeh@gmail.com

We wanted to spend a moment to recognize everyone who has been a part of making this year’s Mentor Protege Program so meaningful and successful.  Thank you Speakers, Mentors, fabulous GIT Committee Members, our Sponsors, Supporters, and Parents.

2014-2015 GIT Guest Speakers
2014-2015 GIT Guest Speakers
2014-2015 GIT Mentors
2014-2015 GIT Mentors
2014-2015 Virginia GIT Mentor Protege Committee <3 <3
2014-2015 Virginia GIT Mentor Protege Committee
2014-2015 Combined GIT Committee
2014-2015 Combined GIT Committee
2014-2015 GIT Sponsors and Supporters
2014-2015 GIT Sponsors and Supporters

Thank you all for your participation and support. <3

Best of luck to graduating seniors!

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