By Isabella Hawthorne.
More than 70 girls from across the Washington D.C. metro area gathered April 19 to share their interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). I served as a student reporter for the Girls in Technology (GIT) Sharing Our Success event, which took place at the Booz Allen and Hamilton Innovation Center in Washington, D.C.
The first person I interviewed was Curlis Phillip, the Sharing Our Success Program Chair. When she is not volunteering with Girls in Technology, Curlis works as a Sr. Product Marketing Manager for Verisign, a global leader in Domain Names and Internet Security. She helps her company bring new products to market in Asia. Curlis encouraged me to explore all of my interests in STEM to determine the right fit.
I met Maciee Davis, a peer at the event. Maciee is in the 6th grade and attends the District of Columbia International School. I asked Maciee why she decided to attend the event and she replied, “I was curious.” When asked what she likes most about the event, Maciee replied, “the red velvet lollipop cakes and seeing so many girls interested in technology.”
I got the chance to speak with Jenny Oh, the DC Mentor Protégé Program Chair for GIT. Jenny likes to use technology to solve problems. Her message to young girls at the event was to “be passionate about our dreams.”
Alexe Weymouth, a Human Capital Consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton moderated the panel discussion. In her opening remarks, she emphasized three points:
1. Be curious and ask bold, awesome questions.
2. Follow your heart and do what you love.
3. Have a lot of courage.
During the panel discussion, I learned that Ashley Peter, a Data Analyst for Booz Allen Hamilton, got involved with science to make a difference. Kritika Singh, a high-school senior and the founder of Malaria Free World, founded her organization when she was 16. Her organization focuses on eradicating malaria all over the world.
Mary Ann Lewis, the President of SAVE International, got involved with technology later in life. She told us her role model was Mother Teresa. Most of the attendees were not familiar with Mother Teresa. However, we learned that she was a strong, independent woman dedicated to helping the poor, and one of the greatest humanitarians of the 20th Century.
I was honored to serve as a Student Reporter for the event and truly inspired by the speakers, the hands-on STEM demonstrations, and the women in STEM-related fields who came out to network with us. I hope to attend more STEM events in the future. Thank you Girls in Technology for providing me with this wonderful opportunity.