Build & Support the Female Talent Pipeline

Build & Support the Female Talent Pipeline

16:04 30 September in Uncategorized
350 East South Water Street, Chicago, IL 60601

From 5.30pm until 9.00pm

At Gems World Academy

350 East South Water Street, Chicago, IL 60601

Build & Support the Female Talent Pipeline

How Might Families, Communities & Organizations Impact a Girl's Decision to Pursue a STEM Major and STEM Career?



Women account for 70% of valedictorians, 67% of college graduates, 57% of current undergraduates, and 51% of PhD holders. Yet, women only make up 25% of jobs in Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).  These are the highest impact jobs with the highest salaries. Women are an economic force that needs to be realized and capitalized on for our social and economic prosperity.

We are at a point where we can move away from conversations about the facts, data, and our need to compete globally and move to Action. We move to action so women can achieve their full economic potential and contribution for themselves, their families, and our nation. Join Us as we ideate solutions to this issue.



Participants will be using Design Thinking methodologies to come up with solutions to how families, communities, and organizations impact a young girl’s decision to pursue areas of STEM. Participants will get a chance to hear speakers speakers who will activate our thinking and act as experts to help us design new solutions.  We will then break into groups of 5-7 people.  Each group will be led through the Design Thinking process and present their ideas at the end of the session. 




5:30 Networking

6:00 Start Program: Overview

6:15 Speakers

7:00 Overview of Workshop

7:15 Workshop

8:00 Prep for Presentations

8:15 Presentations

8:45 Closing Remarks

9:00 Good Night



  • Meridith Bruozas
    • Educational Programs & Outreach at Argonne Labs
    • Focus: Influences that cause girls to fall off the STEM pipeline by the time they get to high school
  • Andrea Messing Mathie
    • Deputy Director at Education Systems Center at Northern Illinois University
    • Focus: Women’s graduation rates, degrees, global competition and their connection to the lack of pursuits of STEM degrees that lead to higher paying professions.
  • Peter A. Creticos Ph.D.
    • President/ Executive Director at the Institute for Work & the Economy Research Fellow and the Chaddick Institute at DePaul University
    • Focus: Economic impact of girls falling off the STEM pathway for women and society