High Tech High Heels https://www.hightechhighheels.org Non Profit Mon, 16 Nov 2020 22:17:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.3 https://www.hightechhighheels.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/cropped-favi-32x32.png High Tech High Heels https://www.hightechhighheels.org 32 32 STEMpact 2020! https://www.hightechhighheels.org/2020/08/stempact/ Thu, 20 Aug 2020 18:40:02 +0000 https://www.hightechhighheels.org/?p=5353 Join us on September 16th at 5:30 pm for this virtual event as High-Tech High Heels announces the 2020 High-Tech High Heels STEMpact Award recipient and hosts a discussion on the state of gender equality in STEM at our 2nd annual STEMpact event! In addition to celebrating contributions from community champions in STEM, the event […]

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Join us on September 16th at 5:30 pm for this virtual event as High-Tech High Heels announces the 2020 High-Tech High Heels STEMpact Award recipient and hosts a discussion on the state of gender equality in STEM at our 2nd annual STEMpact event! In addition to celebrating contributions from community champions in STEM, the event will feature a conversation with experts in STEM education and STEM professions who will speak about the importance of getting girls engaged in STEM early in their education. Join us to learn more how your contributions are closing the gender gap in STEM! All are welcome! 

Please click here to register for this inspiring event!

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Announcing North Texas Winter Grantees! https://www.hightechhighheels.org/2020/05/2020-winter-grantees/ Thu, 14 May 2020 20:21:16 +0000 https://www.hightechhighheels.org/?p=5858 High-Tech High Heels has completed our Winter 2020 grant cycle and we are excited to tell you about the programs we have selected to support through our grants of over $200,000! 

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High-Tech High Heels North Texas Announces Winter Grantees

High-Tech High Heels has completed our Winter 2020 grant cycle and we are excited to tell you about the programs we have selected to support through our grants of over $200,000!  We carefully select programs to receive grants based on their ability to deliver on specific criteria, including: preparing girls academically for successful college study in STEM fields; fostering girls’ interest, confidence and persistence in STEM studies and fields; and producing measurable results that show a positive impact on closing the gender gap.

Design Connect Create (DCC) received a grant to support their AP Physics Camps in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. This two-week summer camp helps prepare girls for high school physics.  This camp has demonstrated a proven impact on the number of girls that take and pass an AP Physics exam and an increased interest in STEM careers. The grant from HTHH will fully fund 80 young women from low socioeconomic DFW districts to attend summer physics camp at no cost to the participants.

The National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) will deliver STEM Gender Equity training to educators in Mesquite ISD and our grant is making this training possible.  NAPE training helps educators identify possible sources of bias, recognize the unique gifts of others, and embrace cultural diversity. After this training is completed, educators will implement NAPE micro-messaging strategies in their classrooms and encourage girls to pursue further study in STEM.

After-School All-Stars (ASAS) North Texas received a grant to deliver the #FemSTEM academic enrichment club which is exclusively for female students at 6 Dallas schools.  This club estimated to reach 180 girls. Their holistic after-school programming has a focus on STEM and incorporates academic tutoring, hands-on STEM activities, mentoring, and STEM field trips to give students college & career exposure.

Girls Inc. of Metropolitan Dallas received a grant to fund EUREKA!, a STEM program for girls. These proven STEM activities span five years through a cohort model that combines ongoing hands‐on experiences, mentorships with industry professionals, and activities in a college campus environment for participating girls. Our grant will fund the Eureka! program activities for 80 girls participating in the existing cohort and for the cohort of rising eighth graders.  This includes summer program activities and monthly STEM-related activities during the school year.

Art Reaching Out received a grant  to fully fund their 4-day Summer STEAM Camp with 20 girls in the 6th to 8th grades from the Young Women’s Preparatory Network. They combine instructional and interactive STEM curriculum with the creation of a blown-glass artwork at Carlyn Ray Design’s glass studio (Art representing the “A” in STEAM).  The girls will experience a full STEAM curriculum, including lessons in strength of materials, phases of matters, ionization, optics, chemistry, electricity and circuitry, thermodynamics, glass blowing, glass fusing, and business math.

Friends of Solar Prep is a non-profit organization in support of the Solar Preparatory School for Girls. Our grant funds the purchase of equipment for the school’s MakerSpace.   At the center of Solar Prep’s model is its Maker Ed Program, which includes two makerspaces, a cutting-edge Maker Ed curriculum, and integration of Design Thinking into core content. They anticipate the MakerSpace will service 600 girls from Pre-K to 4th grade.

Aggie STEM received a grant to help fund scholarships to their week long residential EmpowHERing STEM Summer Camps.  HTHH’s grant will assist in funding high-achieving, economically disadvantaged middle and high school female students for a residential STEM Summer Camp and empower them to pursue STEM fields.  This camp provides the girls with access to STEM skills and knowledge of the wide variety of STEM career.

PreFlight Aviation Camp hosts a “Preparing Girls to Takeoff” 5-day overnight aviation/STEM camp in San Marcos, Texas with the goal of creating a transformative experience for girls that uses aviation to build their self-esteem, empower them to reach their goals, and inspire them to become pilots. It also leverages longer term mentoring opportunities after the camps. HTHH’s grant will fund scholarships for Texas girls to attend the 2020 summer camp.

University of Texas at Dallas Jindal School of Management will host the 2020 Getting Involved as Rising Leaders in STEM (G.I.R.L.S.) Symposium.  Our grant will fund scholarships to the Symposium for girls in 7-9th grade from Dallas and Richardson ISDs.  The goal of the symposium is to inspire and deepen their interest in the innovative world of Information Technology and Systems.

If you are interested in supporting High-Tech High Heels with funding for impactful programs such as these and want to inspire the next generation of girls to pursue college-level degrees in STEM, please consider a recurring or one-time donation here.

 

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Announcing Seven New Board Members https://www.hightechhighheels.org/2020/03/new-board-members/ Tue, 03 Mar 2020 16:45:54 +0000 https://www.hightechhighheels.org/?p=5517 High-Tech High Heels Texas Chapter Elects Seven New Directors to Board   DALLAS (Feb 27, 2020) –– The High-Tech High Heels – Texas Chapter, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to close the gender gap in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields, today announced seven new members have been elected to its Board […]

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High-Tech High Heels Texas Chapter Elects Seven New Directors to Board

 

DALLAS (Feb 27, 2020) –– The High-Tech High Heels – Texas Chapter, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to close the gender gap in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields, today announced seven new members have been elected to its Board of Directors. These newly elected directors join a committed team of STEM leaders across Dallas-Fort Worth to guide the local chapter into a successful future.

New directors include:

  • Diana Aguirre
  • Juanita DeLoach
  • Pamela Dukes
  • Dawn Hall
  • Jeryn Laengrich
  • Amber Nystrom
  • Carol Primdahl

“These new board members bring passion, along with diverse skills and experience to our Board of Directors” said Robin Bray, president of High-Tech High Heels – Texas Chapter.   We are excited to work together to fund effective programs that improve STEM education, inspire and mentor the next generation and bring hands-on learning opportunities to girls across the entire K-12 STEM academic pipeline.“

The High-Tech High Heels – Texas Chapter Board of Directors is led by President Robin Bray, Treasurer Linda Diehl and Secretary Christine Witzsche.

Full bios of the new High-Tech High Heels – Texas Chapter directors are below:

Diana Aguirre – Diana is a director of development and alumni relations at the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science supporting the Mechanical Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering Departments. She enjoys connecting with the community, especially corporations and alumni, to build partnerships that support faculty research and student growth. Diana earned her B.S. in Computer Engineering from SMU a “few” years ago.

Diana loves giving back. She serves on the boards of Big Brothers Big Sisters and High-Tech High Heels and is the president of the Latino Faculty and Staff Association at UTD. She’s also a proud member of the Dallas Summit and the Hispanic 100. Diana is currently mentoring a Latina business student through UTD’s Undergraduate Success Scholars program.

Juanita DeLoach – Juanita is an attorney with Barnes & Thornburg LLP, where she practices Intellectual Property law.  Before transitioning to law, Juanita worked for several years as a process engineer at Texas Instruments.  In addition to serving on the board for High-Tech High Heels, Juanita serves on the boards for Dallas Summer Musicals Associate Producers and Girls Embracing Mothers, Inc.  Juanita is passionate about closing the gender gap in STEM and looks forward to working with High-Tech High Heels to create opportunities to support and engage young girls, educators and communities.

Pamela Dukes – Pamela is currently employed by Signify Health as an Enterprise Agile Coach and Trainer. Prior to her return to the healthcare industry, she held the same position at Toyota Connected. With a background in Sociology and Organizational Behavior, she has worked in the technology field for over 20 years. Her experience as Olympic athlete, keynote speaker and personal coach provides a great platform and allows her to follow her passion and motivate others to achieve their goals.

Dawn Hall – Dawn has worked for State Farm for the past 33 years and is currently a Director in Enterprise Technology.  She is a member of State Farm’s Women in Technology Employee Resource Group and volunteers for a number of STEM events, including mentoring students learning to code.  She is involved with 48in48 and is a strong advocate for closing the gender gap in STEM and in leadership roles.

Jeryn Laengrich – Jeryn is the principal and owner of Laengrich Healthcare Partners, a healthcare consulting firm.  She has a Master’s of Science in Speech-Language Pathology and began as a therapist before expanding her career as a healthcare operations leader with extensive experience in strategic planning, emerging healthcare technology solutions, and client & patient experience. Jeryn’s passion for closing the gender gap in STEM education is fueled by her high school daughter’s desire to become an architectural engineer and teaching her son the value of working with women in leadership positions.

Amber Nystrom – Amber is the Technology Chief of Staff and Senior Director of Strategy and Governance at Capital One. Previously, she led Office of the CIO teams for Southwest Airlines. She has an MBA with specializations in Human Capital Management and Executive Coaching. She is passionate about closing the gender gap, improving STEM education and increasing the number of girls pursuing STEM careers.

Carol Primdahl –  Carol held a wide range of positions during her 27 year career at Texas Instruments followed by 6 years at Krypton Solutions where she was the VP of Business Development.  Carol is a founding member of High-Tech High Heels and is devoted to supporting a variety of organizations that support the HTHH mission. Carol is passionate about mentoring the next general of female STEM professionals. Prior to joining the HTHH board in 2020, she served on the Grant Committee for a number of years. She’s also proud to be a volunteer for Operation Kindness, a no kill animal shelter in DFW.

About High-Tech High Heels

High-Tech High Heels was founded in 2001 by 30 women from Texas Instruments with a shared vision of closing the gender gap in STEM fields. These women pooled their resources to fund programs to increase the number of girls entering into a college-level degree program in STEM. Nearly two decades later, HTHH has invested over one million dollars toward programs that close the gender gap in STEM fields.  HTHH is expanding nationally, with chapters in Texas and Silicon Valley. For additional information, visit hightechhighheels.org.

Press Contact: Nancy Kelly, 469-328-2181, nancykelly@hightechhighheels.org

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Spotlight: Inspiring future female pilots with PreFlight! https://www.hightechhighheels.org/2019/09/spotlight-inspiring-future-female-pilots-with-preflight/ Tue, 03 Sep 2019 23:38:58 +0000 https://www.hightechhighheels.org/?p=1309 This summer, High-Tech High Heels proudly sponsored PreFlight camp as one of our 2019 grantees to show young girls the sky is the limit when it comes to what they can achieve, including becoming a pilot. Out of over 580,000 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certificated pilots in the United States only 6.7 percent of them […]

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This summer, High-Tech High Heels proudly sponsored PreFlight camp as one of our 2019 grantees to show young girls the sky is the limit when it comes to what they can achieve, including becoming a pilot.

Out of over 580,000 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certificated pilots in the United States only 6.7 percent of them are women, and those numbers are not increasing. In fact, when compared to figures in 2010, the total number of female pilots has decreased nationally by 7.2 percent.

To help prepare girls to takeoff, High-Tech High Heels funded PreFlight Camp – a five-day aviation camp for preteen girls at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas in July.

They use aviation to transform girls’ beliefs about gender roles, increase their self-esteem and inspire them to become pilots. In the same way that a pilot must first perform a “preflight” before they can takeoff in their airplane, the camp is a young girls “preflight” into aviation.

Camp activities ranged from hands-on experiments and teambuilding exercises to piloting a simulator and flying an airplane with female flight instructors.  The lessons featured aerodynamics, airplane components, navigation, weather, airplane communications, and weight and balance. 

Campers were able to tour CFAN, a manufacturing facility that makes composite fan blades for GE engines on the Boeing 747, 777, and 787.  Another highlight included a look at WWII airplanes at the Commemorative Air Force Hangar and receiving a presentation on the Women Air Force Service Pilots.

Post camp results:

  • 58% increase in campers that reported wanting to be a pilot as a result of attending PreFlight Aviation Camp, compared to their answers on pre-camp surveys. 
  • 100% of campers agreed that the airplane flight helped them to believe that becoming a pilot is possible.
  • 100% of campers also agreed that having camp counselors who are pilots helped them to believe that becoming a pilot is possible.
  • 100% of campers agreed that attended PreFlight empowered them to achieve their goals.
  • 91% of campers agreed that attending PreFlight helped to build their self-esteem (2 campers answered ‘neutral’)

What did the campers think? 

  • “Preflight is really an engaging camp. I’d learned a lot about basic things in aviation and it gave me a new perspective about aviation. My favorite is when I got to fly and control the plane a bit. It really encouraged me as a woman to do my best in the STEM industry. And everyone is really nice & friendly.” – Rocelyn, 14
  • “Preflight was great. There were many excellent classes and some great tours like at CFAN and the day at the airport, especially flying the Cessna 172 Skyhawk… I would definitely recommend the camp to other girls” – Francesca, 15.
  • “Preflight was amazing! It exceeded all of my expectations and I did not want to leave this educational atmosphere of encouraging and inspirational counselors and leaders!” – Selena, 13
  • “This is the right camp if you want to get your brain thinking…I loved going up in the airplane and getting to fly it.”-Sophia, 12
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If you are interested in supporting High-Tech High Heels with funding for impactful programs such as PreFlight and want to inspire the next generation of girls to pursue college-level degrees in STEM, please consider a recurring or one-time donation here.

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After-School All Stars building brighter futures through STEM – Destiny’s story https://www.hightechhighheels.org/2019/05/after-school-all-stars-building-brighter-futures-through-stem-destinys-story/ Fri, 31 May 2019 14:09:45 +0000 https://www.hightechhighheels.org/?p=1263 The first official day of summer is quickly approaching, and as the weather grows warmer and school draws to a close, many of the grantees from our most recent grant cycle are reflecting on recent spring programming and gearing up for summer STEM-based opportunities for young girls in our community. Earlier this year, High-Tech High […]

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The first official day of summer is quickly approaching, and as the weather grows warmer and school draws to a close, many of the grantees from our most recent grant cycle are reflecting on recent spring programming and gearing up for summer STEM-based opportunities for young girls in our community.

Earlier this year, High-Tech High Heels granted $20,000 towards the After-School All-Stars (ASAS) North Texas #femSTEM Program to cover 2019 spring, summer and fall programming for middle school girls in Dallas County. 89 girls attended this spring, with 80-100 expected between summer and fall programming.

ASAS vision is for all of its All-Stars to be safe and healthy, to graduate high school and go to college, to find careers they love and then give back to their communities. ASAS’ partnership with High-Tech High Heels gives young girls in our community the opportunity to build interest in STEM, explore STEM careers and learn skills that will give them the tools needed to be successful in high school and beyond. For Destiny, a 7th grader at Hector P Garcia Middle School, ASAS offers her a safe place to grow in confidence, build relationships with caring adult mentors and just be a kid.

Read on for Destiny’s story and hear how HTHH’s support and partnership with ASAS build brighter futures for All-Star students.

Meet Destiny, a #femSTEM All-Star!

 “My name is Destiny and I am in 7th grade at Hector P Garcia Middle School. I joined All-Stars last year in November when I was in the 6th grade. Before I started coming to All-Stars, I was really shy at school and I wasn’t doing good in my classes. I didn’t let people see the real me. I also used to be in the streets, and for real I used to hang out with the wrong crowd. All-Stars has changed everything. 

I don’t hang out in the streets anymore after-school. Now I get to do really fun things at ASAS. Some of my favorite clubs are DJ Music Production, Fashion Design, and #femSTEM. Right now in #femSTEM we’re building boats out of paper plates and aluminum foil. At the end of year showcase we’re going to test them out, and see whose boat can hold the most pennies without sinking. I like #femSTEM a lot because I think it’s sometimes easier for me to try new things when it’s just girls around. Ms. Vonna, our #femSTEM teacher, makes it fun and she tries to help us learn the same things we’re learning at school. Earlier this year my grade had a big science lab project during the school day. Ms. Vonna talked to our science teachers and had the #femSTEM club do a project afterschool that used many of the same science words that were in the lab. It made it easier for me to understand at school!

The clubs are fun, but All-Stars is more than that. ASAS has taught me how to be a better person. My favorite memory is when we went on a volunteer field trip to help at a homeless shelter. We gave food to homeless people that didn’t have money. It made me feel good because I made a difference. Now every time my family doesn’t finish our food at home we give the extra to homeless by the freeway. The field trip made me realize how many people are less fortunate than me. Some people give back because it makes them feel good, but I do it because I like helping people. I used to be greedy and a bad person and I thought everyone in the world deserved what they got. All-Stars taught me how to see other people and my community differently. I understand that everyone has hard times and has problems.

 I’m so thankful that All-Stars came into my life last year. I know if I wasn’t here after-school I would be doing things I shouldn’t out in the neighborhood. All-Stars has taught me to be a better person, try harder in school, and given me opportunities to learn new things. 

ASAS really is everything to me. I’ve grown tremendously through All-Stars. My grades are up, and I’ve come out of my shell a lot since last year. Mrs. T, our Site Coordinator, encouraged me to be myself and do things I thought I couldn’t do. All the staff puts up with us every day and we’re a lot of work! I’m grateful the staff hasn’t given up on us. I’m so glad I have All-Stars.”

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Spotlight: Big milestone – HTHH has granted over 1 million dollars https://www.hightechhighheels.org/2019/04/spotlight-big-milestone-achieved-hthh-has-granted-over-1-million-dollars/ Thu, 18 Apr 2019 15:23:58 +0000 https://www.hightechhighheels.org/?p=1250 High-Tech High Heels was founded in 2001 by a group of women with a shared vision of closing the gender gap in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. Eighteen years ago, through their own educational experiences, they knew that closing the gender gap in STEM would require increasing the number of girls graduating from […]

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High-Tech High Heels was founded in 2001 by a group of women with a shared vision of closing the gender gap in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. Eighteen years ago, through their own educational experiences, they knew that closing the gender gap in STEM would require increasing the number of girls graduating from high school and entering a college-level degree program in STEM.  These women pooled their resources to create a Donor Advised Fund so they could grant to programs to support this vision and mission.   However, in 2001, there were no programs to support these objectives.  Not to be deterred, these amazing philanthropreneurs developed their own programs to educate and inspire high school girls to succeed in STEM. 

Thank you to our HTHH founders: Susan Sue Alberti, Cindy Allen, Karla Barber, Shaunna Black, Beth Bull, Lisa Byrd, Mary McDermott Cook, Wendy Engibous, Julie England, Marla Finco, Wanda Gass, Cynthia Grimm, Mary Helmick, Diana Johnson Hightower, Ember Bennett Hogan, Lisa Knipe, Melendy Lovett, Elisabeth Marley, Gray Mayes, Margaret McDermott, Elizabeth Moyer, Mary Ann Murphy, Marcia Page, Carol Primdahl, Tegwin Pulley, Tammy Richards, Jane Schoen, Judy Shaw, Linda Smittle, Delena Spencer, Mary Templeton, Terri West.

Nearly two decades later, the work of HTHH continues with the same passion and commitment to those founding objectives.  HTHH has just achieved a major milestone by funding our one millionth dollar toward programs that close the gender gap in STEM fields.

HTHH still funds the core, proven programs created by its Founders for high school girls.   And now, HTHH also funds new and innovative programs to improve STEM education, inspire and mentor the next generation, and provide hands-on learning opportunities for girls across the entire K-12 STEM academic pipeline.  

Help us continue to fund impactful programs targeted at closing the gender gap in STEM by making a donation todayThanks a million!

 

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Spotlight: Inspirational women making history at HTHH https://www.hightechhighheels.org/2019/04/spotlight-inspirational-women-making-history-at-hthh/ Tue, 02 Apr 2019 13:02:35 +0000 https://www.hightechhighheels.org/?p=1221 High-Tech High Heels would like to take a moment to highlightsome of our very own {S}HEROES. We are fortunate to besurrounded by so many wonder women making history atHTHH, and we picked three of them with unbelievable storiesthat are sure to inspire you to go out and make history, too! WANDA GASS SHE MADE HISTORY […]

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High-Tech High Heels would like to take a moment to highlight
some of our very own {S}HEROES. We are fortunate to be
surrounded by so many wonder women making history at
HTHH, and we picked three of them with unbelievable stories
that are sure to inspire you to go out and make history, too!

WANDA GASS

SHE MADE HISTORY

Not only is Wanda Gass one of High-Tech High Heels’ revered founders, but she is also the co-inventor of the initial Texas Instruments Digital Signal Processing product.  This became TI’s digital flagship product in the 1990s & 2000s and drove the conversion from analog to digital for media and communications.  Ms. Gass is a trailblazer for women in STEM and made history in 1999 when she and Duy-Loan Lee were the first women promoted to TI Fellows. In 2007, she was elevated to IEEE Fellow for her contributions in VLSI signal processing
architectures and circuits. To pave the way for girls of generations to come, Gass founded Design Connect Create in 2014 to deliver Physics Camps programming to help young women be successful in STEM classes.

 

KACIE PHILLIPS

SHE IS MAKING HISTORY

Kacie is one of the most recently elected High-Tech High Heels Texas board members, following years volunteering on the HTHH communications and Friendraiser committees.  After graduating from Texas Tech and interning at Southwest Airlines, Kacie began her career at Texas Instruments as a business analyst. Since 2015, Kacie has worked in IT functions for Enterprise Applications, Demand Creation, and Supply Chain.  She also serves as President of the TI New Employee Initiative and donates numerous hours each week to leading her peers to foster a community of new TI employees. Even though Kacie has just recently begun her career, she is already making a mark and is inspiring people around her, both women and men,
through her professionalism and dedication.

 

SANDRA VILLAGRANA

SHE WILL MAKE HISTORY

Sandra attended a High-Tech High Heels funded Design Connect Create Physics camp a few summers ago (if you think this sounds familiar, you’re right! This is Wanda Gass’
organization referenced above.)
Sandra has worked extremely hard in her STEM courses, and in May 2019, she will make history by being the first in her family to EVER graduate from high school. But that’s
not even the best part!! Sandra was recently accepted into Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and will be the first in her family to attend college.

Interested IN HELPING High-Tech High Heels empower more women?
CLICK HERE TO DONATE TODAY

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We are expanding our impact across America https://www.hightechhighheels.org/2019/02/we-are-expanding-our-impact-across-america/ Wed, 20 Feb 2019 13:59:54 +0000 https://www.hightechhighheels.org/?p=1195 As the New Year begins, High-Tech High Heels is more committed than ever to closing the gender gap in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) careers. Over the past 18 years, HTHH has funded programs that make a meaningful difference in the lives of middle and high school girls in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. The […]

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As the New Year begins, High-Tech High Heels is more committed than ever to closing the gender gap in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) careers. Over the past 18 years, HTHH has funded programs that make a meaningful difference in the lives of middle and high school girls in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. The teenage years are critical for girls, as 4 in 5 STEM college students make their degree decisions in high school or earlier, and 12-17 year old girls are continuing to opt out of the STEM academic pipeline every day.

“As we reflect on our efforts over nearly 2 decades, we are encouraged by our progress,” shares Laura Steffek, High-Tech High Heels President. HTHH grants have resulted in more than 1,000 girls attending AP Physics Camps, 800 STEM educators attending Gender Equity Training, and 1,000 school counselors attending workshops on STEM careers in North Texas.

The gender gap in STEM careers is not just a Dallas issue; it’s a national issue. In a study of 10 major metropolitan areas across the country, it was found that there were no other organizations like High-Tech High Heels that fund diverse, effective programs that encourage and prepare young women to excel in STEM.  “In order to maintain our focus on growing our impact in the cities in which we currently operate while also expanding across America, we created a new structure that establishes the national organization, High-Tech High Heels, and introduces regional HTHH chapters as their own entities,” Robin Bray, Texas Chapter President, announces.

The new national High-Tech High Heels, led by President Laura Steffek, will be primarily responsible for overseeing the non-profit organization as a whole. The national team will lead expansion efforts and explore potential cities for chapters, conduct annual audits, govern regional chapters, and maintain the High-Tech High Heels brand. With your support, the regional chapters, HTHH-Texas, led by President Robin Bray, and HTHH-Silicon Valley, led by President Maria Olsen, will continue to fund diverse, effective programs that encourage and prepare young women to excel in STEM.

High-Tech High Heels established a long-term goal two years ago to expand operations to 5 cities by 2026. Since then, they launched a Silicon Valley chapter in 2017 and will choose the next site in 2019.

While the goals are growing and structure is changing at High-Tech High Heels, its mission remains the same: to increase the number of girls who graduate high school prepared to pursue STEM degrees.  High-Tech High Heels is operated entirely by volunteers and donors who believe in this mission, and in order to support their expansion, HTHH has elected 41 dedicated board members and numerous volunteers in Texas and the Silicon Valley. These board members and volunteers range from senior executives at Fortune 100 companies to new college graduates and all of them use their gifts and talents to inspire young girls. “We are incredibly thankful for all of our committed volunteers and donors,” Robin Bray says. “Our work is only possible with their support.”

If you are interested in donating to High-Tech High Heels, explore donation options here and see what your donation can provide for young girls in your community.

If you, or anyone you know, would be interested in volunteering for High-Tech High Heels, fill out a quick volunteer form and a HTHH representative will contact you and share different options about how you can join the team. “I vividly remember the first female engineer I met,” shares Laura Steffek. “There was so much power in meeting someone who looked like me who was an engineer. It made me realize I could become one, too. So many people helped me along the way. Creating opportunities for girls to see themselves as engineers is my way of giving back.” Laura’s experience is much like the experiences of teenage girls who meet High-Tech High Heels volunteers who are a part of the Speakers Bureau, one of the many ways to volunteer for HTHH.

And last but not least…

Energized and encouraged by its expansion and organizational changes, High-Tech High Heels refreshed it’s brand with a new logo and look! Head over to hightechhighheels.org now and check it out.

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Spotlight: Eureka! building confidence and skills in STEM – Grace’s story https://www.hightechhighheels.org/2018/08/spotlight-eureka-building-confidence-and-skills-in-stem-graces-story/ Mon, 20 Aug 2018 16:15:48 +0000 https://www.hightechhighheels.org/?p=1005 High-Tech High Heels currently funds Eureka!, a STEM-based program through Girls Inc. Dallas. Eureka! is an intensive, five-year STEM-based program that builds girls’ confidence and skills through hands-on opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math. Utilizing a “whole girl” approach, the program also includes sports and physical fitness, personal development, and college and career readiness. […]

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Grace – Eureka! program participant

High-Tech High Heels currently funds Eureka!, a STEM-based program through Girls Inc. Dallas. Eureka! is an intensive, five-year STEM-based program that builds girls’ confidence and skills through hands-on opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math. Utilizing a “whole girl” approach, the program also includes sports and physical fitness, personal development, and college and career readiness. In addition to the summer component, during the school year there are monthly events, activities and field trips. Find more information here.

We interviewed Grace, a junior in high school that has participated in the program for four years. Girls Inc. Dallas has provided a safe place for Grace to go after school since she was eight years old.

Her mother enrolled her in the STEM-based program Eureka! prior to 8th grade. Grace shared that she a hard time with math at the time, but was strong in science. Through the years, she feels the program has helped her with both. “I now feel confident that I’ll get better over time. The best thing I’ve learned was about the periodic table of elements during my first year. It truly helped me pass my chemistry exam in school!” she said. Her first experience with the program was a STEM camp at Richland College, where it has stuck with her that the professors treated them like college students.

The program includes sports and physical fitness, personal development, and college and career readiness. When asked about her favorite aspect, Grace shared: “I like the personal development. Each year, we mature, so the way we do and view things are different. It challenges me and gives me new insights on things and ideas I’d never think of.”

Grace has had many hands-on experiences with STEM throughout her four years in the program. She reflected on a few of the most memorable: “We’ve flown rocket ships, and then there’s my personal favorite: the cooking-themed science experiments! We’ve made dough (YES, COOKING DOUGH!), peanut butter, marshmallow spread, and some neat candy!”

Going into the third year of the program, she did not know what she wanted to do as a career. During the summer, she had an internship with Pioneer Oil Company, where she was mentored in Human Resourcing and event planning. “Easy to say I fell in love, just with being able to go to meetings, plan events, and communicate,” she shared. This past summer, Grace participated in SAT prep and had the opportunity to hear from many inspiring women: “Eureka! is giving me resources, and being able to have guests talk to us lets me see the other world of business and communications.” When asked about the future, Grace noted: “When I go to college, I want to study communications, while pursuing a career in Human Resources.”

Outside of school and Girls Inc. programs, Grace gives back to the community through volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House. She also enjoys praise dance at church and school and shopping with her friends.Grace left with us these inspirational words about what she has learned being a part of Eureka!: “STEM really is doable! It made me feel more confident in school, and STEM in general.”

We wish Grace the best of luck in her final year of Eureka! and beyond.

 

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Spotlight: SMARTgirls featuring some brilliant women from HTHH https://www.hightechhighheels.org/2018/07/spotlight-smartgirls-featuring-some-brilliant-women-from-high-tech-high-heels/ Mon, 30 Jul 2018 20:57:56 +0000 https://www.hightechhighheels.org/?p=996 Excitement for STEM can spark anywhere, at any time; most often it’s the school classroom where girls are first introduced- and summer break is no exception! On a sunny Friday in June, High Tech High Heels members helped bring the classroom to life by attending the SMARTgirls Xtreme STEM Camp at Wylie High School. There, […]

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Excitement for STEM can spark anywhere, at any time; most often it’s the school classroom where girls are first introduced- and summer break is no exception! On a sunny Friday in June, High Tech High Heels members helped bring the classroom to life by attending the SMARTgirls Xtreme STEM Camp at Wylie High School. There, they put on a lively panel discussion about Women in Technology with the 7th, 8th and 9th grade girls. Featuring some of High Tech High Heels brightest members, Jeannette Bennett, Lynn Mortensen, Vicky Rupp, Molly Sing and Hasini Sundaresan, the campers learned each woman’s personal journey to a career in technology. Each woman answered great questions about what it’s like to be an engineer, shared how the professionals got to their current positions, and expressed what they love about engineering and technology.

High Tech High Heels has been a passionate sponsor of SMARTgirls, an organization focused on getting girls interested in, and staying interested in, science and math.  They use hands-on STEM activities and guest speakers from an array of STEM professions to engage and encourage girls to peak their interest. Beyond peaking interest, SMARTgirls hopes to enable girls with the resources to become engage confidently in high level math and science courses throughout high school and college. SMARTgirls offers after school activities at all Wylie ISD intermediate schools, Saturday clubs for junior highs, and summer camps on a variety of STEM topics.

 

 

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