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 founders who are listed below:

Susan (Sue) Alberti

Cindy Allen

Karla Barber

Ember Bennett

Shaunna Black

Elizabeth (Beth) Bull

Lisa Byrd

Mary McDermott Cook

Engibous Family Foundation (Wendy Engibous)

Julie England

Marla Finco

Wanda Gass

Cynthia (Cindy) Grimm

Brenda Harrison

Mary Helmick

Diana Johnson Hightower

Ember Bennett Hogan

Lisa Knipe

Melendy Lovett

Elisabeth Marley

Gray Mayes

McDermott Foundation (Margaret McDermott)

Elizabeth (Liz) Moyer

Mary Ann Murphy

Marcia Page

Carol Primdahl

Tegwin Pulley

Tamela (Tammy) Richards

Jane Schoen

Judy Shaw

Linda Smittle

Delena Spencer

Mary Templeton

Teresa (Terri) West