Madison Supports STEM for Her

STEM for Her recently held its annual fundraiser, Virtual Trivia Benefit hosted by Kristen Berset-Harris, TV Host of Great Day Washington. Madison team members Heather Molloy, CFP® and Rick England, CFP® joined the evening’s festivities along with over 300 community members. STEM for Her, non-profit foundation, promotes education to create awareness, excitement, and opportunities among girls and young women to launch successful STEM-related careers. Through direct exposure to hands-on experiences, mentors and role models, and other programs, STEM for Her enables girls and young women to envision the path to a STEM education and career. The organization partners with female leaders, community organizations, and corporations with a strong focus on the underserved populations in the Washington, DC Metro Area.

Founded in 2003 by Women in Technology (WIT), STEM for Her received its initial seed funding from Mario Morino, of Legent Corporation and Venture Philanthropy Partners, and the late John Sidgmore of UUNET/MCI WorldCom. They recognized that a wide digital divide still exists between girls and boys when pursuing STEM-related fields of study.

In fact, women and girls are vastly underrepresented in STEM fields despite their talent and potential to succeed in these areas. While women make up more than half the population, they account for less than 25 percent of the STEM workforce. STEM for Her is striving to bridge the gender gap to create a stronger, more globally competitive, and productive workforce.

By providing scholarships, mentoring, tools, speakers, and supporting school-sponsored and community-based programs, STEM for Her can foster technology interest in girls and young women ages 12-25. Financial support also sponsors field trips, assists with program and curriculum development, and contributes program resources for Career Days in Virginia, Maryland, and D.C. to serve economically and socially disadvantaged girls. Through STEM for Her efforts, thousands of girls and women in the metropolitan D.C. area have learned about exciting opportunities available to them in STEM-related careers.

Madison was proud to help sponsor this year’s virtual event which highlighted program beneficiaries, partners and sponsors, and raised funds to support programs reaching thousands of girls in the Washington DC Metro area.

Learn more about STEM for Her here.