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THE MAGIC OF MENTORSHIP

Building the Opportunity Pipeline in STEM

 

Athena and the All Girls STEM Society unveil their new partnership to provide Athena’s STEM mentors that inspire, educate and encourage AGSS students to academically and professionally pursue their STEM ambitions. 

All Girls STEM Society (AGSS) is a 501c (3) nonprofit organization that strives to end the underrepresentation of women in STEM fields by encouraging future generations early in their educational journey. The AGSS is staffed by high school students in San Diego County that provide monthly events and workshops to support and inspire young girls in grades 3-8. These students access workshops ranging from Python Programming, Robotics, and Probability in an encouraging and fun environment.

 

“Research shows girls gain interest in STEM subjects around 11 years of age and lose interest by age 15," said Holly Smithson, Athena CEO. “Conforming to social expectations, gender stereotypes, and a lack of role models all continue to redirect girls' career choices away from STEM fields,” Smithson continued. 

 

This alliance is designed to sustain the interests of these young students well beyond middle school and expose them to more career opportunities earlier in life through these mentors.

 

Athena’s member community serves a dynamic cohort of professional women in its mission to advance 1 million women leading in STEM by 2030. Together, this Athena and AGSS partnership will showcase the magic of mentorship and increase the number of STEM mentors and role models – and help foster young girls’ confidence that they belong and can succeed in STEM.

 

Meet the future STEM leaders and the mentors ready to encourage and inspire them to embolden their STEM Identity, and present STEM careers differently. This partnership is powered by our friends and partners at the Thomas Ackerman Foundation.

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SOPHIA DELAP

Grade: 12

School: The Academy of Our Lady of Peace

Area of Interest: Environmental Science

Career Aspirations: Chief Sustainability Officer

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MIRA GOWDA

Grade: 11

School: The Bishop’s School

Area of interest: Biology, Environmental Science

Career Aspirations: Surgeon, Pediatrician, Environmental Engineer

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KATHERINE HUANG

Grade: 11

School: Canyon Crest Academy

Area of Interest: Cybersecurity, Computer Science

Career Aspirations: Software Engineer, Entrepreneur

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EMMA HONG

Grade: 11

School: The Bishop's School

Area of Interest: Math and Physics

Career Aspirations: Physicist, Tech Entrepreneur

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AIMEE RAMIREZ

Grade: 12

School: Academy of Our Lady of Peace

Area of Interest: Biology

Career Aspirations: Doctor of Emergency Medicine

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AMANDA TRAN

Grade: 12

School: Academy of Our Lady of Peace

Area of Interest: Neuroscience

Career Aspirations: Pediatric Neurologist

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LINDSAY WRIGHT

Grade: 12

School: Del Norte High School

Area of Interest: Engineering

Career Aspirations: Aerospace engineer

ATHENA MENTOR

LOLA ADEYEMO

PMP, MS, CSCP

COO | Sapient Logic LLC

  • Liberty University | Doctorate in Strategic Leadership (2022)

  • University of Houston | Masters in Biotechnology (2010)

  • The Federal University of Technology, Nigeria | Bachelors in Biochemistry (2006)

    When I was young, I wanted to grow up and make beautiful clothes and my favorite subject was biology. 

ATHENA MENTOR

SARA BARTON

Business Transformation

Consultant | IBM

  • University of Michigan | B.A. in Economics (2019)

  • When I was young, I wanted to grow up to become a secretary, teacher, or professional soccer player.

ATHENA MENTOR

TAYLOR BRUNI

Key Account Manager, Team Lead

Oracle

  • University of Michigan | B.S. in International Studies (2018)

  • When I was young, I wanted to grow up and become a veterinarian.

ATHENA MENTOR

IDA KHODAMI

Partner | Two Bear Capital

  • UCLA School of Management | MBA (2020) 
  • University of Waterloo | Masters in Electrical Engineering (2008)

  • Simon Fraser University | B.S. in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (2006) 

  • When I was young, I wanted to grow up and become a doctor since my mom is in the medical field and her patients loved her for the impact she was making in their lives. 

ATHENA MENTOR

FARZANEH ORAK

Software Engineer | Costar Group

  • University of Mahshahr, IRAN | B.S. in Computer Science (2010)

  • California State University of San Marcos | Masters in Computer Science (2015)

  • When I was young, I wanted to grow up to become a brain surgeon.

ATHENA MENTOR

SIRI RALLABHANDI

Account Executive,  Clinical Research | Tissue Analytics, Inc.

  • UCLA | B.S. in Biological Anthropology (2018)

  • When I was young, I wanted to grow up and become a teacher, dancer, astronaut, doctor - it changed every month!