In order to increase participation and persistence of girls in STEM fields, it is essential that K-12 schools, colleges, universities and businesses build strong partnerships with each other.
This premise guided the Center for the Advancement of Girls at Agnes Irwin to host, in partnership with The Franklin Institute, its third-annual Sharing Solutions: Advancing Girls in STEM Conference at The Franklin Institute on March 16-17, 2017. The main goal of the conference was to identify and design actionable steps and partnership models that participants could utilize and implement to advance girls and women in STEM fields.
Over 140 attendees from area corporations, nonprofits, universities, government and K-12 educational institutions gathered to learn, share and brainstorm partnership models that promote keeping girls and women engaged in STEM studies and careers. Leading voices in STEM advocacy from Dow Chemical Company, TE Connectivity, Axalta Coating Systems, Bryn Mawr College, University Science Center, National Coalition of Girls Schools, Google, City of Philadelphia’s Mayor’s Office of Education, Public Prep, and BioBus shared their experience and perspective with attendees. Interest was high in our conference content, resulting in media coverage including a segment airing on 6 ABC and a story leading up to the conference on Philly.com.
All participants, regardless of industry, had STEM capital to share in a partnership whether it was their resources (physical, human, financial), their experiences (educational, professional background) or connections (who they know) and worked together in cross-industry groups to ideate on how individuals and organizations can come together and advance the mission of girls in STEM. A white paper featuring insights and results of the conference is in development and will be shared over the summer.
The Sharing Solutions: Advancing Girls in STEM conference supports The Center for the Advancement of Girls’ mission to create innovative programming and community engagement that advances the education of The Agnes Irwin School’s students and outreach to girls beyond our community. These events are possible through the support and generosity of a cross-section of industries. Thank you to:
- Our Sponsors: Day & Zimmerman, TE Connectivity, Frog Commissary
- Our Friends: ADVIS, Bryn Mawr College, Chester County Fund for Women and Girls, Haverford College, Swarthmore College, Tech Girlz, Vision 2020
- Our conference program committee from Agnes Irwin: Julie Diana, Mariandl Hufford, Chanee Lay, Alison Monzo, Maggie Powers, Kim Walker; and from The Franklin Institute: Tara Cox, Alexis Kiesel