Although women make up slightly more than 50% of the world's population,
chronically under-represented in STEM fields(around 11% for electrical engineering and
computer science). Less than 24% of senior management
globally is female (and it's even less in technology companies). As
reported by the Wall Street Journal recently, only 3% of firms going
public (which includes all fields) in the past year had female CEOs.
We need to break the stereotype and reverse the balance of women in STEM and, specifically, women in leadership in STEM! Help us fund the next generation of role models!
IEEE Women in Engineering is a non-profit
organization dedicated to the inspiration, engagement and advancement of women
in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). WIE seeks to not only change the engineering
professional landscape but also change the world by using both women’s and
men’s diverse talents for the benefit of humanity.
Your generous donations will go directly to cover expenses
to bring IEEE emerging women leaders from around the world to the inaugural
IEEE Women in Engineering International Leadership Conference (WIE-ILC) to be
held on 1-3 May 2014 in San Francisco, CA. With this event, IEEE will provide
training and leadership development for women in technology.
Your donation will have direct impact on young women in emerging markets around the world, by giving them an opportunity to connect and network with leaders in the industry, receive training in professional development skills, and realize their dreams.
Hear the personal stories from these worldwide leaders. Visit their individual videos in our gallery.
Our Campaign Goal
Our goal is to raise at least $15,000 to provide travel stipends (in order to fully sponsor all emerging leaders, our stretch goal is to raise $50,000). No matter how much we raise, all funds will go to supporting the travel, lodging and food for emerging leaders. Please take a look at the different rewards we are offering
to our sponsors at different levels. Any donation will directly support
these emerging leaders. No contribution is too small!
Because we are a 501C3 non-profit organization, your contribution is tax-deductible, if funds are disbursed via PayPal directly to the tax-exempt organization.
The following corporate donors have already confirmed their support of the IEEE WIE International Leadership Conference. Thanks to our incredible IEEE WIE International Leadership Conference society and industry partners!
IEEE WIE world-wide impact
IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) is dedicated to supporting professional women within their careers and inspiring young girls around the world to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). IEEE consists of over 420,000 members around the world dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity.IEEE WIE is a global community of over 15,000 women and is diverse both geographically (450+ locations worldwide) and technically (35+ different fields of interest).
IEEE WIE furthers its mission by organizing workshops, conferences, forums and receptions to provide mentoring, networking and career development opportunities for women in technical disciplines. IEEE WIE advocates for women in leadership roles, promotes and provides career advancement opportunities for women in the profession, educates the public about women in STEM, influences employers and academic institutions to create an inclusive environment, provides mentoring connections to individuals of all ages, honors women trail-blazers, and provides a nurturing, supportive environment for continued growth for women in engineering.
In addition to providing mentoring opportunities for professional
women, IEEE WIE administers the IEEE Student-Teacher and Research
Engineer/Scientist (STAR) Program to mentor young women in junior high school
and high school. Through this program, IEEE WIE has connected thousands of
young girls each year to mentors within their communities.
IEEE WIE developed the STAR Program in 2000 to address the growing concern that girls are discouraged from careers in mathematics, science and engineering at a young age (http://www.ieee.org/membership_services/members...). This educational outreach program promotes involvement of IEEE members with local junior high and high schools to inspire a positive image of engineering careers and includes such outreach as:
- Humanitarian Projects
- Training of pre-university teachers
- Public Awareness Activities
- Field Trips
- Technical support networking
Other Ways You Can HelpAttend the conference, share news about the conference with your networks, and, most importantly, inspire the next generation of female leaders through your interactions and influence!
Nita Patel, Chair
Note From Nita Patel: I am super excited about this conference. I passionately believe that society needs to actively encourage and enable women to assume larger leadership roles withing their organizations. That's the key purpose of this event - to enable women around the globe to consider leadership roles and to provide resources to help them do exactly this.
Note from Beth Surmont: A few weeks ago, I was sitting at breakfast with my 11-year-old stepdaughter, playing with littleBits. We had a blast connecting the circuits to set off an alarm and lights, and I was please with how engaged and excited she was about electrical engineering. As I headed into work, I realized that it is difficult to recreate that feeling for adults, especially as we get further into our careers. I'm excited to have this opportunity to give women already in the field their own "breakfast moment."
Note from Ramalatha Marimuthu: Hi Friends! What is it like to be a part of the WIE Leadership Conference and get a chance to meet the exciting leaders? For me it is like Christmas in May with the promise of Gifts of Wisdom and Learning. Conferences like this take a lot of time to plan and a lot of effort to coordinate but the impact they create and influence they make on the participants are worth all the pain. The program is framed in such a way that whatever the level of career, either students or working women, early career or advanced level executive will find a take away. Have a wonderful conference!!!
Note from Keyana Tennant: I am thrilled to be a part of a conference that helps to develop the leadership skills of women globally! IEEE Women in Engineering remains a leading organization supporting pre-university, university, young professionals and seasoned technical professionals across the globe. Having the opportunity to bring this community together from near and far and provide career resources geared to encourage, inspire, and develop individuals to advance their careers is Powerful! This conference will make a difference in every attendees' career by providing them opportunities to network, share their experiences, and gain insight from many successful leaders. IEEE Women in Engineering will continue to develop inspirational women that WILL change the world! Join us in our mission to develop the next generation of future leaders.
IEEE Women in Engineering Board of Directors
Nita Patel, IEEE WIE Chair
Ramalatha Marimuthu, Past-Chair
Denise Griffin (Boston, MA, USA)
Bozenna Pasik-Duncan (Lawrence, KS, USA)
Bernadette Bouchon-Meunier (Paris, France)
Deborah Cooper (California, USA)
Nury Ramirez (Guadalajara, Mexico)
Takako Hashimoto (Chiba, Japan)
Shalini Santhosh (Chennai, India)