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Help the next generation of female presidents, entrepreneurs, CEOs, vice presidents and engineering community leaders. Your donation is truly appreciated!
Nita Patel
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Piscataway, New Jersey
United States
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Although women make up slightly more than 50% of the world's population, women are chronically under-represented in STEM fields(around 11% for electrical engineering and 18% in 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.

Campaign Mission

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
  • Mentoring
  • Public Awareness Activities
  • Field Trips
  • Technical support networking

Other Ways You Can Help

Attend 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!

Campaign Team

Nita Patel, Chair

Barbara Porter
Program co-chair

Ramalatha Marimuthu
Program co-chair

Sheryl Chamberlain

Keyana Tennant

Beth Surmont

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)

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  • $10USD
    San Francisco Postcard

    Thank you for inspiring the next generation of female engineering leaders. Receive a hand-written thank-you postcard, mailed from the conference, from one of the sponsored attendees.

    4 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $25USD
    20th anniversary t-shirt

    Receive an IEEE Women in Engineering t-shirt celebrating our 20th anniversary with this inaugural international leadership conference. Thank you for encouraging our female engineering leaders!

    4 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $50USD
    IEEE WIE Poster Set

    Receive a WIE 20th anniversary t-shirt, hand-written thank-you postcard and WIE poster set featuring the IEEE WIE community leaders who volunteer an estimated 8000 hours to engaging and interesting young girls in reaches Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) each year!

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    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $100USD
    IEEE WIE Package

    With your support we can bring emerging leaders to the WIE Leadership Conference to educate and establish important career-advancing connections in industry networks. Receive a personalized thank-you video note from a sponsored attendee, an opportunity to connect directly with an emerging leader via phone, mention in the IEEE WIE newsletter, a WIE 20th anniversary t-shirt and a WIE poster set.

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $1,000USD
    WIE Conference Package

    Receive a personalized thank-you video note from a sponsored attendee, an opportunity to connect directly with an emerging leader at the conference, mention in the IEEE WIE newsletter, a WIE 20th anniversary t-shirt, a WIE poster set and one complimentary conference registration.

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  • $2,500USD
    WIE Corporate Sponsor

    Inspire an emerging leader. Receive a personalized thank-you video note, an opportunity to connect directly with an emerging leader at the conference, mention in the IEEE WIE newsletter, a WIE 20th anniversary t-shirt and a WIE poster set. You or your company will also get one complimentary conference registration, VIP seating at the keynote luncheon, mention on the WIE-ILC website, an advertisement in the WIE newsletter (reaches 15,000+), and a post to WIE’s social media outlets (75,500+).

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