“Hidden No More”: Empowering Women Leaders in STEM
In another 2019 "first", World Partnerships was selected to host 8 of these women STEM education leaders from Argentina, Egypt, Estonia, Malta, Paraguay, South Africa, Vietnam and Zambia for meetings with professional counterparts and to discuss strategies to advance the achievements of women in STEM. Participants are “hidden talent” in their home countries who explore and advance policies that champion the interests of women in STEM.
Inspired by screenings of the award-winning film Hidden Figures at more than 120 U.S. Embassies and Consulates worldwide, this exchange program began in 2017 to highlight and develop the important contributions of women and girls in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). “Hidden No More” brings to the United States 50 women from around the world who have excelled in STEM careers such as spacecraft engineering, data solutions and data privacy, and STEM-related education.
While in Tampa Bay, the STEM leaders engaged with USF College of Marine Science “Oceanography Camp for Girls”, Pinellas County Schools K-12 STEM initiatives (see PCS video above), the Girl Scouts of America STEM Programs, Boys & Girls Clubs STEM Program for Girls, St. Petersburg College Innovation Lab, Embarc Collective, the St. Pete Innovation District (WP co-sponsor of the Women Leaders Luncheon at the historic Manhattan Casino), and the Salvador Dali Museum Innovation Labs. A community “Sunday Supper” was hosted by “Journeys in Journalism” at the historic Bethel AME Church in St. Petersburg. OPEN World Partnerships created a “Community Conversation” at USFSP Kate Tiedemann College of Business, moderated by Embarc Collective CEO Lakshmi Shenoy.