Business View Civil and Municipal | May 2021

6 CIVIL AND MUNICIPAL MAY 2021 the unparalleled opportunities to create impact working in these fields. The Summit will also allow students to share their passions for STEM with a student-made workshop competition and a celebration for graduating seniors showing off their accomplishments in SheTech and STEM. This year’s virtual summit included remarks from female STEM leaders and role models including: • Michelle Amos, a NASA engineer responsible for the Perseverance Mars rover • Zehra Syeda, a leader at Amazon Web Services leading the largest cloud platform • Wendy Williams, an executive at Northrop Grumman leading the future of aerospace • Leoni Markgraf, an executive at The Odom Corporation responsible for the technology that bottles Coca Cola • Lynda Pak, an executive at Estee Lauder pioneering a new technology-enabled shopping experience In past years, SheTech has included large, in- person gatherings for girls to connect. This year’s virtual Summit provided a live experience where high school girls across the state and region can join together at the same time, have a shared experience, and get insights that help them see how their dreams can be accomplished with technology. Since launching eight years ago, SheTech has activated more than 20,000 girls to pursue STEM fields. In addition to the Summit, SheTech provides girls year-round opportunities to engage in STEM through mentor and role model connections, industry internships, help connecting with STEM resources in their school and district and information about college scholarships. This continued exposure and integration with industry helps give them the resources and support to launch successful careers. The SheTech Virtual Summit is sponsored by Adobe, Ancestry, Comcast, Dealertrack, Dell Technologies, Vivint. About Women Tech Council: Women Tech Council (WTC) is a national organization focused on the economic impact of women in the technology sector through developing programs that propel the economic pipeline from high school K-12 to the C-suite. WTC offers mentoring, visibility, opportunities and networking to more than 10,000 women and men working in technology to create business environments focused on inclusivity and high performance. Through this work, WTC propels women in technology careers and the talent pipeline by ensuring a strong, diverse and entrepreneurial technology workforce. Showing these girls strong women creating new technologies, leading companies and doing fascinating things in STEM alters the path of their lives