2019 Young Women’s Leadership Summit: Celebrating Future Innovation Leaders

San Jose, CA  – On Thursday, December 5th, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group will bring together more than 215 middle school girls from under-served schools and 70 executive women and STEM experts for inspiring interactive discussions about what it takes to be a woman leader and innovator in the unique fields of self-driving cars, music, space and communications and firefighting. The girls will participate in interactive conversations with their mentors, participate in an experimental egg-drop exercise to put what they learned with their mentors and each other into practice and debrief on learnings concerning careers and curriculum. Inspired by Marian Wright Edelman’s assertion “You can’t be what you can’t see,” the Leadership Group has hosted more than 8,000 girls over eleven years, supporting the diversification of the STEM pipeline. 2019 student participants come from the following schools:

  • ACE Inspire Academy
  • Alpha Cornerstone Academy
  • Aptitud Middle School
  • Columbia Middle School
  • George Shirakawa, Sr. Elementary School
  • Joseph Weller Elementary School
  • River Glen School
  • Sacred Heart Nativity Schools Our Lady of Grace
  • Sunnyvale Middle School
  • Thomas K. Russell Middle School

When & Where: Thurs., Dec. 5th, 8:30 am – 1 pm, Paul Locatelli Student Activity Center, Santa Clara University, CA 95053

Speakers: Through their recognition that we are better together, the following speakers will give their unique perspectives on amazing STEM careers and the paths they took to get there:  Carolynn Finney, Mechanical Engineering Lead, Ike Robotics; Maira Benjamin, Director of Engineering, Pandora; Julee Pandya, Senior Research Scientist, Lockheed Martin Space Systems; and Dee King Raub, Fire Captain, Operations Division, Santa Clara County Fire Department.

Media may contact Kimberly Ellis at kellis@svlg.org or Pam Kelly at pkelly@svlg.org.  For more information, please go to https://www.svlg.org/event/young-womens-leadership-summit/.

About The Silicon Valley Leadership Group
The Silicon Valley Leadership Group, founded in 1978 by David Packard of Hewlett-Packard, represents more than 345 of Silicon Valley’s most respected employers on issues, programs and campaigns that affect the economic health and quality of life in Silicon Valley including energy, transportation, education, housing, health care, tax policies, economic vitality and the environment.

Kimberly Ellis, SVP MarComm
Kellis@svlg.org | (408) 501-7853
Pam Kelly, Sr. MarComm Mgr.
Pkelly@svlg.org | (408) 501-7879