A few months ago Carmen, Sofía, Carla, Olga and myself got together to think about how to get young women excited about careers in STEM and technology in general. We thought some of what these young women needed were role models, other women they could talk to and learn from. This inspired us to launch OurSTEMjourney, a mentoring platform to pair young women with other women in STEM careers so they could have other women to talk to and be inspired by.
We wanted to do something for them so the founding team has a highschooler, a first-year at University and a recent grad on her first job. We wanted this to be started by them and foremost be useful for them.
We have made +30 pairings in our first mentoring batch, way above our initial goal. We are humbled by the overwhelming response. Great women in all different fields of science willing to give their time to help younger generations.
To close the school year and our first batch of mentoring we thought about giving the mentees exposure to tech companies so they could see first hand what data scientists, developers, product managers, sales and marketing and other functions do. We believe that planting these seeds and getting them excited about technology can really change their perceptions and open many doors and possibilities.
We are incredibly grateful to have received the interest of so many startups that have opened their doors to us (Carto, Wayra/Telefónica, Splunk, Bdeo, Smartprotection, Bipi, Keytron, Astara and Trucksters).
Over the last few months we have learnt that making things happen is all about getting started. We would like our mentees to get started, to get excited, to see, to explore, to be in awe. We know that technology is a true enabler in many different fields. Women talent needs to sit at the table and we need to start early.
Thanks to all of our 40 mentors and 35 mentees for joining us on this journey. We hope to grow the program much more next year. You have been a true inspiration.
María González Manso Elisenda Bou-Balust Paloma Alonso María Auersperg de Lera Blanca Boulet Bunzl Yaiza Canosa Ferrio Ines de Lestapis Noelia Amoedo Elisabet Foncuberta Vidal Johanna Gallo Esperanza Amann Ruth Puente Isabel Hernandez Ruiz Ana Medina Clara Torrijos Martinez Marta Ibañez Nobell PENELOPE FERNANDEZ CALLE Isabel Portero Covadonga García-Valdés Esther Rodriguez-Villegas PhD TERESA MARÍA ALARCOS TAMAYO María Echávarri Toda, EMBA – Helena Torras Sonia Juarez Boal Ana Alvaro Moreta Blanca Galletero Rocío Alvarez-Ossorio Alvarez-Ossorio Maca Estevez Susana Chicano Maria Sansigre Margarida Garcia Estela Vilches Ana Herrera Clara Matutano Molina, PhD Isabel B. Alicia Martínez María Alejandra Cortiñas Aranzabal Monica de Mier …