Liz Elting, Founder and CEO of the Elizabeth Elting Foundation and advocate for women’s equality, will be joining forces with the American Heart Association to encourage and empower young women and girls interested in careers in science and technology with STEM Goes Red. The day-long event, to be held at the New York Academy of Sciences on April 20, will include an exciting panel discussion, hands-on speed mentoring, and a full-day of interactive activities allowing high school girls to explore STEM outside of the classroom.
Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields are still overwhelmingly dominated by men, despite women demonstrably excelling in academic settings, and women are both less likely to enter and more likely to depart careers in these areas. In fact, according to a study by Catalyst, women are almost twice as likely to leave STEM careers than men. And with roughly 35 women in the New York City area dying from stroke or cardiovascular illness each day, it’s important to begin raising up the next generation of women scientists, doctors, and researchers in the fight for the future of women’s health.
“Supporting and strengthening the position of women in the workplace has been a longstanding pillar of my career,” Elting said, “and I’m so inspired to see that Go Red For Women’s invaluable work in promoting awareness and helping women take control of their heart health has expanded into empowering more young women, with hands-on support, to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and medicine. Women’s leadership, and the work of tomorrow’s leaders in STEM, is vital to the future of women’s health and the future of the world.”
In addition to sponsoring the event, Elting will be participating in speed mentoring, working and speaking directly with attendees, as well as an informative 25-minute panel based on McKinsey’s Women in the Workplace study on gender equality and offering generational perspectives on panelists’ professional experiences, the progress women have made in the workplace, and what still remains to be done to ensure full equality for professional women in the future.
This event, which runs from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM, is dedicated to empowering girls and young women in high school to help the cause by entering into careers in STEM fields, where they can work to lay the foundations to improve women’s heart and brain health. STEM Goes Red is part of the AHA’s Go Red For Women campaign advocating for women’s cardiac health education, research, awareness, and equality.