WiSTEM L.A.

Los Angeles is a leader in STEM innovation. It is imperative that we be the model for ensuring our leading industries are honoring the ethos of equality and access to all.  WiSTEM L.A. will empower a generation of women to lead L.A.’s STEM revolution through mentorship, networking, and community building.

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The WiSTEM L.A. initiative provides opportunities for women of all levels of experience to engage:

  • Pilot year college-to-professional mentorship matchmaking, which pairs 150 undergraduate and graduate school students majoring in STEM disciplines with women in a variety of STEM-driven industries;
  • Professional Networking events to be held twice in the pilot year, featuring facilitated conversation by Ladies Get Paid on (1) achieving pay equity, and (2) increasing female representation in boards and positions of leadership; and
  • Non-profit site tours for cohorts of participants in DIY Girls and Girls Build LA to be able to see firsthand what it is like to work at some of LA's most exciting companies.  

To kickoff the WiSTEM Initiative, Mayor Garcetti is hosting a Celebration of Women in STEM at LACMA’s Bing Theater on September 15th.  

 


WiSTEM L.A. Mentorship program: Now Recruiting Mentors

WiSTEM L.A. will be recruiting women working in STEM fields throughout LA to serve as mentors. Recruitment will take place through December 21st. Sign up to become a mentor here.

This program will empower a generation of women to lead L.A.’s STEM revolution through mentorship, networking, and community building. You were identified for this role due to your leadership in the STEM field. We believe you can create a lasting impact on the lives of future trailblazers.
 

About the WiSTEM L.A. mentorship program:  

  • Mentors are women in STEM-driven positions in L.A. county who will build relationships with women studying STEM fields at L.A. based universities.

    • These connections are intended to foster persistence in STEM fields and expose them to firsthand opportunities and challenges in real-life settings.

    • Mentors will provide guidance with professional (and personal) development and how to set and achieve meaningful goals.

  • Mentorship is a one-year commitment beginning when the match is made, starting as early as December 2018 (with opportunities to continue collaboration post-program).

  • Mentors and Mentees are required to meet by phone or video chat once per month; and in person quarterly. In person meetings are required to be at the mentor’s place of work or the mentees campus, to be arranged by the match.  

    • Audio chat, as well as traditional chat functionality is facilitated through the custom WiSTEM mentorship portal, powered by Introdeck.
       

Are you interested? If so, please complete the following steps by 5 p.m. on Friday, December 21st:

Step 1: Select Sign Up and enter the pass-code WomeninSTEMLA (no spaces)

Step 2: Enter your name, email, select a password, and review the mentorship agreement form.

Step 3: Complete your online WiSTEM profile through the Introdeck portal, which will be used to match you with a WiSTEM mentee.  

Step 4: Mentees signed up to the Introdeck portal will be “matched” with multiple mentors, based on their created introductions and profiles. The Mentors will be the first to see the mentee matches. Mentees will only be notified of the match if the Mentor chooses to match with them. You initiate the match by sending a message to the Mentee.  You will know that the match is successful when the Mentee responds back to you. Mentors are requested to match with one mentee at a time, and to turn off their matching option when they have an established Mentee.

 

The WiSTEM L.A. initiative provides opportunities for women of all levels of experience to engage in:

  • Pilot year college-to-professional mentorship matchmaking, which pairs 150 undergraduate and graduate school students majoring in STEM disciplines with women in a variety of STEM-driven industries;
  • Professional networking events to be held twice in the pilot year, featuring facilitated conversation by Ladies Get Paid on (1) achieving pay equity, and (2) increasing female representation in boards and positions of leadership; and
  • Non-profit site tours for cohorts of participants in DIY Girls and other nonprofit partners to be able to see firsthand what it is like to work at some of LA's most exciting companies.

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