Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

 

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.

WiSTEM Science and Technology


ABOUT

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.  


PARTICIPANTS

Lisa Pangilinan

“What I really enjoyed about having a mentor was having somebody hold me accountable towards goals and follow up, and things I wanted to develop as I prepared to enter the workforce after my PhD.”

Lisa Pangilinan is a fourth-year chemistry PhD student at UCLA. Her research work focuses on developing novel hard metal boride alloys with controlled morphology and enhanced mechanical properties. Prior to UCLA, Lisa received her B.A. in Chemistry at Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA.

 


WiSTEM L.A. Mentorship program: Now Recruiting Mentors

WiSTEM L.A. will begin recruiting for year two of the mentorship program on March 20th.  If you are interested in becoming a mentor or mentee, click here to sign up to receive a registration notification on March 20th.

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.

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.

WiSTEM in the Community

Partnering witKids in classroom smilingh USC’s Young Scientists Program, WiSTEM has funded three USC students who will develop and deliver curriculum to train grade school students in coding and robotics, while also teaching them about gender equity. Teaching helping kids in the classroom.

270 students have already participated in the program across 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade. Over 210 hours of in-classroom instruction have been provided. 

This partnership was made possible with generous support from Union Bank, and donation of robotics training units from Ozobot, a SoCal based company that specializes in training children about robotics and coding.


WiSTEM L.A. Advisory Board Members

 

Miki Reynolds, Co-Founder and Executive DirectorMiki Reynolds

Co-Founder and Executive Director

Grid 110

 

Heidy Vaquerano, Senior AssociateHeidy Vaquerano

Senior Associate

Wolf, Rifkin, Shapiro, Schulman & Rabkin, LLP


 

Dr. Danielle Jenkins, Founder

Dr. Danielle Jenkins

Founder

Integrity Management & Consulting Group, LLC

 

 

Dr. Maura Palacios Mejia, HHMI Postdoctoral Scholar, UCLADr. Maura Palacios Mejia

HHMI Postdoctoral Scholar

Environmental DNA Research, Education, & Outreach

UCLA

Dr. Belinda Tan, Physician, Scientist, Entrepreneur, & TinkererDr. Belinda Tan

Physician, Scientist, Entrepreneur, & Tinkerer

 

 Kathryn Cooper, Program Manager, CTIP, Children’s HospitalKathryn Cooper

Program Manager, CTIP

Children’s Hospital

 

Mimi Carter, Director, Pasadena AngelsMimi Carter

Director

Pasadena Angels


Sponsors and Partners

Platinum Level Sponsors

Logo - EY and Kaiser Permanente

 

Premium Level Sponsors

wistem sponsors, Jones Day, Verizon, UnionBank

Donors

Donors- Lyft, ca technologies, Cendars-Sinai

 

Partners

Partners