Posted on 03/07/2020

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 L.A. COVID-19 Survey

WiSTEM Los Angeles aims to learn more about how COVID-19 has affected the STEM workforce, so we are conducting a brief survey. We are interested in the perspectives of everyone, not just women. We welcome allies from all STEM communities.

Take our survey

The survey is completely voluntary, contains approximately 15 questions and should take no more than 3 minutes to complete. The results of this survey will be used to create programming and initiatives to serve the WiSTEM L.A. community.


ABOUT

WiSTEM Science and Technology

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.  


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 with 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. 

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 the 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-Found and Executive Director, Grid 110
Miki Reynolds
Executive Director
Grid 110
Heidy Vaquerano, Senior Associate, Wolf, Rifkin, Shapiro, Schulman & Rabkin, LLP
Heidy Vaquerano
Partner
Fox Rothschild LLP
Dr. Danielle Jenkins, Founder, Integrity Management & Consulting Group, LLC
Dr. Danielle Jenkins
WiSTEM L.A.
Strategic Program Director
Dr. Maura Palacios Mejia, HHMI Postdoctoral Scholar, Environmental DNA Research, Education, & Outreach, UCLA
Dr. Maura Palacios Mejia
HHMI Postdoctoral Scholar, Adjunct Faculty
UCLA, Mt San Antonio College
Dr. Belinda Tan, Physician, Scientist, Entrepreneur, & Tinkerer
Dr. Belinda Tan
Co-Founder and Co-CEO
People Science 
Kathryn Cooper, Program Manager, CTIP, Children’s Hospital
Kathryne Cooper
Co-Director; Investment Advisor, CTIP
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Mimi Carter, Director, Pasadena Angels
Mimi 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

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