GIRLS STEAM AHEAD “Exploring Pathways”
March 7, 2020 / 11am-3pm
Idlewild Country Club, 19201 Dixie Highway
Girls STEAM Ahead brings together 7th-12th grade female students from the Chicago Southland and Northwest Indiana with women who are studying and working in STEAM fields and is brought to you by Schneider Electric in partnership with Homewood Science Center and the Chicago Southland STEM Network.
In addition, students may access the GSA Directory of professional mentors with support from Bank of America. Lunch at the event is provided by Enbridge, and the technology needed to host Girls STEAM Ahead is provided by Gallagher Asphalt. Students can explore their interests during the STEAM Showcase, thanks to Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC. and transportation for school groups is provided by Flossmoor Service League.
Register online! Space is limited.
Morrison Container Handling Solutions
New Birth Church of God in Christ
Charles & Karen Novey
Marie E. Zadworny
Linda D. McCarroll Stamm
The Villager Gift Shop
SPONSOR A GIRL $50
Friend of Homewood Science Center- 8 girls
PEO Sisterhood Chapter K A - 4 girls
Forest Preserve of Will County- 2 girls
Tonja Cook- 2 girls
Laurie & Herbert Rentschler
Urmi Kalokhe, MD
Audubon of Great Lakes
11:00am STEAM Showcase & Networking
11:45am Welcome Address / Donna Miller, Cook County Board Commissioner, 6th District
introduced by Edie Dobrez, Homewood Science Center
12:15pm "Exploring Pathways" Ignite Talks / University of Chicago
1:00pm The power of playful learning and your future in STEM: Hands-on challenges
LEGO Education / Steffanie Forbes
1:30pm DIY: Circuit Wands / Society of Women Engineers / Sheila Weston
2:00pm Crushing your SMART Goal One Step at a Time / Schneider Electric
Girls STEAM Ahead Success / Dr. Andrea Brown-Thirston
2:45pm Raffle & Evaluation
Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math
A FREE roundtable luncheon to celebrate STEAM
through networking and mentoring
For 7th-12th grade Girls
with an interest in learning about a career in STEAM
in STEAM careers and educational paths
Girls STEAM Ahead
Register between Dec 15 to March 1
There is a wealth of STEAM interest and talent among our student and professional participants! We ask that registrants please take their commitment to attend Girls STEAM Ahead seriously. Space is limited. If you have registered for
Girls STEAM Ahead and cannot make it to the event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Participants: We will confirm student participation through the parent or guardian email address provided in the application.
Professional Participants: We will confirm professional participants through the email address provided in the application.
All Participants: We will post the confirmed participants on this webpage no later than March 1st. If you do not receive an email from us regarding your participation, please check this webpage after March 1st to confirm your participation. If our Girls STEAM Ahead committee selected your work to be featured in our STEAM Showcase, we will send you an additional email regarding the details of your participation in the STEAM Showcase.
If you have any questions about your participation at Girls STEAM Ahead, please email email@example.com.
Girls STEAM Ahead
As a 501c3 non profit organization, Homewood Science Center and the Chicago Southland STEM Network are able to host
Girls STEAM Ahead because of your support!
Women are underrepresented in STEAM fields.
Let's work together to change that!
Please download our complete sponsorship packet for more details on how you can take part in creating opportunities at
Girls STEAM Ahead.
If you have questions and would like to discuss or
complete a sponsorship level that is over $1000,
please contact Edie Dobrez, Executive Director.
2019 Keynote Speaker Vicki Repsholdt
A Chicago girl at heart, Vicki Repsholdt graduated from Columbia College in Chicago with a BA in broadcast journalism. Her first positions upon graduation included working in PR, as copywriter, and an account manager. Throughout her 25-year run at Schneider Electric, Vicki has served as a speech writer, business communications manager, marketing segment manager, distributor account manager, inventory manager, operations director, and currently, VP of Marketing for the U.S. Power division of Schneider Electric. Today, Vicki and her team at Schneider Electric work to promote an unparalleled offer of electric equipment and energy management solutions for homes, businesses, buildings, hospitals and facilities. Schneider Electric employs a creative mix of marketing tactics including the latest digital technology along with traditional marketing methods, to communicate and build relationships with electrical contractors, home builders, and really anyone who is interested in installing the electrical industry’s most innovative and reliable products.
11:00am STEAM Showcase & Networking
11:45am Welcome Edie Dobrez, Homewood Science Center
12:15pm Keynote Address Vicki Repsholdt, Schneider Electric
Introduced by Nicole Caceres, Schneider Electric
12:45pm Sky Floater Challenge
Crystal Cristescu, Women in Schneider Electric (WiSE)
1:30pm Girls STEAM Ahead Success Story
Eliana D’Astici, student at Homewood- Flossmoor High School
Anne Colton, Independent Documentary Filmmaker
1:45pm Powerful Connections Panel Discussion
Moderator: Felicia Houston, UChicago Medicine | Ingalls \
Panel members: Charity Ikpe, Boeing; Engineers in Heels
Andrea Bryant, PhD candidate at University of Chicago
Jeanne Naughton, Panduit
2:15pm Facing the Major Decisions Ahead
Holly Kelsven, Homewood Science Center
Sylvia Parham, Cook County Dept. of Planning & Development
2:50pm Raffle & Evaluation