BROUGHT TO YOU BY

MARCH 7, 2020

11am-3pm

Idlewild Country Club

19201 Dixie Highway Flossmoor, IL

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DIRECTORY SPONSOR

TRANSPORTATION

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TECHNOLOGY SPONSOR

STEAM SHOWCASE SPONSOR

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LUNCHEON SPONSOR

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.

Additional support is provided by Homewood Florist and Homewood Business Association members have contributed raffle prizes.


Register online! Space is limited.

SUPPORT FROM

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DONORS

PLATINUM $1000

Morrison Container Handling Solutions

GOLD $500

Burwood Group

SUPPORTER $150

New Birth Church of God in Christ

Pat Barker

TEAM WILLA

Donations dedicated to the late Katherine Johnson

"Girls are capable of doing everything men are capable of doing. Sometimes they have more imagination than men." - Katherine Johnson

Willa Lee 

Valerie Sanchez 
Sue VanAntwerp

Shelley Peck

Janice McNeill

Charles & Karen Novey

Julie Dineen

Vanessa Williams

Joan Mackinnon

Sharon Bouchie

Mindy McLean

Inita Harris

Marie E. Zadworny

Frances Johnson

Bridget Shears

Lincoln Williams

Linda D. McCarroll Stamm

The Villager Gift Shop

Eshani Lee

Nikki Dowell

Karen Coleman

Cecilia Jackson

Stephanie Cole

Jasen Lee

Pat Baker

Shirley Lynch

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

Kimberly Rushing

Seletta Nichols

Jo Greep

Urmi Kalokhe, MD

Audubon of Great Lakes

Leilani Shute

K. Christman

AGENDA

11:00am STEAM Showcase & Networking

11:45am  Welcome Address / Donna Miller, Cook County Board Commissioner, 6th District

introduced by Edie Dobrez, Homewood Science Center 

12:00pm Lunch

12:15pm "Exploring Pathways" Ignite Talks / University of Chicago 

12:35pm Break

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

WELCOME

CRUSHING YOUR SMART GOAL ONE STEP AT A TIME

EXPLORING PATHWAYS

IGNITE TALKS

THE POWER OF PLAYFUL LEARNING & YOUR FUTURE IN STEM

DIY: CIRCUIT WANDS

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 Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math

AN OPPORTUNITY

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

TO CONNECT

GENERATIONS

For Women 

in STEAM careers and educational paths

 

Important registration information for

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 hkelsven@homewoodsciencecenter.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 hkelsven@homewoodsciencecenter.org.

 

Your generosity creates opportunities 

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.

edobrez@homewoodsciencecenter.org

PAST EVENTS

Luncheon Sponsor

Transportation Sponsor

Technology Sponsor

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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.

AGENDA

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)

1:15pm Break

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

Girls STEAM Ahead Champion

TEAM WILLA

Peg Boivin, Gayla L. Boomer, Stephanie Cole, Karen Coleman, Julie Dineen, Inita Harris, Cassandra Johnson,

De Yvonne Lathan-Lee, Eshani Lee, Jasen Lee, Willa Lee, Julia Levy, Ken Marthia, Jan McNeill, Karen Novey, Jean Olsen, Shelley Peck, Valerie Sanchez,

Bridget Shears-Lee, Cheryl Utley, Scott Utley,

Sue & Gary Van Antwerp, Jordan Williams, 

Lincoln Williams, Vanessa Williams  

Girls STEAM Ahead Champion

MORRISON CONTAINER HANDLING SOLUTIONS

Girls STEAM Ahead Supporter

HBK Engineering

Sponsor a Girl

Jessica Kask

John & Elizabeth Oliver

Kathy Lucas 

P.E.O. Chapter JA

Sponsor 2 Girls

P.E.O. Chapter KA, Flossmoor IL

TRIALCO, INC.

Dr. Linda J Adkins

Sponsor 5 Girls

Burwood Group

RCF Economic & Financial Consulting, Inc. 

Photos courtesy of Candid Giggles Photography

SATURDAY

February 24th, 2018 

11am-2pm

@Idlewild Country Club

19201 Dixie Hwy | Flossmoor

A look back at 

Girls STEAM Ahead 2018

 

Meet and mingle during our STEAM Showcase! The STEAM Showcase is an outlet for students and professionals to show off their work in STEAM. If you want to  feature your work, complete the STEAM Showcase portion on your application.

The Nature of Science explored by keynote speaker

Patty Messersmith, Museum of Science & Industry

Thinking about volunteering? Wondering what an internship is all about? How about researchHear from our panel about their experience in field work!

Success in STEAM starts with setting goals. Get in touch with your guiding principles and the SMART steps it will take to get your goals in gear. 

Students can enter our Girls STEAM Ahead raffle to win cool STEAM prizes!

 

10 GIRLS

RCF Economic & Financial Consulting, Inc. 

1 GIRL

Denise Ksioszk

Jasen Lee

Lavelle Smith Hall

Ouida Dyer-Bradford

Tracey Levy

Photos courtesy of Candid Giggles Photography

GIRLS STEAM AHEAD 2017

Homewood Science Center along with our sponsors,

Exelon and Schneider Electric welcomed 90 girls from 15 different schools and 40 professional women from 37 diverse fields in STEAM to connect and learn from each other at our inaugural Girls STEAM Ahead. 

Download our list of student participants

Download our list of professional participants

BROOKWOOD JUNIOR HIGH

CALVARY ACADEMY

COLIN POWELL MIDDLE SCHOOL

CRETE MONEE HIGH SCHOOL

HF HIGH SCHOOL

INFANT JESUS OF PRAGUE

JAMES HART JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL

CHICAGO HEIGHTS MAGNET STEM ACADEMY

MOKENA JUNIOR HIGH

O.W. HUTH MIDDLE SCHOOL

PARKER JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL

PRAIRIE HILLS JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL

REAVIS HIGH SCHOOL

SAINT JOSEPH

SOUTHWOOD JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL

GSA 2017 Featured Congresswoman Robin Kelly

Congresswoman Robin Kelly has dedicated her career to public service as an advocate for Illinois families.  Since being elected to serve the 2nd Congressional District in 2013, she has worked to expand economic opportunity, community wellness, and public safety across the state, championing numerous initiatives to generate job growth, reduce health disparities, and end gun violence.
 

Girls STEAM Ahead 2017 Sponsors

Girls STEAM Ahead 2017 Partners

 
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