The American Heart Association's STEM Goes Red, in partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay and Girls Inc., engaged 140 middl-school girls during a day-long event full of memorable interactions. Tampa Bay is the first area in the southeastern US to host STEM Goes Red.
Hosted by Tech Data Corporation, STEM Goes Red featured an opening ceremony with remarks by Cisco's VP of Global Partner Organization, Wendy Bahr, and Tech Data's Chairman and CEO, Bob Dutkowski; interactive breakout sessions covering each field of STEM, which include science, technology, engineering and math; a speed mentoring session with industry leaders;and a CPR training.
Although women represent close to half of the U.S. workforce, they hold less than 25% of the roles in STEM fields. Through strategic collaborations and new thinking, the American Heart Association seeks to save and extend lives by empowering more young women to pursue careers in STEM.