STEM Girls Change the World

Nov. 5, 2021


Meet Gitanjali Rao, TIME Magazine’s 2020 Kid of the Year

STEM Girls Change the World

Nov. 5, 2021

Meet Gitanjali Rao, TIME Magazine’s 2020 Kid of the Year

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Join us for STEM Girls Change the World 2021, a virtual celebration highlighting girls and women in STEM who are changing the world and the companies that support them.

You’ll meet leading girls and women in STEM, and learn about innovative STEM companies and their programs that support girls and women in science, technology, engineering and math.

STEM Girls Change the World is for STEM girls and their families, women in STEM majors and careers, and anyone else passionate about the possibilities of STEM.

With a special fireside chat with Gitanjali Rao, Time’s 2020 Kid of The Year, this year’s event will be a one-of-a-kind celebration of STEM girls and women changing the world.


You must be 18+ years old to register for the event. All ages are welcome to attend. Attendees under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. 


Friday, November 5, 2021

4:00 P.M. to 5:30 P.M. PT

STEM Companies Changing the World

Learn about what companies are doing to make an impact.

STEM Girls and Women Changing the World

Engage through a Fireside Chat with TIME Magazine’s 2020 Kid of the Year Gitanjali Rao and a Q&A Panel with Women in the STEM workplace.

Take Your Part in Changing the World

Celebrate with other great STEM minds and kick-off to National STEM Day on November 8!

LIVE SPEAKERS

Meet our dynamic speaker lineup comprised of TIME Magazine’s Kid of the Year, influential Women in STEM and Project Scientist program alumnae. 

GITANJALI RAO

TIME Magazine’s 2020 Kid of the Year

DR. TARA NKRUMAH

Assistant Research Professor, Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology, Arizona State University

DEVI THOMAS

VP, Social Impact Marketing & Insights at Salesforce.org, Project Scientist Board Member

ERRIKA MOORE

Executive Director, STEM Funders Network, Project Scientist Board Member

KRISTEN WEIRICK

Vice President, Global Talent Acquisition and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at Alcon

BENNETT HALL

Project Scientist Alumna, Science Lover & STEM Empowerer

ILLYANA PAPKE-FLORES

Project Scientist Alumna, Future Astrogeologist

GRACE PEDROZA

Project Scientist Alumna,

New York University Abu Dhabi, Pre-Med Track Student

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FAQ

What is STEM Girls Change the World?

This event is a celebration event highlighting girls and women in STEM changing the world and the companies that support them. The goals of the event are to gain awareness and support for girls and women in STEM who are changing the world, and bring awareness to innovative STEM companies and their programs supporting girls and women in STEM! Attendees will be STEM girls and their families, women in STEM careers, women in STEM majors, STEM companies, and overall STEM advocates.

When and where will the STEM Girls Change the World take place?

The STEM Girls Change the World event will take place 100% virtually on Friday, November 5, 2021 from 4:00 P.M. to 5:30 P.M. PST on the event app Whova.

What will take place during STEM Girls Change the World?

The virtual event will include several areas for connection.

  • General sessions in the Main Room will include a live-streamed presentation on STEM Companies Changing the World, a live Fireside Chat with Gitanjali Rao, TIME Magazine’s 2020 Kid of the Year, and a live Q&A Panel with prominent women in STEM. 
  • In the Career Fair, partnering organizations will each have a virtual booth. Attendees are able to view videos, engage in live discussions, see open job opportunities and learn about application processes from a variety of companies. 
  • In the hosted Breakout Rooms, attendees will have the chance to learn even more about specific companies who host breakout sessions. This will be a more intimate opportunity to connect directly and get detailed information.

What kind of technology is required to participate?

Although a quiet place from which to participate is ideal, they can attend the event from anywhere. Whova online events are fully compatible with Desktop (web) on the following browsers when updated to the latest version: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Edge. Whova online events are also mobile optimized so attendees can use their tablet or smartphone devices to participate.

Who will attend STEM Girls Change the World?

This event is for all ages and for anyone who wants to learn about and engage with STEM companies and individuals that are changing the world and to connect with each other through a love of STEM. However for safety reasons, we asked that attendees who are under 18 years old please be accompanied by an adult.

Should I share my Profile?

Attendee profiles should only be shared if attendee is 18 years old or older.

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On the Home Page in the Whova App, click on your profile icon on the left, go to “Settings.” Go to “Profile Visibility” and turn this function off.

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GITANJALI RAO

Inventor, TIME Magazine’s first ever “Kid of the Year” in 2020, Young Scientist Challenge Winner, Recipient of the United States Environmental Protection Agency President’s Environmental Youth Award

Guest Speaker


Gitanjali Rao was recognized as America’s Top Young Scientist and received an EPA Presidential award for inventing her device “Tethys”—an early lead detection tool. Gitanjali is also the inventor of “Epione”—a device for early diagnosis of prescription opioid addiction using genetic engineering, and “Kindly”—an anti-cyberbullying service using AI and Natural Language processing.


She was honored as Forbes “30 Under 30 in Science” in 2019 and TIME’s “Top Young Innovator” and “TIME Kid of the Year” for her innovations and STEM workshops she conducts globally, which has inspired over 50,000 students in the last two years across five continents and 26 countries. In her sessions, she shares her own process of innovation that can be used by students all over the world. She often presents in global and corporate forums on innovation and the importance of STEM.


Gitanjali is the author of the book “Young Innovator’s Guide to STEM”, which guides students, educators, or teachers with a prescribed 5 step innovation process. She was honored as one of America’s Top Youth Volunteers by Prudential in 2021 for her workshops. She is working with large organizations to influence an innovation curriculum earlier in education in underprivileged areas.

TARA NKRUMAH

Assistant Research Professor, Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology, Arizona State University

STEM Girls Change the World Host


Tara Nkrumah, PhD is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology. Dr. Nkrumah’s conferred degrees include a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Middle Tennessee State University, a Masters in Education from Tennessee State University, and a PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of South Florida. Her research agenda focuses on science curriculum leadership development with an emphasis on culture, equity, and engagement in science. Tara employs various approaches to inquiry such as image theatre, narrative, and other arts-based methods. She has published in Journal of Language and Literacy Education (JoLLE) and presented at 2 national conferences – NARST A worldwide organization for improving science teaching and learning through research, and University Council of Educational Administration (UCEA). Tara’s 20 years of experience as a science educator include positions at schools in the U.S and in West Africa. 


DEVI THOMAS

VP, Social Impact Marketing & Insights at Salesforce.org, Project Scientist Board Member

Moderator for Fireside Chat


Devi is a leading cause branding and purpose marketer who oversees the social impact stories of Salesforce and its nonprofit, education, and philanthropy community. Devi has over 20 years of experience leading corporate citizenship brands at the UN Foundation and Cone Communications, among other brands where she specialized in CSR and social impact strategies.

ERRIKA MOORE

Executive Director, STEM Funders Network, Project Scientist Board Member

Moderator for Women in STEM Q&A Panel 


Errika is the Executive Director for the STEM Funders Network which focuses on ensuring equitable access to STEM education and opportunities from cradle to career across the country. She has over 25 years of industry experience and she’s served on several national and community boards focused on STEM education and advocacy, literacy, early learning, workforce development and women/girl’s empowerment. Errika is a published co-author, magazine editor, and Forbes contributor. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. And she’s been honored as an Outstanding Georgia Citizen by the Secretary of the State, a Woman of the Year by Atlanta’s Women in Technology, as an Ecosystem Builder by the Tech for All Alliance.

KRISTEN WEIRICK

Vice President, Global Talent Acquisition and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at Alcon

Guest Speaker


Kristen Weirick is a developer of people and teams. For 20+ years she has partnered with company leadership across varying industries as a talent expert, to define and implement strategies that leverage talent resources to drive growth initiatives and create an enviable culture where all talent can thrive.


Currently she is Vice President, Global Talent Acquisition and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at Alcon, the global leader in eye care, dedicated to helping people see brilliantly. Kristen defines and delivers global strategies to ensure Alcon has the best talent at all levels. Similarly, she partners with leaders and associates across the organization to create a diverse and inclusive environment that fosters innovation and drives performance.


When she is not in the office, Kristen can be found training for distance swimming and running events and traveling the globe with her family. Kristen, her husband and their three dogs split their time between their homes in Fort Worth, Texas and Southwest Michigan.

BENNETT HALL

Project Scientist Alumna, Science Lover & STEM Empowerer

Guest Speaker


“My name is Bennett Hall. I am a ninth grader at Myers Park High School! I ride horses and have a horse named Bella. I enjoy science and empowering girls in stem!”

ILLYANA PAPKE-FLORES

Project Scientist Alumna, Future Astrogeologist, Project Scientist Student

Guest Speaker


“Hi my name is Ilyana this is my fifth year with Project Scientist. I am going into sixth grade and I’m 11 years old. When I grow up I want to be an astrogeologist. I play soccer and softball and am a Girl Scout. I also play piano and speak Mandarin Chinese. Some of my hobbies are playing sports, swimming, saving bees and researching every possible pet a Californian can have. I have a pet mouse named Dannielle, a dog named Rex, and a leopard gecko named Sandy. I enjoy going on hikes, playing with my pets, and taking my dog on excursions. I hope to travel the solar system one day starting with Earth, and be the first woman to orbit Jupiter, my favorite planet. Also I plan on having lots of pets.”

GRACE PEDROZA

Project Scientist Alumna, New York University Abu Dhabi, Pre-Med Track Student

Guest Speaker 


“My name is Grace Pedroza. I am a 19 year old from North Carolina with Mexican roots. I am currently a freshman at New York University Abu Dhabi intending to major in either Bioengineering or Computer Science while on the Pre-Med track. My passion for STEM and the medical field has encouraged me to participate in different volunteering positions with MEDIC and Project Scientist. In the future I plan to attend medical school with the goal of becoming a surgeon and work on research that uses STEM principles to learn and cure chronic illnesses. Most importantly I hope to continue inspiring and helping younger girls.”