Press Release | 9/19/12

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CALIFORNIA STATE LEGISLATURE HONORS DARE 2B DIGITAL FOR ENCOURAGING YOUNG WOMEN TO PURSUE STEM CAREERS

Adopts Resolution Recognizing Outreach Programs that Connect Students with Career Role Models and Educational Resources

D2BD Resolution HR 34

Pictured (L-R): Staci Lyons, Oracle; Ruth Stergiou, IYF/D2BD; Assemblymember Jerry Hill; Irena Halsey, eBay; Lise Edwards, Oracle.

SAN CARLOS, Calif., Sept. 19, 2012 – Dare 2B Digital’s commitment to encouraging young women to explore careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), achieved a milestone when the California State Legislature passed House Resolution No. 34, “relative to science, technology, engineering, and mathematical jobs” by Assemblyman Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo. The measure recognizes the Dare 2B Digital Conference among outreach programs that foster more girls, women, and underrepresented minorities to consider STEM opportunities.

The annual Dare 2B Digital conference is held in Silicon Valley, Calif., and made possible through generous support from corporate partners, educators and parents. Dare 2B Digital is a program of Invent Your Future Foundation, a 501(c)3 California nonprofit corporation. Watch the Dare 2B Digital video.

HR 34 spotlights the declining numbers of women in STEM fields, resolving, “That the Assembly urges the establishment of STEM outreach programs to encourage the recruitment of girls and women to study and work in STEM fields.” Read the full resolution here: http://1.usa.gov/UomE2k.

HR 34 states, “The annual Dare 2B Digital conference for girls 13 to 16 years of age, inclusive, in partnership with technology companies such as Oracle, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Cisco, and Microsoft, attracted more than 400 girls, where they attended workshops led by industry leaders and experts on STEM topics such as robotics, programming, and interactive networking.”

D2BD officials and partners who joined the presentation at the Capital on Thurs., August 30, 2012:

  • Ruth Stergiou, president, CEO and Co-Founder, Invent Your Future
  • Lise Edwards, managing director, Oracle Women Leaders, Oracle Corporation
  • Irena Halsey, head of Global Women’s Initiative, eBay, Inc.
  • Staci Lyons, vice president, Global Business Development, Oracle Corporation

Invent Your Future finds that despite no significant gender differences in science abilities at middle school, the largest gender differences in STEM fields occur when women choose courses of study at high school and college. Girls overwhelmingly choose not to pursue STEM careers, particularly in the U.S., and women opt-out of STEM careers at a disproportionately high rate as well.

“Without a critical mass of people ‘like themselves,’ confronting the status quo can be too large a challenge for girls and women to overcome on their own. Dare 2B Digital addresses this challenge,” said Ruth Stergiou, CEO of Invent Your Future. “On behalf of all of our industry partners, we are grateful to Assemblyman Jerry Hill for spearheading this resolution and bringing to the attention of the Assembly the critical need to support STEM outreach programs. Together, we’re increasing active participation of girls and women in creating and designing technology, which will fuel economic growth and job opportunities.”

Silicon Valley has hosted three successful Dare 2B Digital programs reaching 750 young women. 99 percent of participants say that D2BD has increased or maintained their interest in computer science.

Watch the Dare 2B Digital video and learn more at http://www.dare2bdigitalconference.com. Follow on Twitter @dare2bdigital or @IYFnews and Facebook.

About Invent Your Future

Invent Your Future is a social enterprise specializing in the retention, development and acceleration of women leaders. Invent Your Future supports corporate women’s initiatives with speaker programs, webinars, conferences, and an online resource library, and also produces the Dare 2B Digital Conference to foster the next generation of women in technology. www.inventyourfuture.com

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