On Saturday, April 8, Northrop Grumman will join over 800 women and girls in Baltimore, Maryland to help girls rediscover and maintain self-assurance in their abilities to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). They will be in the company of their mothers, aunts, teachers, neighbors and friends at the half-day event. Northrop Grumman Mission System’s Sector manufacturing vice president, Ingrid Vaughan, will moderate a panel at the event highlighting, “The Science of Confidence: How Women and Girls can Master the Tech Revolution.” Also at the event, Amani Foster, engineer, Northrop Grumman, will discuss her journey in STEM and why she chose to be an engineer.
Research shows that while percentages are increasing, women remain underrepresented in the science and engineering workforce at only 29 percent (NSF, Science & Engineering Indicators, 2016). It has been noted that high school girls seem to lose confidence just when they need it – as they prepare to make career choices, leave home and join a larger world community – which is contributing to the low number of women seeking challenging STEM careers.
“It’s not enough to simply say to young women, ‘go out and do great things,’” said Denise Peppard, corporate vice president and chief human resources officer, Northrop Grumman. “We need to find ways to tap into their self-confidence, which will help to ignite their futures in a very profound way. Northrop Grumman is honored to be the lead sponsor of this conference, highlighting the importance of building self-confidence in the young, talented women of our community here in Baltimore.”
“The Confidence Code Conference for Girls and the Women in their Lives,” based on “The Confidence Code” by noted journalists and New York Times bestselling authors, Claire Shipman and Katty Kay, will seek to inspire, motivate and empower girls to master their fears and celebrate their worth.