The Long Beach Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) hosts its successful annual, invitation-only STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Career Conference for the 17th year. The conference, aimed at motivating 250 LBUSD middle school girls into STEM careers, will be held at Long Beach City College’s Liberal Arts Campus on February 28, 2020 from 4:30 to 7:00 pm. This year, conference sponsors are AES, Port of Long Beach, Long Beach Water Department, Society for American Military Engineers (Orange County Post), and other local businesses: Diversified Technical Systems (DTS), P2S Inc., SCS Engineers, TABC / Toyota and TALB (Teachers Association of Long Beach).
Attended by 7th and 8th graders from Franklin Classical Middle School, Hamilton Middle School, Hudson K-8 School, Muir Academy, Powell Academy for Success (K-8), Stephens Middle School, and Washington Middle School, the conference will highlight ten STEM careers including: Architect, Astrophysicist, Coroner, Environmental Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Optometrist, Paleontologist, Software Engineer, Speech-Language Pathologist, and Structural Engineer. The conference opens with a plenary session and keynote address. This year’s keynote speaker is Sathya Chey, a graduate of LBUSD, CSU Fullerton, and USC, where she received her MBA. Ms. Chey, the honoree of a 2019 Forbes Best-in-State Next-Gen Wealth Advisor award, will share her journey with the girls, from her birth at a Thai refugee camp to becoming a highly regarded financial advisor.
Afterwards, students attend two workshops of their choosing. In these hands-on workshops, students actively participate with the women STEM professionals, gain an understanding of the work involved, possible career paths, along with steps to achieving success. AAUW Long Beach branch members and other volunteers work diligently to make this conference a success.
Tracking students from past conferences and learning how eager and excited young girls are to attend, AAUW Long Beach President Denise Montoya states, “AAUW Long Beach, a 108-year-old service organization, is always seeking ways to increase equity for women and girls in the workplace. Our annual STEM Career Conference seeks to introduce and excite Long Beach middle school girls to the possibilities that await them when they graduate from college.”
AAUW’s Long Beach branch has been actively involved in the community since 1911. Its mission is to advance gender equity for women and girls through research, education, and advocacy, with membership open to those with an AA degree or greater. For details about membership in AAUW and the local Branch, please visit www.aauw-longbeach.org.
The article above was released by the Long Beach Branch of the American Association of University Women.