Record attendance by LBUSD middle school girls at AAUWs 17th Annual STEM Career Conference

On February 28, 2020, the Long Beach Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) hosted its best-attended 17th annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Career Conference for Long Beach Unified School District 7th and 8th grade girls at Long Beach City College. This year, 251 middle school girls 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, learned about STEM career options. Showcasing hands-on workshops, these STEM careers included Architect, Astrophysicist, Coroner, Environmental Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Optometrist, Paleontologist, Software Engineer, Speech-Language Pathologist, and Structural Engineer.

The event this year also drew in a larger number of conference sponsors, which included, AES, the Port of Long Beach, Diversified Technical Systems (DTS), Long Beach Water Department, Society for American Military Engineers (Orange County Post), P2S Inc., SCS Engineers, TABC / Toyota, and the Teachers Association of Long Beach. AAUW is also grateful for our partner in this event, Long Beach City College, for providing space for the opening and closing plenary sessions and classrooms for the various workshops.

This year’s keynote speaker, Sathya Chey, honoree of a 2019 Forbes Best-in-State Next-Gen Wealth Advisor award, and a graduate of LBUSD, CSU Fullerton, and a USC MBA, wowed the girls with her Cinderella journey—born to Cambodian parents at a Thai refugee camp, now a single parent and an award-winning, highly regarded financial advisor. She encouraged the girls to, ‘Dream, love themselves, work hard, persevere, and take risks,” on their journeys to success.

AAUW Long Beach President Denise Montoya, “My sincere thanks to the volunteers, speakers and facilitators of this year’s conference! I am grateful also that our list of sponsors continues to grow. One day soon, one of our student attendees will share their journey to success, crediting our STEM conference for sparking a passion.”

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.