Women in STEM Disciplines Propel Businesses, Academia, Innovation & Breakthroughs Across Connecticut
The deadline for nominations is just days away as plans for the 16th annual Women of Innovation® awards program proceed. The prestigious awards highlight the increasing impact of women innovators, role models, and leaders in science and technology professions throughout Connecticut, and also recognize outstanding young women at the high school and collegiate level pursuing technology studies.
The highly regarded annual event is presented this year by the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT) and the Connecticut Technology Council (CTC). It will take place on Tuesday, April 21 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. The deadline for submitting nominations is February 28, 2020. Eligibility Criteria and Category Descriptions can be reviewed, and nominations submitted, at https://www.ccat.us/womenofinnovation.
Expanding a vibrant network of more than 750 women throughout Connecticut who have been recognized through the years, the outstanding women who will be selected as finalists and award recipients will be recognized for their substantial achievements and excellence in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) fields. In business and academia, women are advancing scientific and technological progress, and pushing the envelope on what’s possible.
Nominations are being accepted in the following categories of Innovation & Leadership: Youth, Collegian, Secondary Academic, Postsecondary Academic, Research, Community, Entrepreneurial, Small Business, Medium Business and Large Business. An award will also be given for Inspiring STEM Equitability, presented to an individual for promoting equality and diversity in STEM.
“There are incredible women working throughout the STEM fields in Connecticut, leading innovation, achieving breakthroughs and encouraging girls to pursue these fields and carve out their own distinctive paths, said CTC Board Chair Severine Zygmont. “We look forward to recognizing many of them at the Women of Innovation awards, and honoring their achievement.”
Following a review of nominees’ credentials by expert judges during the next four weeks, the finalists for the Women of Innovation awards will be announced in late March. Finalists will be selected based on their professional experience, history of innovation, ability to think creatively and solve problems and demonstration of leadership. Students will be judged on inventiveness and accomplishment in science and technology and academic achievement.
“Across STEM fields throughout Connecticut, the exceptional skills and dynamic leadership provide economy,” said Ron Angelo, President & CEO of the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology. “Connecticut’s resurgence in advanced manufacturing and so many sectors can be traced to game-changing advances led by women. We need to accelerate that.”
According to data compiled by Catalyst, women in the United States made up less than one-quarter (24%) of those employed in STEM occupations in 2015. Fewer than two in ten science and engineering employees in the United States were women of color. Unequal treatment at work is cited as a leading reason women leave STEM careers; once women enter the tech field, they are 45% more likely to leave than men. In the United States, women in computer, engineering and science occupations were paid an estimated 80.3% of men’s annual median earnings in 2017.
The Smithsonian Science Education Center points out that “although women made up 57.2% of all professional workers in 2015, they comprised only 46.6% of science professionals, 24.7% of computer and math professionals, and 15.1% of engineering and architecture professionals. The scarcity of women in STEM fields is a long-standing and persistent problem.”
Sponsors for the 16th annual Women of Innovation awards include Accounting Resources, Inc. and WTNH News8. Sponsorship information is available by contacting Calvin Brown, Program Manager, Education & Workforce Initiatives, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology and Connecticut Technology Council have been collaborating on program initiatives since last year, with the alliance aimed at extending the reach and impact of programs designed to strengthen and advance Connecticut’s STEM workforce.
For more information about Women of Innovation or other upcoming events or programs, visit either the CCAT or CTC websites, or go to www.ccat.us/womenofinnovation.