The Indiana Conference for Women is dedicated to the educational and professional development of women in Indiana and the Midwest. Million Women Mentors – Indiana participated in the annual Indiana Conference for women on November 7th, in part to honor significant contributions to STEM education for women and girls. Sponsored by Ivy Tech Community College and Rolls-Royce, MWM-IN presented the Indiana MWM Stand Up for STEM Award to recognize and celebrate the work of companies, individuals and organizations in Indiana that have contributed significantly to advancing women and girls in STEM careers through MWM and mentoring.
Indiana’s Honorary Chair of Million Women Mentors, Dr. Sue Ellspermann, President of Ivy Tech made the presentation to Indiana State University and Bev Bitzegaio. Reginald McGregor from Rolls-Royce joined in congratulating Bev on stage.
The Indiana State University College of Technology has employed strategies over the past 15 years to increase the enrollment, persistence, and success of women in engineering and technology fields. Two of the most significant efforts have been closely connected with mentoring: the Females in Technology, a student organization in its 12th year that supports and connects female students in technology and Destination Success, a career readiness program started last year. These efforts have helped the ISU College of Technology increase female enrollment from 5% to nearly 12%. More importantly than the increased enrollment numbers is the influence mentoring has on the students to encourage other young women to explore options in STEM career fields.