Think Tank & Conference

STEM_logo_graphic_72.jpgMake plans now to join us July 13-15, 2016, for the next STEM Think Tank and Conference!  The organizing team – the STEM Consortium – has not yet selected this year's conference theme.

Areas of focus for the 2015 Think Tank and Conference were the following:

Partnerships for Change– Partnerships between and among K12, industry, informal, university, counselors, parents, private, public, etc.  What are these effective partnerships and how can they be replicated?

STEM+ – Connections with STEM and all disciplines, including art, foreign language, English/Language Arts, history, computer science etc. in both formal and informal learning

Transitions – How do we help girls and young women as they transition in life, such as from K12 to university or university to industry/academia?



HH-stem--31_compressed.jpgThe Think Tank and Conference will bring together national leaders in K12 education for girls and young women (independent, public, charter, and parochial), university K12 outreach coordinators and researchers, STEM university faculty, girls' informal educators, and members of industry. Please plan to attend if you teach or work with girls and young women in a STEM field. Our conference theme will allow us to discuss and learn more from each of these groups, translating lessons learned across the lives of females.


The Think Tank & Conference is funded in part by the E.E. Ford Foundation, through the Center for STEM Education for Girls.


The Think Tank & Conference will be hosted on the campus of the Harpeth Hall School in Nashville, TN, July 13-15, 2016. The program is being built by the members of our leadership group, the STEM Consortium, which is comprised of leading K12 schools, university researchers and STEM program leaders, corporate members, and informal educators. Because much of the program is devoted to concurrent sessions, the program will draw on the best ideas in girls' education around the country.


The Think Tank & Conference will produce new connections and conversations among K12 teachers, university faculty and administration, informal education, and members of industry. Each group has lessons learned about creating successful programs for females. It's time that we communicate across these groups effectively – both to teach and to learn.


The 2015 keynote speaker was Dr. Kristina Johnson, CEO, Enduring Hydro, LLC.  The title of her presentation was "The EQ and IQ of a Successful STEM Career".


We are extremely grateful to our silver sponsors for 2015!