TORONTO, October 26, 2021 /CNW/ – Tundra Technical Solutions, a global leader in recruiting diverse talent for the world’s most recognized brands, is hosting its national mentoring event for young women to get a head start in careers in science , technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Today at 7 p.m. EST, the Launchpad project will virtually connect hundreds of high school students with influential women in a wide range of STEM careers and provide scholarships for their future education.
Women now make up half of the workforce, but among STEM graduates, only 23% of women hold degrees in engineering and 30% in math and computer science, according to the National Survey of households from Statistics Canada. These statistics show that even fewer enter the STEM workforce after graduation. By giving students access to mentorship from executive-level STEM leaders through a panel discussion and custom breakout rooms, Tundra hopes to increase the number of young women who will pursue careers in technology and business. engineering.
Acting as a virtual Launchpad moderator is Komal Sing – Engineering program manager at Google and responsible AI activist building planet-scale software infrastructure and innovative products used by millions of people around the world.
Singh is also an international bestselling author of the Adventures of Ara series and the most recent, Ara the Dream Innovator. The series is inspired by a comment from Singh’s daughter that “boys are engineers” and wanted to prove through these books that girls can be engineers too. The bestselling books introduce curious young minds to real-life trailblazers from a variety of backgrounds, featuring characters hard to find in most children’s books. “I wanted to marry the world of technology and fantasy in children to teach them about the world of STEM through the stories of real life models,” says Singh. “We wanted to portray characters that kids might not have encountered before, including women in tech, Indigenous people and people of color. I’m very excited to lead the Tundra panel and describe my own work to show every girl she can follow a similar path.”
Join Singh on the east panel Andrea Basco, Director of Information Systems at HSBC, Rupinder Dhillon, head of Sobeys Enterprise Data, and Dr. Susan Siklos, psychologist and head of child and adolescent mental health at TELUS Health. Other notable mentors this year are Leigha Mitchell, named Top 30 developers under 30 in Canada, Lisa McBride, President of Women in Nuclear Canada and National Lead at GE Hitachi, Yasmine Somani, Director of Platform and Cloud Operations at the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, and many others.
This is Tundra’s third and largest STEM event to date, involving mentors and students from across Canada.
“Our goal is to help young women see how exciting and attainable a career in STEM can be,” said Tundra’s president. Micah Williams. “As the world’s leading recruiter of STEM talent, we believe it is Tundra’s duty to balance the workforce for the better and help increase diversity in these industries. The Launchpad project is a major first step towards achieving parity in the world’s fastest growing industries.
Applications for the Launchpad Tundra Scholarship can be found at Scholartree.ca.
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For further information: Christina Esposito, Marketing and Communications Manager, Tundra Technical Solutions, [email protected], 647-926-7911