Young Women in Leadership (YWIL) Visits Vertellus
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Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis Celebrates Women in Engineering
Young Women in Leadership (YWIL) Visits Vertellus
INDIANAPOLIS — On February 8th, 2016, the Young Women in Leadership (YWIL) group from Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis will take a trip to Vertellus in celebration of National Engineers Week. Vertellus will host a panel of engineers and scientists in order to inspire YWIL girls to consider a career in science, engineering, math, and technology (STEM) fields.
Over the past few decades, an increasing number of young women have begun successful careers in STEM fields. Yet, women remain vastly underrepresented in many STEM careers. For example, while 32% of physicians today are women, just 14% of engineers are women.
For girls, a career in STEM can present them the opportunity to change the world. It is also a step in the right direction towards achieving wage equality. The wage gap for women in STEM fields is 86 cents of a man’s earnings, compared to 78 cents for all careers combined. The difference in salary can lead to women losing hundreds of thousands of dollars over their lifetime. As more women enter career fields like engineering, our communities and world improve for the better.
National Engineers Week, which takes place from February 21-27, draws attention to the absence of women in engineering credited to a lack of female engineering role models, misconceptions of what it’s like to be an engineer, and women having fewer technical problem solving opportunities than men. Girls Inc. is working to introduce more girls to STEM through hands-on, minds-on programs and experiences that build their skills and confidence in math and science. This activity will help them gain an appreciation for engineering and science careers.
Three female engineers, two female chemists, and two IT professionals will participate on the panel at Vertellus. “We are looking forward to hosting the girls to get them excited about STEM careers. We hope they gain an appreciation for how fun, rewarding and challenging these careers are and that females are just as capable and successful in these roles as men. Companies in a range of industries – from life sciences to consumer care products to advanced materials – continue to express robust demand for female engineers and STEM majors,” said Linda Hicks, Vice President of Global Technology. Hicks also serves as the Board Chair for Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis.
“The girls are excited about the opportunity to meet women playing significant roles in what is normally identified as a male-dominated industry. We have girls that are not only intrigued by math and science but aspire to achieve successful careers in an industry that still appears to be unattainable for girls. Planning and coordinating such inspiring events allows us to eliminate any doubts and fears the girls may have and provide them the encouragement and motivation to set goals and dream big,” said LaTasha Hudson, Director of Programs at Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis.
Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Girls Inc. provides hands-on programs that address the challenges that girls face today, such as self-esteem and bullying. We want girls to be healthy, educated, and independent. Girls Inc. partners with schools and community organizations and utilizes volunteers to deliver programs for girls. All of Girls Inc.’s programs are highly-researched and age- appropriate. For more information, please visit www.girlsincindy.org.
The Young Women in Leadership (YWIL) program encourages young women to seek male-dominated leadership roles, further their education, develop skills to promote career readiness and understand the need for financial independence. Along with participating in traditional Girls Inc. curriculum, girls develop life skills that promote college and career readiness. Girls learn lessons in leadership, resume writing, public speaking, networking, and how to make plans to achieve their goals. YWIL girls receive mentoring from Indianapolis women leaders, and have the opportunity to go on field trips to various locations around the community. They will also have the chance to go on a college visit at the end of the year.\
Vertellus is a global specialty chemicals company focused on the manufacture of ingredients used in pharmaceuticals, personal care, nutrition, agriculture, and a host of other market areas affected by trends favoring “green” technologies and chemistries. Vertellus is the #1 global producer of pyridine and picolines, specialty pyridine derivatives, DEET, castor oil derivatives and systems, and a world leader in vitamin B3, citrate polymer additives and systems as well as a leader in custom manufacturing of agriculture and pharma intermediates and actives. Vertellus benefits from a technically advanced global manufacturing base and has over 1,000 employees. Vertellus is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. The following Vertellus employees will participate on the panel: Debbie Wesley – Global Director of Information Technology, Gretchen Ratliff – Senior Technical Analyst – Global Information Technology, Laura Baker – Senior Analytical Scientist – Global Quality Rocio Hamlin – Unit Process Engineer, Belinda Pereira – Analytical Quality Control Shift Leader, Penne Hout – Indianapolis Site Operations Manager, Amy Loh – Indianapolis Site Technical Manager