Tech Savvy

Tech Savvy was started by the American Association of University Women to help address the fact that women fill close to half of the jobs in the U.S. economy but hold less than 25 percent of STEM jobs. The format of the conference is based on two research reports done by AAUW, Why So Few? Women in STEM and Solving the Equation: The Variable for Women’s Success in Engineering and Computing. Stereotypes, biases, and unwelcoming environments are still barriers to women, but reports and conferences such as Tech Savvy are hoping to change that.

An essential element of the research about girls’ interest in STEM careers shows that girls need strong women role models.

During the conference, the girls attended various breakout and learning sessions where they experienced hands on sessions with women in STEM careers. The two additional instrumental segments of Tech Savvy were College Savvy and Savvy Skills. During the College Savvy time, girls spoke with a variety of college recruiters and participated in mock interviews. Savvy skills focus on skills girls can use in their daily lives such as critical thinking, public speaking, financial literacy, negotiation, and interviewing. Parents who attended Tech Savvy learned about how to help their daughters pursue STEM careers both academically and financially.

The girls who attended Tech Savvy not only learned new things, but also opened their eyes to new possibilities. Some of the girls’ comments were: “I really liked the workshop. They were interactive.” “I used the pen and notebook a lot.” “I really enjoyed getting the information I need to know in order to apply for college and about what careers would be good for me. This will really help me to know this information ahead of time. Having a chance to communicate with college recruiters.” and “The experience of coming to this college”.

One parent commented,” I found the overall experience beneficial and I feel empowered to help my child.” Another parent said they are encouraged to help their daughter to shoot higher and what engineering can mean and the financial cost of college.

AAUW-WI State Convention – April 20-21, 2018

Building Bridges into the Future

Planning is underway and  venue was selected!

Who: Members of AAUW Wisconsin

What: Wisconsin State Convention

Where:

Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, 1721 West Canal Street, Milwaukee, WI 53233

When: April 20-21, 2018

Why: Because we believe in Building Bridges into the Future.

 

Appleton/Oshkosh will host their 4th Tech Savvy at UW-Fox Valley

Tech Savvy was started by the American Association of University Women to help address the fact that women fill close to half of the jobs in the U.S. economy but hold less than 25 percent of STEM jobs. The format of the conference is based on two research reports done by AAUW, Why So Few? Women in STEM and Solving the Equation: The Variable for Women’s Success in Engineering and Computing. Stereotypes, biases, and unwelcoming environments are still barriers to women, but reports and conferences such as Tech Savvy are hoping to change that.
An essential element of the research about girls’ interest in STEM careers shows that girls need strong women role models.

During the conference, the girls attended various breakout and learning sessions where they experienced hands on sessions with women in STEM careers. The two additional instrumental segments of Tech Savvy were College Savvy and Savvy Skills. During the College Savvy time, girls spoke with a variety of college recruiters and participated in mock interviews. Savvy skills focus on skills girls can use in their daily lives such as critical thinking, public speaking, financial literacy, negotiation, and interviewing. Parents who attended Tech Savvy learned about how to help their daughters pursue STEM careers both academically and financially.

The girls who attended Tech Savvy not only learned new things, but also opened their eyes to new possibilities. Some of the girls’ comments were: “I really liked the workshop. They were interactive.” “I used the pen and notebook a lot.” “I really enjoyed getting the information I need to know in order to apply for college and about what careers would be good for me. This will really help me to know this information ahead of time. Having a chance to communicate with college recruiters.” and “The experience of coming to this college”. One parent commented,” I found the overall experience beneficial and I feel empowered to help my child.” Another parent said they are encouraged to help their daughter to shoot higher and what engineering can mean and the financial cost of college

Tech Savvy 2017

AAUW WI 2017 State Convention: Time to Register and Reserve!

Amplifying Our Voices Together at AAUW WI State Convention to be held April 21-22, 2017 in Neenah, WI

Come and join us as we network, gather new ideas, and give our branches direction to amplify our voices together. Gain an appreciation for the experiences of Hispanic immigrants via a presentation Friday evening by Voices of Hope. Saturday afternoon’s keynote speaker is Mary Burke, businesswoman, philanthropist, social entrepreneur, and 2014 candidate for Governor of Wisconsin. Mary is CEO and founder of Building Brave, an organization whose mission is for women to discover their most confident selves. She’ll be sharing with us about Building Brave.

Find a complete convention agenda here.

Your registration form is located in the Spring 2017 Badger Briefs or download the form here to print and mail in.

Location: Best Western Premier Bridgewood Resort Hotel & Conference Center
Room block is being held until March 30, 2017. Don’t delay; reserve your room today!

Click here for driving directions to the Bridgewood Resort.

 

Post-Convention Shareables

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Creative Commons photo provided by Billie Hara on flickr.

Badger Briefs, Convention Special:   
Badger Briefs

Presentation materials from sessions:
“How to Start a Mentoring Program” Mentoring PDF
“Talking Finance: 501 Nonprofits and the IRS”  Finance Powerpoint
Branch websites: Tips for Building and Maintaining Sustainable Sites” Web Sites Powerpoint

Convention Booklet: see the online version of the full program

AAUW WI Annual Convention: Register and Reserve!

It’s time to get ready for the Annual AAUW Wisconsin State Convention!Women final color version -1

April 22-23 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Madison2631759-Crowne-Plaza-MADISON-Lobby-5-RTS

Registration:  Print out the registration form, or use the one that came with your Badger Briefs!

Room Reservations:  Use the Crowne Plaza’s  AAUW Event Page

Leadership is the theme and there are many exciting speakers: read about them in the Spring Issue of Badger Briefs!

AAUW-Wisconsin Legislative Day 2015

We are planning an exciting and productive AAUW-Wisconsin Legislative Day at the State capitol_exteriorCapitol in Madison on Thursday, October 15. This event will start at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 4402 East Washington Ave., with registration at 8:30 am and then feature speakers on issues and advocacy training and lunch in the morning before heading to the State Capitol to meet with our legislators from 1 pm to 3 pm.

For more information, please see the flyer and registration form.  Register by Oct. 10.

The cost is $20.00 for AAUW members and $25.00 for advocacy partners.

Plan to join us and share info on this special event with your branch members and local advocacy partners.

We are still laboring to make Wisconsin a better place for all women and girls.