CGI Federal President Tim Hurlebaus presented the inaugural Best STEM-Supporting Business awards and the STEM Rising Star award at WashingtonExec’s 2018 K-12 STEM Symposium last April.
Kirthi Kumar, then a sophomore at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, accepted the STEM Rising Star award. She garnered attention from The Washington Post and other outlets for founding SheSoft, a local nonprofit that seeks to bridge the gender gap through education and exposure to STEM. Kirthi also will speak at the upcoming 2019 K-12 STEM Symposium.
Leigh Chowdhary accepted the Best STEM-Supporting Business award on behalf of the Business Women’s Giving Circle. Launched in 2014, the Business Women’s Giving Circle invests in STEM-related programs that impact women and girls, reaching over 1,300 in Northern Virginia.
Lastly, Karen Goetz accepted the event’s second Best STEM-Supporting Business award for Northrop Grumman. Expanding the STEM pipeline to reach diverse, talented and often underrepresented students is a top philanthropic priority for the company. STEM initiatives at Northrop span the gamut from student mentorship programs to professional opportunities for local teachers.
WashingtonExec is still accepting nominations for this year’s K-12 STEM Symposium Awards to be presented on March 30, 2019. For more information on the nomination process, click here.
WashingtonExec is hosting the annual K-12 STEM Symposium on March 30, 2019. The event is free and open to the public, but attendees are asked to register in advance.