At the Tech Savvy TC3 2017 on April 1st, Quinn Energy's Principal and Founder, Adriane Wolfe presented a keynote talk to over 250 participants. Tech Savvy is an annual, national event held by AAUW to introduce girls grades 6-9th and their parents to career opportunities in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.
In the U.S., while women account for 48% of the workforce, women hold 24% of STEM jobs (2009). In Wolfe's field, 12% of Bachelors of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering are earned by women (2008), and just 9% of the electrical engineering workforce is women.
Wolfe's keynote presentation titled "A Path to STEM" takes an inspirational look at her path in STEM. While acknowledging that women are underrepresented in STEM, she highlighted women who have and are contributing to STEM.
She concluded by quoting, Mae Jemison the first African American woman in space who said, “I want to make sure we use all our talent, not just 25 percent. Don’t let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity. It’s your place in the world; it’s your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live.”
Wolfe then invited girls into the STEM community, "There is a whole community of women who are working and persevering in STEM fields. We are changing the world and we invite you to join us."
Quinn Energy would like to thank the AAUW Tompkins and Cortland Chapters for organizing the event.