by Najee Ellerbe

Winners include individuals from top companies and institutions celebrating women in STEM


MANHATTAN BEACH, CA – October 21, 2020 – STEMconnector,  the nation’s largest professional services organization dedicated to developing a diverse, STEM-ready workforce, is happy to announce the 26 winners for the Million Women Mentors (MWM) Trailblazer Awards celebrating women in STEM. Winners will be recognized on October 27 at the 2020 MWM Summit: Focusing on the Future.

“We are thrilled to be honoring Valerie Jarrett and 25 other Trailblazers at this year’s Million Women Mentors Summit,” said Dr. Jo Webber, CEO and President of STEMconnector and MWM. “Ms. Jarrett is a true Trailblazer. As former senior advisor to U.S President Barack Obama in addition to her many career accomplishments, she has inspired women everywhere. She is an outstanding role model and example of what one can achieve.”  On October 27, Valerie will be featured as the keynote speaker at the MWM Summit and recognized with other STEM ‘Trailblazers’ who are well-accomplished leaders in their field and demonstrate excellence in the field of mentoring. MWM Summit registration is free and open to everyone.

The MWM 2020 Trailblazer Award Categories/Winners

Trailblazer in Mentoring: This award is for an individual who has made notable contributions to their respective peers and community and who demonstrates excellence in the field of mentoring. Winners: Crystal Kennedy (PepsiCo), Arpana Vaniya (UC Davis), April Boulton (Hood College), and Morag Watson (BP).

Corporate Trailblazer: This award is for a company who has made notable contributions and demonstrated excellence internally or to their community in the field of mentoring.  Winners:  Northwestern Mutual, BP, and Intel.

Community Trailblazer: This award is for an individual who has made notable contributions to their community in the field of mentoring working on behalf of a nonprofit or community organization. Winners: Christine Lawlor-King (Henry Ford), Paula Garcia Todd (DuPont), Ruthe Farmer (Last Mile Education Fund), Jennifer Scanlon (UL), Melissa Ing (Tufts University), Tokiwa Smith (Kemet Educational Services), and Nikole Collins-Puri (Techbridge Girls).

STEM Trailblazer 2020: This award is for an individual who has made a significant contribution in a STEM field in 2020.  Winners: Kristy Salmon (BP), Lateefah Stanford (BP), Tonya Peeples (Penn State University), Natalie Kuldell (BioBuilder), Heidi Gold-Dworkin (Little Scientists), Carlotta Arthur (Henry Luce Foundation), Linda Kekelis (STEM Next Opportunity Fund), Ronda Hamm (Corteva Agriscience) and Kimberly Wright (Discovery Education).

MWM State & Corporate Partnership 2020: Maine/MEMIC led by Catherine Lamson.

MWM State of the State 2020: Texas led by Tricia Berry.

About STEMconnector

Founded in 2011, STEMconnector is the leading organization working across all aspects of the STEM community from K-12 to global corporations. A research-driven professional services organization, STEMconnector provides corporate, postsecondary, K-12, nonprofit, and government members with enterprise-wide support to meaningfully develop, execute, and scale their STEM talent strategies.

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