A Look Back at hEr VOLUTION in 2017

hEr VOLUTION is a Toronto-based, non-profit organization dedicated to providing mentorship and training to young women from underserved communities with the goal of increasing their representation in STEM fields. Since our incorporation in 2013, hEr VOLUTION has worked with local schools and other community organizations to positively impact over 2,000 young women through STEM-related workshops, camps, and seminars. Young women are introduced to a wide-range of skills and experiences designed to help them achieve their life and career goals. In addition to providing marketable life, business, and coding skills, we also focus on teaching young women how to navigate and make use of low-cost or free online resources.

2017 has been a great year for hEr VOLUTION and we have accomplished a lot. Here is an overview of the things we did at a glance: More

#STEMSpark Entrepreneur Lauren Lake uses her background in structural engineering to launch an app, and win a reality TV show.

Lauren Lake and Mallorie Brodie are the co-founders of Bridgit, a subscription-based app designed to make communication easier for construction workers. Lauren is a Civil Structural Engineer and an active mentor to young women in construction and she was recently named one of Canada’s top 36 high impact individuals of 2013. Bridget is the winner of The Disruptors season 2 and the only Canadian company selected for Google Demo Day Women’s Edition (which they also won). It is also one of the few startups invited to an exclusive meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

“I think the thing that will drive the majority of young girls to think about careers in STEM will be the female role models that are currently in those careers.”   — Lauren Lake More

Thank you for all that you do to inspire girls to embrace STEM careers! #ThankYouThursday

Our first ever #GvingTuesdayCA campaign has had a simple message: Inspiring girls to embrace STEM careers. 

Why do we do this? Statistics show that although 59% of women are Science and Technology graduates, only 23% of them hold an Engineering degree and only 30% of them are Math and computer science, graduates. In 1987, only 20 % of the people working in STEM fields were female, a number that has raised up to only 22 % to date.

What IMPACT do donations bring? More

hEr VOLUTION featured leader, Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia Awarded 3rd Consecutive Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award

Acknowledged with the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) 2017 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award, Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia, hEr VOLUTION advocate and President & CEO of Digital Nova Scotia, joins remarkable women from across the country who have been recognized for resiliency, strength, focus, and persistence.

Launched in 2003, the Top 100 Awards celebrate the incredible accomplishments of Canada’s top female executive talent, as well as their organizations and networks. Established to recognize women who are making a describable difference to the advancement of women in the Canadian workplace, the awards recognize talented leaders in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, and work to inspire the current and next generation to push the boundaries of what’s possible.

#STEMSpark: Veronica Nnensa’s online site features socially responsible fashion inspired by Africa.

Veronica Nnensa and co-founder, Freeda Mulenga take the vibrant traditional textiles of Africa and bring them to Canada via their 3-year-old online boutique, Kuwala. Kuwala curates unique pieces from socially responsible fashion brands inspired by Africa, and hand-crafted pieces from fashion designers and ethical women’s cooperatives based all across Africa and the Diaspora. Born in Malawi, Africa, and raised in Canada, entrepreneur Veronica studied public affairs and policy management with a focus on African development.

“Working in a field dominated by men might seem intimidating, but you will succeed. There are many people who want to see you prosper and are looking to support ambitious young women like you.“ — Veronica Nnensa More

hEr VOLUTION’s #GivingTuesdayCA Inspiring girls to embrace STEM careers

GivingTuesday is a global day of giving. After the sales of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, GivingTuesday is a time to celebrate and encourage activities that support charities and non-profits. Whether it’s making a donation, volunteering time, helping a neighbour or spreading the word, GivingTuesday is a movement for everyone who wants to give something back.

There are lots of ways that small businesses, corporations, and brands can get involved. GivingTuesday is a great opportunity to do more for the causes you support and engage employees and your community. You can make a donation here and/ or you can volunteer with us anytime. More