October 2012
Building the Capacity of STEM Practitioners to Develop a Diverse Workforce 


CalGirls Kick-off Agenda

We are thrilled to announce the agenda for the November 1 CalGirlS Kick-off Conference!


The day will be packed with information and opportunities to connect girls and women to STEM opportunities in California.  We're excited to hear directly from a panel of girls who will tell us their experiences in STEM.  


Attendees will be able to choose from a variety of workshops in the afternoon, including a session on role models hosted by Techbridge, a session on Mobile Programming with App Inventor hosted by Iridescent, and an Engineering Design Challenge hosted by the Lawrence Hall of Science.


Every attendee of the Kick-off will learn about NGCP mini-grants. These mini-grants are designed to foster new collaborative relationships between organizations that share the mission of supporting girls and women in the sciences.


Registration is almost full, but we still have a few seats available so if you haven't already, make sure to register today!  And check out our travel scholarship information below - we have extended the deadline in an effort to make sure everyone in California who wants to come to the Kick-off can join us in Berkeley!  



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Keynote Speaker: Judy Lee


Judy is one of the hosts of the PBS series Design Squad Nation, a show created to get kids excited about design and engineering.  Prior to that, Judy was profiled on WGBH's Engineer Your Life and will appear in an upcoming segment of NOVA's Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers web series. 
Judy works at her dream job as an product designer at IDEO, an international design and innovation firm in Palo Alto, CA. When she's not on-air brainstorming and building, Judy can be found in San Francisco remodeling her new home, growing fresh fruits and veggies in her garden, riding a big wheel down the nation's windiest street, or playing with her pug Rosie. Her engineering mantra? "Working collaboratively allows you to share knowledge, expertise, experiences, and perspectives that can only make the design better."


Register for the CalGirlS Kickoff Conference
November 1, 2012  10:00am - 3:30 pm
Clark Kerr Conference Center, University of California, Berkeley

The purpose of this event is to give you information about how the CalGirlS can help your organization increase its capacity to involve girls in STEM through collaboration with others.

At the CalGirls Kick-Off Conference you will:
  • Learn how to collaborate with others to better prepare girls for STEM-related careers
  • Gain access to our mini-grant program to help fund collaboration with another program
  • Network with potential collaborators
  • Share and receive promising practices and resources with others

All program managers, guidance counselors, business partners, technical professionals, K-12 teachers, line staff and representatives from professional organizations and higher education are invited to join us to learn about CalGirlS and meet new colleagues to identify collaboration opportunities.


  • Keynote speaker Judy Lee of IDEO
  • Professional development workshop
  • Learn about NGCP mini-grant program
  • Hands-on collaboration building exercises
  • Best practices shared from the field
  • Box lunch provided
  • Parking available
Registration fee: $25 
Deadline to register: October 24, 2012 
Promote Your Program
Everyone who attends the CalGirlS Kick-off Conference is invited to bring information about their girl-serving STEM program to share with other attendees.  
Take advantage of this great networking opportunity to promote your program at the Kick-off!  Just bring 100 copies of your materials to the Conference.  We will make available attendees' materials throughout the day.

Need a travel
We have extended the deadline on a limited number of scholarships to help with travel costs to the conference.  Please contact Sherry Hsi at sherryh@berkeley.edu if you are interested in applying.
Deadline to register for a travel scholarship: October 15, 2012

More STEM Happenings

CalGirlS is excited to be at the Bay Area Science Festival this year!

Saturday November 3
11am - 4pm
AT&T Park, San Francisco

Interested in volunteering at our booth? Contact sarah.elovich@berkeley.edu 
Support CalGirlS
Thank you to the Chevron Corporation for supporting CalGirlS!

Do you want to help strengthen the capacity of girl-serving STEM programs throughout California?  Consider supporting CalGirlS!

Contact Sherry Hsi at sherryh@berkeley.edu for information about sponsorship opportunities for the November Kick-off event.  

You may also support us by making an online donation through the NGCP website.  Choose to donate towards a mini-grant or Collaborative support, and then select the state (CA) to support CalgirlS.
About NGCP and CalGirlS
  The goals of the National Girls Collaborative Project are to:
  • Strengthen the capacity of girl-serving STEM programs to effectively reach and serve underrepresented girls in STEM by sharing promising practice research and program models, outcomes and products.
  • Increase the effectiveness of Collaboratives by providing professional development focused on sustainability, organizational effectiveness and shared leadership to more effectively deliver services to girl-serving STEM organizations.
  • Maximize K-12 school counselors' access to and use of relevant, high-quality resources that increase awareness of barriers to girls' interest and engagement in STEM.
The Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California, Berkeley is proud to be the collaborative lead with the National Girls Collaborative Project as its California affiliate - California Girls in STEM (CalGirlS).
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