A group of pretty awesome women have started the Technology Association of Oregon STEAM (science, tech, engineering, arts and math) initiative and aim to kick it off right with a launch party on Thursday, June 1. The vision? TAO STEAM wants to form a network of Central Oregon professionals committed to creating a path for girls and women interested in STEAM careers — and a gender balanced future.

One of our favorite people, Maggie Hubbell, CEO of Agency Revolution and Chair of the Steering Committee says, “In the ideal world the term ‘women in STEAM’ wouldn’t exist. But, the reality is this issue does need special attention right now. We want to provide a supportive community that enriches the experience for women currently in STEAM careers and find ways to attract more women into these fields. Central Oregon has a lot of support around this issue and I believe if we work together we can really make a difference.”

From the news release:

TAO STEAM’s mission is to unify Central Oregon’s women in the STEAM community with a vision of enabling Central Oregon’s women to reach their full STEAM potential. Goals are to:

  • Create paths for girls and women interested in STEAM career
  • Establish a platform for connections, resources and opportunities
  • Enable ongoing education opportunities for career growth and prosperity

The group is inviting the community, businesses, non-profits, and individuals to collaborate and serve as a resource for learning, growth, and outreach, for both women and Central Oregon as a whole. TAO STEAM members will be invited to join and participate in small groups or communities, built around job functions and key areas in STEAM fields.

“This network squares perfectly with the Central Oregon STEM Hub’s vision for cultivating a regional STEM ecosystem. Our core partners promote opportunities and pathways to prepare students for a future driven by STEM; connecting with the community, non-profits, and industry is essential. It all fits together.” said Whitney Swander, Executive Director, Central Oregon STEM Hub.

Interested? Come learn more at the launch party and meet some great people.

Thursday, June 1, 2017
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The Capitol, 90 NW Oregon, Ave.

Tickets are available for $10 for TAO members and $15 for non-members.
Registration details are available here.
A portion of ticket sales will benefit Bend Creative Coding Camp.

Kelly Kearsley

Kelly Kearsley, the co-founder of StartupBend.com, is passionate about startups, entrepreneurship and Bend. In addition to writing this blog, she creates content and manages content projects for global financial companies, tech firms and startups. She began her career as a newspaper journalist and later worked as a freelance writer. Her work has appeared in WSJ.com, Money Magazine, CNNMoney, MSNBC and Runner's World. See her work at kellykearsley.contently.com or kellykearsley.com.

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