WASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- STEMconnector® and Million Women Mentors (MWM) launched the publication Women's Quick Facts with a spectacular luncheon, sponsored by Johnson and Johnson, Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. The 267-page guidebook, which is filled with compelling data, provides readers with persuasive information of why women in male-dominated industries matter.
To highlight the book release, sponsored by Pillsbury Law, top women in industry, government, and the media told their story of how through mentoring they were able to break through barriers in their industries to become leaders in their field and make real contributions.
To demonstrate the importance of mentoring, prominent business women shared with guests their stories of how mentoring contributed to their extraordinary success.
The keynote speaker at the luncheon was author, lawyer, and commentator, Greta Van Susteren, who spoke about her rise in her chosen career. "I owe it all to my mentor, Washington DC trial lawyer Edward Bennett Williams. I was an unknown face to him when I first met him, but this didn't stop him from reaching out to me and providing me with guidance. For this kindness, I have paid him back many times by becoming a mentor and sharing my successes at mentoring with him. There is nothing," she said, "that is sweeter than extending a helping hand to others who need it."
Edie Fraser, CEO of STEMconnector® and Million Women Mentors, shaped the direction for the luncheon by emphasizing the urgent need for more mentors. "MWM is committed to reaching its goal of a million mentors (male and female) to support girls and women engaged in careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). In these four fields the need for talented women is the greatest, if we are to bring more diversity into the workforce, more women into careers dominated by men," she told hundreds of women gathered to hear her and other super-achievers speak. "Together, through a strong mentoring program, we can meet this need and make a difference."
A long-time champion of diversity in the workplace, Fraser has maintained an unwavering commitment to getting one million mentors by 2019. She is applying the same determination toward reaching this goal that she has applied to building her respected consulting and communications firm. "This is a very important project for me," Fraser said, "and I won't stop the mentoring movement until I have reached the million mark."
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