Getting more women in STEM (science, tech, engineering, math) industries is a hot topic these days. There are many initiatives that focus on attracting more young girls to these careers and also mentoring programs to help guide them through the challenging path of working in one of these fields.
My guest this week, Linda Kekelis, is the founder of one of the programs that help attract young girls to STEM careers. Techbridge began as a program of the Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland, California, founded with a grant from the National Science Foundation. In 2011, Techbridge spun off and now operates as a separate 501(c)(3) nonprofit. They continue to increase the number of women and underrepresented minorities in science, technology, and engineering.