mHub hosted its first ever talk on STEM for young ladies....

This past Friday February 5th, mHub had its first ever, one of a kind career and motivational talk on women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) supported by Google in Lilongwe. This event was to celebrate one of computer sciences pioneers Anita Borg. The event hosted 60 young ladies who left feeling inspired and empowered. CEO of Mhub Rachel Sibande partnered with ladies from Google, Techno Brain and TNM who have positions and qualifications in STEM to speak to the eager young ladies. From TNM, Phyllis Manguluti inspired the girls and women to aim to become leaders of influence. Lorraine Mopiwa from TechnoBrain challenged the girls to consider pusruing further education in Technology related fields that TechnoBrain offers.

The goal of the event was for mHub to create a community of Malawian women in STEM to motivate and inspire each other and the young generation. The young ladies also had the chance to speak with Dr. Pamela McCauley VIA Skype, who is the first African-American woman in the United States to earn a PhD in Industrial Engineering. The vent also featured Hellena, an Engineer at Google. Participants were also taught how to develop a personal purpose road map to plan out their careers in the next 5 to 10 years by Maggie Phiri.

Women are underrepresented in careers and jobs in STEM. mHub created a platform for women in Malawi in those fields to share their experiences and encourage all young ladies to be part of the status quo but to be different by taking on more challenging careers that are mostly male dominated.

By Tapiwa Bokosi

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