The Metro NY Chapter and the National Board of USNC-UN Women Present an Evening Reception to Celebrate the Leaders Advancing Women and Girls in STEM.

Reshma Saujani (photo credit:

Reshma Saujani (photo credit:

Dr. Laurie Leshin (photo credit:

Dr. Laurie Leshin (photo credit:

The Metro NY Chapter and the National Board of USNC-UN Women will host a reception on March 11, 2014 to honor the individuals and organizations that are advancing women and girls in STEM. All of the proceeds from this event will be donated to UN Women. The event’s Presenting Sponsor is L’Oreal, while the Supporting Sponsor is Morgan Stanley. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served and Timbila will present a musical performance featuring a mix of instruments from Southern Africa.

Individual Honorees: Dr. Laurie Leshin is Dean of the School of Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where she leads the School’s scientific academic and research enterprise. She is also a member of the science team for the Mars Curiosity Rover Mission. Prior to joining Rensselaer, Dr. Leshin spent 6 years at NASA in several senior executive roles including the Deputy Head of the future Human Spaceflight Program at NASA Headquarters, and Deputy Director for Science and Technology of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

One of my personal idols, Reshma Saujani is the Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code a national non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology and prepare young women for jobs of the future. In her groundbreaking new book, “Women Who Don’t Wait in Line,” Saujani advocates for a new model of female leadership focused on embracing risk and failure, promoting mentorship and sponsorship, and boldly charting your own course — personally and professionally.
Organization Honorees: L’Oréal will be honored for its longstanding commitment to women and science through its international L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science and L’Oréal USA For Women in Science Fellowship programs. The L’Oréal UNESCO For Women in Science program annually honors five exceptional women scientists from around the world who have made great advances in scientific research and awards 15 International Fellowships designed to support young women who represent the future of science. The L’Oréal USA For Women in Science Fellowship program recognizes and rewards five outstanding US-based women researchers annually for their postdoctoral research at the beginning of their careers. Accepting the honor, Angela Guy, Senior Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion.

Zonta International will be honored for its Amelia Earhart Fellow Program. Established in 1938 in honor of famed pilot and Zontian, Amelia Earhart, the Amelia Earhart Fellowship is awarded annually to women pursuing Ph.D./doctoral degrees in aerospace-related sciences or aerospace-related engineering. The Fellowship of $10,000 is awarded to 35 Fellows around the globe each year. Since the program’s inception, Zonta has awarded 1,403 Amelia Earhart Fellowships, totaling $8.3 million. Accepting the honor, Dr. Sharon Langenbeck, Ph.D. Chairwoman of The Amelia Earhart Fellowship Committee.

When:  March 11, 2014, 6:00 to 9:00 PM

Where: Consulate General of Hungary – 223 E 52nd St, New York, NY 10022

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