In the morning, I will be headed to Washington, DC where I will witness the announcement of a new strategic partnership between Girl Scouts of the USA and Mocha Moms, Inc. The announcement will be made during a special White House event on women and girls in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

When thinking about external partners whose engagement could help drive the success of Girl Scouts IMAGINE Your STEM Future, Mocha Moms seemed like the perfect fit.  As the former Co-President of the South Dekalb Chapter, I was surprised that Mocha Moms and Girl Scouts did not already have a formal relationship.  Nevertheless, my timing was right.

From the White House blog: “Women and girls are significantly underrepresented in the STEM fields – a trend that starts early and comes at a serious cost to both the career prospects of our young women and the success of our economy. By ensuring women and girls receive the exposure, encouragement, and support they need to enter and succeed in STEM fields, this country can benefit from the full range and diversity of its talent”.

I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to bring the two organizations together.  You can join me, Mocha Moms and the White House Council on Women and Girls for the exciting panel event: Watch  live at www.wh.gov/live tomorrow, Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 10:30am ET. During the event, panelists will answer questions from a live audience and also take questions submitted online. Ask your questions here or on Twitter using the hashtag #GirlsInSTEM.

This event will also include the very first public screening of “Girls in STEM,” a video on girls in STEM, featuring footage from girls who participated in the 2012 White House Science Fair. with

The event will be broadcast live online from the White House and on Facebook, enabling anyone Internet access join to. We will also post a video recording of the entire event online (as well as a link to “Girls in STEM”) for viewing any time at www.WhiteHouse.gov/administration/eop/cwg. Here’s how you can participate:

Submit your questions for the panel right now through a webform on www.WhiteHouse.gov

On April 24, watch live and join the discussion on Facebook and Twitter:

Watch live stream on WhiteHouse.gov/live beginning at 10:30 a.m. EDT
On Facebook, watch the event live through the White House Live App and ask questions on our wall
On Twitter, use the hashtag #GirlsInSTEM to ask questions and discuss the panel

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