Girls4Tech is a new signature education program that showcases MasterCard’s payment technology and engages our employees as role models and mentors. This hands-on, inquiry-based program connects the foundations of our business to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) principles and shows middle school girls that it takes all kinds of interests and skills to pursue a career in STEM. The curriculum is based on global science and math standards and was created in conjunction with MasterCard’s top engineers.
One of the goals of the program is to raise awareness and visibility of STEM. Girls4Tech hopes to inspire young girls to build the skills they need in STEM to become problem solvers and the leaders of tomorrow.
“With a declining number of young women going into STEM careers, it’s important for MasterCard to help make a difference in this space and work to develop a strong pipeline of talent for the technology jobs of the future. We need to have a voice in the products and services we are developing,” said Susan Warner, Vice President, Worldwide Communications.
MasterCard held six events in the United States in 2014, reaching more than 270 middle school girls and employee mentors. This year, the company will expand to non-U.S. markets, including Frankfurt, Germany (held on February 16), Gurgaon and Pune, India and London in April and Dubai in early May. In addition, the company will host five events in the US this spring, including four events in St. Louis and a Girl Scouts STEM Day on April 17 in Purchase, NY.