Randstad US and Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana earlier this month embarked on a mission to encourage middle and high school girls to pursue the careers of their dreams.
The campaign, "She Succeeds: Empowering the Leaders of Tomorrow," took place on June 10 at the Girls Scouts Vernon Hills Gathering Place.
During the event, the guests listened to remarks by Traci Fiatte, CEO of Chicago-based Randstad, and a keynote speech by Kelley O. Williams, CEO of Paige & Paxton Elementary STEM Curriculum.
In addition to breaking down preconceptions that girls have about STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) programs and careers in those fields, the event helped impress upon young women in the Chicago area that there is a need for women in technical fields.
Candice Schaefer, program director at Girls Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, spoke about what the event meant to the young women.
"By introducing girls to STEM at a young age, Girl Scouts is increasing girls' confidence in STEM-related abilities and supporting their leadership development," Schaefer said.