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For the first time in Auckland, New Zealand, the IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) International Leadership Summit (ILS) took place on 11 to 12 December 2023. Alongside over 100 local and international female engineers, the ILS included a transformative STEM Workshop for about 100 secondary school girls. The IEEE WIE ILS is grateful to the IEEE Foundation for funding the STEM workshop. Under the leadership of Summit chair Dr. Dulsha Kularatna-Abeywardana, and Summit vice chair Dr. Maryam Hemmatti, both from the University of Auckland, the STEM Workshop and ILS engaged students and teachers from Auckland and neighboring towns. 

The Auckland chapter of WIE partnered with many local organizations to develop and present the STEM Workshop,  including Wonder Project, Little Engineers, Women in Engineering Network (WEN), Ignite from Youth without Borders, CARES, and Devora.   

Generously supported by the IEEE Foundation, the STEM Workshop was free to attend. Volunteer Sarina Todd, herself a local student, guided the approximately 100 girls through a variety of engaging activities. And everyone received a STEM kit to take away!

With its overarching goal to empower the next generation of innovators, the Workshop succeeded in sparking interest and enthusiasm for STEM fields among its 100+ attendees. We are grateful to the IEEE Foundation for their support and look forward to future programs. 

Curious to learn about other donor supported programs designed for the next generation?  Explore the Opportunities for Student and Young Professionals webpage.

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