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Mount Vernon To Celebrate Women In The Workplace

Various women who have cultivated careers came together at the 2012 conference in Mount Vernon.
Various women who have cultivated careers came together at the 2012 conference in Mount Vernon. Photo Credit:

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – Women who have excelled in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math will discuss their careers with students at the Nellie Thornton High School in Mount Vernon on Thursday.

The City of Mount Vernon Youth Bureau and the Westchester Workforce Development Academy for Youth (WWDAY) Program will celebrate women in the workplace at the third annual “Ladies First” in STEM Women’s Conference.

The annual event allows women who work in a range of professions from doctor to construction worker to engage high school students in discussions about their career choices and options.

“It’s encouraging to see our young women seeking information on sometimes nontraditional career options,” Mayor Ernest Davis said.

Keynote speaker Courtney Williams, a biological engineer at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, will give a speech about what she has achieved in her career. Previous speakers include NBC meteorologist Janice Huff and Dr. Guilaine Agnant, a local obstetrician.

The program is funded through a grant from the Westchester County Office of the Workforce Investment-Westchester Putnam Workforce Investment Board.

The conference provides students an important outlet to connect with women who have cultivated strong careers for themselves, said DaMia Harris, executive director of the WWDAY.

“The conference was created to help students understand the value and relevance of science, technology, engineering and math,” she said. “By exposing our girls to successful women who have excelled, we are demonstrating that STEM careers can be fun and lucrative. We need our youth to be apprised of the possibilities and not daunted.”

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