4th Annual STEMMy Awards

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Media contact: Kerry Gentry Hartnett, 913.333.3923 or Kerry@centralexchange.org

4th Annual STEMMy Awards Hosted by Central Exchange

On September 21, 2017 hundreds of leaders and professionals in the Kansas City region will come together to celebrate women who are making a difference in the areas of STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Medicine) at the 4th Annual STEMMy Awards Luncheon. Hosted by Central Exchange WiSTEMM (Women in STEMM), a group founded to be the leader in connecting, inspiring, and supporting the professional development of women in STEMM careers. At this critical time when there is a significant gender gap within STEMM careers, WiSTEMM inspires women to lead within their organizations and industries.

Seven industry leaders and professionals, nominated and chosen by their peers, will be awarded in the following areas: Groundbreaking Leadership, Rising Trendsetter, Enterprising Innovator, WiSTEMM Educator, WiSTEMM student Achiever and Corporate Hero.

Leading the effort are Renee Keffer and Cindy Schmitt, event chairs and long-time WiSTEMM members. Honorary chairs are Maria Mann, Chief Information Officer at DST, and Dr. Michelle Robin, Chief Wellness Officer at Your Wellness Connection. This dynamic foursome is blazing a trail for women in STEMM careers in Kansas City. Elizabeth Alex, Public Relations and Outreach Manager at Kansas City University of Medical Bioscience, will emcee the event.

Renee Keffer, event chair for the 4th Annual STEMMy’s Awards Luncheon recently said “Being a part of an incredible group of women STEMM leaders is especially important to me. In my career in the technology field, I would not have had the successes I had if it weren’t for other women who championed for me and supported me in my career. It’s an honor to be a part of this group and to help other women, regardless of what stage they are in their career.”

Sponsors and benefactors are invited to a Benefactors Breakfast on September 7 for networking and a panel discussion with our Honorary Chairs.

Award winners include:

Groundbreaking Leadership, presented to a woman with 10+ years of leadership, commitment and contribution to the STEMM community: Cindy Wallis-Lage (Black & Veatch)
Rising Trendsetter, presented to a woman with significant achievements early in their STEMM career: Adriana Porter (Black & Veatch) and Julie Christianson (KU Medical Center)
Enterprising Innovator, presented to a woman STEMM business owner: Kourtney Govro (Sphere3)

WiSTEMM Educator, presented to a woman educator in a STEMM field who is consistently recognized for their contributions by students and peers: Kathleen Kilway (UMKC)
WiSTEMM Student Achiever, presented to a current woman student in a STEMM field with demonstrated academic success and community involvement: Alexandra Erwin (University of Kansas)
Corporate Hero, presented to a company or organization committed to women in STEMM fields and is actively engaged in community STEMM initiatives: Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

Central Exchange (CX) was founded in 1980 and has a membership of 900+ women and men from the Kansas City region includes managers and executives, business owners, non-profit and civic leaders and community volunteers.

With more than 400 programs a year, CX offers a wide variety of professional development opportunities and networking events that provide resources and connections for members to advance their careers and build their businesses. Central Exchange leadership development programs create a pool of highly qualified leaders available for executive positions in the Kansas City area. Central Exchange is shaping the future for women in the Kansas City region.

For more information about the event, or to purchase tickets visit www.cxstemmys.com.

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