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How does IGNITE work?

  • Teachers are trained to become chapter leaders for a school.
  • We support chapter leaders in organizing panel discussions, field trips, and job shadows during the school year.
  • Professional women in STEM careers volunteer and share their knowledge and experience.
  • Self-identifying girls and non-binary students participate in chapter events and get inspired.
  • Supporters and corporate sponsors make it all possible.

 

IGNITE Programs

Panel Discussions

Women in STEM careers visit during a panel discussion to tell their stories of how they pursued their careers and can help the students see what’s possible. The self-identifying girls and non-binary students are inspired by hearing stories they can relate to help them plan their future careers.

Field Trips

Field trips to corporations are held during the school day to introduce self-identifying girls and non-binary students to how women use and advance technology daily in their work and show the many different types of STEM careers that one company can have. Field trips to community college and universities also highlight the STEM major programs, talks by professors and professional women.

Programming or Interactive Workshops

Corporate and College field trips usually include at least one interactive workshop for the self-identifying girls and non-binary students that can include programming or brainstorming or design activities. Sometimes these classes are also held at the school sponsored by a corporation.

Job Shadow

Self-identifying girls and non-binary students visit a business workplace for 3-4 hours and shadow a mentor who shows them how they work, from sitting in on team collaboration meetings to pair- programming and a Q&A session.

 

Cathi Rodgveller, M.S.  ED

IGNITE CEO and Founder

Larisa Goldin

IGNITE Board President

Founder & CEO, Dreamclinic, Inc

unnamedRaelene Sanders

IGNITE Board Treasurer

Secretary for the NAPE Education Foundation Board

Project Manager at T-Mobile

Manisha Arora

IGNITE Board Vice President

IGNITE Board Secretary

Senior Manager, Strategic Technology Alliances at ServiceNow

Julie Averill

IGNITE Strategic Advisor

EVP, CTO at lululemon

Cynthia Tee

IGNITE Strategic Advisor

Senior Director of Engineering at Nordstrom

Elizabeth Hunter

IGNITE Strategic Advisor   Vice President of Technology Strategy Implementation at T-Mobile

Melissa Acton-Buzard

IGNITE Strategic Advisor Founder and CEO of Chameleon Technologies

Amber Zertuche

IGNITE Regional Director of California

 Becky Fuller

IGNITE Program Manager

Kylie Rassatt

IGNITE Advisory Board Member Product Manager for Zillow

Prab Doowa

IGNITE Social Media Manager  

Marianne Marck

IGNITE Advisory Board Member

CIO at Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers

 

Ana Nicacio

IGNITE Advisory Board Member

Senior Attorney, Microsoft Corporation

Kelly Elston

IGNITE Advisory Board Member IGNITE Alumni

Sr. User Experience Researcher at Providence Health & Services

Lori Longthorne

IGNITE Advisory Board Member ITS Strategic Communications Manager at Alaska Airlines

 

Holly Muenchow

IGNITE Advisory Board Member

Senior Operations Program Manager at Microsoft

Uma Maheswari Anbazhagan

IGNITE Advisory Board Member

Senior Software Design Engineer at Microsoft

 

Dr. Cheryl Ingram

IGNITE Advisory Board Member

CEO and Founder at Inclusology

 

Liz Bander

IGNITE Advisory Board Member

Sr. Program Manager at Microsoft

Anna Beyder

IGNITE Advisory Board Member Founder of Communication Without Borders

Logan McKenzie 

IGNITE Advisory Board Member IGNITE Alumni

Licensed Relationship Manager at KeyBank

Tom Hall

IGNITE Advisory Board Member

Senior Project Manager at Microsoft

Shaude' Moore

IGNITE Advisory Board Member

Datacenter Security Manager at Amazon Web Services, Physical Security Operations

Ali Kollman

IGNITE Advisory Board Member Recruiting Program Manager at TUNE

Shigeko Calos-Nakano

IGNITE Advisory Board Member IGNITE Alumni

Client Specialist at SCI Solutions

Jhileah Jackson

IGNITE Advisory Board Member IGNITE Alumni

Danielle Bartoletti

IGNITE Advisory Board Member

Director of HR at Outreach.io

Diana Antczak

IGNITE Advisory Board Member Senior Technical Program Manger at Amazon

IGNITE Impact Report 2017- 2018 SCHOOL YEAR

 

Why Does IGNITE Exist?

 

IGNITE Impact Report 2017-18 School Year

  • Since 1999, IGNITE has educated and empowered over 35,000 young women in middle school and high school grades to pursue education and careers in STEM
  • In the Seattle School District alone, female participation in technology classes soared from 10% to 50% immediately after girls attended their first IGNITE event.
  • IGNITE has 75 chapters across the United States and international chapters in Nigeria, Uruguay, and Uganda.
 
  • Since 1999, IGNITE has educated and empowered over 35,000 young women in middle school and high school grades to pursue education and careers in STEM
  • In the Seattle School District alone, female participation in technology classes soared from 10% to 50% immediately after girls attended their first IGNITE event.
  • IGNITE has 75 chapters across the United States and international chapters in Nigeria, Uruguay, and Uganda.
 

Current IGNITE Chapters

School District Chapter
West Valley School DistrictWest Valley Junior High School
Uruguay ChapterUruguay Chapter
Uganda ChapterApoolo Na Angor
Uganda ChapterWomen and Girls of Victory>Uganda Chapter
Tacoma School DistrictWilson High School
Tacoma School DistrictLincoln High School
South San Francisco Unified School DistrictSouth San Francisco HS
Shoreline
Shoreline Community College
Seattle Public SchoolsThe Center School
Seattle Public SchoolsSeattle Central Community College
Seattle Public SchoolsSeattle World School
Seattle Public SchoolsEckstein Middle School
Seattle Public SchoolsMiddle College High School
Seattle Public SchoolsBallard High School
Seattle Public SchoolsGarfield High School
Seattle Public SchoolsSouth Shore MS
Seattle Public SchoolsNathan Hale High School
Seattle Public SchoolsIngraham High School
Seattle Public SchoolsAki Kurose MS
Seattle Public SchoolsCleveland High School
Seattle Public SchoolsRoosevelt High School
Seattle Public SchoolsRainier Beach High School
Seattle Public SchoolsBroadview – Thomson Middle School
Seattle Public SchoolsSouth Lake High School
Seattle Public SchoolsFranklin High School
Seattle Public SchoolsFranklin High School
Seattle Public SchoolsChief Sealth High School
SeattleSeattle Central College
San Francisco Unified School DistrictWallenburg High School
San Francisco Unified School DistrictMission High School
San Francisco Unified School DistrictAptos Middle School
San Francisco Unified School DistrictLincoln High School
San Francisco Unified School DistrictSOTA High School
San Francisco Unified School DistrictEverett Middle School
San Francisco Unified School DistrictPhillip and Sala Burton High School
San Francisco Unified School District San Francisco Unified School DistrictHilltop High School for Pregnant Minors
San Francisco Unified School DistrictIda B. Wells Continuation High School
San Francisco Unified School DistrictLowell High School
San Francisco Unified School DistrictWashington High School
San Francisco Unified School DistrictAptos Middle School
San Francisco Unified School DistrictGalileo High School
Rwanda ChapterMinduc Groupe Scolaire Rutonde
Renton School DistrictRenton High School
Renton School DistrictHazen High School
Renton School DistrictLindbergh High School
Renton
Renton
Nigeria ChaptersHanniel Synerg, Lagos
Nigeria ChaptersKatsina
Marysville School DistrictMountain View High School
Kent School DistrictKentridge High School
Kent School DistrictKentwood High School
Highline Public SchoolsTyee HS
Highline Public SchoolsMount Rainier High School
Highline Public SchoolsEvergreen HS
Highline Public SchoolsHighline High School
Highline Public SchoolsHighline Public Schools
Franklin Pierce School DistrictFranklin Pierce High School
Fife School DistrictColumbia Jr. High School
Fife School DistrictFife High School
Federal Way Public schoolsFederal Way High School
Federal Way Public schoolsLakota Middle School
Federal Way Public schoolsDecatur High School
Federal Way Public schoolsTruman Open Doors High School
Federal Way Public schoolsSacajawea Middle School
Federal Way Public schoolsTruman High School
Federal Way Public schoolsTodd Beamer High School
Federal Way Public schoolsThomas Jefferson High School
Everett School District
Clover Park School DistrictClover Park High School
Bethel School DistrictBethel High School
Bethel School DistrictGraham-Kapowsin High School
Bethel School DistrictSpanaway Lake High School
Bellevue School DistrictTillicum Middle School
Bellevue School DistrictChinook Middle School
RentonRenton Technical College

IGNITE Awards & Recognition

We are proud to have received national and international recognition for the IGNITE program. The awards we have been honored with are a reflection of the significant impact this program has had on thousands of girls. Since 1999, the program has touched many lives; from the individual volunteers, corporate sponsors, district staff, and most importantly our 35,000+ IGNITE girls.
Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring   National Science Foundation & The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy IGNITE Interview for iHeartMedia Radio Stations iHeartMedia, July 2018
KIRO 7 News Interview with Cathi Rodgveller KIRO 7 News Cathi Rodgveller on WIT Panel Seattle WIT Regatta 2018
USA Today Article on IGNITE Teaching for the Future: Steering Girls to Science Gender Equity Award 2002 Cisco
Unsung Hero Award 2014 National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) CenturyLink Service Award2013 CenturyLink
Social Impact Award 2012 Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology 21 Leaders for the 21st Century Award 2009 Women eNews
ACTE Article Igniting Women’s Passion For Careers in Stem World of Difference Award 2011 The International Alliance for Women
Programs and Practices that Work Award 2007 National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) Seattle Times Article IGNITE Group Introduces Teenage Girls to High-Tech
 

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