Hilary Laney

CEO and Owner, Evia Events

WHY YOU ARE INVOLVED WITH IGNITE?

During a time when equality is talked about, but not actually practiced, and the technology industry is moving at a very rapid pace with very few women included - I feel strongly it is time for a drastic change. We need to start at the beginning of each young women’s journey in their pursuit of success in the tech industry and address the lack of support they are provided to achieve this. We need to rethink the way classrooms are designed, STEM subjects are taught, and most importantly, the way our daughters are seen and spoken to. IGNITE Worldwide is doing this and I could not be more excited to help them succeed!

HOW HAS IGNITE INSPIRED YOU?

The young women I have seen who are beneficiaries of the program have impressed me greatly. They inspire me with their confidence, determination, and good judgment to utilize the IGNITE resources to advance their education in STEM. This is not only a brilliant decision for themselves, it also helps overall progress towards achieving equality in tech.

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE OUR WIDER COMMUNITY TO KNOW ABOUT IGNITE?

Since my introduction to IGNITE Worldwide, I have found myself telling most people I interact with about the organization. I think the reason is because their mission is so relevant in today’s educational and professional climates. If we, as a society, want to remain competitive and continue to increase our economic standing during this Digital Age, we MUST achieve equality across STEM programs and professions. In working directly with the schools, businesses, students, and professional leaders of our community, IGNITE Worldwide is fueling this effort and doing it in a way that produces true results. If you support women in STEM, then you should absolutely support IGNITE Worldwide.

 

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