Monday, January 11, 2016

Girl Scouts Join the Discussion at the Girls' Lounge at CES

Photo credit: Stacey Salter Moore - The Girls' Lounge

We’re back from CES and wow, we had a blast! Last week Girl Scouts returned to the Consumer Electronics Show to lead the conversations around girls and STEM with the Girls’ STEM Summit, showcase the enhancements of Digital Cookie 2.0, and join the discussion on gender equality at The Girls’ Lounge.

The Girls’ STEM Summit expanded our presence at CES this year—giving 25 Girl Scouts from Northern California and Southern Nevada a unique opportunity to interact with some incredible influencers, explore STEM career opportunities, check out the latest trends in tech, and learn how women can make a BIG difference in STEM fields.

"Because of Girl Scouts I was able to develop a passion in STEM. Coming to CES gave me the opportunity to take one step forward in bridging the gender gap in tech. The women here made it very clear that no matter what, girls have equal ability to make big changes in the tech world." – Mallika, 16-year-old Girl Scout from Northern California.
Photo credit: Stacey Salter Moore - The Girls' Lounge

The girls started their day on a bus ride to the CES floor tour, where they each got to partner with an influential woman leader in tech. The floor tour was led by Megan Smith, Chief Technology Officer of the United States, and Shelley Zalis, Founder and CEO of The Girls' Lounge. 

This was the first time Girl Scouts were able to participate in The Girls’ Loungea place for women of all backgrounds to connect, discover their confidence, and activate the changes we want to see in the world. They openly discussed gender diversity and inclusion in the corporate world, stating that gender equality is not a women’s issue – but a social and economic issue. It will only get better if we work together!

"The greatest strength in life is to collaborate together and find your partners... It takes courage and confidence to go forward, but it’s not as scary if we jump together." Shelley Zalis, founder and CEO of The Girls’ Lounge.

Photo credit: Stacey Salter Moore - The Girls' Lounge

The girls ended their day with a screening of "CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap" with the film's Director and Producer, Robin Hauser Reynolds.
Some of the other movers and shakers who spent some time with our Girl Scouts include:

·         Alex Sinclair, Global Creative Director at IBM.
·         Erin Walline, Executive Director of Product Development at Dell.
·         Nola Weinstein, Head of Executive Engagement for Twitter.
·         Danielle Feinberg, Director of Photography at Disney's Pixar.

Check out all of the action and insightful interviews from CES on our YouTube channel.