Six years ago, I started Maydm because I knew it was necessary to develop an equitable approach to introduce girls and BIPoC students to the STEM fields. I envisioned a reality where they could have an environment to explore, cultivate and confidently pursue their interests in these fields. Over the past six years, we have seen many of these incredible moments in our programs. From students writing their first lines of code, to program alumni gaining the confidence to pursue STEM majors in universities across the country, to others who are now in the STEM workforce.
You have been an integral partner along the way.
In the last 18 months Maydm innovated, adapted, and worked remotely to achieve the following results:
- Celebrated 6 years as an organization
- Pivoted to virtual programming to serve 647 students in 2020
- Achieved a record year in raising funds
- Returned to in person learning in 2021
- Launched a ground-breaking internship program in partnership with multiple businesses this summer
- Served a total of more than 2,000 students to date
I’m so proud of what we have accomplished together.
Maydm has never been about one person, it has always been about changing the narrative of who belongs in the STEM fields and creating an environment for girls and BIPoC students to flourish in the tech sector.
My twenties flew by, serving in this capacity in Madison, and I am so grateful for everyone who has come alongside me to bring my idea and vision into reality. In the next phase of my career, I will be broadening my personal and professional horizons beyond the Badger State. I will continue doing what I’ve always done, fiercely advocate for the pursuit of personal dreams and possibilities for women and people of color in STEM.
Our Board of Directors have begun the search for a new Executive Director. If you know of someone who would be a great fit for this role supporting BIPoC youth as they find their place in STEM, please feel free to share our posting here. I will remain in my role, splitting my time between Madison and Houston, until we select our new Executive Director. Following the selection, I will be supporting the organization in an advisory capacity. I am excited for the future of Maydm and look forward to introducing you to the next leader of the organization.
Our vision has always been to collectively affect change by creating an environment where girls and students of color can thrive in STEM, through fostering their talents and capabilities within, and the transformative impact they can have on the industry and our communities. I invite you to continue partnering with us on this journey, and continue ensuring that girls and students of color in our community know that a career in STEM is possible for them.
It has been an honor to serve our community’s students as Maydm’s Executive Director these past six years.
I will stay in touch throughout this process, and as always you are welcome to reach out to me. I would be happy to hear from you.
Thank you for journeying with us into our next chapter,