Enacting Cultural Transformation

Maydm is Made By Them

/’meid-’em/

Maydm provides girls and youth of color in grades 6-12 with skill-based training for the technology sector. Maydm’s holistic approach prepares students from traditionally underrepresented populations to engage in and revolutionize the tech industries.

Our Vision

We envision a world where all students know that a career in STEM is possible for them; a world where all students are equipped with the skills to elevate their quality of life; a world where all students can pursue their dreams as entrepreneurs, developers, engineers, or professors.

Our Values

Inclusivity

Quality

Boldness

Reflection

The Issues We Are Addressing

50%
Women in Science & Engineering Jobs
66%
People of color in science & engineering careers
100%
K-12 schools nationwide that teach computer science classes
0
Projected Growth Rate of STEM Jobs

Our Approach to the Solution

Technical & Analytical Skills

Exposure & Mentorship

Holistic Development

Internship Opportunities

November 2015 – Our Beginning

After her experience in a classroom with very few girls and students of color, our Founder and Executive Director, Winnie Karanja, starts Maydm to provide STEM programming for these traditionally underrepresented populations. Winnie not only serves as Founder of the organization, but also teaches the first classes to elementary school girls to help fuel their interest in science, engineering and robotics.

Winnie Karanja

Meet Our Team

Winnie Karanja

Winnie Karanja is the Founder and Executive Director of Maydm, an organization focused on equipping girls and students of color with the technical skills and experiences to become innovators and technology leaders. With a background in education, technology and workforce development, Winnie has worked on national data projects, has led economic development initiatives, and is committed to equipping youth in utilizing and understanding the power of technology to fuel their dreams.

In 2019, Winnie was named to Forbes Magazine’s 30 under 30 for social entrepreneurship and named to Madison Magazine’s MList. She is also a past honoree by Brava Magazine’s Women to Watch. She also serves on the board for DMI and Building Brave.

Winnie Karanja

Founder & Executive Director

Rebecca Hildebrandt

Director of Operations

Why Maydm

I want girls and students of color to see their unlimited potential and be empowered with the tools to achieve their goals and dreams.

Background

Rebecca has a background in non-profit development and leadership with a focus on fundraising, collaboration, operations and relationship management. She has a passion for mission based work and connecting organizations and volunteers to the mission to allow for meaningful engagement. Outside of work, she has developed her leadership skills over the past 20 years as a youth hockey coach and community volunteer. Rebecca graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh.

Rebecca Hildebrandt

Director of Operations

JP Miller

Curriculum Developer & Programs Lead

Why Maydm

I want to empower youth to discover and pursue STEM related career paths.

Background

JP Miller graduated from Texas A&M with studies in Political Science, Writing, and Marketing. After embarking on a career in freelance writing, he determined to learn how to code and enrolled in Udacity’s Front-End Developer Nanodegree. Shortly after graduation, he co-founded Skragglies, the web design and digital marketing agency and also began mentoring Udacity alumni to begin STEM-related careers. He has served as a UConnect teacher and aided his students toward greater success by developing customized curriculum per their specific career goals.

JP is committed to lifelong education and mentorship as a means to help others realize their full potential by engaging in challenging and worthwhile career paths.

JP Miller

Curriculum Developer & Programs Lead

Calley Mannion

Program Implementation Lead

Why Maydm

In being part of Maydm, I play a tangible role in programs that create real opportunities for girls and students of color in the STEM fields. As a community, we should all strive to provide equal learning opportunities for our students, and Maydm fights fervently for exactly that.

Background

Calley graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BS in Economics and a BS International Studies. She focused her undergraduate studies on public policy initiatives and their impact on later-in-life outcomes. Stemming from her previous work with international nonprofits, Calley is passionate about empowering women and underserved populations to thrive and break down the barriers of economic inequality.

Calley Mannion

Program Implementation Lead

Board of Directors

Jeff Mack, Interim Chair
First VP Private Banking, Park Bank

Ryan Zerwer, Treasurer
Proud House Properties, Owner

Amy Carrick, Secretary
Owner & Partner, Mindful HR LLC

Anna Burish
Associate Director, The Burish Group | UBS Financial Services Inc.

Mark Gehring
CTO, ImageMoverMD

Gwyn Hughes
Math Specialist, Boise State University

Fritz Grutzner
Founder & President, Brandgarten

Winnie Karanja
Founder & Executive Director, Maydm (ex-officio)

Jeremy Wodajo
Attorney, Quarles & Brady LLP

Rachel Neill
CEO, Carex Consulting Group

Annual Reports

2018 Annual Report

2017 Annual Report

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