“Girlpower in Tech”: A Hot Topic for Europe’s Top Women

“Girlpower in Tech”: A Hot Topic for Europe’s Top Women

Yours truly had the singular honor of being among some very elite company last week at a private luncheon organized by Vice President Neelie Kroes and her amazing team.

On 4 October 2011, Cheryl Miller had the honor of speaking on the topic of “Women & Technology” at a private Luncheon hosted for 25 female MEPs by Commissioner & Vice President Neelie Kroes.  Alongside riveting personal stories about the contribution of women to an inclusive and digital Europe — as shared by the UK’s Digital Champion, Martha Lane Fox, and Annie Chen & Fiona Herring from Google— Cheryl emphasized the importance of positive female role models to encourage “girls of all ages” to contribute more actively to designing and buiding the future.

“We are obliged to provide girls the knowledge, tools, self-confidence and role models they need” said Cheryl, “in order for them to be able to save the world.”  This vision is at the heart of our work to “promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics to girls of all ages and backgrounds, around the world.”

Vice President Kroes recently bestowed an additional honor on Cheryl and her work by awarding her organization a purse from Commissioner Kroes’ Compostela Prize for promoting understanding and cross-cultural communication.

A follow-up blogpost on the Luncheon event by Commissioner Kroes, entitled “Putting Girlpower into Technology,” may be found here, with pictures here.