On Wednesday 5th August 2015, 45 girls aged 11 - 22 from Stemettes' Outbox Incubator programme visited the Goldman Sachs offices in London to learn practical innovation and presentation skills.
6 August 2015
This was organized as part of Goldman Sachs's Community TeamWorks programme, a global volunteer initiative that enables employees to drive tangible progress in communities where they work and live.
The day started out with an interactive icebreaker where the girls spoke to the Goldman Sachs volunteers - most of whom were women in the Technology division - to hear about their backgrounds, education, and day-to-day work. Many of the girls learned for the first time what an investment bank does and the role technology plays in the financial industry.
Goldman Sachs volunteers then worked with groups of the girls to demonstrate and practice the process of using Post-It notes to brainstorm problems and generate innovative solutions.
After a lunch break, Barbara Dischinger, Partnership Manager for Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) spoke briefly about the organization and the importance of projects like the Outbox Incubator. Barbara emphasized the importance of encouraging young women into STEM subjects to combat the low representation of women in these professions.
During the second half of the day, the girls proposed lots of new ideas for the design of shopping carts before selecting their best to feed into the next exercise on storyboarding. Here, the girls learned and practised the process of creating storyboards to quickly and visually communicate the flow of their new designs. They closed out the day by putting together creative and interactive presentations to pitch their design solutions.
It was an immensely rewarding day filled with lots of food, laughter, brilliant ideas, and practical, tangible skills for tomorrow's generation of scientists, technologists, engineers, and mathematicians.
The feedback from the girls has been overwhelmingly positive. “Thank you for the amazing experience,” said one girl, a sentiment that was echoed by many of the participants. “[The presentations and exercises] were funny, and they helped me get to know some of the girls,” said another. Several of the Outbox participants appreciated the opportunity to connect with men and women in established STEM careers as well as see an investment bank for the first time.
For the Goldman Sachs volunteers, it was also an incredible day away from normal work. The volunteers spoke of being highly impressed and inspired by the girls’ creative confidence, courage, and enthusiasm during the exercises and presentations.
Stemettes was founded by Anne-Marie Imafidon in 2013 to inspire the next generation of girls into Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths careers. In just two years, the organization has reached 3,000 girls around the UK via panel events, hackathons, exhibitions, and mentoring schemes. Outbox Incubator is an initiative by Stemettes to give participants the funding and support to launch their own science or tech-based businesses. The program is in partnership with WISE, whose patron is HRH The Princess Royal, and is funded by the Salesforce Foundation.