amysmartgirls.com – 2/8/17
Smart Girls sat down with Erica Christensen, VP, Corporate Social Responsibility, CA Technologies to discuss their STEM10 series.
SG: The STEM10 highlights 10 inventors in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields from underrepresented groups. Why was it important for CA Technologies to get involved with this series?
Erica: As a software company, CA Technologies has a clear and vested interest in advancing STEM learning. To grow our business in a highly competitive market, we need the brightest software engineers, data scientists and computer scientists. Today’s youth should be the best-equipped ever to fill these roles. After all, they are part of a generation defined and enabled by technology. Businesses have a significant role to play in helping young people — especially those from underrepresented groups — realize their untapped potential. By creating opportunity for them, we can also create a new generation of innovators and leaders for our companies.
SG: What are the other initiatives that CA Technologies is involved with to help change the face of STEM in the future?
Erica: CA invests in STEM programs tailored to different grade levels and age groups, helping to build the STEM pipeline at every age of schooling. This includes our partnerships with nonprofits like Boys & Girls Clubs of America and our Tech Girls Rock initiative, Code.org, DonorsChoose.org, Girls Who Code, IT-oLogy and PENCIL, which are encouraging Pre-K–12th grade students to discover an interest in technology educational opportunities and careers. In addition, we support post-high school programs through partnerships with organizations including the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology and NPower, and work with nonprofits like 100Kin10 to engage with other organizations focused on the advancement of STEM learning. And we don’t just write checks and walk away. When we say partners, we mean from program creation to execution, we are there every step of the way.