According to the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization, women account for less than 30% of the world’s researchers in science, technology, and innovation. Recognizing International Day of the Girl is one way we can encourage women and girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and spread the word about the importance of positive influence in the lives of young girls everywhere.
This year’s theme “With Her: A Skilled Girl Force” encourages girls everywhere to be inspired, innovative, and to take charge of their own future.
At Suburban Testing Labs, we value the contributions of our innovative thinkers without consideration of gender. Women make up 71% of our senior leadership team. And overall, women make up 51% of our workforce. Compared to 30% worldwide, we are proud to be shattering the glass ceiling of women in STEM careers.
In addition to valuing a diverse workforce within the walls of our laboratory, we are working to make an impact on future generations.
Sara Stump, Director and wife of our President, Richard Stump, recently joined the Science and Health Pathway Advisory group supporting a county wide Career Pathways Alliance effort to prepare students for current and future workforce needs. This panel includes nine industry experts from the greater Berks County area, in the backyard of our headquarters. These experts advise curriculum directors for each school in the county, providing guidance on workforce needs, trends, and skills required in careers related to science. The Alliance input is vital in creating a bridge between industry and education locally.