On Friday, December 9th, the White House hosted academic and industry luminaries for the “Champions of Change: Women & Girls in STEM” gathering. The White House honors local leaders who are inspiring and empowering America’s youth to lead active, healthy lifestyles as “Champions of Change”. These individuals are all united around one goal: to get kids moving more. Each of them has developed or is implementing an effective model for making physical activity fun, accessible, and sustainable for young people in their communities. From P.E. teachers to local parks and recreation coordinators, and from doctors to volunteer coaches, this group represents the spectrum of physical activity leaders across the country.
Friday’s afternoon breakout sessions were filled with lively discussions amongst academic and industry thought leaders on how to attract and retain women and girls in STEM curricula and professions. The following twelve local leaders, in the effort to recruit and retain girls and women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, were honored as White House Champions of Change.