Park Place Technologies is continuing its emphasis on guiding women into STEM careers with an international partnership in Ireland. On Jan. 30, Cork City Hall played host to day one of the 6th annual I Wish conference, which provides over 6,000 female students with the opportunity to learn about career opportunities in the areas of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) over four days, two days in Cork and two days in Dublin.
On Jan. 31, Park Place Chief Marketing Officer Jennifer Deutsch led a presentation highlighting the 2019 Park Place Technologies WINS Externship that brought two Cork students to the U.S. Emma Brennan, from Cork Institute of Technology (CIT), and Amy Dolan, from University College Cork (UCC), won an all-expenses-paid trip to the Park Place offices in Boston, Massachusetts and Cleveland, Ohio, to work with mentors within the company, gain insight into career opportunities, experience working in a technology business and participate in leadership training to develop their leadership and communication skills.
Announced in February 2019 by Deputy Prime Minister of Ireland, Tánaiste Simon Coveney, the STEM competition was hosted by Park Place in partnership with I Wish (Inspiring Women In STEM). The competition was open to all college students aged 18 and over who had previously attended an I Wish event.
Amy and Emma were part of an I Wish Alumni panel and described their experience at Park Place and encouraged others to apply this year for the Park Place Technologies WINS Externship.
“I was honored to be a speaker at the 2020 I Wish Conference, where I shared Park Place’s commitment to STEM globally and encouraged the young women in attendance to consider careers in STEM,” Jennifer said. “I challenged the audience to be selective in the companies they work for … to find organizations that have a culture of giving back and empowering employees to make a difference, at work and in the community.”
With less than 25% of the STEM workforce in Ireland being female, the aim of I Wish is to break down the barriers that face young females when it comes to choosing a career in STEM, providing them with valuable information and the confidence to take the next step in choosing a career in STEM.
The Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. John Sheehan, opened the event. Students were treated to a host of top-tier keynote speakers such as Catherine Halpin of VMware and Commandant Gillian Collins, Irish Defense Forces. Several other speakers from multinationals such as Google, Dropbox, PepsiCo, Arup, McAfee, Johnson & Johnson and Stryker also took to the stage to enlighten their young listeners along with their teachers. A number of I Wish Alumni also spoke at the event, sharing their story and inspiring the next generation of leaders in attendance.
Gillian Keating, Co-founder of I Wish said, “Since I Wish was established in 2015, we hear year on year from students that they want a career where they can help other people, or change the world for the better, yet the latest I WISH survey results revealed that 64% of students state they do not know enough about STEM. I Wish aims to bridge this information gap and give young women the opportunity to explore their potential within STEM sectors. This year we have welcomed to the stage a number of young women, who attended I Wish in the past and were inspired to pursue STEM. In that way I Wish has come full circle.”
The application deadline for the 2020 Park Place Technologies WINS Externship is April 6. Learn more here.