Girlstart named as beneficiary of 2017 3M Half Marathon!

In support of 3M’s global initiative to advance female leadership, 3M Austin recently named Girlstart as the beneficiary of the 2018 3M Half Marathon event scheduled for January 21. 3Mgives will contribute $50,000 to support Girlstart’s educational programs in conjunction with the race.

Girlstart provides a year-round, intensive suite of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programs for K-12 girls. Their core programs foster STEM skills development, an understanding of the importance of STEM as a way to address and solve global problems, as well as an interest in STEM electives, majors and careers. Girlstart’s programs naturally align with 3M’s Women’s Leadership Network (WLN), dedicated to accelerating the appointment of women leaders and providing necessary connections to help women explore, grow and gain visibility throughout their careers at 3M.

In August 2014, Yen Florczak, assistant chief legal counsel for 3M office of intellectual property, was elected to serve on Girlstart’s board of directors. Florczak’s involvement continues 3M’s longtime engagement with Girlstart and enables her to share her passion for STEM learning for girls.Catherine Sweet, project manager, supply chain for 3M electronics and energy and Austin Women’s Forum member, said, “I believe the Girlstart Summer Camp is the best educational camp around. My daughter learned so much and had a blast doing it. I highly recommend it for your 4th-8th grade girls.” Russell Bridges, 3Mgives manager, added, “Choosing Girlstart as the beneficiary of the 3M Half Marathon is further evidence of our ongoing commitment to STEM education for school-age girls, as well as our larger mission to promote women leadership throughout the Austin community and within 3M globally.”