HIGH 5 GIRLS - and we are off!
High5Girls is an organization focused on attracting young women, between the ages of 13-18, into the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). They’ll learn to think like entrepreneurs by exploring needs and discovering solutions in industries as diverse as high tech, business, education and medicine.
In keeping with STEM and the UN global goals for women, we believe young women can learn new skills and maximize their chances to find new and exciting careers. We’re proud to support the global effort to empower young women to create, innovate, tinker and turn their ideas into reality.
Our mission is to make girls FUTURE-HAPPY. Starting now.
“We should all aspire to create value for society. This requires people who know how to work in teams, identify important societal needs, and have the skills to address them. I have seen over and over how programs like H5G can give young girls these essential life-skills by engaging them in exciting team projects and learning experiences.”
CURT CARLSON, the author of “The Five Disciplines for Creating What Customers Want”
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Data Strategist | Head of AI and Analytics CoE @ Novo Nordisk
“We need diversity in tech, including gender one. There is no real reason why more women do not enter STEM fields except from social or cultural stereotypes. The sooner we break these mental barriers the more innovative and capable society we can be.”
Neha Imtiaz Ullah
BSc. Electrical Engineering Student at the Technical University of Denmark
``I want to be a role-model, because I believe that you cannot be what you cannot see. This is why role-models are extremely important, so young girls have someone to look up to and someone who can further spark their interest for STEM by sharing stories about how exciting STEM can be.” Electrical Engineering Student ``
Gabriella Angela Morote Kierulff
Student DTU - App developer
``STEM is a path to make a difference for people and change our world. I did not know the importance of STEM when I had to choose my undergrade; therefore, I want to be a rolemodel for girls, and inspire them to choose a similar path, in order to create a future build on diversity. ``
Sustainable Energy Msc Student at DTU / Project evaluator and Entrepreneur
``As a young female professional entering the STEM field I know how hard it is to fight stereotypes, specially coming from a Latin-American country. I want to empower and encourage girls to speak up and bring different perspectives to the field.”
Lina Sors Emilsson
Project Leader at Upptech, Uppsala University, Founder Sors Technology and Co-founder Stargrind
``Tech-savvy girls are needed everywhere in the private and public sector for a more sustainable and fair society for us all. Therefore, I am happy to contribute to High5Girls to empower young girls to discover the fun in tech and realise that their unique potentials not only are encouraged but desperately needed to build our future. ``
Project Manager, Energy Cluster Denmark
``I have an education in engineering, psychotherapist and have sailed around the world on a sailboat. My education and life experiences have made me very passionate about sustainability, so today I help companies working towards their sustainable growth. Girls, if you think about choosing between a technical education or an education where you work with people, you need to know that communication and relations is of great importance in a lot of jobs. If you choose an education in the technical field it will open up for so many possibilities and it's super exciting.``
Engineer - Founder hos MEWALII
``I want to encourage girls to be their true self and not be afraid to stand out of the crowd, especially within STEM and entrepreneurship where I've got my experience. Girls should feel empowered to chase their dreams, no matter the dream. This is the change high5girls pledged to and that is the future.”
Claudia Dos Santos
Logistics Supervisor / Field Service Coordinator, KVH Industries Inc.
“There are not enough women in the STEM. We must end stereotypes about gender and intellect superiority. Women are underrepresented and discouraged to pursue a career in the STEM fields. It is unfortunate that we are setting barriers to all the talented women due to stereotypes.”
Electrical Engineer/Founder of Women In Hardware Israel
``Women bring a unique voice to the table. It is something about the combination of wisdom, creativity, ability of wide and detailed view of things in addition to the capability of being sensitive to people and others needs- that makes women such great engineers.”
Cand. It in Product Design
``I always start with WHY - and I believe girls should be encouraged and learn to ask why especially within the STEM community. I believe in the strength of diversity and that we need the future generation of product designers and engineers to think differently together - that’s why I am with High5Girls.``
CEO at Too Good To Go, Entrepreneur
``Diversitet er lig med dynamik. Og dynamik er altafgørende i alle typer virksomheder - ikke mindst inden for teknologien, der har været domineret af den mandlige tilgang til bl.a. udvikling og projektledelse. Mænd og kvinder tænker og agerer forskelligt, og vi har brug for begge tilgange for at skabe den rette kombination af drive og balance. Mange piger aner ikke, hvor vanvittigt fede og sjove jobs, de kan lande med STEM i rygsækken. Og hvor eftertragtede, de ville være. Det skal de vide.``
CEO at Miracle Finland Oy
``Diversity is the power! If everybody looks the same, thinks the same, has the same background, it all gets boring and nothing new would be invented. If you can see things from different angles you can always invent new ways of doing things, and change the world. And you can also change your business to the better!``
Monika Luniewska Jensen
Senior Business Developer. Co-founder and board member at SHUTE Sensing Solutions.
``I believe that women have enormous potential in STEM area, but also that it has been dimmed until now for several reasons. High5Girls creates a safe environment for young women, where they can make first steps in science and technology fields, learn how to work together and build confidence for showing their skills and continue developing them outside. Female role models are there to support them in their journey. This initiative has been needed for a long time and I am happy that somebody finally made it happen.``
CEO at Prezentor
``We need to show girls at a very young age that technology and business is fun, and that it's not as complex as they might think to go from idea to business. We need to show them that it's possible to receive funding and try your wings, and if you don’t succeed the first time you can always try again. With High5Girls I wish to be the rolemodel that I many times felt was missing when growing up. Be the change that you want to see in society, so that future generations won’t know that there’s any other way.``
Process Development at Cook Medical , PhD.
I cannot agree more with Melinda Gates when she says, “sometimes all that’s needed to lift women up is to stop pulling them down”. Gender distribution is so out of balance in STEM fields and I believe that some unwritten rules and hidden barriers are among the main causes. I think it is essential that we get together to find the root causes of the problems and effectively tackle them.
Technology Experience Designer at IdemoLab, FORCE Technology in Denmark
``...we need to empower girls early on to solve interesting, complicated problems in science and technology and encourage them to play with code and robotics and become intrigued by creating change in the world.``
Electrical Engineer/ Project Manager at FORCE Technology
``I believe we in particular need more women in STEM to bring new, unique perspectives into our research and scientific conversations. For me working as an engineer has been an extremely fulfilling career path, and I believe It could be so for other women as well.``
Marine Classification Specialist at MAN Energy Solutions
``When you start following your dreams, there will always be challenges. And I believe that with a STEM education you learn that challenges become opportunities for learning and skills building. You will find joy in problem solving and your confidence will be strengthened. And if you failed, you have learned something valuable and that knowledge can never be taken from you.``
Head of Hardware Development. Airtame
``Diversity inspires innovation, helps to identify better ways to solve challenges, results in higher productivity, and combats affinity bias. Lifting women up and providing examples of opportunities and learnings within STEM is so important to make sure we reach our fullest potential and catalyze change. ``
Electrical Engineer Nanotechnology Specialist
''Women bring a fresh look at new technologies. Women, through a lot of empathy, are able to objectively assess the problem. Girls in technology bring an innovative approach because they have emotional intelligence. Young girls should know that working in technology is something that is motivating. Maria Skladowska Curie was also rejected from the university. If she hadn't been stubborn in pursuing her goals, she would never have been awarded the Nobel Prize.''
Energy and Industrial Engineer
``Women will begin to blossom when we stop being afraid of failure and we start believing in our infinite potential- like any human being. Our greatest enemy is ourselves: we grow up with the aim of being perfect, we fear our insecurities and we fear failure. These are precisely the burdens that pull us down. Young women must realize that perfection is about not being perfect and that we are powerful and infinitely valuable -especially when we fail, because we make room for empirical learning. That's what life is all about - reshaping and being reborn every second day! ``
Strategi og partnerskaber, Textile Change
”Som barn var jeg altid ”den kreative pige” der var god til at tegne. I mange år troede jeg, at jeg at tilvalget af en kreativ uddannelse, betød fravalg af en STEM uddannelse. Da jeg indså at dette ikke var tilfældet, og at kreativitet er en af de vigtigste redskaber i udviklingen af ny teknologi, åbnede det mine øjne for et væld af muligheder, jeg ellers havde været blind for.”
Global Engineer at Jabra
``Doing STEM degrees doesn't have to mean a life of laboratories, sitting alone at a computer or endless math equations. It is much more than that. With a career in STEM, you help build a better tomorrow, whether it’s global warming, medicine, or education. And, with half the population being female, we deserve the female perspective.``
Director hos Lifeline Robotics
“Curiosity and ingenuity are neither defined nor limited by gender. The fields in which these traits are allowed to run free, should not be either. We need to not only blur but to completely wipe out the lines created as a social construct in ancient times. Why? The laws of nature. Nature fights monocultures but rewards diversity, as it promotes growth, resilience and beauty in all living things. And as humans, we are a part of nature - subject to her laws. Therefore, we must promote gender diversity in education - not for our sake as females, but for the sake of everyone and everything.``
System and Application Engineer at Sectra
``The talent that women can bring into STEM can be the key to grow sustainably and face current global challenges. That is how we all win by breaking the stigma on STEM careers, and why it is so important to empower young girls by example. We need to show girls that STEM careers can be as technical or as sensitive as they want them to be, that they can be combined with other interests and that the opportunities of growth are endless.``
Renewable energy Student, DTU
``When I was a child, it was difficult for me to find inspiration to study engineering. In the classes, all the famous scientists were men, and I wondered if I would be able to do it as I had no one around me in this field. Having a role model allows us to help others find that inspiration, by identifying with girls and women who like the same field as you, that inspiration grows and helps us to achieve our dreams``
Lene Nørby Nielsen
`` Jeg elsker idéen om at kunne hjælpe unge kvinder med et skub og vil gerne bidrage``
Associate Professor at Aalborg University
``Be passionate and determined in what you like. From a very young age, I have been fascinated about exploring the functions of the human brain. I knew, I wanted to be a “neuroscientist”, and now I have the privilege to work within that area, where I can help people in pain.``
Paula Riera Turró
Student Assistant at VELUX
``As women we face many barriers to enter and succeed within STEM. Some barriers are obvious, but others are so nuanced that they even look like individual choices. It is not until we start sharing experiences that we realize they are systemic. That is why, I find it so important to discuss and share across generations, with a clear objective of making it easier for the new generations of women in STEM.``