Before STEM, We Called It Girl Scouts
There are more women than ever who are interested in STEM but they are still underrepresented in the field. Something is just not adding up. Kelly Parisi will discuss the ambition gap comparing how boys and girls lead, their thoughts on STEM and the reasons why GSUSA partnered with Lean In to ban the word bossy. More importantly, she will address Girl Scouts of the USA’s focus on going to the root of the problem, the underrepresentation of women in STEM, by exposing girls to STEM at an early age to spark their interest in the field. Essentially we are not only investing in girls; we are investing in our future society and the women in STEM.
With a dedication to awakening the inner #BossLady in women and girls, Kelly currently focuses on closing the gender gap in technology as the head of Marketing and Communications at Girls Who Code. Previously, Kelly was the head of Communications and Marketing for Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In Foundation where she empowered women on how the world benefits when women are running half of our companies and men are running half of our homes. Before she leaned in, she bled green as the Chief Communications Executive at Girl Scouts of the USA. With unprecedented PR and media coverage, viral campaigns, and unlimited access to cookies, Kelly’s team revolutionized the largest girl-led organization in the world and redefined what it meant to be a Girl Scout and a #GirlBoss in the 21st century.
Kelly M. Parisi currently serves as Chief Communications Executive at Girl Scouts of the USA, a title Ms. Parisi has held since July 2013.