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Bank of America Merrill Lynch Sponsors the STEMettes

Building the Pipeline for More Women to Work in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 10:21 am EDT

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On Saturday, 8 October, STEMettes – an award-winning social enterprise inspiring the next generation of young women to enter the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) sector – will host a weekend of coding and creativity.

Sponsored and hosted by Bank of America Merrill Lynch at the company’s London offices, this is a unique opportunity for girls and young women (ages 8–22) to meet and learn from women already working in STEM professions. A group of technologists based in the UK will share tips, knowledge and coding skills with the young participants. During the event, the girls will code before presenting their work to the other participants. The idea is to be comfortable with the code, to share ideas and to learn from each other.

Andrew McKibben, chief operating officer, Global Markets Operations Technology at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, said, “Technology innovation is key to driving transformation within the financial services industry, so at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, it sits at the heart of our business. To promote the growth of female technologists, we are delighted to support STEMettes, and to host this event for the fourth consecutive year. We hope that through collaborative efforts such as this, we can help to change perceptions of what it is like to work in STEM, and inspire more young women to consider a career in the sector.”

The STEMettes’ slogan of “Girls do STEM, too” addresses the challenge of encouraging girls into STEM careers.

Head STEMette Anne-Marie Imafidon stated, "We're excited to be back collaborating with Bank of America Merrill Lynch for the fourth year running and highlighting the opportunities in STEM. This year, we're continuing the technical theme and combining our love of food with coding. The event sold out so quickly; there's such an appetite among young women all over the country for opportunities like this, pun intended."

The previous event in London had more than 40 young women in attendance. To learn more or sign up for the 8 October event, visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/food-coding-weekend-tickets.

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