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Smart Girls Rock! event will highlight STEM careers to female students

Fox Cities Chamber hosting annual program on November 1

In an effort to inspire more young women to engage in local STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs, the Fox Cities Chamber, along with host Plexus Corp., has teamed up to present Smart Girls Rock! on Wednesday, November 1. 

“Smart Girls Rock! gets local female students excited about careers in STEM through this day-long, interactive mentoring event,” said the Chamber’s Aimee Herrick, Director of Events and Emerging Talent. “Hosted within the walls of a regional STEM employer, Plexus, the event connects the Fox Cities science and tech community with girls in area high schools to inspire their interest in STEM careers and provide academic and career planning guidance to get where they want to go.” 

Approximately 100 freshmen, sophomore, and junior female students from several Fox Cities area schools will attend the one-day event at Plexus, 2444 Schultz Dr., in Neenah. The students will experience group speed mentoring with women in STEM-related professions, as well as participate in other interactive activities that will expose them to in-demand STEM careers. 

Smart Girls Rock! allows young girls to set career goals and start taking steps to realize the realities of those goals. During the 12 speed mentoring sessions, small groups of students will move through interactive stations, comprised of panels of professional women as well as hands-on activities that include: 

  • It’s Bloody Science!: Finding a Blood Droplet’s Angle of Impact 
  • The Food Science of Ice Cream: Where Science meets Delicious! 
  • Encapsulation is Everywhere: How Encapsulation Surrounds Everyday Life 
  • Bee Techie: How Packaging is Designed, Printed, and Assembled 
  • Learn the Layers of a Road by Creating your own Edible Rocky Roadway! 

Smart Girls Rock! is made possible through the generous support of presenting sponsors Plexus, Boldt, and Menasha Corporation along with platinum sponsor Walbec Group, gold sponsor McMahon, and in-kind sponsors Galloway Company and 4imprint.  

“Plexus is committed to developing, empowering, and hiring women interested in pursuing STEM studies or careers.  They add creativity, ingenuity, and problem solving skills that help propel businesses, such as Plexus, forward,” said Todd Kelsey, Chief Executive Officer. 

We are continuously looking for opportunities to inspire the next generation of women in STEM, and we are thrilled to welcome this young group to our facility in November.”  

Media are encouraged to attend. Please contact Laura Wiegert, EVP Marketing & Events at the Chamber, to notify us of your expected attendance: [email protected] 


About Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce 

The Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce captures the energy of one of Wisconsin’s most dynamic regions and transforms it into innovative programs and services for its business members.  The Fox Cities Chamber serves all of the Fox Cities communities within the counties of Outagamie, Calumet and the northern portion of Winnebago.  The Fox Cities Chamber plays a leadership role in regional economic development efforts in Northeastern Wisconsin.  For more information, visit www.foxcitieschamber.com. 


About Plexus Corp.    

Since 1979, Plexus has been partnering with companies to create the products that build a better world. We are a team of nearly 25,000 individuals who are dedicated to providing Design and Development, Supply Chain Solutions, New Product Introduction, Manufacturing and Sustaining Services. Plexus is a global leader that specializes in serving customers in industries with highly complex products and demanding regulatory environments. Plexus delivers customer service excellence to leading companies by providing innovative, comprehensive solutions throughout a product’s lifecycle. For more information about Plexus, visit our website at www.plexus.com.