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Serita Acker challenges girls of all ages to pursue math, science and engineering through her forward-thinking mentoring program, WISE.

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics. STEM for short. These are the fields of study driving the future of our nation and our world. They’re what’s advancing modern technologies and growing global economies.

And unfortunately, girls are less than half as likely to pursue academic degrees in these fields than boys. When they grow up, women represent only 24 percent of the STEM workforce, the U.S. Department of Commerce reports.

That’s where Serita Acker, program director of Women in Science and Engineering (WISE), comes in. And it’s what she’s been working to address for more than a decade, since well before STEM was a buzzword in the mainstream press.

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