The Women's Foundation of Arkansas will host its annual Girls of Promise Conference on Thursday and Friday at the Arkansas 4-H Center and the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel in Little Rock.
Girls of Promise is an initiative of the Women's Foundation that encourages sixth-12th grade girls to pursue higher-level education in science, technology, engineering and math. The event introduces eighth-grade girls who have an interest in STEM to career fields.
The initiative, now in its 20th year, announced earlier this year that Acxiom Corp. had agreed to a two-year sponsorship.
"This event focuses on the payoff of hard work and higher education in STEM related fields, while showing these young women they can still have fun," Anna Beth Gorman, the foundation's executive director, said in a news release. "This conference is for the next generation of women leading our state, to encourage them to meet likeminded peers, hear from women in STEM careers, and follow their dreams."
Attendees will participate in activities and hear from women who work in STEM fields as scientists, welders, physicians, computer systems engineers and coders.
Keynote speakers this year are Barbara Sugg, vice president of information technology and chief security officer at Southwest Power Pool, and Special Agent Laura Garrett of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.