Event Schedule

8:30 - 9:30 AM

Arrival, Registration, Breakfast
Welcome by Mistresses of Ceremonies:
Betty Davis, Chief Certified Meteorologist WPLG TV ABC Affiliate. Ms. Davis earned a B.S. in Geosciences with an emphasis in Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University. She graduated magna cum laude with a degree in English from Spellman College.

9:30 - 10:15 AM

AT&T Plenary Session
Technology provides amazing opportunities for people to learn, connect, create and collaborate in new ways we never dreamed possible, but this new shift in communication also presents challenges. AT&T female employees will address the new technologies for communication, its challenges, and present ways to be socially responsible in the digital world. The employees will share their career paths and have an open dialogue with the students about digital citizenship.

10:15 - 11:00 AM

From Wearable Tech to 3D Fabrics
Elizabeth King of Gerber Technology interviews four young, female Fashion Innovators:
Erin Winick - UF Mechanical Engineering Doctoral Student and Jewelry Designer
Ariel Swedroe - 14 year old, Miami based Fashion Designer
Danit Peleg - Innovative Fashion Designer using 3D Printer Technique based in Tel Aviv, Israel
Angie Cohen - Founder and Creative Director of DesignLab Miami

11:10 AM - 12:00 PM

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Alicia Abella
Dr. Abella, President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics Board Member, and AT&T assistant vice president, Cloud Technologies & Services followed by an interview with Nadya Areas of Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra, LLC.

12:00 - 1:00 PM

Five-minute pitches from Middle and High School teams.

1:00 - 1:45 PM

Growing a Startup Mentality
Yolanda Valencia, Science and Engineering Department Chair, Gulliver Academy Middle School introduces the key skillsets 21st century entrepreneurs need as well as skill sets employers are looking for, and interviews a panel of tech entrepreneurs and engineers who work for tech startups including United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) 2016 Women in Entrepreneurship and Leadership award winners, Maria Pia and Paula Celestino, founders of Crea7ive, a branding agency in Miami, Denise Mendez, Senior Automation Test Developer at Magic Leap, and Eva Chipana, Senior Software Engineer at CareCloud.

Breakout Sessions

During this session, the four workshops listed below will run concurrently. Girls will be able to choose one of the four following workshops to participate in.

2:00 - 2:30 PM

Maria "Cristy" Charters
Maria Charters, National Board Certified Teacher of Computer Science, with over 14 years of experience teaching computer science at the high school level and over five years of experience teaching at Florida International University (FIU), introduces Code.org Unplugged Coding Activities.

Joyce L. Davis
V.I.R. (Veer) Around the Mean Girls. Joyce L., Davis, M.A, Founder, Executive Director, Pearl Girlz of Dania Beach presents a fully interactive presentation that requires participants to define and identify the three most common types of female aggression that leads to girl bullying. This 30-minute presentation is conducted with age appropriate video clips demonstrating the harmful effects of girl bullying. The participants will learn and apply effective communication skills from a toolbox of options that will help them to be assertive instead of aggressive when standing up for themselves and others when facing bullying situations.

Marielle Pellegrino
Marielle Pellegrino spreads her love of science through her blog, Miss Aerospace. First year of her doctorate program at the University of Colorado at Boulder where she studies Aerospace Engineering, specifically focused in Astrodynamics, Marielle will present “A Roundabout Way to Mars”. Students will explore orbit transfers and specifically Hohmann transfers. They will investigate the orbits of Earth and Mars using cardboard and string. Students will learn about plants orbits around the sun and about a transfer orbit from one from planet to the other. Aerospace engineers must be creative when planning the best routes and methods when send space crafts from one planet to another. This workshop meets next generation science standards: Science and Common Core State Standards Math.

Isabelle Wheeler
Ms. Wheeler, CFA, founder of Wheeler Consulting, LLC will lead an interactive workshop teaching participants the importance of saving.

2:30 - 3:00 PM

Alternate Workshops
Of the four workshops listed above, girls will alternate into a different workshop of their choice.

3:10 - 3:30 PM

Keynote Speaker: Felicia Hatcher
Felicia Hatcher presents closing keynote on “Being an EPIC Entrepreneur”.

3:30 - 4:00 PM

Awards & Announcements
Presentation Tech Star Awards and Announcements of Pitch Competition Middle and High School winners.

4:00 PM