Foundation Hosts Annual Girls Leadership Institute

The Women’s Foundation of Palm Beach County will host its sixth annual Girls Leadership Institute on Saturday, Nov. 14.

This one-day, interactive program provides training and support for underserved girls in the county.

This year, the foundation has planned an institute that focuses on science, technology, engineering and mathematics to give participants a chance to learn more about the different opportunities in these fields and to gain valuable hands-on experience through the STEM-centered projects they will create.

“Our future depends on how well we educate the next generation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics — and especially young women,” said Laura Niedernhofer, an associate professor at the Scripps Research Institute. “If we truly want the world to be a better place, then we need to invest in STEM education to drive discoveries that improve our health, security and economy. And we need to include young women in every step of this fun discovery process.”

Many young girls have untapped leadership ability, and the Women’s Foundation is dedicated to helping them find and hone their skills and to help them realize their potential.

Sponsors of the 2015 Girls Leadership Institute include the Scripps Research Institute, Florida Power & Light, 4H, the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience, Lion Country Safari, NCBW 100, Keiser University, Palm Beach Code School and Taz Bots.

The event will run from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Scripps Research Institute in Jupiter. Admission is free. Visit to register. To learn more, call Judith Selzer at (561) 909-8415.

The Women’s Foundation of Palm Beach County is a nonprofit that invests in women and girls to encourage leadership and positively affect their economic, political and social status.