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The vision of the Connecticut Girls Collaborative Project is to close the gender gap in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degrees and careers. This initiative will connect girls across Connecticut with STEM businesses and organizations by engaging them in collaborations that will promote new ways of thinking, new ways of sharing resources, and new solutions. The ultimate goal is to secure gender equity in aligning with the Department of Economic and Community Development to enhance Connecticut’s competitive position in the new economy and solidify the state’s reputation as a high-tech leader in innovation and productivity.

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. As the lead organization in the collaborative, Girl Scouts of Connecticut provides a substantial network that offers a wealth of opportunities for informal learning and personal growth. Our programming keeps pace with the ever-changing needs of girls in today’s world and seeks to address gender disparities in the workforce.

Lead Contact

  • Ellyn Savard
    Program Initiatives Coordinator
    Girl Scouts of Connecticut
    Bridgeport Service Center
    87 Washington Avenue
    Bridgeport, CT 06604
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Leadership Team

  • Lucy Brakoniecki
    Research and Policy Analyst
    Connecticut Women's Education And Legal Fund
  • Liz Buttner
    Science Consultant, Curriculum & Instruction
    Connecticut State Dept of Education
  • Peggy Erlenkotter
    Vice President of Risk Management
    General Electric Commercial Finance
  • Caroline d'Otreppe
    Director of Educational Programs
    New England Air Museum
  • Hank Gruner
    Vice President of Programs
    Connecticut Science Center
  • Jane Moreno
    Education Coordinator
    Connecticut Public Broadcasting, Inc.
  • Lauren Napier
    Senior Integration Engineer
    Sikorsky Aircraft
  • Virginia Pertillar
    Director of Membership Services
    Girl Scouts of Connecticut
  • June Thomas
    Regional Manager
    Connecticut Pre-Engineering Program
  • Teresa Younger
    Executive Director
    Permanent Commission on the Status of Women
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