Advancing STEM education

July 21st, 2016

Nextech president honored for leadership

Nextech President Karen Jung has spent the past 20 years developing a successful career in the tech sector. In October, Jung will be recognized by the Girls Scouts of Central Indiana for her leadership, passion and work to advance STEM education.

Jung, Sue Ellspermann, Ph.D, president of Ivy Tech Community College and The Honorable Maggie A. Lewis, president of Indianapolis City-County Council, are this year’s honorees for the Indiana Lt. Governor’s Leadership Luncheon. The annual event recognizes notable women for their contributions to the central Indiana community.

“All three of our honorees this year represent women in STEM careers in Indiana–science, technology, engineering and math,” said Anne Shane, luncheon chair and consultant with BioCrossroads. “Girl Scouts of Central Indiana has been doing important work that provides girls exposure to these important subjects that are critical to our 21st century workforce. I hope the community will consider supporting this event and the thousands of girls–almost 10,000 annually–that are learning about STEM.”

“I am humbled by this honor and thank the Girls Scouts of Central Indiana for recognizing the importance of STEM education,” says Jung. “It is important for Indiana to invest in and deliver best-in-class K-12 computer science education and work-based learning programs to inspire and enable young people from all backgrounds to pursue careers in technology.”

Jung joins an impressive list of previous female honorees. Among the notable are Judge Sarah Evans Barker, Congresswoman Susan Brooks, Dr. Virginia Caine, Tamika Catchings, Sarah Fisher, Mari Hulman George, Marianne Glick, Dr. Jo Ann Gora, Allison Melangton, Ann Murtlow, Judy O’Bannon, Dr. Beverley Pitts, Anne Ryder and Rabbi Sandy Sasso.

“We are delighted to honor these outstanding women,” said Deborah Hearn Smith, chief executive officer. “They each exemplify the values that Girl Scouts instills in girls’ lives that build leaders in all fields.”

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