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Minnesota is home to many women who empower others through their careers in STEM - and the Twin Cities PBS-produced show SciGirls has captured many of their stories in a series of Role Models videos. These women are the innovators, problem-solvers and dreamers who live right next door. They’re passionate about their work, hobbies, families and helping to make the world a better place. They share their strategies for overcoming challenges, and finding success and joy in jobs where women are underrepresented. Along the way, they inspire girls to pursue all kinds of interests and career paths.
Minnesota is home to many women who empower others through their careers in STEM - and the Twin Cities PBS-produced show SciGirls has captured many of their stories in a series of Role Models videos. These women are the innovators, problem-solvers and dreamers who live right next door. They’re passionate about their work, hobbies, families and helping to make the world a better place. They share their strategies for overcoming challenges, and finding success and joy in jobs where women are underrepresented. Along the way, they inspire girls to pursue all kinds of interests and career paths.

SciGirls Role Models: Rachel Gitajn, Bicycle Engineer

  Rachel Gitajn turned her love for art, engineering and the outdoors into a dream job designing bikes that she loves to ride. Rachel is...

SciGirls Role Models: Pallavi Sharma, IT Project Manager

  Sometimes thriving in a STEM field takes a lot of perseverance, and Pallavi Sharma definitely has the determination to succeed. Pallavi has fought through...

SciGirls Role Models: Brennetta Harris, Architectural Estimator

  Brennetta Harris has dreamed of becoming an architect since childhood and designed her own blueprint for working towards her career goals. But reaching a...

SciGirls Role Models: Kate Heckaman, Firefighter

  Being able to put your life on the line for others takes strength, and Kate Heckaman is the perfect example of a strong woman...

SciGirls Role Models: Emmaly Manchanthasouk, Web Developer

  There are many stereotypes that IT experts are introverted and shy, but Emmaly Manchanthasouk puts all those notions to rest. She is energetic, passionate...

SciGirls Role Models: Victoria Velez, Biomedical Engineer

  Victoria Velez is a Process Engineer at Boston Scientific in Minnesota, but she is also a local mentor and a proud Latina. Although she...