Lumity Preparing teens and young adults for lifelong STEM careers Lumity’s mission is to provide youth and young adults from underserved communities with transformational experiences to prepare them for lifelong STEM careers.

Lumity’s vision is that every student has access to STEM career readiness throughout high school.

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09/16/2021

Hear why Julie Fults is encouraging more companies to become corporate hosts for Lumity events below. Her experience hosting as part of the KPMG team has been a rewarding opportunity to connect with Chicagoland’s future innovators and leaders and help them learn about STEM career pathways.

Thank you to Julie Fults and KPMG for exposing Lumity students to amazing STEM opportunities!

09/09/2021

Inspired by her brother’s long-time involvement with Lumity, Ferrara’s Melissa Tate reached out to have her company become a Lumity corporate sponsor. Since then, Melissa and Ferrara have shown immense support and even hosted an incredible virtual Real World Problems event, where our students showcased their STEM solutions for issues that affect their daily lives.

Hear from Melissa below and learn more about our corporate host opportunities here: https://lumity.org/get-involved/

08/31/2021

Derek Wong found Lumity students to be “excited, engaged, and curious” throughout their time with him as a corporate host at Northwestern University. Spending entire days full of research talks and laboratory tours, our students relished the opportunity by Northwestern and Derek to expand their knowledge about STEM and apply it to real-world problems.

Interested in hosting Lumity students? Find out more about joining Derek Wong as a corporate host here: https://lnkd.in/d4G8-nCR

Our longtime friend and supporter, Charles L. Gill, has published a new book outlining his spiritual, personal, and prof...
08/19/2021

Our longtime friend and supporter, Charles L. Gill, has published a new book outlining his spiritual, personal, and professional growth leadership principles. It’s a must-read for anyone seeking to use their experience in business to become better leaders and impact people’s lives.

Read more about Charles’ book, trajectory, and philosophy here: https://lumity.org/charles-gill-stem-leader-lumity-volunteer-leadership-author/

Buy The Path To True Leadership: A Strategy for Leadership Growth: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-path-to-true-leadership-charles-l-gill/1139561614

Our longtime friend and supporter, Charles L. Gill, has published a new book outlining his spiritual, personal, and professional growth leadership principles. It’s a must-read for anyone seeking to use their experience in business to become better leaders and impact people’s lives.

Read more about Charles’ book, trajectory, and philosophy here: https://lumity.org/charles-gill-stem-leader-lumity-volunteer-leadership-author/

Buy The Path To True Leadership: A Strategy for Leadership Growth: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-path-to-true-leadership-charles-l-gill/1139561614

08/10/2021

As a corporate host with KPMG, Joe Moawad showed Lumity students what their future in STEM could be and, in return, he was inspired by the opportunity to find the next generation of #STEM leaders. Hear Joe speak about his experience with our students below.

Learn more about becoming a corporate host like Joe and KPMG: https://lumity.org/get-involved/

As a STEMWorks volunteer, Monica Bibbs is dedicated to providing Lumity students with the same quality mentoring that sh...
07/29/2021

As a STEMWorks volunteer, Monica Bibbs is dedicated to providing Lumity students with the same quality mentoring that shaped her career. “People helped me along the way. Those acts of kindness changed everything about my life and I try to follow those examples.”

Learn about Monica’s journey from young mom to #STEM leader at ITW and the role her “ancestor team” plays for her here: https://lumity.org/monica-bibbs-on-how-mentoring-shapes-success/

Interested in joining Monica? Become a #Lumity volunteer today.

As a STEMWorks volunteer, Monica Bibbs is dedicated to providing Lumity students with the same quality mentoring that shaped her career. “People helped me along the way. Those acts of kindness changed everything about my life and I try to follow those examples.”

Learn about Monica’s journey from young mom to #STEM leader at ITW and the role her “ancestor team” plays for her here: https://lumity.org/monica-bibbs-on-how-mentoring-shapes-success/

Interested in joining Monica? Become a #Lumity volunteer today.

“People blossom under guidance and attention —and young people respond very visibly to how people treat them. Too many y...
07/15/2021

“People blossom under guidance and attention —and young people respond very visibly to how people treat them. Too many young people don’t have a safety net to learn from their mistakes.” --Tori Vazquez, Lumity’s Clinical Services & Alumni Coordinator.

At Lumity, Tori builds safety nets for our participants—not only to “catch them” but to help them learn to catch themselves and get back up. Learn how Tori tackles systematic challenges by empowering Chicagoland youth: https://lumity.org/tori-vazquez-on-safety-nets-and-the-lumity-network/

“People blossom under guidance and attention —and young people respond very visibly to how people treat them. Too many young people don’t have a safety net to learn from their mistakes.” --Tori Vazquez, Lumity’s Clinical Services & Alumni Coordinator.

At Lumity, Tori builds safety nets for our participants—not only to “catch them” but to help them learn to catch themselves and get back up. Learn how Tori tackles systematic challenges by empowering Chicagoland youth: https://lumity.org/tori-vazquez-on-safety-nets-and-the-lumity-network/

Lumity program facilitator Raheed Davis understands the power of diversity and sees firsthand how the Lumity network con...
06/28/2021

Lumity program facilitator Raheed Davis understands the power of diversity and sees firsthand how the Lumity network connects professionals from various backgrounds, #STEM industries, and companies around social good.

Read Raheed’s thoughts on the Lumity Network’s impact and what sparked his interest in different cultures: https://lumity.org/lumity-power-of-diversity/

Lumity program facilitator Raheed Davis understands the power of diversity and sees firsthand how the Lumity network connects professionals from various backgrounds, #STEM industries, and companies around social good.

Read Raheed’s thoughts on the Lumity Network’s impact and what sparked his interest in different cultures: https://lumity.org/lumity-power-of-diversity/

Fostering #creativity is a pillar of Lumity’s work with students. Our new staff member, Simone Smith, has hit the ground...
05/10/2021

Fostering #creativity is a pillar of Lumity’s work with students. Our new staff member, Simone Smith, has hit the ground running, collaborating with the rest of the #STEMCareerPrep team to bring hands-on, creative #STEM projects to more than 500 students across five high schools in the #Chicagoland area.

Learn more about Simone and why creativity and collaboration live at the heart of Lumity: https://lumity.org/at-the-heart-of-lumity-creativity-and-collaboration/

Fostering #creativity is a pillar of Lumity’s work with students. Our new staff member, Simone Smith, has hit the ground running, collaborating with the rest of the #STEMCareerPrep team to bring hands-on, creative #STEM projects to more than 500 students across five high schools in the #Chicagoland area.

Learn more about Simone and why creativity and collaboration live at the heart of Lumity: https://lumity.org/at-the-heart-of-lumity-creativity-and-collaboration/

Lumity’s new Director of STEMWorks, Charlisa Pugh is an experienced professional who has dedicated her career to helping...
05/03/2021

Lumity’s new Director of STEMWorks, Charlisa Pugh is an experienced professional who has dedicated her career to helping youth find and pursue their career passions. That, in turn, is her passion.

In a short period of time, Charlisa has already tremendously impacted the youth she teaches and our organization. We recently chatted with Charlisa to talk about her work and why her passion led her to Lumity. Read here: https://lumity.org/stemworks-is-passion-work/

Lumity’s new Director of STEMWorks, Charlisa Pugh is an experienced professional who has dedicated her career to helping youth find and pursue their career passions. That, in turn, is her passion.

In a short period of time, Charlisa has already tremendously impacted the youth she teaches and our organization. We recently chatted with Charlisa to talk about her work and why her passion led her to Lumity. Read here: https://lumity.org/stemworks-is-passion-work/

As schools across the country battled with a drastic decline in student engagement and morale, Tommie Arens and the rest...
04/27/2021

As schools across the country battled with a drastic decline in student engagement and morale, Tommie Arens and the rest of the Lumity staff worked tirelessly to adapt to virtual teaching.

As the Director of our STEM Career Prep program, Tommie leads the team to facilitate rewarding online experiences to roughly 580 ninth-graders in five high schools.

Read Tommie’s reflection on the past year and what it has meant to our students: https://lumity.org/tommie-arens-director-on-lumitys-continued-impact/

As schools across the country battled with a drastic decline in student engagement and morale, Tommie Arens and the rest of the Lumity staff worked tirelessly to adapt to virtual teaching.

As the Director of our STEM Career Prep program, Tommie leads the team to facilitate rewarding online experiences to roughly 580 ninth-graders in five high schools.

Read Tommie’s reflection on the past year and what it has meant to our students: https://lumity.org/tommie-arens-director-on-lumitys-continued-impact/

04/22/2021

#TBT to the Fireside Chat we presented during our Virtual STEM Fair and Annual Benefit between Chicago Beyond CEO Liz Dozier and STEM Works alumni Jaquisha and Cortorian. It was an insightful discussion on what young people are thinking coming out of high school and the importance of providing them different career pathways.

Read our recap of the Virtual STEM Fair and Annual Benefit: https://lumity.org/dinner/

We’re thrilled to announce our partnership with Sinai Chicago! As Chicagoland’s leading healthcare system, Sinai Chicago...
04/11/2021
Lumity | Stepping Up for STEM—Sinai Chicago

We’re thrilled to announce our partnership with Sinai Chicago! As Chicagoland’s leading healthcare system, Sinai Chicago and Lumity’s STEMWorks program will work closely together to build the next generation of STEM professionals and meet the rising demand for healthcare workers in our communities. Please give a warm welcome to Sinai Chicago and learn more about our game-changing partnership: https://lumity.org/stepping-up-for-stem-sinai-chicago/

16 Feb Stepping Up for STEM—Sinai Chicago Posted at 13:18h in Chicago Student, College & Career Readiness, STEM by Kathleen Kearns 0 Comments 0 Likes Share Lumity Welcomes Sinai Chicago as New STEM Partner We’re thrilled to announce our new partnership with Sinai Chicago! Chicagoland’s leading...

"The power of social networking is in the spirit, hard work, dedication, and care that happens when people connect perso...
04/06/2021

"The power of social networking is in the spirit, hard work, dedication, and care that happens when people connect personally. It’s even more powerful when networking is for social good.”

Lumity Executive Director Kara L. Kennedy has penned a thoughtful letter addressing the impact of true social networking and how Lumity’s own network has worked shoulder-to-shoulder to put #Diversity, #Equity, and #Inclusion into practice in #STEM education and the workplace. Read the full piece: https://lumity.org/lumity-the-impact-of-true-social-networking/

"The power of social networking is in the spirit, hard work, dedication, and care that happens when people connect personally. It’s even more powerful when networking is for social good.”

Lumity Executive Director Kara L. Kennedy has penned a thoughtful letter addressing the impact of true social networking and how Lumity’s own network has worked shoulder-to-shoulder to put #Diversity, #Equity, and #Inclusion into practice in #STEM education and the workplace. Read the full piece: https://lumity.org/lumity-the-impact-of-true-social-networking/

Lumity was recently featured in a great Crain's Chicago Business article on the country’s wealth gap and the corporation...
04/02/2021

Lumity was recently featured in a great Crain's Chicago Business article on the country’s wealth gap and the corporations, nonprofits and government groups working to bridge it. It’s a thorough and insightful piece written by Judith Crown that speaks to the significance of guiding high-school students to higher education and/or good-paying jobs that offer a career path. Give it a read: https://www.chicagobusiness.com/equity/wealth-gap-how-it-happened-and-what-can-be-done

Lumity was recently featured in a great Crain's Chicago Business article on the country’s wealth gap and the corporations, nonprofits and government groups working to bridge it. It’s a thorough and insightful piece written by Judith Crown that speaks to the significance of guiding high-school students to higher education and/or good-paying jobs that offer a career path. Give it a read: https://www.chicagobusiness.com/equity/wealth-gap-how-it-happened-and-what-can-be-done

03/14/2021
Thank You for Attending Lumity’s Annual Benefit!

Huge thank you to everyone that joined Lumity's virtual Annual Benefit and STEM Fair! Our goal was to provide our students an unforgettable experience and to raise $100,000.

With your support, we accomplished the first one, and we're really close to reaching our donation goal as well! Take a look at Richard Laible, Steve Betts, and STEMWorks student Jessica White's event recap to hear where we stand.

We deeply appreciate ALL your support and contributions and if you’d like to chip-in, visit our website or text “Lumity” to 26989.

https://lumity.org/#donate

Help us determine which two teams will move forward in Lumity’s Annual STEM Fair competition. We have nine “elevator pit...
03/10/2021

Help us determine which two teams will move forward in Lumity’s Annual STEM Fair competition. We have nine “elevator pitches” for you to view and vote by Wednesday, March 10th at noon!

VOTE: https://lumity.org/get-involved/vote/

The two top scoring teams will proceed to the Final STEM Fair virtual competition on Thu, March 11 at 6 pm (CST).

Help us determine which two teams will move forward in Lumity’s Annual STEM Fair competition. We have nine “elevator pitches” for you to view and vote by Wednesday, March 10th at noon!

VOTE: https://lumity.org/get-involved/vote/

The two top scoring teams will proceed to the Final STEM Fair virtual competition on Thu, March 11 at 6 pm (CST).

03/09/2021

The student teams have done their job… NOW it’s time for you to view their “elevator pitches” and pick which of the nine projects is your favorite solution! Between now and Wed, March 10 by noon, we’ll be taking votes to determine which two teams will progress to the final competition on Thursday, March 11 at Lumity’s Annual Benefit & STEM Fair.

Watch all videos and vote now: https://bit.ly/2021LumitySTEMFair

We recently caught up with Lumity board member Fred Thompson to talk about his professional journey in #STEM and the wor...
01/21/2021

We recently caught up with Lumity board member Fred Thompson to talk about his professional journey in #STEM and the work we all must continue to do to remove systemic barriers for the next generation of STEM leaders. Read the insightful conversation below.

https://lumity.org/stepping-up-for-stem-lumity-board-member-fred-thompson/

We recently caught up with Lumity board member Fred Thompson to talk about his professional journey in #STEM and the work we all must continue to do to remove systemic barriers for the next generation of STEM leaders. Read the insightful conversation below.

https://lumity.org/stepping-up-for-stem-lumity-board-member-fred-thompson/

As part of Lumity’s STEMWorks employment program, Mark Fechner, a certified career professional coach, recently stopped ...
01/19/2021

As part of Lumity’s STEMWorks employment program, Mark Fechner, a certified career professional coach, recently stopped by our virtual classroom to share invaluable advice on goal setting, decision-making, and career choices.

Read our latest blog: https://lumity.org/stemworks-mark-fechner-on-the-different-paths-to-success/

Learn more about our STEMWorks program here. And if you’re a #STEM professional interested in sharing your career journey with our students, please reach out to Lumity’s Associate Director Charlisa Pugh at [email protected] or by calling (312) 237-4209.

As part of Lumity’s STEMWorks employment program, Mark Fechner, a certified career professional coach, recently stopped by our virtual classroom to share invaluable advice on goal setting, decision-making, and career choices.

Read our latest blog: https://lumity.org/stemworks-mark-fechner-on-the-different-paths-to-success/

Learn more about our STEMWorks program here. And if you’re a #STEM professional interested in sharing your career journey with our students, please reach out to Lumity’s Associate Director Charlisa Pugh at [email protected] or by calling (312) 237-4209.

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