donna milgram executive director cropDonna Milgram, the Executive Director of the National Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science (IWITTS), has dedicated her career to helping educators and employers close the gender gap for women and girls in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) career pathways -- from engineering and computer networking to auto technology to law enforcement.

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  • Nationally-Recognized Expert – Media appearances include CNN, Fox Morning News, C-Span, and National Public Radio. Quoted in major newspapers such as The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, and more.
  • Trainer and Public Speaker – Developed and conducted hundreds of WomenTech Educators Trainings in 46 of the 50 states and Canada. Presented at national conferences such as the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), Advanced Technological Education (ATE), and Women in Engineering Programs and Advocates Network (WEPAN).
  • Innovative Leader – IWITTS founder with over 25 years of experience leading successful projects, one of which was highlighted by NSF to the Committee for Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) Performance Assessment, and chosen as 1 of 3 model projects in the American Association of University Women's (AAUW's) research report, Women in Community Colleges: Access to Success.
  • Experienced Principal Investigator – Federal grants include a U.S. Department of Labor and 5 National Science Foundation (NSF) grants all centered on women in STEM/CTE. Corporate grants include the Cisco Learning Institute (CLI)/Cisco Gender Initiative.
  • STEM Keynote Speaker – Speaking and presentations to inspire audiences to get women and girls excited about STEM and CTE.
  • Congressional Aide – Spent a year on Capitol Hill, testified before Congress, and drafted 2 bills that were signed into law on nontraditional employment.
  • Noted Author – Feature article on "Intention to Action: Recruiting Women to CTE" published in Techniques Magazine from the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) in 2019. Reader's choice award recipient for cover article "How to Recruit Women & Girls to the STEM Classroom" published by International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) in Technology and Engineering Teacher.
  • Authority on Women in Law Enforcement – FBI Academy and police department trainer, national policing conference keynote, law enforcement grant project director and principal investigator, and Police Chief Magazine published author.

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Donna's Full Story

Initially, Ms. Milgram's work focused on helping women "survive" the workplace, but she quickly saw that institutional change was critical. She shifted to helping employers and the education and job training systems develop more female-friendly recruitment and retention practices. In 1994, Ms. Milgram founded the National Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science (IWITTS,) the only national organization whose sole mission is to provide educators and employers with the tools they need to encourage women to enter and succeed in careers where they are under-represented. IWITTS's solutions include research, professional development, publications, technical assistance, and outreach and marketing products.


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