For STEAM Professionals Who Are Called to Mentor the Next Generation

Share Your Know-how of Professional Skills with Girls Ages 13 – 18

Mentor Registration Is Now Closed

Mentor Training Begins in:
Date: Oct. 5, 2022, 5:30-7:30pm
Location: Ginger & Baker Wine Cellar, 359 Linden St., Fort Collins, CO 80524


Collaborate with Leading Local Professionals to Help Girls Gain Resilience and Be STEAM Strong

Mentor Orientation: Oct. 5  |  Register by Sept. 28 | Mentor Registration Is Now Closed

Ada Lovelace Day Event: Oct. 14

Champion and mentor girls in the professional skills they need to navigate STEM and STEAM studies and careers. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know why there aren’t more women rocket scientists. So let’s guide girls in communicating their value in STEM and STEAM landscapes. Join us in making this happen.

The mentoring opportunity will take place on Oct. 14, Pretty Brainy’s Ada Lovelace Day.

Mentor Orientation will be Oct. 5. Deadline to register: Sept. 28.

Teaching the How’s & Why’s of Professional Skills

Mentor Orientation will bring us together as a team to walk through the program for Oct. 14. We’ll zero in on the vision, desired outcomes and key professional skills we will present girls. We’ll address what it means to mentor and carry out the practice of mentoring. You will walk through your role for the day.

Guide Girls and Share You Insight on the Following —

  • Professionally introducing yourself.
  • Confidently and comfortably shaking hands and making eye contact.
  • Effectively networking — with food and drink in hand.
  • Taking the initiative when you’d rather hang back.
  • Developing an elevator pitch to promote who you are.
  • Being you, being seen, and making a positive impression.
  • Successfully following up.

We will explain the stations mentors will guide girls through, each station being designed to help girls confidently navigate unknown and sometimes uncomfortable situations. During the orientation, we will enjoy light fare, drinks and inspired conversation.

Choose Your Mentoring Role

Mentor a small group of girls through the full event. These mentors will be assigned a group of girls they will accompany throughout the event. They will guide their group through each station, answer questions, calm anxieties, and help keep the girls’ energy and experience positive. Girls and their parents will be introduced to these mentors via email before the event, and the mentors will be available to answer parents’ questions.

Instruct and mentor girls at individual stations. These mentors will lead the instruction at the given stations. Working solo or in pairs, they will teach a specific professional skill.

Be an elevator pitch practice mentor. These mentors will be seated at a table, and across from each mentor will be a girl who will practice delivering her elevator pitch. These mentors will provide feedback to girls on their pitch. After 3 minutes, each girl will move to the next mentor and then the next, practicing her pitch again. And again.

Be a mentor-at-large. These are professionals with whom girls will connect in the final networking stage of the event, in which girls will practice what they have learned at each station. This will be the final portion of the event and may include mentors from all other stations, as well.

Memorable Moments Alert

Develop new friendships and rekindle old ones in the unique and intimate hideaway of the Ginger and Baker Wine Cellar.

About Ada Lovelace Day

Girls gain professional and social skills during Ada Lovelace Day 2022, a Pretty Brainy eventAda Lovelace Day is celebrated every October around the world. Pretty Brainy’s Ada Lovelace Day event is devoted to girls gaining resilience while honoring the exceptional community members whose support for Pretty Brainy empowers girls to be STEAM strong. 

Pretty Brainy’s Ada Lovelace Day is an independently organized event. Globally, #ALD22 is an international celebration of the achievements of women in STEM. The goal is to increase the profile of women and create new role models for girls.

Ada Lovelace Wrote the First Computer Program — 100 Years Before a Computer Was Built

Learn about Ada Lovelace. She laid the groundwork — literally — for Grace Hopper, Alan Turing and other computer science pioneers of the 20th century and today. Lovelace, whose father was Lord Byron, was determined to learn math when her tutor said her mind couldn’t handle the subject because she was a girl.

Thank You to Our 2022 Partners

Deane Jewett, in Memory of Joann Jewett

ColdQuanta supports girls in STEAM with professional and social skillsColdQuanta is a global quantum technology company solving the world’s most challenging problems. The company harnesses quantum mechanics to build and integrate quantum computers, sensors, and networks. From fundamental physics to leading edge commercial products, ColdQuanta enables “quantum everywhere” through our ecosystem of devices and platforms Founded in 2007, ColdQuanta grew from decades of research in atomic physics and work at JILA, with intellectual property licensed through the University of Colorado and University of Wisconsin. ColdQuanta’s scalable and versatile cold atom technology is used by world-class organizations around the globe and deployed by NASA on the International Space Station. ColdQuanta is based in Boulder, CO, with offices in Madison, WI, and Oxford, UK. Find out how ColdQuanta is building the future at

The Women in Science Network at Colorado State University partners with Pretty Brainy in blending mentoring, STEM and education so girls may build professional and social skills toward becoming more resilient in STEM and in life.

The WiSCI Network at Colorado State University is a welcoming community that invites people of any age, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, class, ability, language or cultural background. The vision is of a thriving network of scientists building a more inclusive and truthful world at Colorado State University and beyond. The WiSci Mission is Inclusivity in Science . . . Pass It On! In putting action to mission, WiSci supports underrepresented voices in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and the arts through discourse and community. Annual programs of the Women in Science Network are the Innovating Minds Lecture Series, Women in Science Symposium, and the Women in Science Career Issues Group.

Ginger and Baker supports girls gaining the mentoring, STEM and education they need for success in the 21st century

Earlene and Helen were tough Southern mamas who taught their daughters the value of hard work, a dollar earned, homemade goodness, a quality pie tin, and a flour-covered apron. On different career and life paths until 2010, a chance introduction brought Executive Ginger Graham and Chef Deb Traylor together. They discovered an instant connection around food and the kitchens of their past where family, friendship, loving, giving and sharing were everything. Together, they dreamed of opening a little pie shop, and as good dreams sometimes do, theirs grew to be so much more. Welcome to Ginger and Baker!


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