“I came across Inspiring Girls through Girls on Ice Switzerland and Prof. Margit Schwikowski. Through my previous job working in Antarctica I participated in science outreach projects with the media; after my return, I was looking for further opportunities to work with girls in STEM subjects. Inspiring Girls does outstanding work doing just that - they pass on their passion for science and give the girls an all around experience of the outdoors, science, art, as well as improving social skills, cooperation, and leadership. As a female scientist and mountaineer, these areas are very important to me. I want to help more girls have this unique opportunity, especially at this critical age when they are expected to make important decisions about their future lives. Having the chance to take part on a mountain adventure of my own with some incredible women will allow me to be more involved with the group, and I am excited to tackle the challenge of my first U.S. summit with my first all-female climbing team!”
“My connection to Girls on Ice comes from Amy Valach. We are working together, and it seems that we share more than one passion! She talked me about this initiative and the organization, and I fell in love with the idea. I think (from my Spanish- white -around 30s woman perspective) that in this society, women have to learn to occupy an space that we've been taught not to, to be secure, to be there, to be able to say what we think, what we want...and what better place to learn that than in the mountains, surrounded by other women. Mountains, rock, and nature have taught me so many things: to love and respect them, to like my body, to enjoy, to share, to need and be needed. I am really looking forward to giving that option to other girls.”
“As a Girls on Ice Alaska 2013 alumna, I am very excited to now have an opportunity to support this amazing program! Girls on Ice truly inspiring girls and helps build courage, self-confidence, and curiosity not only for outdoor exploration but in all facets of life.”
“I have loved the outdoors and rocks since I was a young child. To this day, my parents have boxes of rocks that I collected from every place we visited. Fortunately, I was able to extend my passion for rocks into my adult career. I completed an undergraduate degree in Geo-Environmental Engineering and a master’s degree in Earth Sciences (hydrogeology). I worked as an engineering consultant for many years, and now work in the land remediation section of the BC provincial government.
I discovered the Girls on Ice program and was instantly interested in supporting the program in any way I could. I believe it is important for youth to spend time and face challenges in outdoor settings to develop a strong connection to nature. Girls today still need encouragement and inspiration to pursue opportunities in STEM. I am very excited to be given the opportunity to help support this amazing program!”
“I am climbing to support my friend Kelly and love the idea of climbing to support opportunities for young women to find their inner strength and confidence through challenging nature-based experiences.”
“I’ve known about the program for about eight years and think it is one of the most creative and brilliant programs out there. As a female scientist who loves being outdoors, I am thrilled to support our future leaders to develop their self-esteem through scientific and outdoor endeavors.”
“I can't wait to climb Mt. Shukshan with such amazing women to help raise funds to support the amazing Girls on Ice program, which is directly aligned with my career-long passion mentoring women in STEM. As a crystallographer, who has studied various phases of ice for my dissertation, I have an affinity to the ‘matter’ so to speak. (Did you know there are up to 14 known phases and two new forms of liquid water ice discovered? - So far!)
I have shot neutrons at ice, shock loaded ice, and hiked up lots of ice. Thanks to our guide, the Good Lyra Pierotti, I am learning how to climb it too. Along with my love of mountains, mountaineering, ice and STEM, I am thrilled to support GIS, and embark on this adventure to help support an incredible program to instill exploration, curiosity, confidence, and trust for girls in science, art and wilderness.