Girls Look to Moms for Mentoring and Leadership

January 21, 2015

Simmons student Caitlyn Normand ’15 shows young girls how to use a launching device at during the Moms As Mentors® Build Bridges event, Dec. 6.

When it comes to teaching girls to become confident, intelligent, and successful women, who best to model this behavior than moms? 


That is the thinking behind Moms as Mentors, a program that fosters mentoring relationships between moms and daughters and incorporates workshops in many fields where women are underrepresented like STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), business, and politics.

The Simmons Institute for Leadership and Change (SILC) recently hosted a Moms As Mentors® Build Bridges workshop that focused on science and engineering. 

At the Dec. 6 event held at Simmons College several alumnae moms attended including Emily Chaves ’08, Nora Zizlsperger ’00, and Valerie R. Pirri ’02. Simmons student 
Caitlyn Normand ’15, a biochemistry major, welcomed attendees and talked about how she felt as a girl, encouraging girls and moms to ask questions about everyday things such as “What makes the sky blue?” 
Moms As Mentors daughter flying a kite in the fifth floor hallway of the SOM building.
Moms and daughters spent the day building, sharing, and learning principles of science in a fun and active way. They made marble rollercoasters out of paper rolls, launching devices to send ping-pong balls flying, and created kites that flew in the fifth floor hallway of the School of Management building. 

This is the first of three Moms As Mentors events that will be held at Simmons this academic year. An event in February will focus on money and entrepreneurship, and the event in March will focus on civil and political engagement. 

Simmons is proud to host this important program, which reinforces the work of the college to educate women and girls for leadership and success. 

(TOP: Simmons student Caitlyn Normand ’15 shows young girls how to use a launching device at during the Moms As Mentors® Build Bridges event, Dec. 6. RIGHT: Moms As Mentors daughter flying a kite in the fifth floor hallway of the SOM building. PHOTO CREDIT: Diane Hammer)