Regency Centers Attends American Heart Association Event Supporting Girls in STEM Careers

Regency Centers Jacksonville team members Sarah Gregory, environmental analyst, and Shani Hall, senior manager information platform, recently attended the STEM Goes Red event at the University of North Florida in partnership with the American Heart Association (First Coast Market). The event served as both a mentorship and networking opportunity for more than 100 local middle school girls with interests in careers falling under the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) umbrella.

3 young children wearing goggles and lab coats dissecting an animal
Sponsored by FIS Global Solutions, Mayo Clinic, Brooks Rehabilitation, Community First Credit Union and England-Thims & Miller, Inc., the event offered speaking sessions from local leaders and hands-on learning stations and activities to encourage attendees to follow their passions and explore their various STEM-related interests.

“One hundred middle schools girls spent the day playing with robotic exoskeletons, studying giant cow hearts, designing neighborhood parks, and budgeting their future,” said Allison Misora, Development Director at the American Heart Association. “At the end of the day, the girls created their personal vision boards and learned a proper handshake. Your corporate support, time and expertise made it possible. Thank you for being a part of an amazing day!”

Shani Hall at STEM centerCurrently, statistics show that only 3 out of every 100 women that graduate college enter STEM-related careers. Because of this, and as a science-based organization, the American Heart Association recognizes the need for more women at the table — particularly in male-dominated STEM fields.

"The American Heart Association put on a fantastic event and I am honored to have been a part of it," said Sarah Gregory, Environmental Analyst with Regency Centers. "I loved seeing the girls engaged in activities that explored some of the practical and innovative ways STEM is used in their everyday lives.

To learn more about the AHA, click here.

Photo credits: American Heart Association — First Coast Market