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Entergy Sponsors American Heart Association Go Red Events

Published 04-01-22

Submitted by Entergy Corporation

Four women standing in front of a stage featuring balloons that read "STEM GOES RED"

STEM Goes Red

Entergy was the presenting sponsor of the American Heart Association’s 2022 STEM Goes Red event on March 24 at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans. The event encourages young women to explore careers in science, technology, engineering and math. Fifty high school girls assembled for the first in-person event since 2020, engaging in a daylong event of hands-on STEM activities and mentorship. The day kicked off with a talk by Taiwan Brown, vice-president, diversity and workforce strategies, on increase diversity in STEM fields for women.

Students networked and explored STEM in small groups with industry experts and mentors who volunteered their time and experience. The girls alternated through four breakout sessions covering each field of STEM. The day also included speed mentoring with experts in their field. Patty Riddlebarger, vice president of corporate social responsibility, wrapped up the day with closing remarks.

"Entergy is proud to partner with the American Heart Association on STEM Goes Red to engage the next generation of young women in STEM and develop tomorrow's future," said Riddlebarger. "Supporting opportunities such as STEM Goes Red means inspiring bright minds to pursue complex solutions for today's energy, environmental, health care and engineering problems."

Entergy’s participating mentors and panelists included:

  • Kenyon Webber, senior engineer, transmission design, basis standards.
  • Mandy Anderson, senior manager, IT project management.
  • Lauren Carpenter, Louisiana water lead, senior analyst, power generation.
  • Rachel Mogilka, manager, substation design, transmission engineering.
  • Alicia Clay Jones, manager, policy and performance, chief security officer organization.
  • Vonda Flentroy-Rice, IT business analyst, senior.

“Since heart disease continues to be the number one killer of women, ensuring more women are at the forefront of developing science, technology, education and math solutions has never been more critical,” said Nicolle Psilos, director, New Orleans Go Red for Women. “STEM is our future, and as a science-based health nonprofit, STEM is at the heart of who we are and what we do. We’re so thankful to our sponsors at Entergy for aiding in putting this wonderful event together for our local students.”

Go Red for Women

In February, Entergy was also the lead sponsor for the American Heart Association 2022 New Orleans Go Red for Women Luncheon. Riddlebarger presented local honorees with the Women in STEM award including Erin Hodges, vice president, continuous improvement. The award celebrates female leaders who have demonstrated extraordinary commitment and impact in the STEM field.

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Entergy, a Fortune 500 company headquartered in New Orleans, powers life for 3 million customers across Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy is creating a cleaner, more resilient energy future for everyone with our diverse power generation portfolio, including increasingly carbon-free energy sources. With roots in the Gulf South region for more than a century, Entergy is a recognized leader in corporate citizenship, delivering more than $100 million in economic benefits to local communities through philanthropy and advocacy efforts annually over the last several years. Our approximately 12,500 employees are dedicated to powering life today and for future generations. Learn more at entergy.com and follow @Entergy on social media. #WePowerLife

Corporate Social Responsibility at Entergy

For more than 100 years, Entergy has powered life in our communities through strategic philanthropy, volunteerism and advocacy. Entergy’s corporate social responsibility initiatives help create and sustain thriving communities, position the company for sustainable growth and are aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Our top CSR priorities are education/workforce development, poverty solutions/social services and environmental programs. Entergy annually contributes $16-$18 million in shareholder-funded grants to approximately 2,000 nonprofit organizations in the communities where we operate. In addition, our employees volunteer more than 100,000 hours in those communities' values at more than $3 million.

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