This International Women’s Day, a powerful group of leaders from Lincoln Center, Amazon, Becton Dickinson, UNICEF and USA Today joined HARMAN and the 1,000 Dreams Fund at the HARMAN flagship store in New York City to discuss ways to accelerate the advancement of women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) careers.

Our “Full STEAM Ahead” event kicked off with Christie Garton, Founder of the 1,000 Dreams Fund and HARMAN’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Dinesh Paliwal discussing the importance of inspiring, developing and supporting women in their journey towards careers in the arts and sciences. “Progress is being made, but we aren’t there yet,” Dinesh C. Paliwal, President and CEO of HARMAN, shared in his opening remarks.

A panel of STEAM luminaries, including a 1DF grant recipient and the #NewFaceofTech 2017 winner, then took the stage to discuss the “state of women and girls in STEAM today.”

Moderated by Laura Petrecca, New York City

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Bureau Chief of USA Today, a panel of STEAM luminaries, including a 1DF grant recipient and the #NewFaceofTech 2017 winner, took the stage to discuss the emergence of female leaders in STEAM, how leaders are using their influence to move the needle for women in STEAM related fields and career paths, and how technology is influencing current leaders.

Panelists included:

  • Arthi Chandran, VP of Health Economics & Outcomes Research, Becton Dickinson

  • Mimi Li, Head of Twitch Prime Business Intelligence, Amazon

  • Dinesh C. Paliwal, President and CEO, HARMAN

  • Sripriya Raghunathan, Vice President, Systems and Software Engineering, HARMAN

  • Claudia Romo Edelman, Special Advisor, UNICEF

  • Debora Spar, President, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

  • Chinasa T. Okolo, 2017 New Face of Tech winner + Pomona College student


With a projected growth rate of more than 9 million jobs between 2012 and 2020, careers in technology are among the fastest-growing professional occupations in the United States. Yet women remain underrepresented in this sector. In an effort to provide a path for tomorrow’s female inventors and leaders, HARMAN for another consecutive year partnered with the 1,000 Dreams Fund to launch the #NewFaceofTech Challenge, a national scholarship program for young women aspiring to pursue their career dreams.

HARMAN knows firsthand that diversity and inclusiveness strengthens organizational performance and enables them to meet the unique needs of customers worldwide. Our organization as a whole is evidence of the fact that our best innovations are a direct result of the multitude of ideas that stem from our diverse workforce. At the end of the “Full STEAM Ahead” event, Dinesh Paliwal announced that the Ila and Dinesh Paliwal Foundation would donate $10,000 to 1,000 Dreams Fund as a matching donation to HARMAN’s $10,000 contribution for this year’s #NewFaceofTechChallenge.

Are you the #NewFaceofTech? We’re inviting ambitious and motivated women to snap a selfie and share a personal account of their career goals in STEAM fields to win $2,000. Hurry up and enter before the challenge closes on April 5, 2018: