Chairman and Founder of STEMConnector and Million Women Mentors
Edie Fraser is Founder and CEO of STEMconnector® and Million Women Mentors(MWM). She also serves as Vice Chair of the leading executive search firm and the largest woman-owned executive search firm, Diversified Search LLC. She has served for three years as the first woman Chair of the World Affairs Council DC, and a founding member of C200 and a supporter and honoree of many organizations.
Million Women Mentors(MWM) was established to change the career opportunities for girls and women and in the first 20-month period gained 800,000 pledges to mentor at least 20 hours a year. Most states are engaged as are 67 women’s and girls’ organizations and major companies and higher education as well as an Entrepreneurship Initiative.
STEMconnector® is a consortium of over 160 companies, associations, academic institutions and government entities actively engaged with STEM education and careers and with the future of human capital. With several products and services, STEMconnector® is both a resource and a service, designed to link “all things STEM.” STEMconnector’s® network includes organizations at the global, national, state and local levels. STEMconnector® focuses on the STEM workforce and jobs as we focus on STEM 2.0 with skills to jobs, partnerships and place a particular emphasis on diversity and women.
Edie is a strong leader, champion and engager of others to build initiatives where employers and stakeholders find value. STEMconnector® and Million Women Mentors® programs use metrics to show outreach and impact out to millions and practice strategic engagement of business, government, education and non-profits to work to engage to gain access to good jobs. Edie is known as a strong leader, champion of diversity, and entrepreneur. Edie first entered the world of entrepreneurship as Founder and CEO of Public Affairs Group where she worked with more than 250 Fortune companies and government agencies, advancing best practice programs on women and diversity leadership.
Edie founded Diversity Best Practices and the Business Women’s Network. She has also written and published multiple books and articles around diversity best practices. Edie is author of Do Your Giving While You’re Living and Advancing a Jobs Driven Economy and now Women’s Quick Facts.
Over her extensive career, Edie has received 52 awards for her work in leadership, innovation, diversity, women, entrepreneurship, and communications. She has also appeared on the cover of multiple magazines. In 2015, Edie was inducted into the Enterprising Women Hall of Fame for her life’s work in advancing women in the workplace and a recipient of the Diversity Woman Mosaic Award.
Edie graduated with Honors from Duke University. She resides in Washington, DC with her husband of 36 years, Joe L. Oppenheimer.
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