Monday, 16. June 2014
Little girls with dreams become women with vision. – Anonymous
I was recently given a special opportunity to introduce IT topics to a group of female students at the “Girls are IT!” conference. I believe that within every young woman, there lies infinite possibility. Programs, such as “Girls are IT,” and “Math, Science, and Technology for Girls” offer direction, inspiration, role models, and ideas for future career paths.
As I pass the sign on my session door, that read, “IMX Cosmetics,” I watch the young girls eagerly rush into the room. I can’t help but feel as if their journey starts today. As they take one of 60 seats waiting for them, I know that each young student has chosen to explore the possibilities in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and cosmetics. With this one choice, these girls have already decided to open up their minds and broaden their horizons. All eyes are looking forward in anticipation. This is the moment our story begins!
I start our conversation with, “Hi, my name is Julie Bartholomew, M.D. I am an inventor, a dreamer, a single mother of three beautiful children, and a part of your community. I am honored to be a member, and speaker on behalf of Michigan Council of Women in Technology. Today, I will share with you my special journey to creating a cosmetics brand that involves automation, robotics, RFID, mobile technology, and a customer’s creativity. Our patent portfolio boasts 62 patents granted and 10 patents pending in 18 countries. I am living proof that we can dream the improbable, and make it possible.”
The girls asked many questions throughout my session. They seemed eager to hear how a woman had established herself in the world of technology, and how they could do the same. I shared my insight into the many career opportunities available in designing and launching a business, with STEM, through an inspirational audiovisual presentation.
For me, it was eye opening to witness the girls’ excitement about the opportunities. Several students stayed to engage in a heart-warming discussion about where their academic paths could lead them. We spoke in depth about where they’re going, and possible resources to help support their endeavors. I saw a spark in their eyes; the first thoughts about their futures were forming.
These programs are vital to inspire and support our young girls in Michigan. I am very proud and honored to be a part of these events in our community!
Julie Robin Bartholomew, M.D. is an entrepreneur, inventor, international speaker, co-author, board member of Women Offering Health and Hope, and a medical doctor. She initially conceived of a process for onsite, automated customization of cosmetics involving RFID solutions, and went on to successfully patent the process throughout the world. Dr. Bartholomew is also a member of Automation Alley, CEW, Detroit Economic Club, and MWCT. She educates and inspires young women and girls to learn about the opportunities in technology, robotics, RFID, and health and beauty.