Global Mentorship and Supporting Women in STEM

In 2018, Northgate’s Principal Geologist Maile Smith took part in two volunteer delegations as part of the TechWomen program, traveling to both Nigeria and Malaysia. In 2019, as Northgate continues our social responsibility and commitment to mentoring women in science, Maile is headed to Uzbekistan. The purpose of the delegation trips is to engage and encourage women to consider a career path in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). While women are gaining numbers in traditionally male-dominated fields, they are still significantly outnumbered in STEM. Among girls, interest in STEM begins to wane in early adolescence.  We believe it is […]

In Celebration of #TechWomen18

#TechWomen18 at Northgate Northgate celebrates our 8th year participating in TechWomen. This fall, Northgate welcomed emerging women leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to join us in our Oakland office for four weeks of mentoring and professional exchange. Participating in the TechWomen program since its initial launch in 2011, Northgate closes out the year in celebration of our 8th year of mentoring with this dynamic and inspirational program. TechWomen is an international exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State that empowers, connects, and supports early to mid-career leaders from Africa, Central and South Asia, and the […]

2017 TechWomen Mentee Update – Congratulations Ijeoma!

Northgate’s 2017 TechWomen mentee, Ijeoma Vincent-Akpu, was recently promoted to Head of the Animal and Environmental Biology Department at the University of Port Harcourt in Nigeria. Previously she was a Senior Lecturer, leading graduate and post-graduate courses on hydrobiology, fisheries biology, aquatic toxicology, environmental impact assessment, coastal resource management, and climate change adaptation. Ijeoma is most excited about teaching others how to adopt best practices in sustenance-level aquaculture, sparking change in people’s attitudes and relationship to the environment and ecosystem, while improving opportunities and livelihoods in the Niger Delta, especially for at-risk youth. She recently completed a project in Chennai, […]

Northgate Geologist Dana Brown Receives Scouting Program’s District Award of Merit

Northgate Geologist Dana Brown was recently awarded The District Award of Merit, the highest award the Long Beach Area Council can give to an adult volunteer in the Scouting program. Having been a Cub, Boy, and Explorer Scout from kindergarten to age 18, as an adult Dana recognized the opportunity to “pay back” the Scouting program as a volunteer. Since 2011, he has served as Unit Commissioner and District Commissioner, and is currently the Dean of the Commissioner College. In 2014, Dana achieved his Bachelor of Science degree in Commissioner Science and was awarded the Commissioner’s Key award for service to his unit. In 2015, Dana […]

#TechWomen16 at Northgate

Time flies when you’re having fun! There are only three more days of the professional mentorship component of the 2016 TechWomen program that began on September 19 at 37 host companies across the San Francisco Bay Area. Northgate has been a proud participant since the first year of the program in 2011, and has hosted TechWomen Emerging Leaders (ELs) from Morocco, Sierra Leone, Tunisia, and South Africa. This year Northgate is mentoring two ELs: Lisette Shyamba from Rwanda and Ozoda Ismailova from Uzbekistan. During the 15 days that the ELs are at their host company’s office, they work alongside their […]

Northgate Supports TechWomen 2014

Northgate is proud to be supporting TechWomen again in 2014.  This will be the third time Northgate has participated in TechWomen.  This year, Northgate will be hosting an emerging leader from Tunisia who has particular interest in soil investigations and geotechnical challenges. TechWomen, a program sponsored by the US Department of State, connects women leaders from Africa and the Middle East focused on developing their careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics with talented professional mentors throughout the Bay Area. This year, the 78 visiting women from Algeria, Cameroon, Egypt, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Nigeria, the […]

Northgate Proud to Support TechWomen

As part of Northgate’s commitment to empowering women engineers, our Oakland office welcomes Michelle Sesay from Freetown, Sierra Leone. Michelle is a participant of TechWomen, a mentoring initiative sponsored by the US Department of State that pairs women leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from Africa and the Middle East with their counterparts in the San Francisco Bay Area. Michelle has a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and an Advanced Diploma in Project Management. She is taking a break honing her skills working as an engineer for an oil and gas management company to spend time at Northgate. Her […]