Grand View Student Meets with LT Governor Reynolds

February 24, 2017

pi 515 meets Kim ReynoldsEmma Jean Budd is a senior Computer Science major at Grand View. According to faculty member Heather Brady, "Emma has done many amazing things in her time at Grand View. Last week she went to meet Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds to talk about STEM education and financial backing." She went with pi 515, a tech mentoring group for girls, and their director, Nancy Mwirotsi. Emma has been volunteering with pi 515 for over a year and is very passionate about getting more girls involved in technology and STEM careers. She also volunteers with Girls Who Code, a national non-profit organization dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology.

Emma says, “The vital part about mentoring is to just be there for someone - To positively challenge and engage them. PI515 and Girls Who Code allows me to ‘pay it forward’ to future generations of young female STEM entrepreneurs. My experience with the LT Governor provided a springboard for me to provide inspiration to an even larger audience.”

Emma is originally from Waukee and will graduate from Grand View in April. She hopes to pursue a career that will help get more girls involved in technology.