On March 6th our own June Bardwil was a featured speaker at second annual Young Women’s Career Conference in celebration of International Women’s Day at the Girls Academic Leadership Academy (GALA) in Los Angeles. The event was a day devoted to introducing the GALA students to STEM-educated female professionals and business leaders in California.
June and the other dynamic female STEM professionals spend the day speaking with student groups about their career journey, challenges they faced and overcame, in addition to sharing advice and career guidance with the young students. June captured the their imagination with her life story that took her from Japan to the mountains of Colorado to a successful career in technology and technology consulting. She shared how her spirit, smarts and relentless drive helped her to crack the technology career glass ceiling. June stressed great tips for the students around the importance of developing communications skills to set them apart and elevate them in their career journey.
June was impressed by entire GALA program, especially the enthusiasm and drive of the students. “What I saw in all these talented, smart young women gives me tremendous faith and hope in our future. I was delighted to pass along some of the things I’ve learned to help them on their own paths and careers.”
June Bardwil has been a valuable contributor to PLANNET since 2002, and actively involved in many high-profile projects. She began her career in the technology industry after graduating from the University of Colorado. June has an outstanding track record of management, account development and technology consulting for firms ranging from entrepreneurial start-ups to Fortune 100 companies. Known throughout the architectural, engineering and real estate communities for her enthusiastic personality and tremendous energy, June has also served as a Past President and Board Member of the Southern California Development Forum (SCDF).
GALA is the first all girls public middle & high school in Los Angeles, and indeed the entire state of California. This Academy is an innovative, exciting development in public and STEM education. GALA opened in the fall of 2016 and currently has 588 students spanning grades 6-12. The student body is economically, racially and geographically diverse. GALA’s test scores are consistently higher than the district and state, and their students are taking high level math, science and computer science classes.