BIWC March 15 Meeting at 9:30 at BPA - Carrie Arndt
Carrie Arndt, M.S., PMP. Carrie has led product innovation research and development for over twenty new medical devices in the fields of diabetes and infection prevention during her 20+ year career at Johnson Johnson. Trained as a medical microbiologist, Carrie is known as a leader who gives back heavily to the community.
Carrie has been involved with WISER International for 11 years, serving as board secretary since 2012. Carrie has led two volunteer trips to Muhuru Bay, Kenya, teaching entrepreneurship, communication, finance and sales and marketing to high school students at this rural, residential girls' boarding school. The volunteers have also run Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) workshops at the school to encourage the students to pursue their passion in designing solutions to the challenging problems faced in their community.
Carrie retires in March 2018 and is excited to expand her involvement with organizations on Bainbridge Island. Carrie is the Vice President of Congregation Kol Shalom and is volunteering with Washington STEM and Junior Achievement (JA) Washington.
Footprints on the Moon: Transforming the Lives of Girls in Kenya
Muhuru Bay, nestled next to Lake Victoria in southwestern Kenya near the border with Tanzania, is a remote area where economic opportunity is limited and access to education almost nonexistent.
WISER opened a school in Muhuru Bay, Kenya, in 2010. Today, the lives of over 350 girls have been transformed. The first 150 girls to enter have passed their high school exit exam and over 90% have headed into tertiary education programs, many at the university level.
Carrie Arndt will share her experiences as a volunteer with the Women's Institute for Secondary Education and Research (WISER), an organization focused on the empowerment of girls through education and health.
Joining Carrie will be a young leader who has worked extensively in Muhuru Bay over the past few summers, Savannah Johnson, who will share insights on the students efforts in expanding the community's knowledge on sexual and reproductive health as well as a deep look at the impact of providing psycho-social support for the students.
The students currently at WISER now have role models, and although they say the sky's the limit, there are footprints on the moon.