Mentorship and commitment to STEM earns TI’s Melendy Lovett a Maura Award

She’s known among her peers as one with a steadfast commitment to advancing women and girls in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields (she has mentored more than 100 girls). She’s president of TI’s Education Technology unit, leading a global business focused on driving products and programs that help students perform at higher levels in STEM areas.

 She’s Melendy Lovett, TI senior vice president. And she’ll receive a 2013 Maura Award – a prestigious award that recognizes those who have led the way in improving lives for women and girls in North Texas – on April 18 at the Dallas Women’s Foundation Leadership Forum and awards dinner.

“Melendy’s unwavering passion for helping girls and women has led to the creation of several highly successful products and programs that enable people from all walks of life to excel in STEM fields,” says Steve Lyle, TI’s chief diversity officer and director of Engineering Workforce Development. “She is passionate about mentoring and helping people improve their lives, and is always willing to help people find their strengths to help them succeed.”

Her commitment spans advancing STEM careers both personally and professionally. Twelve years ago, Lovett became a founder of the donor-advised fund High Tech High Heels (HTHH), which offers workshops, training, camps, lectures and resources for both educators and students in an effort to prepare girls to pursue STEM careers. Formerly known as the Women of TI Fund, it has provided increased career options for diverse groups of young women.

Lovett is also vice chairman of the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Center’s board of directors, and has served as a board volunteer for the Rose-Hulman Technology Institute, the University of Texas-Pan American, and the Dallas Women’s Foundation.

Through Lovett’s leadership and advocacy, programs like Teachers Teaching with Technology (T3), a leading math and science teacher development program through TI’s Education Technology organization, have expanded. And, in 2012, she was recognized as one of the “Top 100 Women in STEM” by STEMconnectorTM, a Washington D.C.-based nonprofit. She was also named one of Dallas-Fort Worth’s “Top 25 Changemakers” by the Dallas Business Journal and is a Women in Technology International (WITI) Hall of Fame inductee.

But most importantly, she’s someone who walks the talk, serving her community in a field where mentors are needed. “Melendy is a role model for all of us,” Lyle says.