SOURCE: Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

October 02, 2012 08:00 ET

Pilar Montoya Honored by STEMconnector™ at 100 Women Leaders in STEM Celebration

INDUSTRY, CA--(Marketwire - Oct 2, 2012) - The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) Chief Executive Officer Pilar Montoya, will be honored in the 100 Women Leaders in STEM event in Washington D.C. today in celebration of women role models in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). In addition to being recognized by STEMconnector™, Montoya will also speak today, alongside Lori Garver, Deputy Administrator for NASA, Lisa P. Jackson, EPA Administrator, Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds of Iowa and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, at the Senate Celebration taking place in the Hart Senate Office Building. The event begins at 4:00 p.m. EDT.

100 Women Leaders in STEM, a publication by STEMconnector™, showcases the careers and initiatives of more than one hundred women leaders who are active role models for the underrepresented segment of women in America's growing shortage of STEM professionals.

Montoya will be honored alongside 55 other women leaders in the corporate, government and nonprofit sectors, including presidents and key public officials.

Montoya has been recognized as a driving force to advance the cause of attracting more girls and women to STEM careers and mentoring young Latina STEM professionals, in addition to developing programs to expose all age groups to STEM. She has helped develop and expand an array of programs including STEM educational activities for K-12th grade students, science programs to involve the entire family, and presentations for girls to stimulate awareness and interest in the STEM field. Montoya also developed an expanded program at the SHPE National Conference specifically focusing on and inspiring Latinas to enter STEM careers and gain exposure to Latina role models currently working in STEM careers.

"Diversity in the workplace and access to quality STEM education are a national imperative that when met will ensure that the brightest minds from the U.S. are the ones leading innovation and technological solutions to global, environmental, health and critical issues," said Montoya.

Along with her team, Montoya is organizing a national conference to bring together 6,000 Hispanic STEM professionals, college students, and high school students to raise awareness, access, support, and provide development relating to STEM issues. This year's SHPE National Conference (, takes place November 14-18, in Fort Worth, Texas at the Forth Worth Convention Center.

"With the severe shortage of STEM talent in the United States we believe the Hispanic population and SHPE will help meet the demand for quality STEM talent," said Montoya. "Hispanics are the largest and fastest growing ethnic group in the United States and by engaging Hispanic students and parents early, we can ensure that the U.S. has superior leadership in science, technology, engineering and mathematics to improve our environment, quality of life, education, health and well-being. I am pleased to have the pleasure to deliver this important message among some of the key individuals in the STEM community."

Montoya has been the CEO of the SHPE since 2009. She has over 25 years of business and financial management experience for private companies and non-profits. Acknowledged as both a community and business leader, Montoya has been recognized for her achievements by Hispanic Business Magazine, the California Assembly, the national American Cancer Society, the Child Abuse Prevention Council and numerous business organizations.

About SHPE
The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) was founded in Los Angeles, California in 1974 by a group of engineers employed by the city of Los Angeles. Their objective was to form a national organization of processional engineers to serve as role models in the Hispanic community. Today, the company's mission is to change lives by empowering the Hispanic community to realize its fullest potential and to impact the world through STEM awareness, access, support and development. SHPE provides a variety of programming and resources including hosting the largest annual technical conference it the nation. For more information, visit

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