The Whirlpool Women’s Network hosted the Merze Tate Academy, a group of 25 young girls, 4th – 12th grades. Girls interested in traveling around their community and world apply to this educational program designed to help these young females discover how other women have had an impact on the world. The girls also learn communications skills in journalism, and film through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) activities.
As part of the curriculum, the young girls are exposed to various companies, they write about their experiences and ultimately produce a magazine that draws upon their writing/photography during their visits.
During their day and a half trip to Whirlpool Corporation, the girls took tours of the Edgewater Tech Center Cooking Lab and got to learn about Anna Carl’s job, they learned about the career paths of several women leaders within our company, they learned about our brands and products, took a tour of the Benton Harbor Tech Center, and saw the 3-D printer. Ultimately the girls participated in a challenge where they had to create a Signature Smoothie using the KitchenAid blender. At the end of their time in Benton Harbor, each 5-girl team had to sell their Signature Smoothie recipe and KitchenAid blender to a panel of judges consisting of Joe Liotine, Lynanne Kunkel, Marc Bitzer and Kim Thompson. The two days were an incredible experience for both the participants and the Whirlpool Corporation employees who were involved.