Carnegie Mellon University

Staff Council

The voice for staff at Carnegie Mellon University

Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work
Thursday, April 26, 2018

This years event will be held Thursday April 26, 2018.  We are currently working on finalizing the plans for the event, and any new info will be posted online here.  In the coming weeks we will post the tracks so you can see what options will be available this year.  

We expect online registration for this year to open on April 2, 2018 at noon.  There will be a link to the registration form published in the registration section at that time.  

In the meantime we are always looking for volunteers and presenters for the day of the event.  If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering or presenting please contact us at

Service Force: Agents of Positive Change

This years theme is "Service Force: Agents of Positive Change."  Designed to be more than a career day, the Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work program goes beyond the average practice of "shadowing" an adult. Exposing girls and boys to what a parent or mentor in their lives does during the work day is important, but showing them the value of their education, helping them discover the power and possibilities associated with a balanced work and family life, providing them an opportunity to share how they envision the future, and allowing them to begin steps toward their end goals in a hands-on and interactive environment is key to their achieving success.

Because the Carnegie Mellon community is loaded with great role models involved in wonderfully diverse areas (often non traditional), we have developed a strong program here, organized by staff and faculty volunteers, with crucial support from the President's office.

Since 1998, we have hosted over 100 girls each year. In 2001, 93 boys were involved. Over fifteen years later, the Carnegie Mellon Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work program averages over 200 participants each year. In the morning, the participants 'shadow' their campus host or attend initiatives such as a student panel or fitness workshop. Participants are able to participate in a luncheon which includes a welcome from the campus community and entertainment. In the afternoon we offer a variety of short presentations to smaller groups of participants. These presentations are in all areas - fine arts, business, science and technology each featuring inclusively engaged activities facilitated by faculty, staff and students.

Carnegie Mellon is proud to participate in the Ms. Foundation for Women's Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work® Day!

About the Foundation

Take Our Daughters to Work started in 1993 in response to disturbing research on adolescent girls' loss of self confidence. In the ten years following, technology and workplace productivity demands have changed the work life for men and women. After 10 successful years of a Take Our Daughters to Work program, Ms Foundation expanded it to include boys in 2003. It became Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work®. The program evolved in 2003 to focus on equitably integrating work with family responsibilities and personal goals.

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