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Technovation[MN] Inspiring Young Women for a Future Role in Your Business


Kate Indrelie
Sourcewell Technology, Advantage Implementation Specialist

After 10 years of teaching high school English and teaching/directing at a technology summer camp, Kate began a career as an Educational Technology Consultant, working with teachers and technology professionals to deliver professional development and consulting on technology integration in K-12 schools. Kate has mentored for Technovation for 7 years

Kirthi Manivannan
Technovation [MN], Global and Student Ambassador

My name is Kirthi Manivannan and I am a Senior at Century High School. I've been involved in Technovation since I was in 8th grade and have participated in appapalooza for 2 years. Now I work as a student ambassador for the organization Technovation and lead my own organization called The Wallet Project- an educational and inspirational platform for middle school girls to spark their interest in entrepreneurship by emphasizing growth mindset.

Payton Maas
Technovation, Technovation Alumni Member

Former Technovation Student Ambassador, Technovation Global Influencer, and Technovation MN Board Member.

Lisa Schlosser
Technovation[MN], Executive Director

Technology is critical to our existence. I want to ensure that the future is made up of diverse teams building the technology that will keep us safe, healthy and happy. I am currently living this vision through Technovation[MN], a not-for-profit organization that inspires and empowers girls to build technology to make a positive impact on their communities.

Abigail Irving
createMPLS, Communications Specialist

Abigail Irving is a graduate of the Technovation program, current mentor for the program and employee for createMPLS, a nonprofit bringing accessible STEM programs to students in Minneapolis. Her experience as a student in Technovation sparked a passion for making sure all students in the Minneapolis area have opportunities to experience STEM.

Ruth Mesfin
Technovation[MN], Alumna

My name is Ruth Mesfin and I am currently a sophomore at the University of Minnesota. I am earning a bachelor of science in computer science and I was a Technovation[MN] participant in 2020.


Since its creation, Technovation[MN] has inspired over 1300 girls in Minnesota to develop technology and entrepreneur skills. In 2020, we hired our first two alumnae interns (one high school and one college level) and it was a huge success. The pandemic has showed us that technology is more critical than ever to our communities. In this session, you will hear directly from participating girls about their experience and skill development. You will hear from a supporting business about how they have engaged with Technovation[MN] to grow this diverse talent. You will hear from mentors on how they have provided guidance and support in building out this future tech workforce pipeline in Minnesota. We also want to hear from you! Your next intern or employee could come from Technovation[MN] and we would love to hear about your technology and entrepreneur needs.