Full STEAM Ahead is a conference by CodeVA dedicated to empowering young women through Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics. We inspire our students by connecting them with female role models in engaging hands-on workshops. Our speakers will share their experience as leaders in their respective industries, highlighting the importance of STEAM and the power of interdisciplinary collaboration.
Full STEAM Ahead is a day-long event available to middle school girls, rising 6th through rising 9th graders, in the Greater Richmond Area. Full STEAM Ahead will be held at the VCU Engineering Building on Saturday, June 29th, 2019. The event lasts from approximately 8:30 am until 4:30 pm. A finalized schedule for the day will be released in May. Check out our 2018 schedule for an example. Student registration will open on our website in May, where girls will have the opportunity to browse our Workshop Tracks and select their favorite. Tracks are available on a first come, first serve basis and are subject to change.
Meet our 2018 keynote speaker!
Ferha Mirdawi is the Director of Digital Merchandising at CarMax, the nation’s largest retailer of used cars and one of the FORTUNE “100 Best Companies to Work For” for fourteen consecutive years. Ferha is responsible for discovering and executing new innovative digital products to improve customer experience.
Ferha has over 15 years of marketing and product strategy experience with prominent consumer-focused companies, with each being pioneers of their respective industries. Prior to joining CarMax in 2015, Ferha was the GM for Shortcuts.com at AOL, the Digital and Marketing Director at Inmar, and held the management position at Avon for marketing.
Ferha holds an undergraduate degree in Fashion Merchandising Management from the Fashion Institute of Technology.