In addition to the donation, Allergan is also offering mentoring initiatives and resources to educate and empower future female leaders interested in STEM by enlisting female physicians across the country to mentor young women in high school.
As part of this mentoring initiative, the female physicians will be engaging with these girls via virtual panel discussions that will offer insights, expertise and tools for the girls to learn from as they apply to college, develop personal and career goals, and explore opportunities in the healthcare, science and medical fields.
These virtual events will be taking place throughout the summer and beyond.
“It’s an honor to be a part of Allergan’s mentoring program with Girls Inc. and have the opportunity to mentor young women that have dreams to achieve future careers in healthcare, science, and technology,” says Jeanine Downie, MD, founding director of image Dermatology in Montclair, NJ. “I’ve been lucky to have a diverse group of creative, powerful, and bold women as my mentors, who have helped me build the confidence to get to where I am in my career. With Allergan, I look forward to continuing to provide the young women of Girls Inc. with the advice, guidance, and resources to be a female leader in this industry. That is something that my mother, a pediatrician, would tell me requires women having to work twice as hard as men.”