Former Olympian Mia Hamm and DeVry University Host National HerWorld® Month to Empower High School Women to Prepare for College and Reach their Career Aspirations

HerWorld events across the country teach high school girls about exciting careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill., March 01, 2012 - It is estimated that by 2020 nearly two thirds of high-skilled, high-paying jobs in America will go unfilled due to lack of qualified candidates1, a situation that is compounded as more than half of college presidents say students arrive at college less prepared than a decade ago2. To raise awareness of this issue, Olympic gold medalist Mia Hamm, U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes and hopefuls through 2016, and DeVry University corporate partners are teaming with DeVry University for National HerWorld month this March to inspire young women across the country to reach their full potential.

Olympic gold medalist Mia Hamm teams with DeVry University for National HerWorld Month to inspire yo ...

Olympic gold medalist Mia Hamm teams with DeVry University for National HerWorld Month to inspire young women across the country to be better prepared to succeed in college and reach their full potential. (Photo: Business Wire)


















Now in its 15th year, DeVry University’s HerWorld program provides young women with the tools they need be to be better prepared to succeed in college and introduces them to in-demand careers of the 21st century, including those in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.

Hamm will host a national HerWorld event in New York City on March 16, one of more than 30 HerWorld events taking place across the country throughout the month of March. This year, it is anticipated that more than 7,500 young women from hundreds of high schools will participate, all with the opportunity to interact with peers, participate in educational and confidence-building activities, and receive advice from successful female leaders in the community.

"HerWorld encourages young girls to set goals and harness their inner drive and determination so they can bridge barriers and overcome challenges to make their college and career dreams a reality,” said Hamm. "I began playing soccer before it became a professional women's sport in the U.S., so I never could have achieved my dream of becoming an international competitor without the drive to succeed."

As an official education provider of the U.S. Olympic Committee, DeVry University has invited U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes and hopefuls through 2016 to attend select HerWorld events across the country to share stories about goal-setting and to motivate HerWorld participants to follow their ambition. DeVry University’s corporate partners including Microsoft Corporation, Hewlett Packard Company and Cisco, will also take part by providing guest speakers at various events to further support HerWorld’s powerful message.


National HerWorld Month Events Schedule

Location     Date
Cleveland, OH     03/01/12
Irving, TX     03/01/12
Austin, TX     03/02/12
Joliet, IL     03/06/12
Southfield, MI     03/08/12
Elk Grove, CA     03/08/12
Houston, TX     03/09/12
Calgary, Canada     03/12/12
Fremont, CA     03/12/12
Tacoma, WA     03/14/12
Rockford, IL     03/15/12
Fresno, CA     03/15/12
St. Louis Park, MN     03/15/12
New York, NY     03/16/12
Louisville, KY     03/17/12
Tinley Park, IL     03/20/12
Chicago, IL     03/22/12
Henderson, NV     03/22/12
Charlotte, NC     03/23/12
Cincinnati, OH     03/23/12
Waukesha, WI     03/23/12
North Brunswick, NJ     03/23/12
Washington, D.C.     03/23/12
Philadelphia, PA     03/27/12
Columbus, OH     03/28/12
Los Angeles, CA     03/28/12
Miramar, FL     03/28/12
Atlanta, GA     03/29/12
Kansas City, MO     03/29/12
St. Louis, MO     03/30/12
San Diego, CA     03/31/12

About DeVry University

Founded in 1931, DeVry University is one of the largest, private sector universities in North America, with more than 90,000 students enrolled in the United States and Canada. The university’s mission is to foster student learning through high-quality, career-oriented education integrating technology, business, science and the arts. With more than 95 locations, DeVry University delivers practitioner-oriented undergraduate and graduate degree programs onsite and online that meet the needs of a diverse and geographically dispersed student population. Home to five colleges of study, including Business & Management, Engineering & Information Sciences, Health Sciences, Liberal Arts & Sciences, and Media Arts & Technology, DeVry University’s outstanding faculty members, work in the fields that they teach, providing students with real-world experiences that prepare them for high-growth careers.

DeVry University is institutionally accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, DeVry University, a part of DeVry Inc. (NYSE: DV), is based in Downers Grove, Ill. For more information about DeVry University, find us on Twitter @DeVryUniv, or visit

HerWorld is a registered trademark of DeVry Educational Development Corporation. ©2012 DeVry Educational Development Corporation. All rights reserved. Any other trademarks used herein are owned by their respective owners. 36 USC 220506.

1 Gordon, Edward E. (2009) Winning the Global Talent Showdown: How Businesses and Communities Can Partner to Rebuild the Jobs Pipeline.

2 Is College Worth It? Pew Research Study, 5/17/11

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