The Girl Powered team is comprised of members from the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation and VEX Robotics. Together, we are committed to showing how exciting it can be to get involved with STEM, showcasing examples of how successful women are changing the world, providing tools which will enable girls to succeed, and enabling safe spaces where they can grow their confidence and abilities!

Working in the technology field surrounded by engineers for much of my adult life, I have caught myself having some of the same preconceived notions about this field that I see in young women today. I have been able to break down some of those barriers by coaching and mentoring young robotics students for the past three years.

Vicki Grisanti

Communications and Community Relations
REC Foundation

I have had the opportunity to be a part of the robotics community since the first VEX Worlds in 2008. I believe that society will benefit from having more women involved in solving our future problems. Girl Powered gives us the platform to reach out to today’s young women interested in STEM and show them that the door is open to the robotics community and that they have the same opportunity for success as anyone else.

Lindsey Gideon

Marketing Director
VEX Robotics

Robotics has been a part of who I am for over a decade, first as a VEX & FRC student and now part of my daily life. My passion for Girl Powered stems from the experiences I had in robotics, and for all of the young women who will become future innovators. I want all students to never be afraid to try something new. I'm excited for the day where diving into the world of STEM becomes second nature.

Katie Kroncke

Marketing Coordinator
VEX Robotics

I’ve been involved with VEX & FRC as a student and mentor for over 9 years. I am a part of Girl Powered because as a younger male that has also competed in VEX, I believe I can connect with the majority of our users. I want to show our community that boys are just as welcomed and important to this initiative as girls.

Dillon Row

Marketing Coordinator
VEX Robotics

I have been involved in the FRC & VEX communities as a student, mentor, and volunteer for 10 years. Many times in my robotics and engineering education, I felt as though I didn't belong - working on Girl Powered is a way for me to make robotics a more inviting place for girls and help them navigate through existing challenges.

Katie Widen

Software Engineer
VEX Robotics

Competitive robotics has been a part of my life for 16 years across multiple programs, including game design, event coordination, program management, and personal participation as both a student and mentor. I believe in the potential of introducing early STEM education equally toward both young women and men to help create a more equitable society that benefits and furthers humankind.

Amanda Morrison

Director of Operations
VEX Robotics

I have been involved with competitive robotics for over 17 years and have seen the impact that young women have had in this field. I believe competition robotics prepares women for a career in STEM whether it be an aerospace engineer or doing biomedical research, they're making a difference.

Nancy McIntyre

Regional Support Manager
REC Foundation

I have been involved with robotics for 15 years having started as a coach and judge for FLL, and now mentoring two FRC teams in Texas. Some of the most amazing students I have mentored over the years have been women, and I want to make sure they have the same opportunities as their male counterparts. Through Girl Powered, we are helping pave the way for our future generation of problem solvers.

Dan Mantz

CEO and Chairman of the Board
REC Foundation