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Our Story

Beauty + Brains initiative was started in 2014 by engineer Stepanie Quiles but was officially founded in 2022 as a non-profit organization.

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Our Mission

Empower girls and women as leaders to achieve their full potential in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) related professional careers.

To improve the percentage of women involved in STEM and demonstrate the importance of diversity, inclusion, and equity.

Our Vision

We work for a world with more empowered women and equity in STEM industry. A future in which girls will have the opportunity to grow and develop skills, determination, and endeavor.

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Our Philosophy 

B+B represents all the female community in STEM, it provides a space of comfort and growth. B+B provides educational workshops in schools, and hands-on experience by doing science experiments. Also interviews professionals to share their story and discuss topics of inclusion, diversity and equity.

Statistics

Women make up only 28% of the workforce in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).  Women make up 20% of engineering graduates, but it’s been estimated that nearly 40% of women who earn engineering degrees either quit or never enter the profession.

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Our Initiative

Recruiting more female engineers can improve the design of new products and solutions to benefit both men and women. This is why women in STEM are also needed as role models to inspire more girls – as well as boys – to study science and technology-based subjects, to foster a new generation of technical professionals.

Our Founder

Stephanie Marie Quiles Velazquez was born and raised in Ponce, Puerto Rico. She is an engineer, model, tv host, actress, musician and also an animal lover, passionate, energetic, resilient woman, but most importantly advocate for women in STEM.

 

She earned a Bachelor’s Degree (2021) from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Project Management. At age 19, she moved to Houston to get her first professional experience at General Electric, later went to NASA and lastly went to Lilly del Caribe.

 

She is currently working in the aerospace industry, supporting different space systems missions. Besides her professional background, she is also passionate about arts, music, acting and entertainment. She started playing clarinet at a very early age,  acting came later (during high school) but is a passion that she like to pursue professionally. For this reason, she attended to a bootcamp in CDMX, where she had the opportunity to go to Televisa. 

She started engaging with this advocacy a few years ago when she realized the importance of inclusion and women representation in industry in order to have innovative solutions and bring to light issues that affects these sectors. B+B were you might feel identified. So take a look, We hope you like it!

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Our Core Values

Equity

Diversity

Inclusion

Curiosity

Creativity

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