At WAAW foundation, we believe in the power of mentoring because we’ve seen countless girls whose lives have been transformed through building long-lasting relationships with trusted WAAW mentors. Mentoring is a powerful tool to help keep our young ladies motivated, inspired and excited to keep driving forward for change.

With our mentors we suggest you develop a strong professional relationship and support our scholars and fellows in a range of issues including:
– Future career options
– Suggestions for self learning using online resources and additional trainings
– Discuss challenges at school with academics, professors, professional and even personal challenges
– Discuss the importance of online presence including insisting they create a linkedin profile
– Discuss commitment to WAAW to create an ongoing College to secondary mentoring and tutoring programs
– Exposure to resources to support their success as girls in STEM
– Ideas and support for internship support, etc

Sign up today to become a mentor! Support a girl to overcome obstacles and seize opportunities in STEM.


Shalom Ikhena

Shalom joined WAAW Foundation in 2016 as Marketing Strategy and Mentor volunteer. She is currently on track to graduate as an honors student from Drexel University with a in Economics and Business Administration with majors in Finance and Business Analytics. Prior to joining WAAW Foundation, she worked as a Private Wealth Management Financial Analyst Co-op at Goldman Sachs, San Francisco. She has also worked as Marketing Associate Co-op with SAP’s North America Marketing team. Shalom excels in marketing campaigns execution, business strategy, financial planning, data analysis and resume/essay refining. She is also a published author who enjoys travelling and finding new ways to empower women.


Vanessa Oguamanam

Vanessa joined WAAW Foundation in 2016 as Technical Project Manager and Mentor volunteer. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Human-Computer Interaction from the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD). Prior to joining WAAW Foundation, she received her B.S in Computer Science from UMD. She recently interned at Google as a UX Researcher. Additionally, she has also worked as a Software Engineering Intern at Boeing for two summers. She specializes in Programming, Mobile/Web Development, User Experience, UX Research, Design, Crafting, and Maker-spaces. Vanessa is passionate about empowering women and helping to support the advancement of underrepresented minorities in the tech field.


 Linda Chiwetelu

Lynda is currently a lead software developer in Nigeria.She develops app for iOS and the web. Lynda is passionate about empowering women and especially enthusiastic about introducing software development to young women. 



Lena Trotochaud

Lena is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California. She received her B.S. in chemistry from the University of Georgia in 2009 and her PhD in chemistry from the University of Oregon in 2014. She is currently studying chemical reactions at vapor-solid interfaces using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Lena is currently involved in several volunteering projects, including serving as a lesson leader with the Bay Area Scientists in Schools and a math tutor with the Prison University Project at San Quentin. She is passionate about empowering women and underserved communities through education, promoting science literacy, and fostering strong relationships between scientists in developing countries and the US.