Access to technology and engineering for all is our mission

Connecting and strengthening global communities

The TE Connectivity Foundation is the corporate foundation of TE Connectivity and is committed to connecting and strengthening global communities through access to technology and engineering for all, with a focus on women and underserved populations.

We believe that helping to build strong communities and increasing access to education and careers in engineering and technology is core to creating a sustainable global workforce and meaningful work opportunities for all. The organizations we selected to support do just that, and we are excited to work with each of them and see the impact of their programs on women and underserved populations.
Karen Leggio,
Senior Vice President and General Manager, Channel, TE Connectivity & Chair of the TE Foundation Board of Trustees
Girl Up is a global leadership development campaign launched by the UN Foundation. Girl Up’s GIRLHERO Solution Labs and STEM boot camps provide one-day “hackathon” style events where girls come together to create STEM solutions for social issues that impact gender equality, such as access to education and health information. The TE Connectivity Foundation’s grant will support the creation of five GIRLHERO Solution Labs and STEM boot camps.
SMASH is a program of the Level Playing Field Institute committed to providing access to technology and engineering for underserved students of color through a free, multi-year college prep program. The program currently operates in several regions in the U.S. The TE Connectivity Foundation grant will help SMASH expand to new U.S. markets, replicate its approach and create an alumni network to help ensure ongoing support for those who have completed the program. This will increase the likelihood that these students will go on to pursue STEM careers.