HARMAN and the 1,000 Dreams Fund Partner to Support the Next Generation of Female Leaders in Technology

“#NewFaceofTech” Challenge launches on International Women’s Day 2017
with $6,000 in funding at stake

STAMFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–In honor of International Women’s Day, HARMAN
International Industries
, Incorporated (NYSE:HAR), the premier
connected technologies company for automotive, consumer and enterprise
markets, today announced a partnership with the 1,000
Dreams Fund
, a national scholarship program for American girls
aspiring to live their dreams. Together, the partners have launched an
online campaign challenge called the “#NewFaceofTech,” seeking to
spotlight and financially support the new face of tech to support
young women pursuing big dreams in the world of Science,
Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

Careers in tech are among the fastest-growing professional occupations
in the U.S., with a projected growth rate of more than 9 million jobs
between 2012 and 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Yet women remain underrepresented in this sector. In fact, according to
a Reuters study, more than a quarter of technology executives stated
they have no women in leadership positions at their organizations.

Starting today, young female STEM leaders are invited to show how they
are the #NewFaceofTech by snapping a photo and sharing what they hope to
achieve in STEM. HARMAN and 1,000 Dreams Fund will provide two high
potential women with financial grants to pursue their goals. The two
winners and an additional eight finalists also will receive premium JBL

“At HARMAN, our best innovations are a direct result of the range of
ideas that come from our diverse workforce,” said Christi Downes, Vice
President, Global Talent Management, Diversity and Corporate HR, HARMAN.
“We’re excited for the opportunity to help young women reach their
dreams and we’re grateful to 1,000 Dreams Fund for helping us connect
with the next generation of female leaders in STEM.””

“In addition to HARMAN’s proven track record in the competitive
technology industry, they have an impressive number of female
executives,” said Christie Garton, founder and CEO of 1,000 Dreams Fund.
“Our mission at the 1,000 Dreams Fund is to provide young women with
access and opportunity to any goal or dream they have. Technology,
specifically, continues to be an industry where women leaders are
shockingly absent. By joining forces with HARMAN, we hope to encourage
any young woman interested in technology to pursue her big dreams to the

The #NewFaceofTech Challenge launched today with the photo submission
period running through April 4, 2017. Ten finalists will be chosen by
1,000 Dream Fund and announced on April 5, kicking off a week-long
public vote. The two, top vote-receiving finalists will be selected as
our winners and announced by April 13, 2017.


Visit: 1000dreamsfund.org/newfaceoftech

Through custom entry online form
that lives on a 1,000 Dreams Fund’s campaign page, applicants upload
their favorite photo, selfie, etc. To complete the entry, entrants must
provide more info on backend what they are doing to reach their career
dreams in tech.


All entrants, once approved, get featured on
the #NewFaceofTech landing page.


About 1,000 Dreams Fund

The 1,000 Dreams Fund (1DF) is a national scholarship fund for American
girls in high school and college. The 1DF believes that big expenses
should never stand in the way of big dreams. Since its launch in 2015,
over $50,000 in funding has been granted to talented young women in
need, helping them pay for the “extras” in school like study abroad,
tech devices for the classroom and travel to conferences and seminars.
1DF has been featured in NBCNews.com, USA Today, MarketWatch, Forbes,
Huffington Post, Chicago Tribune, Entrepreneur, TODAY, etc. To learn
more about their work, visit http://1000dreamsfund.org/.


HARMAN (harman.com)
designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers,
consumers, and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems,
audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions; and
connected services. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®,
Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired
by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they
perform around the world. More than 25 million automobiles on the road
today are equipped with HARMAN audio and connected car systems. The
Company’s software services power billions of mobile devices and systems
that are connected, integrated and secure across all platforms, from
work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately
30,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales
of $7.2 billion during the last 12 months ended December 31, 2016. The
Company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the
symbol NYSE:HAR.



Matthew Lindberg, 646-277-1200
Sr. Vice President