2020 Innovation and Inclusion Summit and Awards Dinner

The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) is excited to present an innovative lineup of industry and academic leaders in STEM for the 2020 Innovation and Inclusion Summit and Awards Ceremony. This event gathers over 200 of the most influential leaders in science and technology to further conversation, connect powerful ideas, recognize our awardees’ accomplishments, and celebrate women in STEM.

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Date: April 23, 2020

Venue: Corinthian Houston

City: Houston, Texas

2020 Awards

Pinnacle Award

Honoring an individual’s lifetime of innovative achievements in STEM and commitment to workplace diversity.

Nisreen El-Hashemite, MD, PhD, is the CEO/Executive Director of the Royal Academy of Science International Trust (RASIT). Dr. El-Hashemite is an internationally recognized scientist and scholar, a winner of awards in the fields of science, arts, literature, and humanitarian affairs; and an author of several scientific papers, studies and books. Her career started in 1995 at University of London hospitals and Institutes. Princess Dr. El-Hashemite not only dedicated herself to serving mankind, but also is the first Royal Princess qualified in science and medicine, with a Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences, Master of Science, Medical Doctorate (MD) and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Human Genetics. 

Leadership Award

Commending an experienced STEM leader for fostering a high representation of women in leadership and supportive workplace policies.

Rachel Hutter, P.E. is Senior Vice President for International Facilities Operations Services and Worldwide Safety, Health and Engineering with Disney Parks, Experiences and Products. Today Rachel is fulfilling her childhood dream as she leads engineering at Disney Parks, Experiences and Products. Throughout her more than 22-year career with Disney, Rachel has held 10 different roles. Her current responsibilities span the globe to include oversight of teams in Anaheim, Orlando, Paris, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

Next Generation Award

Highlighting an early career leader in STEM who is a visible and vocal advocate for diversity and inclusive scientific practices.

Sarah Richardson, PhD, is a computational and molecular biologist, and entrepreneur. As CEO of MicroByre, she leads the construction of genomic toolkits for non‐model prokaryotes which she describes a using DNA to train bacteria to do tricks on command.

Game Changer Award

Recognizing an exemplary company whose diversity and inclusion efforts represent a true ally to the pursuit of workplace equality.

Lockheed Martin, a Fortune 500 company that ensures workplace equity, diversity and inclusion, and the advancement of women in leadership.

2020 Sponsors

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Contact Lori Devine to learn about sponsorship options and opportunities to incorporate your brand at the AWIS Summit and Awards Dinner. See the 2019 Innovation and Inclusion Summit sponsors.


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Event Location

Corinthian Houston

202 Fannin St
Houston, TX 77002
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Nearby Hotels*

→ Magnolia Houston Hotel (0.3 mile)
→ Hotel ICON Houston (0.1 mile)
→ The Sam Houston (0.2 mile)
  *AWIS does not endorse hotels listed.

Past Speakers

Kimberly S. Budil, PhD
Principal Associate Director, Weapons and Complex Integration, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Lisa Mae Brunson
Founder and CEO, Wonder Women Tech

Kalpana Kochhar, PhD
Director, Human Resources Department, International Monetary Fund

Benjamin Fiore-Walker, PhD
Manager, Department of Diversity Programs, American Chemical Society

Liz Sara
Chair, The National Women’s Business Council

Kimberly A. Griffin, PhD
Associate Professor, Student Affairs, College of Education, University of Maryland, College Park

Wynn W. Coggins
Chief of Staff to the Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director, The United States Patent and Trademark Office

Alexis Bonnell, MBA
Chief Innovation Officer, U.S. Agency for International Development

What Others are Saying

"Even though heterogeneity is the key ingredient to success—with diverse teams being more productive and creative than non-diverse teams, it’s all for not if the members of those diverse teams don’t feel their differences are celebrated or valued. We need both, diversity and inclusion to reach our full potential."

Benjamin Fiore-Walker, PhD

Benjamin Fiore-Walker, PhD, Manager, Department of Diversity Programs American Chemical Society, Supporting Sponsor

"A diversity of backgrounds, skills, thoughts and experiences is essential to fostering innovation in STEM. This summit will bring together leaders in science and technology to share ideas for promoting greater diversity in STEM fields and creating the inclusive environment needed to drive tomorrow's breakthroughs."

Sara Kenkare-Mitra, PhD

Sara Kenkare-Mitra, PhD, Senior Vice President of Development Sciences Genentech, Presenting Sponsor

“STEAM industries are driving our future, and we demand a seat at the table. Wonder Women Tech aims to provide a platform for women and underrepresented groups in STEAM fields to network, mentor, share stories and empower each other.”

Lisa Mae Brunson

Lisa Mae Brunson, Founder and CEO Wonder Women Tech

"Efforts to elevate and amplify the voices of women will continue to be critical in cultivating and sustaining an inclusive technical community... I am grateful to AWIS for leading in this work and for this tremendous honor."

Mareena Robinson Snowden, PhD

Mareena Robinson Snowden, PhD, Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

"Women control 85% of consumer spending power, yet 91% of women feel misunderstood by advertisers. We call that a market opportunity."

Bethany Quinn

Bethany Quinn, Cofounder and CEO Street Investors Exchange

"Inclusivity and equity in STEM is not just about the success of the scientific enterprise, it is also about offering economic opportunities to underserved communities."

Ramón Barthelemy, PhD

Ramón Barthelemy, PhD, STEM Equity Consultant Solutions for Policy

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