2020 Innovation and Inclusion Summit and Awards Dinner

Important Update

AWIS 2020 Summit Cancelled

Due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic and our priority in keeping all AWIS stakeholders safe, AWIS has cancelled the April 23, 2020 AWIS Innovation & Inclusion Summit in Houston, TX. For more information, please read AWIS CEO Sandy Robert’s letter to AWIS Stakeholders.

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. Accepting the award on behalf of Lockheed Martin is Karmyn Norwood, Deputy Vice President of Sensors and Global Sustainment and Vice President of Rotary Wing & Ground Programs at the company.

2020 Sponsors

Presenting Sponsors

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Additional Sponsors

Media Partners

Sponsorship Opportunities

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.


Our Past Sponsors and Partners

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

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