April 25, 2018 | San Francisco, CA

STEM, Gender Equity and Diversity Leaders Attend 2018 AWIS Summit
Two hundred gender equity, workforce, and STEM leaders across the country attended the 4th Annual AWIS Summit Innovation and Inclusion in San Francisco, California. Featured speakers provided solutions and best practices to drive meaningful systemic change to expand funding opportunities for STEM entrepreneurs across all disciplines and address the ongoing workforce diversity, gender and inclusion gaps.

“We are still saying WOW after the summit.
The speakers were amazing and the sessions informative.”

Elizabeth Jaren, Business Development and Key Account Management Coordinator, Boehringer Ingelheim

AWIS Awards 2018 STEM and Gender Equity Champions

AWIS announced its inaugural awards to industry champions who are making significant contributions to increasing workplace diversity, promoting women in leadership positions and advocating for more inclusive practices in STEM. The 2018 awardees include Sue Desmond-Hellmann, CEO, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,who received the Pinnacle Award. The Leadership Award was given to Melinda Richter, Global Head of Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS; Rachel Haurwitz, Co-founder of Caribou Biosciences, received the Next Generation Award; and Salesforce is the recipient of the Game Changer Award.

“Today I had the privilege of being in midst of who’s who in Science and Research. For nearly 50 years, AWIS has been at the forefront of critical conversations and meaningful action at the intersection of science and society. This event brought together approximately 200 decision-makers in STEM who are in position to direct future change with positive solutions. Sara Kenkare-Mitra presented the AWIS Pinnacle Award to Sue Desmond-Hellmann at the AWIS event in SF. I also had the pleasure of meeting Ann Lee-Karlon, Wendy Young, Amita Joshi and other successful women in #STEM. Thank you Lori Devine and AWIS for doing an outstanding job for bringing the brightest minds in sciences together.”

Manoj Kenkare, Executive-Technology Consulting & Advisory at Accenture

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