The Game Changers Annual Luncheon is a special celebration honoring women who have made a significant impact locally or nationally utilizing their STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education, with all proceeds benefiting Girlstart.
The event's mission is to support STEM education and raises critical funds to support Girlstart's core initiatives including free after school STEM programs. Learn more about Girlstart After School.
Chikage Windler is the Chief Meteorologist at KEYE-TV, the CBS station in Austin. She has worked as a broadcast meteorologist for 16 years at stations in Boston, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Washington, DC, Dallas, Indianapolis and Norfolk, Virginia, and served as a fill-in meteorologist at ABC's Good Morning America and ABC World News. Chikage caught the "weather bug" growing up in Oklahoma, the heart of Tornado Alley and loves sharing her passion for weather with everyone she meets.
Alice Brooks is co-founder of Roominate. Alice graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2010 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. She received her Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford in June 2012. She has also interned at Nest Labs.
Alice grew up playing in her dad’s robotics lab and made her first toy when she was only eight years old. When she asked her dad for a Barbie, he gave her a saw instead. So she made her own doll out of wood and nails!
Bettina Chen Co-Founder, Roominate
Bettina Chen is co-founder of Roominate. Bettina graduated from the California Institute of Technology in 2010 with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. She received her Masters in Electrical Engineering from Stanford in March 2012. Bettina has conducted research on bionic contact lenses and worked as an electrical design engineer at Discera and KLA-Tencor.
As a young girl, Bettina loved Lego and built cities filled with spaceships with her older brother. These days, she is an avid ultimate frisbee player and plays on BW Ultimate, a competitive Bay Area mixed club team.
Laura Bosworth Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, TeVido BioDevices
Laura Bosworth is CEO and co-founder of TeVido BioDevices, a biotech startup that uses innovative 3D printing to create custom breast implants and grafts, made from a woman’s own cells, for reconstruction after cancer treatment. Ms. Bosworth is a former Fortune 50 executive with 25 years of cross-functional industry experience.
She mentors “start-ups” and is co-founder of a Women’s Entrepreneurship Accelerator, Avinde.org. She serves on numerous boards: UTEP’s College of Engineering Advisory Board, Chair at SafePlace (domestic violence/sexual assault center), Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME, a STEM Organization) and has volunteered with many STEM focused organizations including Girlstart.
Nasrin Rezai Chief Information Officer, GE Capital
Nasrin Rezai is GE Capital’s Global Chief Information Security Officer and head of Corp. Security & Compliance Officer for the industrial GE businesses. Her previous roles include SVP, Chief Tech. Risk Officer in the Enterprise Risk Management Organization at State Street and CTO of Security at Cisco Systems. Nasrin holds a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in information systems. She holds an Executive Certification from Harvard and Cambridge.
Throughout her career, Nasrin has promoted engineering, architecture in designing security solutions for large enterprises. She is passionate about helping others develop their potential, and mentors many young men and women.
Alumna Honoree Runi Duvall
Runi Duvall participated in the inaugural Girlstart program in 1997 and went on to earn a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering and a Masters degree in Construction Engineering and Project Management from The University of Texas at Austin. She has since spent nine years working in the construction industry and co-authored five journal articles promoting knowledge sharing and effective management practices on construction sites. Runi is a Senior Construction Manager for Hanger, Inc., the nation's leading provider of orthotic and prosthetic patient care and rehabilitative solutions.
Nominate a Woman in STEM for 2016!
Do you know someone who is making a difference for women and girls in STEM? Help us celebrate outstanding women that are changing the game in science, technology, engineering, and math. Girlstart will honor 4 Women in STEM at the 2016 Girlstart Game Changers Annual Luncheon in October.
We are now accepting in-kind donations for our Mystery Boxes, which will be sold to attendees during the luncheon.
Click HERE to download the Mystery Box donation form.
Mystery Boxes are filled with great prizes valued from $30 (and more). Last year's donors included Kendra Scott, Tito's Vodka, Formula One tickets, Rae Cosmetics, Zach Scott Theater, Eliza Page, Kung Fu Saloon, Trace and MORE!
Honorary Chairs Katelena Hernandez Cowles and James Cowles
Stacy Armijo Alissa Bayer Tricia Berry Cassie Crist Rebecca Davis Scott Hayes Dena Holliday Jennifer Rochner Ikard Becky Jeanes Karen Kelly Heilla Lain Katy Lindsay Lindsey Strobel Suzanne Tobleman Catherine and David Wilkes