Game Changers Annual Luncheon

September 23, 2015

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

JW Marriott Austin

Women in STEM Awards

Honoring Outstanding Women in STEM



About the Event

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.


As a luncheon guest, you will be one of the first to witness experiments created by local Girlstart participants in 4th-8th grade. You will hear our exciting keynote speaker, Jacquelline Fuller, Director of Giving at google.org, and join us in honoring Women in STEM who have made a significant impact for girls and women.



Sponsorship & Ticket Information

Table sponsorships are now available and individual tickets (if space permits) will go on sale in August.

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Download the flyer here.


Keynote Speaker
Jacquelline Fuller
Director of Google.org

Jacquelline Fuller leads Google.org which provides more than $100 million yearly to support tech innovators making transformational impact in areas such as education, development and renewable energy. Jacquelline joined Google in 2007 and serves as the Managing Director in charge of Google’s philanthropic work and advocacy. Jacquelline previously served as Deputy Director of Global Health at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she was a member of the senior management team for eight years. In 2004-2005, Jacquelline and her family moved to Delhi, India where she helped to launch a $300 million health initiative for the Gates Foundation. Prior experience also includes serving as speechwriter to U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Dr. Louis Sullivan.  She received her BA in political science from UCLA and a Masters in Public Policy from the Kennedy School at Harvard. She serves on the boards of GiveDirectly and the Eastern Congo Initiative.


Event Emcee 
Chikage Windler,
Chief Meteorologist KEYE-TV

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.


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 currently Senior Construction Manager for Hanger, Inc., the nation's leading provider of orthotic and prosthetic patient care and rehabilitative solutions.


 2015 Women in STEM Awards Coming Soon!

Check out last year's 2014 Women in STEM Honorees HERE.


Mystery Boxes

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!



Thank You 2015 Sponsors!

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Katelena Hernandez Cowles 
and James Cowles 

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Becky Austen

Rebecca and Mark Davis

Doug and Dana Hillary

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Katy Lindsay

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Host Committee

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