Game Changers Annual Luncheon

October 18, 2017

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.


Sponsorship & Ticket Information

Click here to download the Sponsorship Packet.

Game Changers 2017 Flyer


 2017 Keynote Speaker

Martha Rook
Head of the Gene Editing &
Novel Modalities Business

Martha Rook is the head of the Gene Editing & Novel Modalities Business of MilliporeSigma.  Her group develops and provides tools and services supporting drug development from CRISPR tools for discovery through products and services for cell & gene therapy manufacturing.  Martha has previously held a variety of roles at MilliporeSigma including Head of Novel Therapies, Director of Stem Cell Bioprocessing and Head of Upstream & Sensor Technologies. Martha received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from MIT and holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Texas A&M University.  She pursued post-doctoral studies in neuroscience as a Lefler Fellow at Harvard Medical School and has worked in the clinical diagnostics field at Variagenics and Quest Diagnostics prior to joining MilliporeSigma in 2005.


Event Emcee 
Chikage Windler
Chief Meteorologist CBS Austin

Chikage Windler is the Chief Meteorologist at CBS 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.


 2017 Women in STEM Coming Soon!


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 $25 (and more). Last year's donors included Eliza Page, Uchi Restaurants, milk + honey, and more!



 2017 Sponsors

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Katelena Hernandez Cowles and James Cowles

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2017 Host Committee

Honorary Co-Chairs Teri and Chris Taylor

Michelle Ashworth

Alissa Bayer

Tricia Berry

Natalie Brader

Valerie Cason

Stephanie DeBrow

Runi Duvall

Cat Garza

Becky Harmonson 

Katelena Hernandez Cowles

Dena Holliday

Karen Kelly

Jennifer Lowry

Erin Morales

Denise Raper

Lindsey Strobel

Marisa Tom

Karen Weir