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.

Read a letter from Girlstart about Game Changers.


Sponsorship & Ticket Information

2015 event info coming soon! 



Keynote Speaker
Jacquelline Fuller
Director of Giving – google.org


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.



2015 Women in STEM Awards Coming Soon!


2014 Women in STEM Awards

Ellen Ochoa, Ph.D,
Director, Johnson Space Center

Dr. Ellen Ochoa currently serves as Director of Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. In 1991 Dr. Ochoa became the world's first Hispanic female astronaut. A mission specialist and flight engineer, Ochoa is a veteran of four space flights, logging more than 950 hours in space. She has served as Assistant for Space Station to the Chief of the Astronaut Office, lead spacecraft communicator in Mission Control and Acting Deputy Chief of the Astronaut Office. Ochoa received a bachelor of science degree in physics from San Diego State University and her master of science and doctorate degrees in electrical engineering at Stanford University.

Marye Anne Fox, Ph.D,
Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, The University of California, San Diego

Dr. Marye Anne Fox, a world-renowned chemist, was the seventh chancellor of the University of California, San Diego and is a distinguished professor of chemistry. Prior to her appointment at UC San Diego, Fox served as North Carolina State University's 12th chancellor, where she was the first female chief executive, and as Vice President for Research at the University of Texas at Austin. In October 2010, President Barack Obama presented Fox with the National Medal of Science, the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on scientists, engineers and inventors

Adriana Karaboutis,
EVP Technology and Business Solutions, Biogen Idec
Former Vice President and Global Chief Information Officer, Dell Inc.

In her role as Vice President and Global Chief Information Officer at Dell, Adriana Karaboutis managed an efficient and innovative global IT enterprise focused on technology breakthroughs for the company and its customers. Before working at Dell, Karaboutis spent over 20 years at Ford Motor Company and General Motors in various global IT and business operations leadership positions. She received a B.S. in Computer Science as a Merit Scholar from Wayne State University, and has completed the accelerated Marketing Strategy Program at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business.

Meg Wilson,
Senior Lecturer and IC2 Fellow

Meg Wilson taught in the Executive M.S. in Technology Commercialization (MSTC), University of Texas, Austin, since its inception in 1996 through 2013 and won 3 awards on curriculum contributions. Since 2008, Meg has also been teachingMSTC for IC2 Mexico, which she continues to do. She has had a leading role in shaping Austin's culture of entrepreneurship by identifying opportunities for state and local economies through policy support, technology transfer, and by training entrepreneurs in the commercialization process. She graduated from Ithaca College with a bachelor's degree in politics and then went on to earn her master's in public affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs. In 1992 she published the book, "Options for Girls: A Door to the Future," that helped inspire Girlstart's founding in 1997.

Megumi Takeda,
Alumna Award
Product Performance Analyst, Boston Scientific

Megumi Takeda, this year's Girlstart Alumna Award recipient, participated in Girlstart's Project IT Girl as a high school student. While earning her bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, she assisted with research in cancer image processing and industrial and organizational psychology, as well as held internships at St. Jude Medical and Boston Biomedical Consultants. Megumi is now a Product Performance Analyst at Boston Scientific.

Check out last year's 2013 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

2014 Sponsors

Becky Austen

Doug and Dana Hillary

Katy Lindsay

Sponsor Today!

Katelena Hernandez Cowles and James Cowles

Arcie and Craig Jordan

Carolyn and Elizabeth Seriff

Sara Spivey

David and Catherine Wilkes


Honorary Co-Chairs
David and Catherine Wilkes

2014 Host Committee
Amanda Abbott
Holly Ahern
Tricia Berry
Katelena Hernandez Cowles

Sharon Francia
Elizabeth Gibson
Lesley Guthrie
Karen Kelly
Heilla Lain

Alexis Simon Landa
Katy Lindsay
Lisa Lucero
Lori MacNeill
Ashley Montgomery
Elizabeth Seriff
Michelle Medrano Shillinglaw
Lindsey Strobel