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2014 Sponsors

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Becky Austen

Doug and Dana Hillary

Katy Lindsay

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Carolyn and Elizabeth Seriff

Sara Spivey

David and Catherine Wilkes

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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
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Game Changers Annual Luncheon

October 30, 2014

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

The Westin Austin at the Domain 

Women in STEM Awards

Honoring Outstanding Women in STEM

Honorary Co-Chairs
David and Catherine Wilkes 


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, Jessica Shortall, first giving director of TOMS, 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

CLICK HERE for Sponsorships

Download Sponsorship Form

2014 Game Changers Flyer

Individual tickets go on sale September 2nd. 


Keynote Speaker
Jessica Shortall,
Social Entrepreneur  

Jessica Shortall has led a global career in social entrepreneurship across a number of industries, and commercial and non-profit business models, with focus on growing and scaling social impact organizations. Shortall served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Uzbekistan, and was co-founder of The Campus Kitchens Project, a U.S.-based social non-profit with a franchise structure and more than 30 locations in the U.S. Shortall has consulted for a number of growing social enterprises and social businesses around the world. In 2009, she joined TOMS Shoes as its first director of giving, building out the “One for One” company’s strategy for high-impact global giving. In 2006, Shortall completed her M.B.A. with honors at Oxford as a Skoll Scholar in Social Entrepreneurship. @JessicaShortall


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 FoxPh.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,
Vice President and Global Chief Information Officer, Dell Inc.

In her role as Vice President and Global Chief Information Officer at Dell, Adriana Karaboutis is responsible for managing 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, McCombs School of Business, The University of Texas at Austin

Meg Wilson is a senior lecturer for the Executive M.S. in Technology Commercialization (MSTC) Program at the the McCombs School of Business at UT Austin and a fellow at IC2. She has had a leading role in shaping Austin’s culture of entrepreneurship by identifying opportunities for state and local economies through technology transfer, and by training young 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 would inspire Girlstart’s founding in 1997.

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!