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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



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 of TOMS, and join us in honoring Women in STEM who have made a significant impact for girls and women.



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Keynote Speaker Jessica Shortall, TOMS

Jessica Shortall has led a global career in social entrepreneurship built on experience across a number of industries, and commercial and non-profit business models, with special focus on growing and scaling social impact organizations. Shortall has 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-style affiliate 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 shoe-giving. She now acts as director of partnerships for TOMS. 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

Coming Soon!  


Check out last year's 2013 Women in STEM Honorees

Susan M. Cox, MD

University of Texas Medical School, Regional Dean

Dr. Susan Cox has been with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center 23 years, serving most recently as the associate dean of Medical Education and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Designated Institutional Official. Her duties included oversight of the 94 ACGME-approved residency and fellowship programs, administrative responsibilities for the university's Continuing Medical Education and Public Education programs, the course director of the newly created UT southwestern Academic Colleges, and oversight for the UT Southwestern/Seton Austin Medical Education Programs.


Lisa Lucero

Commissioner, Governor's Commission for Women

Lisa Lucero grew up in the Rio Grande Valley and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin. She is now serving her fourth term on the Governor's Commission for Women, appointed by the Governor. Prior to joining the Texas Oil and Gas Association, Lucero held positions at ExxonMobil, the Texas Department of Agriculture, Texas Racing Commission and the Texas Senate. Lucero is a strong advocate for STEM education for girls.


Emily Niemeyer

Professor of Chemistry, Southwestern University

Emily Niemeyer currently holds the Herbert and Kate Dishman Chair in Science at the oldest university in Texas, Southwestern University in Georgetown. Dr. Niemeyer has been a member of the Southwestern faculty since 1998. She was one of the founders of Southwestern's Environmental Studies Program and also started a summer program at Southwestern called STEPS for high school students from underrepresented groups who are interested in science. She currently serves as co-director of the HHMI-Southwestern Inquiry Initiative. Her research focuses on analyzing factors that affect the antioxidant properties of plants, particularly culinary herbs. She has received Southwestern's Excellence in Academic Advising Award and the Exemplary Teaching Award from the Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church.


Charlotte Vick

Sylvia Earle Alliance, Google Content Manager

Charlotte knows first-hand how important the ocean is to the future of life on Earth. Charlotte's work with Sylvia Earle Alliance began in early 2008, when she leaped at the chance to support Dr. Earle and Google in the development of the new "Explore the Ocean" layer. She continues this work with hundreds of partners and individual contributors, helping them develop compelling stories about marine life, science and exploration, ocean and atmosphere, oceanic ecosystems, marine protected areas and the human connection in Google Earth. Charlotte is dedicated to empowering girls and serves as a Girlstart summer camp guest speaker.  Charlotte holds a BA degree from the University of Texas at Austin and also studied oceanography at the University of Hawaii. 


Bertha Bermudez- Alumnae Award


Bertha attended Girlstart After School Program at Mendez Middle School in 8th grade. During college she returned to Girlstart as a STEM CREW member, leading her own Girlstart After School club, as well as a Girlstart Summer Camp counselor. Following the STEM path, she graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelors of Science degree in Mathematical Sciences in 2012. Bertha currently lives and works in Houston, Texas as a processing geophysicist. Using vibrations and sound waves, she is able to analyze and process data we receive from the field observers and help determine what could be underneath the earth's surface.



Shree Bose- Global Girlstart Ambassador

Google Global Science Fair Winner, Harvard Undergraduate

Shree was honored as both the winner of the 17-18 year-old age category and the Grand Prize winner of the first ever Google Global Science Fair. Shree is currently a rising sophomore at Harvard University and plans to pursue a career in science and research. Shree has showcased her research to President Obama, NIH directors, and as a speaker all over the world. She was named one of Glamour Magazine's 21 Amazing Women of the Year in 2011. As the Global Girlstart Ambassador, Shree is dedicated to empowering Girlstart girls to pursue their passion in STEM subjects and careers.



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 $50 (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!