Media Advisory

March 28, 2019

WHAT: The STEAM Leadership Series, sponsored by The San Diego Foundation and other local partners, will host an event, “16 & Me: Opportunities in Genomics Experience,” for 75 high school students from the San Diego Unified School District to learn about STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) experiences from one of the world’s leading scientists. The event will teach San Diego youth how to build careers and jobs in San Diego’s innovation economy.

The event will feature a keynote speech from Dr. J. Craig Venter, one of the leading scientists of the 21st century who is known for his numerous contributions to genomic research. Dr. Venter will speak about his path to science from community college to the Presidential Medal of Science. President of the J. Craig Venter Institute Karen E. Nelson, a 2018 inductee to the National Academy of Sciences and an expert in the human microbiome, will also talk to students about her own path from Jamaica to La Jolla.

Following the keynote speeches, students will break off into small groups to explore interactive lab environments at the J. Craig Venter Institute.

WHO: Dr. J. Craig Venter, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at the J. Craig Venter Institute
Karen E. Nelson, President of the J. Craig Venter Institute
WHERE: Craig Venter Institute
4120 Capricorn Lane
La Jolla, CA 92037
WHEN: Wednesday, April 10
9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
WHY: The STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) Leadership Series focuses on career opportunities within STEAM fields and connects business leaders to San Diego students. The concept is to bridge the science, education and high-tech business communities along Career Pathways that empower young people to live their dreams and explore their options.

About the STEAM Leadership Series

The STEAM Leadership Series is a program of Intellectual Capital and Kids Eco Club in partnership with the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) with support from lead sponsor The San Diego Foundation, the USS Midway Museum, the Samuel Lawrence Foundation, the Moxie Foundation and others.

About The San Diego Foundation

The San Diego Foundation maximizes the impact of your charitable giving. We mobilize philanthropic resources to advance quality of life, increase social impact and champion civic engagement. For more than 40 years, The Foundation and our donors have granted more than $1.1 billion to grow a vibrant San Diego region. Learn more on our website, and consider a donation to the Fund for the Future Endowment which supports San Diego community needs for good, forever.


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