With more than 320 San Diego Unified School District students in attendance at the Salk Institute, the STEAM Leadership Series kicked off its slate of 2016 events with “Women in Biotech.” The San Diego Foundation is a founding sponsor of the program.

Genoptix Medical Laboratory co-founder and CEO Dr. Tina S. Nova, Ph.D. and Salk Institute professor Janelle Ayres shared how overcoming stereotypes, hard work and confidence can lead to joyful lives and satisfying careers in science, regardless of gender.

Watch’s Dr. Nova’s keynote below:


The keynote speakers also answered questions from the predominantly female audience, such as “What inspired you the most in your career?” and “Were there any times you wanted to give up along your journey?”

Following the keynote, Ayres joined Salk senior scientist Carol Marchetto, and Natalie Calatayud and Kaitlin Croyle of the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research as they each shared their own paths to success.

Watch the panel discussion below:

STEAM Series Continues

The STEAM Leadership Series, which kicked off in 2015, reached more than 29,000 students in 25 high schools in SDUSD last year alone.

“Women in Bioetch” continued the mission of the series’ executive producer, Steve Chapple, and co-founder Susan Guinn of Kids Eco Club to motivate students to think about their dreams, opportunities and future achievements in STEAM-oriented careers.

As the series continues throughout the 2016 SDUSD school year, stay up to date on lecture series programs and San Diego leaders in STEAM and entrepreneurship.

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