March 9, 2018 – San Diego, CA

WHAT: The STEAM Leadership Series, sponsored by The San Diego Foundation and other local partners, will host an event, “Women in Biotech,” for 300 female high school students from schools in San Diego to learn about STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) experiences from female business leaders who have achieved success locally and nationally.

The event will feature a keynote speech from Elizabeth Blackburn, who was awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for her work with chromosomes. Following the keynote, an all-female panel of scientists and executives will discuss career opportunities and share their perspective on what it’s like to be a young woman in a field of mostly men.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 9:00-11:00 a.m. PT

Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Conrad T. Prebys Auditorium
10010 N Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA 92037


  • Welcome – Steve Chapple, Executive Director, STEAM Leadership Series, Dona Mapston, Director, Education Outreach, Salk Institute
  • Keynote Presentation: Don’t Cell Yourself Short – Elizabeth Blackburn, President Emerita, Salk Research Institute for Biological Studies, Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine
  • Panel Discussion: Young Scientists & Executives – Dr. Graziana Gatto, Research Associate, Neurobiology, Salk Institute, Ida Khodami, Senior Manager, Operations, ILLUMINA, Pantea Khodami, Senior Manager, Market Development, ILLUMINA, Dr. Sara Linker, Geneticist, Salk Institute

In its third year, The STEAM LEADERSHIP SERIES bridges the science, education and high-tech business communities along Career Pathways that empower young people to live their dreams and explore great careers and jobs in San Diego. The program has reached thousands of local students, creating opportunities for interaction with inventors, entrepreneurs and executives from a variety of STEAM industries.

About the STEAM Leadership Series

The STEAM Leadership Series is a program of Intellectual Capital Media and Kids Eco Club in partnership with the San Diego Unified School District with support from The San Diego Foundation, The Moxie Foundation, Farrell Family Foundation, SDG&E, the USS Midway Museum, Samuel Lawrence Foundation and others, including producing vendor Intellectual Impact. Learn more at

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 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 now and forever.


Steve Chapple,, 858-952-9547
Justin Nunez, The San Diego Foundation,, 618-814-1365