Join us at the Fleet Science Center as we celebrate the incredible contributions of Monumental Women in STEM. We are thrilled to highlight six local female STEM professionals who have been nationally recognized by the IF/THEN initiative for their outstanding work as role models and mentors, inspiring the next generation of female STEM leaders.

From March 22 to April 24, immerse yourself in the inspiring stories of six local female STEM professionals, each honored by the prestigious IF/THEN initiative. Discover their remarkable journeys as you explore their captivating statues proudly displayed within our space.

Join us on April 24 for a dynamic panel discussion featuring our local IF/THEN ambassadors: Samantha Wynn, Beata Mierzwa, Chanté Summers, Jasmin L. Sadler, Amber Sparks and Claire Meaders. This is your chance to engage with these STEM luminaries and delve into fascinating conversations about their groundbreaking work and mentorship.

The Monumental Women in STEM events are part of our commitment to celebrating and empowering women in STEM. We're proud to collaborate with esteemed partners like our Better Education for Women in STEM (BE WiSE) program, Society of Women Engineers (SWE), The Girls Scouts San Diego and DETOUR to support aspiring young women in STEM.

Don't miss these incredible opportunities to connect with San Diego's IF/THEN ambassadors and be inspired by their monumental contributions to the world of STEM.

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Co-Founder, Blue Latitudes

Amber Sparks

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Molecular Biologist & Artist

Beata Mierzwa

A darker skinned woman with short hair in a black and maroon shirt

Senior Associate Scientist, Pfizer Incorporation

Chanté Summers

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Assistant Teaching Professor, UCSD

Claire Meaders

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CEO & Visionary, The STEAM Collaborative

Jasmine Sadler

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Biologist & Science Educator, National Parks Service

Sam Wynns

The IF/THEN Initiative

The IF/THEN® initiative seeks to further advance women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by empowering current innovators and inspiring the next generation of pioneers. The initiative funds and elevates role models, convenes cross sector partners and inspires girls with better portrayals of women in STEM. The IF/THEN initiative is funded by the Lyda Hill Philanthropies®.

In partnership with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), IF/THEN® created the AAAS IF/THEN® Ambassadors Program that brought together 125 talented women STEM professionals across a variety of industries. The IF/THEN Ambassadors served as high-profile role models for middle school girls from 2019 through 2021. Their profiles and videos are still available on the IF/THEN Ambassador website.


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