About STEAM Leadership

The goal of the San Diego Unified STEAM Leadership Series is to bridge high-tech science and business with the high-school system and empower students to live their dreams and find great careers and jobs in smart city San Diego.

STEAM stands for “Science, Technology, Engineering, ART, and Math.”  Now in its third year, the successful program has reached thousands of high school students from dozens of high schools in San Diego Unified. Across ten major events, the students have interacted with legendary San Diego science and high-tech executives, Nobel Laureates, inventors and entrepreneurs from a range of industries including unmanned vehicles/drones, satellite communications, biotech, green tech and bluetech, video gaming, software and sports.

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 Moxie Foundation, The San Diego Foundation, Farrell Family Foundation, SDG&E, the USS Midway Museum, Samuel Lawrence Foundation and others, including producing vendor Intellectual Impact.


Tina Nova
Co-Founder CEO Genoptix
Stephen Mayfield
CA Center for Algae Biotech
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Rear Adm. McLaughlin
President/CEO USS Midway Museum
Ralph Keeling
Scripps Oceanography
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Peter Della Penna
President High Moon Studios
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Malin Burnham
Sailor, Real Estate, Philanthropist
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Kristi Jaska
VP ViaSat
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Jyotika Virmani
Director Ocean XPrize
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John Gartman
Microsoft Attorney, Conservationist
Janelle Ayres
Salk Institute Professor
Fernando Aguerre
REEF Co-Founder
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Dr. Stephen Kingsmore
Pres. CEO Rady Children's Inst.
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Dr. Eric Topol
"Father of Personalized Medicine"
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Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn
Pres, CEO Salk Inst, Nobel Laureate
Dr. Diego Miralles
CEO Vividion Therapeutics
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Dawn Barry
VP Applied Genomics at Illumina
Cindy Marten
Superintendent San Diego Unified
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Chris Anderson
Co-Founder 3D Robotics
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Amb. Jamal Khokhar
Pres, CEO Inst. of the Americas

STEAM Leadership Events


Ocean Prosperity: Water & Jobs Everywhere

USS Midway Museum

910 N Harbor Dr.
San Diego, CA 92101

Guest Speakers

Maritime Industry Professionals

Keynote Speaker

Debora Burke
VP Human Resources, NASSCO

Event Info


SD Union Tribune – Women in Biotech Salk

NBC Covers Drones on the USS Midway

SD Foundation – Women in Biotech #2 Salk

KUSI Live From Women in Biotech at the Salk

ABC & KUSI Live from Blue Tech on the Midway

CW6 Live From Gameday at Clairemont HS

CBS Covers Skies to the Streets on the USS Midway


Sponsor Spotlight

“The San Diego Foundation improves the quality of life in our communities by providing leadership for effective philanthropy.”

The San Diego Foundation has been instrumental to the success of the STEAM Leadership Series.  Visit their website to learn more.


STEAM Leadership events have been produced in association with the following companies and non-profit institutions: Illumina, Scripps Health, Rady Children’s Hospital; ViaSat, Sempra/SDG&E; Kyocera; General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Northrup Grumman, 3D Robotics;  Janssen; Scripps Institution of Oceanography/UCSD, The Land and Water Company, Rubio’s; Salk Research Institute, Genoptix, San Diego Zoo Global; High Moon/Activision/Vivendi/Universal, Sony Gaming, Psyonix, Nanome, UCSD VR, Jinx, Matcherino; The Maritime Alliance, Shell Ocean Discovery X-Prize, BAE Systems Ship Repair, Blue Robotics, Pacific Tugboat Systems, Smartfin, Hydronalix; Institute of the Americas, Raytheon, MindHUB, Centro Ventures, Jelp, Grand Intent, and Mora Dow Consulting.