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 sixth 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.


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


Biodiversity & You at the San Diego Zoo Global: The Virtual Tour

The San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd, Escondido, CA 92027

Guest Speakers

Alexis Dixon, STEAM Leadership Team 

Keynote Speaker

Maya O’Connor,
Wildlife Educator at the San Diego Zoo

Event Info

May 28, 2020
*******INVITE ONLY*******

African Elephant

News & Media

Sponsor Spotlight

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

The San Diego Foundation has been instrumental to the success of the STEAM Leadership Series.  Click 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.