Massachusetts STEM Virtual Summit 2022
Inspire a STEM Start
The Massachusetts STEM Summit is an annual statewide event that attracts leaders and practitioners from the state’s education, business and government sectors, all dedicated to promoting a STEM-literate workforce and citizenry.
This year, STEM Summit 2022 will be held April 28th in a hybrid format, with both virtual and in-person sessions featuring captivating and thoughtful speakers throughout the Commonwealth with a common goal of inspiring a STEM start for all individuals.
Building off the Massachusetts STEM Advisory Council goals, this year’s Summit aims to continue creating and sustaining high-quality, integrated STEM pathways, and deepening employer and educator partnerships.
There will be regional discussions with employers, school decision makers and administration officials about opportunities to partner, best practices, and the future of STEM in the Commonwealth. A library of prerecorded content celebrating and recognizing STEM learning innovation and best practices will also be available.
The Keynote speaker will be Worcester Polytechnic Institute President Laurie Leshin, the 16th president and first woman to lead WPI. An accomplished geochemist and space scientist, she earned her BS in Chemistry, summa cum laude, at Arizona State University, and an MS and PhD in Geochemistry at the California Institute of Technology, which honored her in 2021 with its Distinguished Alumni Award. She also serves on the STEM Advisory Council and has played a key role in expanding access to high-quality STEM education for students across the Commonwealth. In May 2022, she will assume a new role, serving as the director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, operated by Caltech for NASA.
In 2021, the Massachusetts STEM Summit returned in a virtual format. After a challenging year brought on by the pandemic, the summit focused on how the STEM workforce has led us through those challenges as well as the pivotal role STEM plays in the future of the workforce in Massachusetts. The Summit is co-sponsored by the Massachusetts STEM Advisory Council, the Massachusetts Business Roundtable and the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute.