The AWIS-SD Academia 2 Industry (A2I) Coffee Club is an informal gathering for individuals in academia interested in transitioning to a career in industry. We are a fun and relaxing network group holding monthly meetings and multiple company tours throughout the year.

The mission of the Corporate Sponsorship Committee is to engage local biotech and technology companies, research organizations and service providers, and to provide them the opportunity to support women in the local scientific community through the sponsorship of AWIS-SD events and academic scholarships.

The mission of the Events Committee is to provide an opportunity to create connections among
people interested in promoting women working in science.

The purpose of the Newsletter is to report on Chapter activities and to provide information about issues that may be of interest to AWIS-San Diego members. The Newsletter typically includes profiles of AWIS members, descriptions of AWIS events, information about non-AWIS events, and articles about science, technology and health.

The mission of the Outreach Committee is to inspire the San Diego community about STEM and encourage young women interested in STEM careers. The committee organizes and participates in STEM events, supports equity and diversity in STEM and promotes the visibility of women as STEM professionals and role models.


The goal of the Public Relations Committee (PR) is to increase public awareness and interest in the AWIS San Diego Chapter as a STEM organization dedicated to advancing equity by providing our members with career advancement opportunities for each career stage through networking, leadership, and professional development program offerings.  

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Public Relations Committee Mission Statement:

“To increase public awareness of AWIS San Diego and its mission to advance STEM equity through diverse programming offerings to our members and the community.”

Help us to build awareness of AWIS-SD events and news on a flexible schedule—we have short and long term projects that fit a busy life, and we thrive on new ideas! Join Us!

Responsibilities: Public Relations promotes AWIS SD resources for career development and acts as a voice for women in STEM to the wider community. 

  • Develop PR strategy and a consistent branding image
  • Build and maintain relationships with aligned STEM organizations 
  • Design diverse marketing content
  • Manage social media accounts and email campaigns to provide visibility to chapter & community events, and job opportunities
  • Retain, recruit, and welcome members from diverse STEM fields, career levels, and employment sectors

Public Relations Committee Member Benefits:

  • Communication, Marketing, and Management: Develop key skills in communication, marketing, and management with application to any career fields and levels. 
  • Creative Design: Develop your creative talents through design of social media campaigns, promotional materials, and or showcase your photography skills for our events.
  • Networking: Develop relevant relationships with other AWIS SD committees, media contacts, sponsors, and partners. Represent AWIS SD at local conferences and STEM events.
  • Recognition of Contributions: We provide visibility through the nomination of AWIS San Diego Awards, name recognition in email signature lines, our website, member spotlights, and through LinkedIn recommendations.  

If you are interested in making the most of your AWIS-SD membership by improving your communication skills and increasing awareness of our chapter, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

2018-2019 Committee:

Chair                   Robyn Wygal      This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.      

Members            Aarti Narang, Alison Huang, Elena Rubio de la Torre, Gloria Lefkowitz, Jennifer Ngolab, Katherine Liu, Lori Yang and                                                      Susan McOuown

Past Events:

AAAS conference

AWIS-SD WIST Conference

AWIS-SD Scholarship Celebration

AWIS-SD Open House

ACS Conference

Business Women’s Mega Mixer

March for Science 2017

SD Lawyers Club Equal Pay Day

Science Fair at Del Mar

Qualcomm QWISE Day


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Yashi (PR member) and Vicki (Outreach member) at the AWIS-SD booth at the STE[+a]m ASCEND Conference.


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AWIS-SD volunteers celebrating International Women’s Day with QWISE at Qualcomm.


If you are interested in becoming involved in increasing awareness of our chapter, while improving your communication skills and learning to interact with the media, please contact the PR Chair.

The mission of the Scholarship Program is to annually award scholarships to female students pursuing their degrees, conducting research projects, or assisting with additional educational expenses, with an emphasis on STEM fields, where women are underrepresented.

The mission of the Strategy Sessions is to facilitate networking and provide peer-to-peer mentoring opportunities among AWIS members via meaningful discussions in small group settings. Experiential learning methods foster professional and personal development and education among AWIS members.

The mission of the Website committee is to provide information about the programs and activities of the San Diego Chapter of AWIS to members and non-members. The website committee works with the AWIS Board and Committee Chairs to ensure that the information appearing on the website is current.

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