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LEAD STEM Announces Inaugural Class of Fellows

October 3, 2017 – Cleveland. Twenty-two individuals from recognized organizations throughout the U.S. have been named fellows in the inaugural class of LEAD STEM. A new national leadership development experience, LEAD STEM is designed to empower and arm individuals with high level skills to shape the future of STEM education in the U.S. Fellows are convening in person for the first time today in Kansas City as part of the STEM Learning Ecosystem Community of Practice meeting.

Representing leaders and emerging leaders in corporate, education, museums and STEM organizations from 19 regions, LEAD STEM fellows have agreed to invest the next nine months in intensive training and education on a variety of topics including policy change, fundraising, sustainability, relationship building and leadership.

“In order to be competitive and world leaders in STEM, we need to develop trail blazers who can challenge the status quo and have the respect and influence to affect change,” says Gerald Solomon, executive director of Samueli Foundation.

Samueli Foundation partnered with TIES – Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM to develop LEAD STEM, which leverages their respective proven track records in STEM education. The curriculum uses best practices from top leadership training courses to create a new generation of individuals who have vested interests in advancing STEM and its core principles throughout the U.S.

LEAD STEM’s curriculum aligns with the successful model of STEM Learning Ecosystems where Communities of Practice engage in cross-systems collaboration and peer-to-peer learning among educators, the business community, out-of-school programs and STEM-rich institutions.

“We are committed to providing access to STEM experiences in for all learners,” said TIES CEO Jan Morrison. “Through our work with building the STEM Learning Ecosystems, we realized that change made locally can move the needle nationally,” Morrison continues.

Fellows will be charged with using design studies to bring constituents in their respective STEM Learning Ecosystems together to develop a local capstone project that addresses a community-based need. LEAD STEM faculty and mentors will guide the capstone projects through strategic planning and the identification of measurable goals and identifiable outcomes.



LEAD STEM is a leadership development experience that empowers and arms individuals with skills to shape the future of STEM education. Accepted fellows will be trained on policy, fundraising, relationship building and leadership development by recognized and respected experts in a variety of fields and industries. Alumni will be positioned as the knowledge source and authority in advancing how STEM is defined in the United States, and how education and access is provided to all.

The program was created and is backed by the Samueli Foundation and TIES – Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM — two organizations with strong, positive track records in STEM education. LEAD STEM builds upon the successful STEM Learning Ecosystem model that is strongly based on collaboration and peer-to-peer learning among educators, the business community, out-of-school programs and STEM-rich institutions. Fellows will be able to use the core set of transferable skills to lead critical thinking beyond the ecosystem’s comfort zone to collaboratively seek outcomes-based solutions.


LEAD STEM Inquiries Contact:

Angela Baber / 720-272-0285