2017 Fall STEM Funders Summit & Dinner

STEM Funders Network

STEM Learning Ecosystems Initiative

STEM Funders Summit & Recognition Dinner

October 2, 2017

3:00pm – 8:30pm

Kansas City, MO

Please join Co-Hosts Gerald Solomon of the Samueli Foundations, Ron Ottinger of STEM Next, and Helen Williams of the Cleveland Foundation on Monday October 2, 2017 for an inspiring funder only Summit and Dinner in Kansas City, MO.

The Potential of STEM Learning Ecosystems to Catalyze Thriving Local Economies:  

What Role Do Local Funders Play?

Program at a Glance:

  • 3:00pm – 5:00pm | Summit @ The Westin Kansas City At Crown Center
  • 5:30pm – 6:30pm | STEM Funders Network STEM Learning Ecosystems National Community of Practice Convening Welcome Reception @ Science City at Union Square
  • 7:00pm – 8:30pm | STEM Funders Recognition Dinner @ Three Points


As the STEM Learning Ecosystem Initiative enters its third year, there are many lessons to be shared. As of May 2017, there are 54 STEM Learning Ecosystems engaged in a National Community of Practice to bring high quality and impactful STEM opportunities and practices to all learners and educators so that all citizens can pursue gainful and meaningful 21st century employment and that business and industry can have a reliable trained workforce pipeline.

As we know, everything is local! The success of this National Initiative is directly attributable to the support of public and private funders of all sizes and types working together to leverage and amplify their local investment for the benefit of their communities.

Who Should Attend

The Summit and Recognition Dinner is designed for local and regional funders, representing public and private interests, from within our 54 STEM Learning Ecosystems who have a strategic focus on STEM, Education, Equity and Access, and Workforce and Economic Development. This event is invitation only and is only open to funders.

This will provide an opportunity to hear about the work of your funder colleagues and share experiences and opportunities that may benefit your work locally. Please feel free to share this with funders you feel may have an interest.

Registration Information

Advanced registration is required and space is limited. The deadline to register is Friday, September 1, 2017 at 11:59 ET. To register, contact us info@stemecosystems.org.

There is no registration cost to attend the Summit and Dinner, however, attendees are responsible for their travel and hotel (if necessary).

Hotel Reservations

The STEM Learning Ecosystems Initiative has reserved a limited number of rooms at the The Westin Kansas City At Crown Center for $169 plus taxes (for the evening of Monday, October 2, 2017). If you would like to reserve a room as part of our room block, please indicate using the online registration form. We will submit your name as part of the room block and will send you the room confirmation closer to the event.