Inspiring Exploration. Recognizing Achievement.

Women Rock Science is a women-led fundraising event that aims to celebrate women in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) and ignite curiosity in children. Proceeds from the event will help bring more STEAM programming, delivered by Cranbrook Institute of Science educators, to Pre-K-12 students in underserved communities throughout Michigan, including Detroit, Pontiac, Flint, Southfield, and others.

The 5th annual Women Rock Science gala will be held on Wednesday, October 12, 2022. At this time, Women Rock Science is scheduled to be held in-person at Cranbrook Institute of Science.

Last year, the Women Rock Science virtual gala raised more than $325,000 toward STEAM education!

If you were not able to join us for the 2021 gala, don’t worry. You can now watch both the 2020 and 2021 galas on the Institute of Science’s YouTube channel.

Event Leadership

2022 Co-Chairs: Adele Acheson, Kelle Ilitch, Kim Reuss, and Linzie Venegas

WRS Co-Chairs 2022

Event Impact

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Funds raised through Women Rock Science support outreach programs delivered by Cranbrook Institute of Science to thousands of students across Michigan. Examples of programs include:
  • 35,000+ students per year will receive STEAM outreach programs in their classrooms, either in-person or virtually.
  • 1,000+ customized science kits will be delivered to classrooms.
  • 40+ high school interns from Pontiac and Flint will experience an out-of-state STEAM field trip.
  • 25+ summer camp scholarships will be offered to girls interested in STEAM at Cranbrook Institute of Science.

What to learn more about how Women Rock Science is making an impact?

Watch this brief video, which shows some highlights from a group of 4th and 5th grade students from Detroit who were able to experience a field trip to the Institute thanks to the generosity of Women Rock Science supporters.

Women Rock Science Honorees

Every year, the Women Rock Science gala includes an opportunity to recognize three individuals who are making a difference in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics through an Outstanding Educator, Outstanding Leader, and Rock Star Award.

Previous Honorees

Outstanding Leader Award

  • Mary T. Barra, Chair and CEO, General Motors (2021)
  • Patti Poppe, President & CEO of Consumers Energy (2020)
  • Richard DeVore, Executive VP and Regional President Detroit and Southeastern Michigan, PNC Financial Services Group (2019)

Outstanding Educator Award

  • Tuyen Duddles, 7th & 8th Grades Science Teacher, Warren Consolidated Schools Middle School Math Science Technology Center (2021)
  • Rahiel Housey-Johnson, Middle School Teacher, Hamtramck Public School District (2020)
  • Angela English, Pre-school Teacher at Emerson Elementary-Middle School, Detroit Public Schools Community District (2019)

Rock Star Award

  • Celeste T. Williams, MD, MS, FACC, Medical Director, Cardiac Transplantation and Director of Quality, Heart and Vascular Institute, Henry Ford Health System (2021)
  • Cathy Olkin, Planetary Scientist at the SW Research Institute (2020)
  • Joi Harris, Senior VP, Major Enterprise Projects DTE Energy (2019)

Sponsorships and Tickets

Sponsorship opportunities and ticket sales will be available soon.

For more information or questions, please contact Katja Thomakos, CFRE, Director of Development at or 248.645.3220.