Check back soon for more information about 2023’s event!

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.

Event Details

Women Rock Science
Wednesday, October 11, 2023
6:00 – 9:00pm
Cranbrook Institute of Science

Guests will have the opportunity to:

  • Participate in hands-on STEAM education experiences
  • View a show in the Acheson Planetarium
  • Enjoy hors d’oeuvres & STEAM-themed cocktails
  • Explore all of the museum’s exhibits, including our newest traveling exhibit: SUE: The T. rex Experience
  • Hear from our Women Rock Science honorees
  • Learn more about the impact of this even during a brief formal program

Why Women Rock Science?

  • Careers in the STEM fields are the fastest-growing careers in the global marketplace; they're also the most in-demand jobs in Michigan. (MI STEM Partnership)
  • Women make up nearly half of the U.S. workforce, but account for only 27% of STEM workers. (
  • Women make up just 3% of STEM industry CEOs. (Credit Suisse)
  • STEAM helps kids to become problem solvers by thinking creatively and asking questions.
  • Cranbrook Institute of Science’s STEAM programs are helping to create a skilled and creative workforce for tomorrow.
  • Cranbrook Institute of Science’s programs seek to inspire and ignite curiosity in all children about STEAM careers, but with an emphasis on young women.

Last year, the Women Rock Science virtual gala raised more than $325,000 toward STEAM education! These dollars directly support the Institute’s many STEAM outreach programs to students in underserved communities across Michigan.

Event Leadership

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

WRS Co-Chairs 2022

Interested in serving as part of Women Rock Science’s Leadership Team in 2023? For more information or questions, please contact Katja Thomakos, CFRE, Director of Development at or 248.645.3220.