Ignite the Future Spring Gala 2024 Highlights

March 2024

On March 23, 2024, the IGNITE Worldwide community gathered to celebrate diversity in STEM. Ignite the Future, IGNITE Worldwide’s annual fundraising gala took place at SoDo Park in Seattle, WA for a night of inspiration, the importance of closing the gender gap in STEM, and to honor 25 years of IGNITE.

The night featured a number of speakers exemplifying why diversity in STEM is the pathway to a brighter future. They included Jamila Conley, VP of Global Talent Acquisition at F5Bianca Richman, Inclusion Diversity and Equity Business Partner at AWSLindsay Hua, VP of Global Deployment and Head of Diversity in Technology at Afiniti, Deedee Sun, Weekend Anchor & Reporter at KIRO7, IGNITE’s Founder and CEO, Cathi Rodgveller, and IGNITE Student Speakers.

The funds raised during the Ignite the Future Gala are used to provide and expand the reach of the IGNITE Program –  a sustainable, scalable, and effective program that works with educators to reach students during the school day. It is through the incredible support of our partners and donors that contribute to IGNITE Worldwide continuing its mission to inspire girls and gender-diverse students to explore the opportunities within STEM, and at no cost to the students IGNITE Worldwide serves.

250 attendees with 58% giving participation
14 IGNITE Students and Alumni shared their IGNITE Stories from the stage
Over 40 companies and organizations represented, including 15 IGNITE Partners
5 featured speakers, including executive women leaders from AWS, F5, and Afiniti
25 items featured in live and silent auctions
IGNITE Worldwide CEO & Founder, Cathi Rodgveller honored for 25 years of dedicated service to inspire and impact girls’ lives
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Thank You to our 2024 Gala Sponsors

About IGNITE Worldwide

IGNITE Worldwide is a 501(c)3 nonprofit STEM education organization that aims to change gender and racial equity in STEM permanently and systematically. We work directly with teachers during the school day to provide programming that promotes gender equity and representation in STEM academics and careers. Through our award-winning program, IGNITE provides engaging, hands-on events that connect students with STEM professionals from industry leaders from around the world. Learn more at www.igniteworldwide.org.