STEM Charity Luncheon

Join the Houston Chapter of the Women’s Energy Network (WEN Houston) at our 2020 Charity Luncheon as we celebrate the legacy of women leaders in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and raise funds to support the next generation of STEM pioneers through scholarships, leadership programs, and mentoring. Together, we can ensure the legacy of women in STEM continues to inspire progressive innovation to improve the living environment, shape communities, and change the way we live.

The Charity Luncheon has been postponed to the Fall of 2020. We will provide a more detailed update as soon as we have more information.


Inspired by STEM . . . Courageous by Choice

Why support the WEN 2020 STEM Charity Luncheon? Did you know:
  • Women comprise about 47% of the U.S. labor force
  • Only 28% of STEM jobs are held by women
  • Women represent roughly 15% of engineering workforce
  • Less than 40% of graduates physical sciences are women

The goal of the 2020 WEN Houston Charity Luncheon is to fund 20 scholarships for local female graduating high school seniors pursuing STEM degrees. The $10,000 scholarships will be administered by WEN Houston and individual recipients will be determined by predefined criteria, which will focus on academic success, leadership potential, and financial need.

These scholarships will be given at WEN Houston’s Young Women Energized (YWE) program, which won the World Oil Award for Best Outreach Program in 2019, and offers students, parents and educators a jump start to college and career planning with its signature mentoring circle format and interactive sessions for all attendees.

Hear from a few of our past scholarship recipients:
“The YWE Scholarship has helped my family and me tremendously! It allowed me to help cover a portion of my room and board fees for my freshman year. This not only helped financially, but allowed me to focus on my academics rather than my financial issues this year. I am very grateful for the YWE scholarship.”  - Kaylyn Stewart, 2019 YWE Scholarship Recipient

“The YWE Scholarship lessened the financial burden on me as well as my family. This scholarship is allowing me to focus more on my education and not how I will pay for it. I thank God everyday for the blessing of this scholarship.”  -  Autumn Jackson, 2019 YWE Scholarship Recipient

Donation and Sponsorship Opportunities

You can support this worthy cause by making a donation to our Charity Luncheon scholarship fund, using the Donate Now button.

As described in the WEN Houston 2020 Charity Lunch Sponsorship Prospectus, various levels of individual and corporate sponsorship and donations are available. In addition to the main program, the event will also include a silent auction benefiting the WEN Houston scholarship fund. We are excited to announce our keynote speaker, Barbara J. Burger, President of Chevron Technology Ventures. Additional details, including a celebrity chef and silent auction items, will be released soon.

Sponsorship tiers available:
  • Legacy | $50,000
  • Summa Cum Laude | $25,000
  • Magna Cum Laude | $15,000
  • Dean’s List | $10,000
  • Honor Roll | $5,000
  • Table Sponsor | $2,000
Support our Charity Luncheon through sponsorship or donate now!

Keynote Speaker

We are lucky to be joined by our keynote speaker, Barbara Burger, PhD., president of Chevron Technology Ventures (CTV). CTV addresses Chevron’s business needs through the identification and integration of innovative externally-developed technologies that strengthen Chevron’s business now and in the future.

An active alumna of the University of Rochester, Burger joined the University of Rochester Board of Trustees in 2015 and is a member of the university’s River Campus Libraries National Council and the George Eastman Circle, the university’s leadership annual giving society. In 2012, she established the Barbara J. Burger Endowed Scholarship in the Sciences to support students pursuing degrees in the natural sciences. In 2015, she founded the Barbara J. Burger iZone, a center where students go to generate, refine, and communicate ideas for social, cultural, community, and economic impact.

Among her many civic and industry affiliations, Burger serves as governing director and vice chair for Houston Exponential and is a governing board director, member of the Executive Committee and chair of the Finance Committee of the Houston Symphony Society. She is also a member of Houston’s Committee of Foreign Relations. Beyond Houston she serves on the leadership counsel for Cyclotron Road, the external advisory council for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the governing board of the MIT Energy Initiative and is a member of the MIT Visiting Committee. She was recently appointed to the Board of Oil and Gas Climate Initiative Climate Investment LLP.

2020 WEN Charity Luncheon Contacts

If you have any questions or comments, or would like to get involved in a different way, please do not hesitate to reach out to Katie House or Deanna Young (contact details below). We are so grateful for your involvement and support to ensure the legacy of women in STEM continues.

Katie House, Director of Community Initiatives 
Deanna Young, President-Elect 


Summa Cum Laude Level - $25,000

Magna Cum Laude Level - $15,000


Dean's List - $10,000

The Ebel Family Foundation  

Honor Roll Level - $5,000