2012 Youth Leadership Summit

Leading the Way:

2012 Youth Leadership Summit for Math & Science

On October 20, 2012, we held our third annual Leading the Way: Youth Leadership Summit in Math and Science, at Edwards Lifesciences Global Headquarters. With over 150 students, parents, and community leaders in attendance, the event provided an opportunity for students to explore careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields and to learn about how math and science proficiency is increasingly a critical skill for current and future jobs. This free half-day event included student presentation of OC business trends, panel discussions from industry leaders and a diverse group of engineers, tabletop exhibits to introduce students to local STEM career opportunities and college programs, and breakout sessions led by business and education leaders throughout the region. Some of our partners included Ingram Micro, Edison International, Princeton Review, The Boeing Company, OC STEM, Orange County Business Council, and Edwards Lifesciences.

Here is what some of the students had to say about their Youth Leadership Summit experience:

“Helpful and eye-opening.”
—Future Engineer, 11th grade student, Dana Hills High School

“Thank you for this helpful, inspiring, and informative event. It inspires me to take initiative and be proactive about my future.“
—Future Newscaster, 11th grade student, Rancho Alamitos High School

“I learned a lot from the experiences shared with us and walked away with contact information from mentors and professionals in the field.“
—Future Biologist, 12th grade student, Valley High School

“This experience is extremely enriching and helps students prepare for college.”
—Future Mechanical Engineer, 12th grade student, Santa Ana High School

“I learned so much today. The information I heard helps me visualize my future plans and my career path. Thank you so much.”
— Neuroscientist, 12th grade student, Godinez Fundamental High School

“I learned a lot about careers, working after college, and important skills needed to do well in each field.”
—Future Biochemist, 9th grade student, University High School

“This was a fabulous opportunity for our daughter to learn about the many disciplines of math, science, engineering and beyond.  It was an invaluable opportunity to learn about potential careers first hand….. She came away from the meeting energized with new ideas for her future."
—Parent, 8th grade student, Orchard Hills School