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Women Rock Science 2021 to Honor Mary Barra, Tuyen Duddles and Dr. Celeste Williams

September 1, 2021

The annual fundraiser ‘Women Rock Science’ will honor three incredible women making a difference in STEAM fields while also raising money to bring programming to underserved students in Michigan.

Sponsored by Cranbrook Institute of Science

In its fourth year, the annual fundraiser, Women Rock Science, hosted by Cranbrook Institute of Science, will be held virtually, allowing them to make an even bigger impact when it comes to the gala’s mission: Bringing more STEAM programming to Pre-K-12 students in underserved communities throughout Michigan. 

This women-led, fundraising event aims to celebrate women in STEAM and ignite curiosity in children in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. 

The virtual gala will be held Thursday, Oct. 7 at 7:00 p.m. 

Last year’s first-ever virtual gala raised more than $250,000, with proceeds helping to support nearly 34,000 children annually through the Institute’s Service to Others initiatives.  “We continue to be inspired by the generous supporters of Women Rock Science who help guarantee that science and STEAM education truly are everywhere,” said Adele Acheson, Women Rock Science co-chair.

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The Women Rock Science 2021 host committee members.

“Last year, more than any other year, has taught us that science is more important than ever. And it is critical that all students in Michigan have access to enhanced learning through STEAM curricula to gain knowledge about the power of science and the impact it has on their everyday lives,” said Michael D. Stafford, Ph.D., director of Cranbrook Institute of Science. 

This year’s gala will honor three women who are making a difference, both locally and nationally, in STEAM education. Honorees include: 

Outstanding Leader Award: Mary T. Barra, Chair and CEO, General Motors: Under Barra’s leadership, GM envisions a world with zero crashes to save lives; zero emissions so future generations can inherit a healthier planet; and zero congestion so customers get back a precious commodity – time.

Women Rock Science 2021 GalaJohn F. Martin

General Motors Chairman and CEO Mary Barra on Thursday, October 8, 2020 at the Design Building on the GM Tech Center campus in Warren, Michigan. (Photo by John F. Martin for General Motors)

Outstanding Educator Award: Tuyen Duddles, 7th and 8th grade science teacher, Warren Consolidated Schools – Middle School Math Science Technology Center: Duddles is truly inspired by her students’ curiosity and enthusiasm for learning. Her curriculums have been published and can be utilized by all educators seeking STEAM lessons and activities. 

Women Rock Science 2021 Gala


Rock Star Award: Celeste T. Williams, MD, MS, FACC; Medical Director, Cardiac Transplantation; Director of Quality, Heart and Vascular Institute; Henry Ford Health System: Leading one of Michigan’s top heart transplant programs, Dr. Williams is known for educating, collaborating and developing strategic alliances to ensure that scientifically proven innovative advancements in care are accessible to all patients.

Ray Manning


General admission tickets can be purchased for $100 or $250. The deadline to purchase tickets is October 1, 2021. Sponsorship packages are still available and range in price from $1,000 – $50,000. To purchase tickets and for more information about Women Rock Science please visit the Institute’s website. This gala is not only for women – men are welcome to attend. 

Women Rock Science is presented by the DTE Energy Foundation and General Motors as Science sponsors, with support from Chris and Kelle Ilitch as Technology sponsors, along with Engineering sponsors Adele and Mike Acheson, Forevermark, Ideal Group, McCann and PNC Bank. 

Together we can inspire exploration and recognize achievement. Don’t wait, get your tickets today! https://science.cranbrook.edu/women-rock-science

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