Launching Futures

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The 2nd Launching Futures STEM Awards Dinner...
Announcing our Honorees and Keynote Speaker!

Though you will have to wait to hear about one of our Launching Futures STEM Awards recipients, we are delighted to announce all but one! Drum roll…

  • Sustained Corporate Support of STEM Education Award- Norfolk Naval Shipyard
  • Small Business Support of STEM Education-Fairlead/Jerry Miller
  • STEM Innovator Award…we are not telling yet!
  • Lifetime Contributor to Early STEM Education-Children’s Museum
  • STEM Educator of the Year-Farren Webb, Grade 5, Victory Elementary School

Additionally, we will be recognizing the first two recipients of the STARBASE Scholarship Program. You will probably hear more about them soon!

Captain Dianna WolfsonOur Keynote Speaker…

Captain Dianna Wolfson, the 110th Commander of Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, will be our Keynote Speaker, and we are excited because we hear she is passionate about STEM and inspires the audience!  Her accomplishments are extensive, and you can read more on our website soon. Her nuclear engineering duty officer tours include qualification at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Main Propulsion Assistant on USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) during the arduous testing phases of its Refueling Complex Overhaul and Force Maintenance Officer at Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic, where she was responsible for developing and executing a $362 million public and private sector budget and execution strategy to support both depot level and emergent repairs for five aircraft carriers. She also served as the Project Superintendent for the USS Newport News (SSN 750) Engineered Overhaul, a complex depot-level availability conducted near the mid-point of a submarine's service life at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, RCOH Project Officer at Supervisor of Shipbuilding Newport News where she successfully delivered USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) while simultaneously planning the RCOH for both George Washington and USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) totaling over $9.5 billion in contracts. Wolfson was selected in 2017 as Operations Officer at Norfolk Naval Shipyard responsible for planning, leading, and driving the execution of overhauls of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, submarines, conventional surface ships, nuclear moored training ships and inactivation activities to include CNO availabilities, off-yard activities and deployed assets.

Her personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards) and a number of unit awards.

About our Sponsors…

We have over 25 sponsors and have over $70,000 as of the end of August in sponsorships and ticket sales! Thank everyone for supporting us during our 20th Anniversary!

Here are some of our sponsors for the 2nd Launching Futures STEM Awards Dinner!