Back to top

In Focus: STEM+Arts - Meet and Greet with 100Kin10 Executive Director and Cofounder

Monday, June 1, 2015
9:00am - 11:00am PDT
California Club
538 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90071
Members: $0.00
Non-Members: $100.00
Add to Calendar

Following last year’s program, STEM+Arts Education - Amplifying Collective Impact, where we explored the 100Kin10 network's "Solution Labs," many SCG members wanted to learn more about this national multi-sector network. 

Foundations nationwide are leveraging funds to prepare all students with the high-quality STEM knowledge and skills needed to tackle our most pressing national and global challenges—by responding to our country’s need for 100,000 excellent STEM teachers by 2021. 

This event will feature Talia Milgrom-Elcott (@Talia100K), Executive Director and Co-Founder of 100Kin10 (@100Kin10). 100Kin10 is working to unite the nation’s top academic institutions, nonprofits, foundations, companies, and government agencies to train and retain 100,000 excellent STEM teachers to educate the next generation of innovators and problem solvers. 

The presentation will be followed by a panel of local 100kin10 partners who will provide their perspective on how this partnership has created greater impact:
  • Cara Esposito, Executive Director, Leonetti/O'Connell Family Foundation
  • Scott Heimlich, Vice President, Amgen Foundation
  • Joan Bissell, Director, Teacher Education and Public School Programs, Office of the Chancellor, California State University

This event is graciously hosted by the Leonetti/O'Connell Family Foundation. 



Cara Esposito
Executive Director, Leonetti/O'Connell Family Foundation

Cara Esposito is Executive Director of the Leonetti/O’Connell Family Foundation, which funds innovative projects and initiatives that serve to benefit Los Angeles County and improve the wellbeing of its communities. Prior to her role as Executive Director, Cara spent nine years as a Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney, with special emphasis in Juvenile Prosecutions. Cara currently sits on the Board of USC’s Price School of Public Policy and is Vice Chair of the Board of Arts High Foundation, the first public/private school partnership, founded in 1985 by her grandmother, Caroline Leonetti Ahmanson.

Joan Bissell
Director, Teacher Education and Public School Programs, Office of the Chancellor, California State University (@CalState)

Dr. Joan S. Bissell is Director for Teacher Education and Public School Programs. She works with the campuses in the CSU Mathematics and Science Teacher Initiative and assists them in such other areas as the Ed.D in Educational Leadership. Prior to her work at the Chancellor's Office, Dr. Bissell was Dean of the College of Education and Integrative Studies at Cal Poly Pomona.

Scott Heimlich
Vice President, Amgen Foundation (@AmgenFoundation)

Scott Heimlich is Vice President of the Amgen Foundation. He is responsible for the strategic management and direction of the science education portfolio for the Amgen Foundation, including the development and oversight of key initiatives at the K-12 and higher education levels.  He was the principal architect of the Amgen Scholars Program, the Foundation’s largest initiative providing undergraduates with access to research opportunities at premier educational institutions across the world. Heimlich led the U.S. program’s expansion to Europe and Japan, and today continues to oversee the $50 million international program. Under his leadership, the Amgen Biotech Experience has transformed from a local program into a multi-site, international initiative bringing biotechnology to over 60,000 secondary students a year. With these and many other initiatives, the Foundation’s commitment to science education recently surpassed the $100 million milestone. Heimlich serves on The Conference Board Business-Education Council, national STEM Funders Network, and Southern California Grantmakers STEM + Arts Advisory Committee, in addition to leading the Foundation’s commitment to STEM education networks such as 100Kin10 and Change the Equation. Prior to joining Amgen in 2005, he served in positions at UCLA, Los Angeles Pierce College, USC, and a junior high school in Japan. He holds a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and doctorate in education from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Talia Milgrom-Elcott
Executive Director and Co-Founder, 100Kin10

Talia Milgrom-Elcott is Executive Director and Co-Founder of 100Kin10, a networked approach to strategically addressing the nation's shortage of STEM teachers and improving STEM learning for all students by activating more than 100 organizations, including corporations, foundations, nonprofits, school districts, and others, to train and retain 100,000 excellent STEM teachers over ten years. She was previously a Program Officer in Urban Education and Senior Manager of STEM Teacher Initiatives at Carnegie Corporation of New York. From 2004-2007, she worked at the New York City Department of Education as part of Chancellor Joel Klein’s team, where she helped to implement system-wide reform efforts. Prior to working at the Department of Education, Milgrom-Elcott clerked for Judge Robert Sack of the Second Circuit Federal Court of Appeals and was the first Workers’ Rights Fellow at New York Jobs with Justice. Milgrom-Elcott received her BA magna cum laude from Harvard University. She returned to Harvard for her JD, which she also received magna cum laude.


Who May Attend:
Current SCG members and other grantmakers eligible for membership. For eligibility requirements, click here.

SCG members: register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register).
Eligible non-members: If you already have an SCG account, log in to register. If you do not have an account yet, contact [email protected].

SCG members: free
Eligible non-members: $100