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CLSI Partners with NexGeneGirls to Inspire STEM Careers in Young Women of Color

CLSI is pleased to announce a formal partnership with NexGeneGirls, an organization founded in 2011 to empower girls from under-represented communities to deeply engage with science and technology, inspiring them to pursue STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)-related careers. The partnership is aimed at bolstering NexGeneGirls’ efforts to increase diversity in STEM fields by tapping women leaders, students and industry professionals to mentor and inspire NexGeneGirl participants. NexGeneGirls founder Marlena Jackson, currently in the DNA Sequencing Group at Genentech, launched NexGeneGirls as a way to inspire young girls from marginalized communities – such as the Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood where she is from – to embrace challenge and develop foundational skills in science, leadership, and innovation practices so that they are able to see themselves as future STEM leaders.  She has been honored by Senator Mark Leno, San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee, the SF Board of Supervisors, the Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, and most recently as a Changemaker at the United State of Women Summit convened by the White House by President Barack Obama. She has also been recognized by the Sun Reporter as one of eight Bay Area women leaders who are leaving a legacy of excellence for service to their communities.“CLSI is truly honored to join the formidable Marlena Jackson in a partnership with NexGeneGirls,” said CLSI President & CEO, Lori Lindburg. “We share a joint commitment to creating real access to the rewarding careers in the life science industry and helping to diversify the industry’s talent pipeline.”

“The NexGeneGirls partnership with CLSI will help us bring greater focus to careers in science as an opportunity for economic mobility,” said Ms. Jackson. “Through these efforts, NexGeneGirls is breaking cycles of underachievement and under-employment, connecting young women to high value careers and local, sustainable sources of economic development.”

CLSI is assisting NexGeneGirls in its 2nd Annual STEM Symposium on Saturday October 15 at the Willie L. Brown Jr. Middle School in San Francisco. Open to all high-school and middle-school students and their parents, the Symposium will allow students to engage with STEM professionals and graduate students from industry and academia, including leadership from Genentech, LinkedIn, The Gladstone Institutes, Google, San Francisco State University, City College of San Francisco, Upward Bound, SMASH, ThermoFisher Scientific and others. Facebook, Google and MWH Global are sponsoring the Symposium.

The partners are also developing an innovative pilot for the spring that will take 6-8 high school NexGeneGirl students of color through a STEM Bootcamp and Summer Science Academy that combines multigenerational teaching and mentoring, work-based learning, and extracurricular enrichment in STEM, including collaborative scientific research projects that allow NexGeneGirl students to hone their hands-on scientific technique under the direction of an academic or professional scientist.

For more information on the CLSI-NexGeneGirls partnership, contact Lori Lindburg ( or Marlena Jackson (