Inspiring Future Leaders

With the Inspiring Future Leaders (IFL) giving initiative, we support programs that develop the next generation's innovative, diverse and talented STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) workforce to drive economic growth and community success.

Inspiring Future Leaders

SDG&E invests in programs that advance K-16 STEM education and leadership development in historically underrepresented communities.

SDG&E launched three new signature initiatives to ensure that every student has equitable access to a bright future in STEM.
  • SDG&E graduated its pilot cohort of the #BeThatGirl Mentorship Program, championed by SDG&E CEO Caroline Winn. This employee engagement opportunity pairs our women STEM professionals with underrepresented students interested in STEM. Inspiring Future Leaders nonprofit partners nominate their high school to college-aged students to take part in structured mentor sessions, which also serves as a safe space for the participants to ask questions and hear real experiences from industry leaders in STEM. 

  • SDG&E launched its first scholarship program designed to support students of color, girls and women in high school or college who plan on pursuing a degree in a STEM field. The Inspiring Future Leaders STEM Scholarship program provides $10,000 scholarships that can be eligible to be renewed for up to three years – meaning students could receive up to a total of $40,000 in financial aid. Meet our 2023 winners

  • In collaboration with our nonprofit partners, SDG&E helped bring two national programs to San Diego for the first time. Girls Inc. of San Diego County’s Eureka! is a five-year college-based summer intensive program that includes a summer STEM camp at UCSD for rising 8th graders and continues programming for that cohort through high school graduation. The American Heart Association of Southern California’s STEM Goes Red Initiative brings high school students from underserved areas for a day of hands-on STEM activities and heart-health education. 

SDG&E Finds the Eureka! Moment with Girls Inc. 

Girls Inc. of San Diego is helping shape the future workforce by equipping youth with the necessary people, programming, and environment to succeed. They have found that as young girls transition from elementary to middle school, they are more likely to defer from pursuing a career in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). 

As part of SDG&E’s #BeThatGirl initiative, SDG&E funded the program’s arrival in San Diego to further encourage 25 rising eighth grade girls from Knox, Mission and Rincon Middle schools that have shown that spark for STEM. Over four weeks, they filled the classrooms and explored the UC San Diego campus to embark on the start of their five-year Eureka! journey.