Heather Pownall, MBA, CAE, Joins AWIS as Chief Development Officer

Dec 5, 2019 | Press Release


Maria Ibañez

Heather Pownall, MBA, CAE, Joins AWIS as Chief Development Officer

Washington, DC, December 5, 2019 – Heather Pownall, MBA, CAE, has joined the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) as the organization’s chief development officer.

Pownall, in partnership with AWIS CEO Sandy Robert, will be responsible for the redesign of AWIS’ business model. She will lead the acceleration of corporate and institutional partnerships, career resources and will oversee membership for the organization. AWIS is the leading organization that advocates for women in STEM.

“We are excited to welcome Heather to AWIS. She brings the track record, expertise and drive to strengthen the value we provide to our external stakeholders. The world needs a strong AWIS, and Heather has been very successful in creating new business channels in her previous roles. We look forward to working with her to support expanded service to our members and partners,” said Robert.

Previously, Pownall served as Senior Director of Global Business Development for the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants where she led the rapid growth of partnerships and sales with companies in the U.S. and globally. She also led the development of strategies to accelerate gender equity and LGBTQ+ inclusion in the workplace. Pownall was selected by the American Society of Association Executives as a Diversity Executive Leadership Program Scholar (2015-2017) and attained the Certified Association Executive credential in 2018. She earned an MBA with a concentration in technology entrepreneurship from North Carolina State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of South Florida. She lives in Durham, North Carolina, with her wife Leanora and their silver lab, Vinny.




About AWIS:
The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) is a global network with 80 grassroots chapters and affiliates connecting more than 100,000 professionals in STEM with members, allies and supporters worldwide. Founded in 1971, AWIS has been the leading advocate for women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to achieve business growth, social change, and innovation. To learn more, visit www.awis.org and www.stemtomarket.org and follow @AWISNational and @stemtomarket on Twitter and Facebook.



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