Women’s Audio Mission is #changingthefaceofsound

Women’s Audio Mission (WAM) is amplifying the voices of young girls and giving them the tools they need to become the innovators of tomorrow. The nonprofit that uses music and media to attract over 1,500 underserved women and girls to STEM and creative technology studies.

San Francisco AWE Leader, Nancy Valente, Vice President, Global Product Development, Hematology/Oncology; Head Hematology Development at Genentech sits on the board. 

Nancy shared with us her passion and connection to the organization, “My daughter’s band, ‘The She’s,’ recorded their first CD with Terri and WAM, when they were 15 years old. It was a formative experience, where these girls learned how to engineer their own music. I can’t tell how much this improved my daughter’s confidence as a performer. She has continued to be involved with WAM and currently supports the education of middle school girls in sound production.”

Based in San Francisco/Oakland, WAM is the only professional recording studio in the world built and run by women that was started to addresses two critical issues:

  • Less than 5% of the people creating the sounds, music and media in the daily soundtrack of our lives are women.

  • There is a 70% decline in women/girls enrolling in college STEM programs since the year 2000.

WAM’s award-winning curriculum weaves art and music with science, technology and computer programming and works to close the critical gender gap in creative technology careers.

To see WAM’s impact in action, grab a ticket to their 15 Year Anniversary Celebration  and fundraiser in honor of their legacy of serving over 12,000 women and girls. The evening will include a performance by Atlanta-based pop duo St. Beauty (currently touring with Janelle Monáe). All proceeds will go directly towards their transformative programming for underserved women and girls.

WAM and Nancy, #weareinAWE of you! 


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