Empowering Futures - Annual Benefit 2023

An evening celebrating and supporting STEM education in Orange County.

Join Vital Link and University Lab Partners as we celebrate and support STEM education in Orange County. We will recognize outstanding businesses, educators, and individuals supporting the growth and advancement of student opportunities. Together, we can continue to foster a culture of innovation and empower the next generation of innovators in Orange County.

Learn more about University Lab Partners' educational programming.


Our sponsorship and participation packages offer exceptional opportunities to support the next generation of STEM innovators while gaining positive exposure throughout Southern California. With your generous support, we can continue to foster a diverse culture of innovation and make OC a thriving innovation economy for all.

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Celebrating Changemakers in STEM

Join us in celebrating the educational innovators of today. A winner from each category will be announced at the benefit.

Nominations will close on September 1, 2023. Nominations have been extended until September 10, 2023 at midnight.

Business Partner of the Year

Award will recognize an outstanding organization, nonprofit, or educational institution, that is a catalyst in STEM Education.

Educator of the Year

Award will recognize a K-12 Educator who inspires students to explore careers in STEM.

Student of the Year

Award will recognize a high school student who has a strong passion for STEM and who serves as an inspiration to their peers.



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Event Partner

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Vital Link inspires students to find their dream careers. We serve as a business/education facilitator serving Orange County schools, ROPs, colleges and universities. The organization serves as a resource of quality support services to career and technical educators, thereby providing current, relevant and meaningful information to all students. The organization provides schools with curriculum support services and teacher training that focuses on real-world applications addressing entry-level skills requirements. Opportunities are created for youth to access business professionals as role models to enhance their career opportunities. Vital Link provides access to work based experiences and entry-level jobs that support their career choice.

Event Details

Community Event

Saturday, September 30, 2023

06:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Location - Edwards Lifesciences

One Edwards Way, Irvine, CA 92614

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