We Pioneer helping Pioneers

The Girls S.T.E.A.M. Institute was formed in March of 2018 by Diane McClelland and her twin sister Suzanne Lackman to focus on building personal and professional skills as entrepreneurs and leaders in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. The goals are to attract more girls into the S.T.E.A.M. fields by demonstrating how fun and educational the GSI projects are and the opportunity to meet other like-minded girls from all over the world!  The founders added “A” for Arts to change the notion that disciplines which favor primarily analytical intelligence are required for technological and human progress. Research shows the addition of the Arts fosters the creative intelligence of the heart which encourages visionary innovation and better understanding of critical thinking.

Additionally, the founders of Girls S.T.E.A.M. Institute acknowledge the impact of sports in the development of girls taking risks, building teams and accepting defeat as a learning tool and life lesson. Therefore, the addition of the “A” in S.T.E.A.M. stands for both, Art & Athletics.   

Statistics show that girls who participate in the performing arts and sports develop self- awareness and leadership attributes which are important traits as leaders and owners of businesses.

STEAMERS Online Magazine created by 2021 Willamette University, MBA intern Clara Boline. Click here to view it online. 

Our Vision

Enlighten and inspire girls globally to pursue S.T.E.A.M. entrepreneurship and leadership.

Our Mission

Build a sustainable global pipeline for inspiring and empowering girls to pursue innovation as S.T.E.A.M. entrepreneurs.

Our Values


Fortune favors the bold. We empower our STEAMers to steam ahead against all obstacles.


We believe true leaders are ones who bring everyone together for a common goal. We cultivate leadership skills by empowering our STEAMers.


Serving the community is prime importance for us.


We see diversity as the prime factor of richness in our work and in our community. GSI is dedicated in breaking barriers and give EVERY girl the opportunity to pursue their potential.


We believe in new solutions to old problems. Our STEAMers think outside of the box in making the world a better place.


Our STEAMers value Integrity above all else. We understand that true competition is within ourselves, more than any other external factor. And we push our potential while never giving away from integrity.

Our Leadership

We are the leading organization globally empowering girls to advance in STEAM entrepreneurship and leadership. We make that happen with a world-class leadership.