Nancy van Dillen
Senior Director of Programs
Festival Inspiration: Impact. The idea that future STEM innovators may pinpoint the moment of their personal or professional inspiration to a childhood experience at a Festival event.


Since 2011, Nancy has contributed to the Festival’s success through the development and management of programs and events such as the X-STEM conference series (in-person and online), Spark of STEM Cofee Break Series, the Nifty Fifty, Sneak Peek Friday, and SciFest. In her role, Nancy works closely with educators and industry leaders to bring STEM to kids in the U.S. and beyond. Prior to the Festival, Nancy’s professional experience includes scientific research, program development, and event and project management for both companies and non-profit organizations in the life sciences and high tech industries.  Nancy holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of San Diego.