The central theme of the Innovation Academy for Women of the Americas in 2017 (The Academy II) was Sustainability with a focus on personal, academic, professional and social responsibility. The selected women participated in an intensive, transformative program, that took place in a international and intercultural context at La Salle University located in Mexico City. 

The Academy was divided into four major elements.  Each element focused on some aspect of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Architecture.

Element 1:  Evaluation, modelling and forecasting quality of life and health

Element 2:  Technology for registering and monitoring quality indicators

Element 3:  Analysis of environmental indicators measuring life and health quality

Element 4:  Analysis of urban situation involving social strategy design (design of social habitat).


  1. Enrich academic competencies for research and project management through workshops, specialized mentorship, individual and group projects
  2. Develop soft skills for leadership, self-knowledge, interpersonal relationships, negotiation, etc., through workshops, conferences y direct interaction with role models
  3. Develop social responsibility consciousness, through encounters with business leaders, researchers and social entrepreneurs, debates and reflection
  4. Stimulate interest in innovation and entrepreneurship, through conferences, visits and face-to-face encounters with young leaders
  5. Strengthen the international Innovation Academy Network of Women in the Americas, including the participants, professionals, leaders and mentors
  6. Motivate graduate studies and leadership roles
  7. Stimulate intercultural and diversity sensitivity
  8. Share Mexican culture and history                                                                                                               


  • A minimum of five (5) semesters of study completed in a field related to the program focus areas of STEM+A, mentioned in this Call
  • A GPA  minimum of 8.0(scale of 10) or 3.0 (on a scale of 4)
  • English, minimum B2 (CEF),  for Spanish-speakers
  • Spanish, minimum B1 (CEF), for English-speakers
  • Maturity, responsibility, and willingness to participate fully in the Academy II activities
  • Commitment to support the international network of the Innovation Academy for Women in the Americas
  • Research experience

General Program Structure  

Week One

  • Introduction to the Academy II at Universidad La Salle Conference Center in Cuernavaca, Morelos
  • Group and mentor integration
  • Intensive diploma course offered by the University of New Mexico
  • Workshops
  • Cultural and professional visits

Week Two

  • Academy II at Universidad La Salle, México
  • Focused disciplinary work and interdisciplinary teams
  • Workshops, conferences, meetings
  • Academic, professional and cultural visits and events

 Week Three

  • Preparation of final individual and groups projects
  • Research Forum
  • Final gala events. Awards and closing ceremony


Selection Committee     

Master Lecturers

  • Dra. Maria Aurora Armienta
  • Lic. Dunia Ludlow Deloya  
  • Dra. Mariana Cardenas Gonzalez
  • Dra. Oswald Sprine Ursula 
  • Dra. Carolyn A Dubose


Academic Companion