MOLLY VAN WAGENEN
STEAM & Women’s Leadership Advocate
Molly graduated from Stanford University with a BA in Political Science in 1995. While at Stanford, she was a member of four consecutive NCAA Championship Women’s Swimming and Diving teams and was Captain of the Diving team in 1994 and 1995. Additionally, she was a member of two USA Diving World Championship teams.
After Stanford, Molly attended the University of Chicago Law School before moving back to the Bay Area, where she worked in consulting for Arthur Andersen, first in San Jose, then in Los Angeles and New York City.
Since 2002, Molly has focused her time on her three children and supporting non-profit work in the areas of education and sports. Between 2013 and 2015, Molly spearheaded a campaign to bring the Darien, Connecticut school system into compliance with federal laws regulating the rights of children with disabilities. Her work was featured in the Wall Street Journal and resulted in a complete restructuring of the district’s policies and personnel.
Molly’s interest in STEAM comes from her engineering father, step-father, grandfathers, and children. To honor her step-father, Molly conceptualized and assisted in the development of the Neil Armstrong STEM Scholarship, a four-year, $20,000 award for a high school student in the local Telluride Mountain area. In addition to serving on the Sacred Heart STEAM Advisory Panel, Molly serves on the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Board of Trustees, is a member of the Stanford University Athletic Board and is a Trustee of the Eagle Hill School in Greenwich, Connecticut.