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About The Summit

The Association for Women in Science (AWIS), in partnership with The Ohio State University (OSU), is pleased to host a national dialogue on gender at the nexus of innovation and entrepreneurship with experts from industry, academia, and government.  The Summit will focus on how we, as a society, can develop inclusive, fiscally-responsive systems to drive research excellence, feed long-term economic growth, and fuel innovative solutions to global challenges facing all our citizens.

We will engage policy experts, employers, funding agencies, and others involved in workforce development in the conversation on innovation and entrepreneurship. By understanding and embracing an expanded model of entrepreneurship that takes into account the experiences, motivations, and developmental needs of both genders, we can enhance innovation across multiple work platforms.  Information from the Summit will be utilized to inform elected officials and federal agencies on the need for policy changes relating to gender to remain globally competitive.

Speakers

Experts in workforce development, companies that have successfully engaged STEM women in entrepreneurship, and women innovators themselves will contribute their viewpoints. Together, all parties are crucial if we are to identify multiple strategies to engage women STEM professionals in the innovation agenda.

Jeffrey Wadsworth, Ph.D.

Jeffrey Wadsworth, Ph.D.

President & CEO
Battelle Memorial Institute

Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker

Jeffrey Wadsworth, President and CEO of Battelle Memorial Institute

Jeffrey Wadsworth has been President and CEO of Battelle Memorial Institute since January 2009. He has worked at Stanford University, Lockheed Missiles and Space Company and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. In 2002, he joined Battelle and served as a member of the White House Transition Planning Office for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He also has served as director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Department of Energy’s largest multipurpose science laboratory. Wadsworth studied metallurgy at Sheffield University in England, where he earned a bachelor’s degree and a Ph.D. He was also awarded a Doctor of Metallurgy and the highest recognition conferred by the university, an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree. In 2012, Dr. Wadsworth, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, was elected to the Chinese Academy of Engineering.

Kristin D’Amore

Kristin D’Amore

President
The Entrepreneur Center @NVTC

Panelist

Marilyn Geewax

Marilyn Geewax

Senior Business Editor
NPR

Moderator

Joan Herbers, Ph.D.

Joan Herbers, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology
The Ohio State University

Panelist

Karen Jackson, M.B.A.

Karen Jackson, M.B.A.

Secretary of Technology
for the Commonwealth of Virginia

Panelist

Nada Jain, Ph.D., J.D.

Nada Jain, Ph.D., J.D.

Managing Partner
Golden Seeds Fund 2 LP
Managing Director of Golden Seeds LLC

Panelist

Christine Kymn, Ph.D.

Christine Kymn, Ph.D.

Chief Economist/Director
Office of Economic Research
US Small Business Administration
Office of Advocacy

Panelist

Ann Lee-Karlon, Ph.D.

Ann Lee-Karlon, Ph.D.

President, Association for Women in Science
Senior Vice President, Genentech

Speaker

Amy Millman, M.P.A.

Amy Millman, M.P.A.

President
Springboard Enterprises

Panelist

Diane Palmintera, M.P.A.

Diane Palmintera, M.P.A.

President
Innovation Associates

Panelist

Ana Rold, M.A.

Ana Rold, M.A.

Editor-in-Chief
Diplomatic Courier

Panelist

Jean Schelhorn, Ph.D.

Jean Schelhorn, Ph.D.

Director of Commercialization
College of Veterinary Medicine
The Ohio State University

Closing Remarks

Darlene Solomon, Ph.D.

Darlene Solomon, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President/Chief Technology Officer
Agilent Technologies

Panelist

Joseph Steinmetz, Ph.D.

Joseph Steinmetz, Ph.D.

Provost and Executive Vice President
The Ohio State University

Speaker

Derek Wallbank

Derek Wallbank

Editor
Bloomberg News

Moderator

Bruce Weinberg, Ph.D.

Bruce Weinberg, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Economics
The Ohio State University

Panelist

David Zipper, M.B.A.

David Zipper, M.B.A.

Managing Director
1776 Ventures

Panelist

Agenda

Thursday, April 30, 2015


10:30 am – 11:00 am

Registration


11:00 am – 11:10 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Speaker:

Ann Lee-Karlon, Ph.D.
President, Association for Women in Science
Senior Vice President, Genentech

Speaker:

Joseph Steinmetz, Ph.D.
Provost and Executive Vice President
The Ohio State University


11:10 am – 12:10 pm

Panel I – The Ideal Ecosystem: Where Does Innovation Happen and How Does it Spread?

Innovation can happen anywhere, but for women in STEM the locus remains at universities and in industry. We examine how ideas spread across sectors, and how men and women contribute to the innovation agenda in STEM.

Moderator:

Ana Rold, M.A.
Editor-in-Chief, Diplomatic Courier

Panelists:

Christine Kymn, Ph.D.
Chief Economist/Director of Economic Research
US Small Business Administration

Darlene Solomon, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President/Chief Technology Officer
Agilent Technologies

Bruce Weinberg, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Economics
The Ohio State University


12:15 pm – 12:45 pm

Lunch and Keynote Speaker

Introduction:

Joseph Steinmetz, Ph.D
Provost and Executive Vice President
The Ohio State University

Keynote Speaker:

Jeffrey Wadsworth, Ph.D.
President & CEO
Battelle Memorial Institute 


12:45 pm – 1:45 pm

Panel II – Creating Environments that Foster Innovation

Fostering innovation must start early on, but men and women respond to different incentives. University-industrial partnerships are crucial, as are curricula that are inclusive.  We explore how employers can create STEM environments that allow everyone’s innovative ideas to flourish.

Moderator:

Derek Wallbank
Editor
Bloomberg News

Panelists:

Kristin D’Amore
President
The Entrepreneur Center @NVTC

Joan Herbers, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Evolution, Ecology,
and Organismal Biology
The Ohio State University

Diane Palmintera, M.P.A.
President
Innovation Associates


1:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Panel III – Show Me the Money: Funding Future Innovators

Taking an idea from the bench to the marketplace is a long and expensive project, which often overwhelms early-stage inventors. Finding new ways to finance the entire arc of innovation is important for inclusivity, and we highlight some innovative funding models.

Moderator:

Marilyn Geewax
NPR Senior Business Editor

Panelists:

Karen Jackson, M.B.A.
Secretary of Technology for the Commonwealth of Virginia

Nada Jain, Ph.D., J.D.
Managing Partner
Golden Seeds Fund 2 LP

Amy Millman, M.P.A.
President
Springboard Enterprises

David Zipper, M.B.A.
Managing Director
1776 Ventures


2:45 pm – 3:00 pm

Closing Remarks

Speaker:

Jean Schelhorn, Ph.D.
Director of Commercialization
College of Veterinary Medicine
The Ohio State University

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