12:30 pm – 1:00 pm


Registration and Informal Networking

1:00 pm – 1:15 pm


Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Susan Windham-Bannister, PhD, President, AWIS National Governing Board; Managing Director, Biomedical Innovation Advisors, LLC; and President and CEO, Biomedical Growth Strategies, LLC
  • Sandra W. Robert, CAE, CEO, AWIS

1:15 pm – 1:45 pm

Fireside Chat with Pinnacle Award Recipient

Moderator: Vas Bailey, PhD, Councilor, AWIS National Governing Board and Partner, ARTIS Ventures

Awardee: Carol W. Greider, PhD, Nobel Laureate, Daniel Nathans Professor, Director of Molecular Biology and Genetics and Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, Johns Hopkins University


1:45 pm – 2:10 pm

Session 1– Behind the Buzzwords: A Closer Look at STEM Equity and Inclusion

We all know that equity and inclusion are important to STEM innovation, but what exactly do we mean when we say “equity” and “inclusion?” How will we know when we’ve achieved them? And to what extent does intersectionality play a role in this discussion? In this session, diversity experts discuss the meaning behind the buzzwords, helping us work more effectively toward equitable and inclusive STEM environments.


  • Karene Richards, Chair, Finance & Audit Committee, AWIS National Governing Board and CEO, The Karene Group LLC


  • Ramón Barthelemy, PhD, STEM Equity Consultant, Solutions for Policy
  • Kimberly A. Griffin, PhD, Associate Professor, Student Affairs, College of Education, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Meg Massey, Communications Advisor, Street Investors Exchange

2:10 pm – 2:35 pm

Session 2 – Beyond the Pipeline: Translating Recruitment into Retention

Often, diversity and inclusion efforts focus primarily on recruiting members of marginalized groups into STEM careers. However, when STEM career environments are still riddled with exclusion issues, interest turns into attrition. This session will focus on employee engagement and inclusion practices that help recruitment translate into retention.


  • Lisa Mae Brunson, Founder and CEO, Wonder Women Tech


  • Carmen Bozic, MD, Senior Vice President, Head of Global Development, Biogen
  • Cissy S. Young, PhD, MBA, Managing Director, Co-Leader of RRA Diversity & Inclusion Practice, Senior Member of Global Biotech & Pharmaceuticals Practice, Russell Reynolds Associates
  • Benjamin Fiore-Walker, PhD, Manager, Department of Diversity Programs, American Chemical Society 

2:35 pm – 3:00 pm

Session 3 – Transparency and Accountability: Sharing Data for Inclusion

Inclusion data, which incorporates the intersected nature of social categorizations, don’t just help organizations make informed decisions. When shared, they’re also a key part of being transparent about and holding ourselves accountable for our diversity goals. In this session, hear from academic and industry leaders whose inclusion initiatives and institutions have benefitted from transparent and accountable data sharing practices.


  • Alexis Bonnell, MBA, Chief Innovation Office, USAID


  • Wynn W. Coggins, Chief of Staff to the Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director, USPTO

  • Holly Falk-Krzesinski, PhD, Vice President, Research Intelligence, Global Strategic Networks, Elsevier
  • Bindu R. Nair, PhD, Deputy Director, Basic Research Office, US Department of Defense

  • Cynthia Patton, JD, Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer, Amgen 

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Fireside Chat with Next Generation Award Recipient

Moderator: Kimberly S. Budil, PhD, Principal Associate Director, Weapons and Complex Integration, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Awardee: Mareena Robinson Snowden, PhD, Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace  

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Session 4 – Removing Barriers to Capital: Engaging in Inclusive Funding Practices

Whether funded by government grants or private equity, STEM ideas require capital to grow into the next great innovation. Unfortunately, marginalized innovators experience many obstacles to funding their research and ventures. In this session, funders share lessons they’ve learned in adopting inclusive investment practices.


  • Liz Sara, Chair, The National Women’s Business Council


  • Angeliki Diane Rigos, PhD, Executive Director, Tata Center for Technology & Design, MIT Energy Initiative, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Elizabete Terminella, Vice President, Human Resources, AstraZeneca

    Kalpana Kochhar, PhD, Director of Human Resources Department, International Monetary Fund 

  • Robert Powell, PhD, Secretary, AWIS National Governing Board; Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and of Food Science Technology, University of California, Davis

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Fireside Chat with Leadership Award Recipient

Moderator: Susan Windham-Bannister, PhD, President, AWIS National Governing Board; Managing Director, Biomedical Innovation Advisors, LLC; and President and CEO, Biomedical Growth Strategies, LLC

Awardee: Freda Lewis-Hall, MD, DFAPA, Executive Vice President and Chief Patient Officer, Pfizer

4:30 pm – 4:55 pm


Session 5 – Survive or Thrive: Is There a Happy Medium?
Many companies and academic institutions are looking at strategies to increase the participation of women in science and leadership. Some questions that come up are: Do we focus on helping women survive in the current environment or on removing the barriers that exist in the system? Why is it important to focus on intersectionality as part of our D&I efforts? Listen to academic and industry leaders debate this topic from various angles.


  • Pamela McCauley, PhD, CPE, Councilor, AWIS National Governing Board; Program Director, I-Corps Program National Science Foundation; and Professor, Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems, University of Central Florida


  • Márcia D. Bolé, MBA, Head of R&D Operations, North America Hygiene Home Business Unit, RB
  • Koren Bedeau, PhD, Vice Provost and Executive Director of ELATES, Drexel
  • Elizabeth L. Travis, PhD, Councilor, AWIS National Governing Board; Associate Vice President, Women Faculty Programs; Mattie Allen Fair Professor in Cancer Research; and Professor in the Department of Experimental Radiation Oncology, Division of Radiation Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center  


4:55 pm – 5:00 pm


Closing Remarks
Sandra W. Robert, CAE, CEO, AWIS


5:00 pm – 6:00 pm


Sponsor Reception
Ticketed event.


5:00 pm – 6:30 pm


Social Networking Reception
Open all attendees.


6:30 pm – 6:35 pm

Welcome – Awards Dinner

7:05 pm – 7:25 pm


Dinner and Awards Presentation

  • Pinnacle Award to Carol Greider, PhD – presented by Susan Windham-Bannister, President, AWIS National Governing Board
  • Next Generation Award to Mareena Robinson Snowden, PhD – presented by Jennifer Blum, PhD, Millennial Councilor, AWIS National Governing Board
  • Leadership Award to Freda Lewis-Hall – presented by Isabel Escobar, PhD, Chair, Chapters and Affiliates Committee, AWIS National Governing Board and Professor of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Kentucky

7:25 pm – 7:30 pm


Closing Remarks

7:30 pm – 8:30 pm


Networking Dessert Buffet


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Washington, D.C. 20240

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