2019 Summit Speakers, Presenters and Moderators

Ramón Barthelemy, PhD

STEM Equity Consultant, Solutions for Policy
Panelist

Dr. Barthelemy is a former Fulbright and AAAS Science Policy Fellow dedicated to equity and inclusion in STEM. Dr. Barthelemy’s work has included studying the experiences of women in graduate physics and astronomy, LGBT persistence in the field of physics, and the motivations of students to pursue physics in Finland. He holds a BS in astrophysics and PhD in physics education research.

Lisa Mae Brunson

Founder and CEO, Wonder Women Tech
Panelist

Lisa Mae Brunson is a creative visionary, speaker, author and social innovator committed to impacting humanity on a global scale. Named one of Long Beach Post’s 2016 “40 Under 40,” she serves as Commissioner on the Commission for Technology and Innovation for the City of Long Beach. She has cultivated the “Art of Fearless Asking” to magically manifest her visions into reality.

She is the founder of Wonder Women Tech, a global conference platform highlighting, celebrating, and educating women and diversity in STEAM, and launched Junior Innovation Camps for underprivileged kids. She founded two hackathons – Hacks 4 Humanity, a hackathon for social good, and Wonder Women Hacks, a hackathon to address challenges facing women and girls. She received a multi-year commitment from the City of Long Beach to host the Wonder Women Tech Conference at the Long Beach Convention Center.

Carmen Bozic, MD

Senior Vice President, Head of Global Development at Biogen
Panelist

Carmen Bozic, MD, is Senior Vice President of Global Development at Biogen, accountable for developing, obtaining and maintaining regulatory approval of therapies in Biogen’s therapeutic focus areas of Neurodegenerative and Rare Diseases.

Carol W. Greider, PhD

Daniel Nathans Professor, Director of Molecular Biology and Genetics and a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, Johns Hopkins University
Award Recipient

She is the Daniel Nathans Professor, Director of Molecular Biology and Genetics and a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at Johns Hopkins University. In 2009, Dr. Greider shared the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for her discovery of telomerase, a key enzyme in age related disease and cancer. Dr. Greider continues to receive national recognition for her scientific work and is the recipient of many other awards and honors. Dr. Greider has been an AWIS member since 2003.

Kimberly A. Griffin, PhD

Associate Professor, Student Affairs, College Park, College of Education
Panelist

Dr. Kimberly Griffin is an Associate Professor in the Higher Education, Student Affairs, and International Education Policy Program (Student Affairs Area of Specialization). She also serves as the editor of the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. Dr. Griffin is an active scholar and researcher, engaged widely in efforts to promote diversity and equity in higher education. Her research has been funded by the Burroughs Welcome Fund, National Institutes of Health, and National Science Foundation. Her work has been published widely, and has appeared in the Review of Higher Education, Journal of College Student Development, Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, and Journal of Negro Education. Dr. Griffin’s work also contributes to national conversations on equity and inclusion, and she has collaborated and consulted with the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, National Academies, American Council on Education, and the Council of Graduate Schools to discuss extant research and new initiatives.A.

Freda C. Lewis-Hall, MD, DFAPA

Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Pfizer
Award Recipient

Dr. Lewis-Hall is Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Pfizer. Dr. Lewis-Hall serves as Pfizer’s chief medical officer and leads Pfizer Medical, the division responsible for the safe, effective and appropriate use of Pfizer medicines and vaccines around the world.

Bethany Quinn

Cofounder and CEO, Street Investors Exchange

Bethany Quinn is the Cofounder and CEO of Street Investors Exchange (SieX), which aims to move the needle on diversity in early-stage investment by enabling institutional investment in startups. Before that, she worked at the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) on their private equity campaign and as a Legislative Assistant, and did a fellowship at SoGal Ventures. She has a BA from the University of Miami and an MBA from Johns Hopkins University.

Karene Richards, MA

CEO, The Karene Group LLC
Moderator

Karene Richards is a capital markets quantitative expert and women’s advocate with over 14 years’ experience in the investment banking industry. Ms. Richards most notably built the first carbon finance model for the World Bank in addition to a mortgage backed security model that generated $25M for Route 66 Ventures. She received a Master of Financial Mathematics and Statistics from Columbia University and Bachelor in Electrical Engineering from Howard University. She is a member of Women in Housing and Finance and has been an AWIS benefactor since 2016.

Mareena Robinson Snowden, PhD

Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Award Recipient

Mareena Robinson Snowden, PhD, is Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Her research focuses on nuclear arms control verification sufficiency, nonproliferation and modernization. Dr. Robinson Snowden became the first African American woman to earn a PhD in nuclear engineering from MIT in 2017 and holds a BS in physics from Florida A&M University. Her story in STEM has been featured in MARVEL Comics, CNBC, BET and other national television, radio and print media.

Elizabeth Travis, PhD, FASTRO

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, MD Anderson Cancer Center; AWIS Board Councilor

Panelist

Dr. Travis is the Associate Vice President, Women and Minority Faculty Inclusion, and Mattie Allen Fair Professor in Cancer Research in the departments of Experimental Radiation Oncology and Pulmonary Medicine at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. As Associate Vice President for women faculty, Dr Travis is a consummate advocate for women and minority faculty and committed to furthering their academic careers by ensuring that they are appointed to high profile committees and leadership positions and are nominated for awards, by leading institutional policy change to address obstacles that interfere with their success, and by providing career guidance to countless women and minority faculty. She publishes and speaks extensively on sponsorship as a path to leadership for women and minority faculty. Dr Travis’s scientific research interest is in the complications of cancer treatments, primarily in the lung, which has made significant contributions to our understanding of the effects of radiation on normal tissues.

Susan Windham-Bannister, PhD

Managing Director, Biomedical Innovation Advisors, LLC and President and CEO, Biomedical Growth Strategies, LLC; National Governing Board President, AWIS
Moderator

Dr. Susan Windham-Bannister is a world-renowned innovation expert, recognized by the Boston Globe as one of the “10 Most Influential Women in Biotech” in 2013. Windham-Bannister currently serves as managing partner of Biomedical Innovation Advisors LLC, as well as the president and CEO of Biomedical Growth Strategies, LLC. She received a BA from Wellesley College, a doctorate in health policy and management from the Florence Heller School at Brandeis University, and a doctor of science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (honoris causa). She has been an AWIS member since 2016.

What Others are Saying

“STEAM industries are driving our future, and we demand a seat at the table. Wonder Women Tech aims to provide a platform for women and underrepresented groups in STEAM fields to network, mentor, share stories and empower each other.”

Lisa Mae Brunson, Founder and CEO

Wonder Women Tech

"A diversity of backgrounds, skills, thoughts and experiences is essential to fostering innovation in STEM. This summit will bring together leaders in science and technology to share ideas for promoting greater diversity in STEM fields and creating the inclusive environment needed to drive tomorrow's breakthroughs."

Sara Kenkare-Mitra, PhD, Senior Vice President of Development Sciences

Wonder Women Tech

"Efforts to elevate and amplify the voices of women will continue to be critical in cultivating and sustaining an inclusive technical community... I am grateful to AWIS for leading in this work and for this tremendous honor."

Mareena Robinson Snowden, PhD

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

"Women control 85% of consumer spending power, yet 91% of women feel misunderstood by advertisers. We call that a market opportunity."

Bethany Quinn

Bethany Quinn, Cofounder and CEO, Street Investors Exchange
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

"Inclusivity and equity in STEM is not just about the success of the scientific enterprise, it is also about offering economic opportunities to underserved communities."

Ramón Barthelemy, PhD

Ramón Barthelemy, PhD, STEM Equity Consultant
Solutions for Policy

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