April 24, 2019 | Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium | Washington, DC
April 24, 2019 | Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium | Washington, DC
Vasudev Bailey, PhD
Councilor, AWIS National Governing Board and Partner, ARTIS Ventures
Vasudev Bailey, PhD, is a partner at ARTIS Ventures. He was previously at Quid and McKinsey & Co. He was also the co-founder of GLG Institute and Zufog. He received a Doctorate in Biomedical Engineering from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where he was recognized as both a Siebel and a Medtronic Scholar. Dr. Bailey graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from University of California Irvine, where he was also recognized as both a Regents and a Henry Samueli Scholar. He has been an AWIS member since 2016.
Ramón Barthelemy, PhD
STEM Equity Consultant, Solutions for Policy
Ramón Barthelemy, PhD, 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 Bachelor of Astrophysics and Doctorate of Physics Education Research.
Koren A. Bedeau, PhD
Vice Provost and Executive Director of ELATES, Drexel University
Koren A. Bedeau, PhD, is Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Strategic Initiatives at Drexel University. She leads projects that enhance the University’s academic mission and oversees initiatives that support diversity. She is Executive Director for the Executive Leadership in Academic Technology Engineering and Science program, a leadership development program for senior women faculty in STEM. Dr. Bedeau is also currently serving as Drexel’s Interim Vice Provost for Global Engagement.
Márcia D. Bolé, MBA
Head of R&D Operations North America, Hygiene Home, RB
Márcia D. Bolé, MBA, is the Head of R&D Operations for the North America Hygiene Home Business Unit at RB, the global leading consumer health and hygiene company. Ms. Bolé oversees R&D pipeline and strategy, for a diverse portfolio of brands which include Lysol, Air Wick, Resolve and Finish.
Ms. Bolé is a member of both the Healthcare Businesswomen Association (HBA) and Association for Women in Science (AWIS). She actively supports the promotion of female talent in the corporate world, especially in the field of science. In 2015, she was part of the RB Committee that developed and introduced RB’s global internal program, DARE, for the Development, Attraction, Retention and Engagement of female talent in the organization. Ms. Bolé is an active member of the NA DARE Steering Committee and constituted in 2019 the Women in Science Steering Committee at RB’s Global R&D center in New Jersey.
Ms. Bolé holds an MBA degree in finance and marketing, and two Post-MBAs in International Business and Innovation & Strategy. She started her career as a Pharmacist-Biochemist in Quality Assurance before moving to R&D, where she has had vast experiences in Health Care, Personal Care and Household at leading companies such as P&G, J&J and RB.
Alexis Bonnell, MBA
Chief Innovation Officer, U.S. Agency for International Development
Alexis Bonnell, MBA, is the Chief Innovation Officer of USAID. Ms. Bonnell has delivered humanitarian and development programming in over 25 countries, in almost every sector from education to stabilization. Her more than 20 years of experience in management, communications, and innovation have provided her incredible opportunities to work on/with: Wall Street, “Dot.coms,” Middle East Peace Plan, Afghan and Iraq Elections, global emergency response coordination and major logistics operations, and over 20 major innovation programs. Ms. Bonnell was a founding member of the U.S. Global Development Lab within USAID. Her focus is how to leverage science, technology, innovation, and partnership for greater impact. Ms. Bonnell founded the Global Innovation Exchange and has been lucky enough to see USAID embrace open innovation, prizes, and challenges, to consider more than 35,000 new ideas from around the world and invest in more than 1,000 social innovators and entrepreneurs, changing millions of lives around the world.
Carmen Bozic, MD
Senior Vice President, Head of Global Development at Biogen
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.
Lisa Mae Brunson
Founder and CEO, Wonder Women Tech
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.
Kimberly S. Budil, PhD
Principal Associate Director, Weapons and Complex Integration, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Kimberly S. Budil, PhD, is the Principal Associate Director for Weapons and Complex Integration at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). She is responsible for the programs that ensure the safety, security, and effectiveness of the Nation’s nuclear deterrent and advancing the supporting science, technology, and engineering capabilities of the Stockpile Stewardship Program (SSP). Prior to this she served as the Vice President for National Laboratories at the University of California Office of the President (UCOP) where she led the University’s oversight and governance of LLNL, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). She has served on many committees, including the LLNS/LANS Mission Committee and the National Academies Committee on International Security and Arms Control (CISAC), and has served as a board member for the Hertz, LANL, and Livermore Lab Foundations.
Prior to joining UCOP Budil worked for nearly three decades at LLNL. She joined LLNL in 1987 as a graduate student and held a variety of increasingly responsible positions across the Laboratory working in Weapons and Complex Integration, National Ignition Facility, Physical and Life Sciences, and Global Security. She served twice as a detailee in Washington, DC, most recently in 2009 spending nearly two years as Senior Adviser to the Under Secretary for Science at the Department of Energy (DOE). She has a Master and Doctorate of Applied Science/Engineering from University of California, Davis and Bachelor of Physics from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Budil also completed a Certificate in National Security Affairs from the Bush School at Texas A&M University.
Wynn W. Coggins
Chief of Staff to the Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director, The United States Patent and Trademark Office
Wynn Coggins is the Chief of Staff to the Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO, where she works closely with the Deputy Director to implement the policies, priorities and programs for the agency.
She was previously the USPTO Deputy Chief Administrative Officer responsible for supporting the development and delivery of the administrative functions for the agency related to strategic leadership, management, policy and oversight support for human resources, hiring, union relations, space, security and Agency-wide human capital and telework programs. Prior to her role as the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, she was a Group Director in the electrical and mechanical technologies, responsible for the management and oversight of patent examiners in the circuits, measuring, testing and business methods technologies. She has been a frequent public speaker on topics related to human capital, Intellectual Property, and advocacy for STEM education for women and girls.
Mrs. Coggins joined the Patent and Trademark Office in 1990. She received an Bachelor of Civil Engineering from Clemson University and a Master of Science in Information Systems Technology with a concentration in Information Resources Management from The George Washington University School of Business and Public Management. She also received a Certificate of Advanced Public Management from The Maxwell School of Syracuse University.
Isabel C. Escobar, PhD
Chair, Chapter and Affiliates Committee, AWIS National Governing Board and Professor of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Kentucky
Isabel Escobar, PhD, is a Professor of Chemical and Materials Engineering and Associate Director of the Center of Membrane Sciences at the University of Kentucky. She is the Associate Editor of Environmental Progress and Sustainable Energy Journal. In 2015, Dr. Escobar gave a TEDx talk on Worldwide Water Issues and has made numerous media appearances, including the Wall Street Journal and NPR. She is Chair of the Chapters and Affiliates Committee on the AWIS National Governing Board.
Holly Falk-Krzesinski, PhD
Vice President, Research Intelligence, Global Strategic Networks, Elsevier
Holly Falk-Krzesinski, PhD, is the Vice President, Research Intelligence on the Global Strategic Networks team at Elsevier, where her responsibilities center on how insights from data and analytics guide strategic planning for research institutions, funders, and science policy organizations. Dr. Falk-Krzesinski’s engagement activities include building partnerships around gender diversity and equity issues. Actively involved in promoting early career researchers and women leaders in STEM, Dr. Falk-Krzesinski co-launched the Chicago Collaboration for Women in STEM while a faculty member at Northwestern University, served as the editor-in-chief of the AWIS Magazine, is co-chair of the Gender Working Group at Elsevier, and co-authored Elsevier’s public report, “Gender in the Global Research Landscape.” Dr. Falk-Krzesinski has been an AWIS member since 1994.
Benjamin Fiore-Walker, PhD
Manager, Department of Diversity Programs, American Chemical Society
Benjamin Fiore-Walker, PhD, is the Manager of the Office of Diversity Programs at the American Chemistry Society (ACS), where he guides a highly dedicated team of diversity professionals to chart the strategic direction of the office to diversify the Society and the chemical sciences. His office performs workshops for faculty and staff on diversity & inclusion topics and issues.
Carol W. Greider, PhD
Daniel Nathans Professor, Director of Molecular Biology and Genetics and a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, Johns Hopkins University
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 of Education, University of Maryland, College Park
Kimberly A. Griffin, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Higher Education, Student Affairs, and International Education Policy Program (Student Affairs Area of Specialization) at the University of Maryland, College Park. 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.
Kalpana Kochhar, PhD
Director, Human Resources Department, International Monetary Fund
Kalpana Kochhar, PhD, is currently the Director of the Human Resources Department of the IMF. Prior to taking this position, she held senior positions in the Asia and Pacific Department of the IMF, the Strategy, Policy, and Review Department where she launched the IMF’s work on gender, and the Research Department. Between 2010 and 2012, she was the Chief Economist for the South Asia Region of the World Bank. Dr. Kochhar’s research interests and publications have been on emerging markets, gender and inequality issues, structural reforms, and regional integration in South Asia. She holds a Doctorate and Master of Economics from Brown University and Master of Economics from Delhi School of Economics in India. She has a Bachelor of Economics from Madras University in India.
Mariam Koohdary, JD
Deputy General Counsel, AstraZeneca
As a member of the US Leadership Team and the Legal Senior Management Team, Mariam Koohdary, JD, is responsible for all legal matters for North America, Global Development and Global Product & Portfolio Strategy, and is accountable for the management of commercial litigation and government investigation matters globally.
Ms. Koohdary joined AstraZeneca in 2005 and has served in a variety of roles in the Legal Department during that time, including legal support for business development, global product development and commercialization, and litigation, including patent litigation and government investigations. Ms. Koohdary most recently served as Deputy General Counsel, Commercial Litigation/Investigations & Enabling. Prior to joining AstraZeneca, Ms. Koohdary was in private practice and served as a clerk to a federal judge.
Freda C. Lewis-Hall, MD, DFAPA
Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Pfizer
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.
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 Legislative Assistant, and completed a fellowship at SoGal Ventures. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami and Master of Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University.
Pamela McCauley, PhD
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
Pamela McCauley, PhD, leads the Human Factors in Disaster Management Research Team and serves as director of the Ergonomics Laboratory at the University of Central Florida. Dr. McCauley was recently selected to be a Jefferson Science Fellow with the U.S. State Department. Her areas of research and expertise include: ergonomics, biomechanics, fuzzy set theory, and artificial intelligence research, particularly with applications to human factors. Dr. McCauley earned a Bachelor, Master, and Doctorate of Industrial Engineering from the University of Oklahoma. She has been an active AWIS member since 2015.
Cynthia Patton, JD
Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer, Amgen
Cynthia M. Patton, JD, serves as senior vice president and chief compliance officer, responsible for Amgen’s global privacy and compliance organization. Cynthia joined Amgen in 2005 and most recently was a vice president in the Amgen law department with responsibility for commercial legal activities in the United States. Prior to that position, she served as the lead commercial lawyer for both the oncology and inflammation business units.
Before joining Amgen, she spent seven years as general counsel of SCAN Health Plan, a California Health Maintenance Organization (HMO). Prior to SCAN, Cynthia served as assistant general counsel of UniHealth and as a staff attorney in the Division of Enforcement at the SEC. She began her legal career at Atlanta-based Alston & Bird in 1986 before moving to Los Angeles to work in law firms specializing in healthcare corporate and securities law.
Cynthia previously served as a board member of Watts Healthcare Corporation and Eisner Pediatric and Family Medical Center. Currently, she is the chair of the Amgen Foundation. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Wildwood School, a board member at The Los Angeles Music Center and a board member at Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital in Los Angeles.
Cynthia received a Juris Doctor from The National Law Center at George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree from Vassar College.
Robert Powell, PhD
Secretary, AWIS National Governing Board and Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and of Food Science and Technology, University of California Davis
Robert Powell, PhD, has been a faculty member at the University of California Davis since 1984. From 2002 until 2011, he was chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. In addition to his academic position, Dr. Powell served as science advisor to the Secretary of the California Department of Natural Resources from 2013-2015. In 2014, he was appointed to chair the Science and Technology Committee for Los Alamos National Laboratory and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Dr. Powell has published over 110 papers in peer-reviewed journals. He holds a Bachelor, Master of Science and Doctorate from Johns Hopkins University and has been an active AWIS member since 2015.
Finance Chair, AWIS National Governing Board and CEO, The Karene Group LLC
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 of Electrical Engineering from Howard University. She is a member of Women in Housing and Finance and has been an AWIS benefactor since 2016.
Angeliki Diane Rigos, PhD
Executive Director, Tata Center for Technology & Design, MIT Energy Initiative, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Angeliki Diane Rigos, PhD, began her career as Principal Scientist at Physical Sciences Inc. She transitioned to an academic position as Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Merrimack College. For 12 years, she also worked as an energy consultant at Levitan & Associates, Inc. Dr. Rigos received a Bachelor of Chemistry from Cornell University, Doctorate of Physical Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Master of Business Administration from Northeastern University.
Mareena Robinson Snowden, PhD
Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
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 Doctorate of Nuclear Engineering from MIT in 2017 and holds a Bachelor of 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.
Chair, The National Women’s Business Council
Liz Sara is the Chair of The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC), a non-partisan, independent federal advisory council serving as an independent source of advice and policy recommendations to the President, Congress, and the Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Liz Sara was appointed by the President of the United States in August 2018.
Liz Sara is a true small business champion and entrepreneur. In addition to leading the Council, Ms. Sara is the Founder and President of Best Marketing, LLC, where she consults for more than 90 small businesses in the high-tech sector and serves as a chief business advisor to entrepreneurs in creating and executing go-to market strategies. Previously, she played a principal role as co-founder of SpaceWorks, an eCommerce software company. Ms. Sara recently completed her term as the first female board chair of the Dingman Center of Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Marketing at the Smith School of Business. She is an angel investor, a mentor to startup CEOs through many incubators and accelerators, and a frequent conference speaker and author on topics related to entrepreneurship and business. Ms. Sara holds a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York and a master’s degree from the University of Maryland.
Elizabeth Travis, PhD, FASTRO
Elizabeth Travis, PhD, FASTRO, 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
Susan Windham-Bannister, PhD, is a world-renowned innovation expert, recognized by the Boston Globe as one of the “10 Most Influential Women in Biotech” in 2013. Dr. 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 bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College, a Doctorate of Health Policy and Management from the Florence Heller School at Brandeis University, and a Doctorate of Science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (honoris causa). She has been an AWIS member since 2016.
Cissy S. Young, PhD, MBA
Managing Director, Co-Leader of RRA Diversity & Inclusion Practice and senior member of Global Biotech & Pharmaceuticals Practice, Russell Reynolds Associates
Cissy S. Young, PhD, MBA, co-leads the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Practice and is a senior member of the Global Biotech & Pharmaceuticals Practice. She specializes in talent acquisition and transformative leadership, serving clients undergoing growth and change with innovation. Dr. Young advises boards, CEOs and senior executives on strategic recruitment, succession planning, executive assessment and talent benchmarking. Her clients span the full spectrum of the life sciences industry, including life sciences venture capital firms, emerging growth biotech companies and global large-cap pharmaceutical companies. In her work with the Diversity & Inclusion Practice, Dr. Young advises clients on implementation of D&I initiatives, taking an action-oriented approach to building an inclusive culture and ensuring growth and development of diverse talent. She is based in Boston, Massachusetts.
Prior to joining Russell Reynolds Associates, Dr. Young led business development in several emerging growth biotech companies backed by blue-chip venture capital investors. As a member of management teams, Dr. Young contributed to building the companies from their
early days by advancing partnership collaboration opportunities, supporting multiple rounds of venture capital raise and contributing to product development strategies.
Dr. Young received a Bachelor of Biology from Brown University, a Doctorate of Cancer Biology from Columbia University and a Master of Business Administration, focusing on entrepreneurship and strategic management, from Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Young served on the Board of Directors of Community Rowing Inc., leading the Annual Fund on the Development Committee and tripling the size of its campaign. Dr. Young is a member of the Healthcare Business Women’s Association and served as a mentor in the Boston Chapter Mentoring Program. She is also a member of the Brown Alumni Association and volunteer at BrownConnect, mentoring young alumni.
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, 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, 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, STEM Equity Consultant
Solutions for Policy
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