2019 Summit Speakers, Presenters and Moderators

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’s degree in astrophysics and doctorate in 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.

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 in Applied Science/Engineering from University of California, Davis and Bachelor in 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.

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.

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.

Kimberly A. Griffin, PhD

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

Kimberly A. Griffin, PhD 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.

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 Doctoral and Masters in Economics from Brown University and Masters in Economics from Delhi School of Economics in India. She has a Bachelor in Economics from Madras University in India.

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 Legislative Assistant, and completed a fellowship at SoGal Ventures. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami and Master in Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University.

Pamela McCauley, PhD

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 in Industrial Engineering from the University of Oklahoma. She has been an active AWIS member since 2015.

Karene Richards

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 in 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, MIT’s Tata Center for Technology and Design

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 in Chemistry from Cornell University, Doctorate in Physical Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and  Master in Business Administration from Northeastern University.

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.

Liz Sara

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

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


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. 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 in 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.

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

Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium

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