Agenda subject to change

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm


Registration and Informal Networking

1:00 pm – 1:15 pm


Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Susan Windham-Bannister, PhD, Managing Director, Biomedical Innovation Advisors, LLC and President and CEO, Biomedical Growth Strategies, LLC; National Governing Board President, Association for Women in Science

1:15 pm – 1:45 pm

Fireside Chat with Pinnacle Award Recipient

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

Awardee: Nisreen El-Hashemite, MD, PhD, CEO/Executive Director of the Royal Academy of Science International Trust (RASIT)

1:45 pm – 2:10 pm

Session 1: From Symbolic to Systemic Change

It seems like more organizations are speaking publicly about diversity, equity, and inclusion. But, what does it look like to move from talk to action? In this session, organizational change leaders will share a behind-the-scenes view of what they are doing internally to shape meaningful cultural change.

  • Moderator: 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; Board Councilor, AWIS
  • John Sarrao, PhD, Deputy Laboratory Director for Science, Technology & Engineering, Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Amy Myers Jaffe, Senior Fellow, Energy and the Environment, Council on Foreign Relations and Co-chair, Women in Energy Steering Committee, Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University
  • Sara Kenkare-Mitra, PhD, Senior Vice President, Development Sciences, Genentech, Inc.
  • Dilma Da Silva, PhD Department Head, Professor, and Holder of the Ford Motor Company Design Professorship II, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Texas A&M University

2:10 pm – 2:35 pm

Session 2: Rethinking Our Approaches to Networking

One of the most common pieces of professional development advice women get is to get out and network. But what happens when key professional networks are exclusionary to women? The panelists will explore what leaders can do to develop effective networks, sharing critical ways we all can diversify our networks, build new connections, and serve as allies and sponsors for women in STEM.
  • Vanessa E. Wyche, Deputy Director, Johnson Space Center, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • Molly Kocialski, JD Director of the Rocky Mountain Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Brenna Teigler, PhD, Chief Fellowship Officer, Activate

2:35 pm – 3:00 pm

Coffee Break

Sponsored by Marrone Bio Innovations.

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Fireside Chat with Leadership Award Recipient

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

Awardee: Rachel Hutter, P.E., Senior Vice President for International Facilities Operations Services and Worldwide Safety, Health and Engineering, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Session 3: Global Trends on Gender and Innovation

Too often conversations about inclusion issues in innovation focus solely on the United States. However, critical innovation occurs across geopolitical borders. This session will present findings from Elsevier’s newly released report, Gender in A Global Research Landscape, followed by a panel discussion with experts in transnational research on gender and innovation.

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Fireside Chat with Next Generation Award Recipient

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

Awardee: Sarah Richardson, PhD, CEO, MicroByre

4:30 pm – 4:55 pm


Session 4: Diversity as a Business Ethos

The business case for diversity is about more than returns. In today’s economy, consumers and employees alike are making purchasing and career decisions driven by their values. Panelists discuss the role that diversity plays in a variety of business outcomes, including corporate social responsibility and meeting the needs of a global values-driven economy. 

  • Moderator: Liz Sara, Chair, The National Women’s Business Council
  • Mika Sovak, MD, Vice President, Global Medicines Leader ENHERTU, AstraZeneca

4:55 pm – 5:25 pm


Fireside Chat with Game Changer Award Recipient

Awardee: Lockheed Martin, a Fortune 500 company that ensures workplace equity, diversity and inclusion, and the advancement of women in leadership.

  • Moderator: Pam Marrone, PhD, CEO/Founder, Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. and Treasurer, AWIS National Governing Board
  • Karmyn Norwood, Deputy Vice President of Sensors and Global Sustainment and Vice President of Rotary Wing & Ground Programs, Lockheed Martin

5:25 pm – 5:30 pm


Closing Remarks

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm


Networking Reception
Wine Bar sponsored by Bechtel

6:30 pm – 6:35 pm

Welcome – Awards Dinner

6:35 pm – 7:25 pm


Dinner and Awards Presentation

7:25 pm – 7:30 pm


Awards Dinner Closing Remarks

7:30 pm – 8:30 pm


Dessert Reception

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