2020 Summit Speakers, Presenters and Moderators

Nisreen El-Hashemite, MD, PhD

CEO/Executive Director of the Royal Academy of Science International Trust (RASIT)


Nisreen El-Hashemite, MD, PhD, is the granddaughter of King Faisal (I) Bin El-Sharif Hussein, the first King of Iraq and founder of the Modern State of Iraq. Following in the steps of her ancestors, and vowing to preserve the traditions of her family; Dr. El-Hashemite not only dedicated herself to serving mankind but also is the first Royal Princess qualified in science and medicine, with a Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences, Master of Science, Medical Doctorate and a Doctorate of Human Genetics. Dr. El-Hashemite is an internationally recognized scientist and scholar; award-winner in science, arts, literature and humanitarian affairs; and author of several scientific papers, studies and books. More.

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.

Rachel Hutter, P.E.

Senior Vice President for International Facilities Operations Services and Worldwide Safety, Health and Engineering, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products

From a young age, Rachel Hutter, P.E., dreamt she would one day be an engineer and work at Disney. When she started working for the company, Rachel’s mom gave her an entire box of papers from kindergarten on saying she wanted to be an engineer at Disney when she grew up. Today Rachel is fulfilling her dream as she lives, learns and now leads engineering at Disney Parks, Experiences and Products. Her responsibilities span the globe to include oversight of teams in Anaheim, Orlando, Paris, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Shanghai. More.

Sarah Richardson, PhD

CEO, MicroByre

Sarah Richardson, PhD, is a computational and molecular biologist, entrepreneur and noted “germ wrangler.” Dr. Richardson specializes in the use of microbial genomes. As CEO of MicroByre she leads the construction of genomic toolkits for non‐model prokaryotes which she describes a using DNA to train bacteria to do tricks on command. More.

John Sarrao, PhD

Deputy Laboratory Director for Science, Technology & Engineering, Los Alamos National Laboratory

John Sarrao is the Deputy Laboratory Director for Science, Technology and Engineering at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He leads the Laboratory’s mission and enabling science, technology, and engineering capabilities and serves as LANL’s Chief Research Officer. John’s research interest is in the study of correlated electron systems, especially actinide materials. He was the 2013 winner of the Department of Energy’s E.O. Lawrence Award, in part for his discovery of the first plutonium superconductivity, and magnetism.

Vanessa E. Wyche

Deputy Director, Johnson Space Center, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Vanessa E. Wyche is deputy director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC), a position she assumed on Aug. 8, 2018. In this role, Wyche assists in leading an organization of nearly 10,000 civil service and contractor employees in Houston – including those at White Sands Test Facility in Las Cruces, New Mexico – and also assists with a broad range of human spaceflight activities.

A strong supporter of Innovation and Inclusion (I&I) at JSC, Wyche has served as a member of JSC’s I&I Council and co-executive sponsor of “Emerge,” an employee resource group for early career employees. She advocates mentoring and is a passionate promoter of science, technology, engineer and math (STEM) in her community, leading efforts to oversee an annual science fair at an underserved elementary school and supporting numerous STEM-outreach activities via her affiliations with The Links, Incorporated, Boy Scouts of America and Jack and Jill of America.

She has received numerous honors, notably, two NASA Outstanding Leadership Medals, two NASA Achievement Medals, a JSC Innovation Award, 2014 Women at NASA awardee, a national “2016 Women Worth Watching” honoree by Profiles in Diversity Journal, and recognized as a 2017 “Inspiring Woman from South Carolina” by Women in Philanthropy and Leadership at Coastal Carolina University.

What Others are Saying

“At Los Alamos diversity and inclusivity are mission imperatives. We can’t fulfill our national security responsibilities without engaging the full breadth of our workforce in a manner that is consistent with our values of service, excellence, integrity, and teamwork. The AWIS Annual Summit provides a great opportunity to share our best practices and more importantly to learn from colleagues with whom we have common cause in championing innovation and inclusion.”

John Sarrao, PhD

Los Alamos National Laboratory

"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

"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
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