2020 Summit Speakers, Presenters and Moderators

Vasudev Bailey, PhD

Partner, ARTIS Ventures and Councilor, AWIS National Governing Board
📢 Fireside Chat with Next Generation Award Recipient

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.

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

📢 Session 1: From Symbolic to Systemic Change

Dilma Da Silva, PhD, is the Ford Motor Company Design II Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University and Associate Dean for Faculty Success in the College of Engineering. She was Department Head for Computer Science and Engineering from 2014 to 2019. Her prior work experience includes Principal Engineer and Manager at Qualcomm Research in Santa Clara, California (2012-2014) where she led the area of mobile cloud computing; IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, in New York (2000-2012), where she led the Advanced Operating Systems Group and was Principal Investigator of the Ireland Exascale project. She also was an Assistant Professor at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil (1996-2000).

Her research activities have been around scalable and adaptive system software, focusing on virtualization, cloud computing, and resilience. She received a PhD in Computer Science from Georgia Tech in 1997. She has published more than 80 technical papers and has 14 patents and five pending disclosures. She chaired 35+ conferences/workshop committees, participated in several prestigious journal editorial boards, and has been a program committee member in more than 100 scientific conferences or workshops and more than 40 thesis committees. Dr. Da Silva is an ACM Distinguished Scientist, a member of the board of CRA-WP (Computer Research Association’s Committee to Widening Participation in Computing Research, formerly CRA-W), and co-founder of the Latinas in Computing group. She was treasurer/secretary for ACM SIGOPS, chair of the ACM Senior Member Committee, and an ACM Distinguished Speaker

Nisreen El-Hashemite, MD, PhD

CEO/Executive Director of the Royal Academy of Science International Trust (RASIT)
📢 Fireside Chat with Pinnacle Award Recipient; Dinner and Awards Presentation

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
📢 Session 3: Global Trends on Gender and Innovation

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.

Jennifer Gerbi, PhD

Associate Director for Technology and Program Director, The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy

📢 Session 3: Global Trends on Gender and Innovation

Dr. Jennifer Gerbi currently serves as the Associate Director for Technology and a Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), responsible for supporting oversight of all technology issues relating to ARPA-E’s programs as well as assisting with program development, staff recruitment initiatives, and coordinating project management across the Agency. Her technology focus at ARPA-E includes energy efficiency in buildings, advanced sensing systems, and photovoltaics.

Rachel Hutter, P.E.

Senior Vice President for International Facilities Operations Services and Worldwide Safety, Health and Engineering, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products
📢 Fireside Chat with Leadership Award Recipient; Awards Dinner

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.

Sara Kenkare-Mitra, PhD

Senior Vice President, Development Sciences, Genentech, Inc.
📢 Session 1: From Symbolic to Systemic Change

Sara Kenkare-Mitra, PhD, is Senior Vice President of Development Sciences at Genentech, a member of the Roche Group. Dr. Kenkare-Mitra has had a significant impact on the development of a number of medicines leading to Genentech’s key product approvals including Avastin®️, Tarceva®️, Lucentis®️, Xolair®️, Erivedge®️, Perjeta®️, and Kadcyla®️ and more than 75 investigational new drug applications. Dr. Kenkare-Mitra also is an adjunct faculty in the Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences at UCSF. She was selected as one of the 150 Most Influential Business Women by San Francisco Business Times in 2011. Dr. Kenkare-Mitra was elected to the Institute of Medicine, National Academy in 2014, 150 top alumni of UCSF in 2015, UCSF distinguished Alumni 2018, and Fiercest Women in Life Sciences 2018. She is on the Board of the Genentech Foundation and the Association of Women in Science.

Molly Kocialski, JD

Director of the Rocky Mountain Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office
📢 Session 2: Rethinking Our Approaches to Networking

As the Director of the Rocky Mountain Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), since January 2016, Mollybeth (Molly) Kocialski carries out the strategic direction of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, and is responsible for leading the Rocky Mountain regional office. Focusing on the nine states within this region and actively engaging with the community, Ms. Kocialski ensures the USPTO’s initiatives and programs are tailored to the region’s unique ecosystem of industries and stakeholders.

Ms. Kocialski is a recognized IP leader in the Rocky Mountain region. Ms. Kocialski currently serves on the Colorado Federal Executive Board’s Executive Committee. Ms. Kocialski is the Vice President of the Colorado IP Inn of Court and was previously the Chair of the Planning Committee and a member of the Board of Directors of the Colorado IP Inn of Court. Further, Ms. Kocialski is a member of the Planning Committee for the Rocky Mountain Intellectual Property Institute, an annual two-day conference on intellectual property that attracts over 500 attendees. Ms. Kocialski is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law and received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of New Mexico. Ms. Kocialski is a registered patent attorney and is admitted to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the New York and Colorado state bars as well as to the United States Courts in those jurisdictions.

Pamela Marrone, PhD

Treasurer, AWIS National Governing Board, CEO/Founder, Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc.
📢 Fireside Chat with Game Changer Award Recipient

Dr. Pam Marrone is the CEO and founder of Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. (MBII: NASDAQ). In December 2013, she was named the Sacramento Businessperson of the Year for the Sacramento, California, region by the Sacramento Business Journal. Her peers elected Dr. Marrone as a Fellow of AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science). She has a Bachelor of Science in Entomology, with honors and distinction, from Cornell University and Doctorate in Entomology from North Carolina State University. Dr. Marrone has been an active AWIS member since 1994.

Heather Metcalf, PhD

Chief Research Officer, Association for Women in Science
Session 3: Global Trends on Gender and Innovation

Dr. Heather Metcalf is Chief Research Officer for AWIS, where she leads empirical work on gender and the STEM workforce. She has undergraduate degrees in applied mathematics and computer science (Clarion University of Pennsylvania, 2003) and master’s degrees in computer science (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2005) and gender studies (University of Arizona, 2007). Dr. Metcalf earned her doctorate from the UA’s Center for the Study of Higher Education (2011), where she studied science and technology policy. Throughout her career, she has applied her unique, interdisciplinary work to influence cultural, systemic, and policy changes in academic, industry, and public policy spaces and to train researchers and practitioners to build equity into their daily thought and work. Dr. Metcalf has research, policy, and programmatic expertise on myriad topics in STEM, such as: bias; intersectionality; educational and workplace cultures, policies, and practices; leadership; innovation and entrepreneurship; STEM pathways; and more.

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
📢 Session 1: From Symbolic to Systemic Change

Amy Myers Jaffe is senior fellow for energy and the environment and director of the program on Energy Security and Climate Change at the Council on Foreign Relations and currently serves as Co-chair of Center of Global Energy Policy’s Women in Energy Steering Committee. Jaffe has previously served on steering committees for a variety of policy task forces, including the U.S. National Petroleum Council study on emergency preparedness. She is president of the US Association for Energy Economics.

Karmyn Norwood

Deputy Vice President of Sensors and Global Sustainment and Vice President of Rotary Wing & Ground Programs, Lockheed Martin
Awardee, Speaker
📢 Fireside Chat with Game Changer Award Recipient

Karmyn Norwood is the deputy vice president of the Sensors and Global Sustainment (S&GS) Line of Business and vice president of Rotary Wing & Ground Programs at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control Company in Orlando, Florida. Ms. Norwood is responsible for establishing strategy, direction and execution oversight for the full product lifecycle of domestic and international products for all rotary wing and ground programs including Apache and Advanced Rotary Wing & Ground Systems. As the deputy vice president of S&GS, she provides programmatic performance, risk and opportunity assessments and recommendations. Full bio.

Sarah Richardson, PhD

CEO, MicroByre
📢 Fireside Chat with Next Generation Award Recipient; Awards Dinner

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.

Liz Sara

Chair, The National Women’s Business Council
📢 Session 4: Diversity as a Business Ethos

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.

John Sarrao, PhD

Deputy Laboratory Director for Science, Technology & Engineering, Los Alamos National Laboratory
📢Session 1: From Symbolic to Systemic Change

John Sarrao, PhD, 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.

Mika Sovak, MD

Vice President, Global Medicines Leader ENHERTU, AstraZeneca
📢Session 4: Diversity as a Business Ethos

Mika Sovak, MD, is a medical oncologist at AstraZeneca, where she currently leads the team responsible for developing a drug called ENHERTU. The goal is that this drug will bring significant benefit and become a new treatment option for patients with different types of cancer, including breast, gastric, lung and colorectal cancer. Throughout Dr. Sovak’s career she has focused on building strong, collaborative, cross-functional teams where individuals feel valued and can bring their best self to work.

Brenna Teigler, PhD

Chief Fellowship Officer, Activate

📢 Session 2: Rethinking Our Approaches to Networking

Dr. Brenna Teigler is the Chief Fellowship Officer at Activate, managing entrepreneurial research fellowships from selection to graduation across all programs Activate supports. One of those programs is Cyclotron Road at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory where she was the Program Operations Manager for 1.5 years. Prior to that, she was an American Association for the Advancement of Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the U.S. Dept. of Energy. Teigler has a PhD in Biophysics from Harvard.

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

📢 Session 1: From Symbolic to Systemic Change

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.

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

📢 Session 2: Rethinking Our Approaches to Networking

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.

Susan Windham-Bannister, PhD

Managing Director, Biomedical Innovation Advisors, LLC and President and CEO, Biomedical Growth Strategies, LLC; National Governing Board President, AWIS
Speaker; Moderator
📢 Welcome and Opening RemarksFireside Chat with Pinnacle Award Recipient 

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 Science 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.

Vanessa E. Wyche

Deputy Director, Johnson Space Center, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
📢 Session 2: Rethinking Our Approaches to Networking 

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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