Preliminary 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, AWIS National Governing Board President


1:15 pm – 1:40 pm


Fireside Chat with Pinnacle Award Recipient
Carol Greider, PhD, Nobel Laureate, Daniel Nathans Professor, and Director of Molecular Biology and Genetics and a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at Johns Hopkins University


1:40 pm – 2:00 pm


Session 1– Behind the Buzzwords: A Closer Look at STEM Equity and Inclusion
We all know that equity and inclusion are important to STEM innovation, but what exactly do we mean when we say “equity” and “inclusion?” How will we know when we’ve achieved them? In this session, diversity experts discuss the meaning behind the buzzwords, helping us work more effectively toward equitable and inclusive STEM environments.


2:00 pm – 2:20 pm


Session 2 – Beyond the Pipeline: Translating Recruitment into Retention
Often, diversity and inclusion efforts focus primarily on recruiting members of marginalized groups into STEM careers. However, when STEM career environments are still riddled with exclusion issues, interest turns into attrition. This session will focus on employee engagement and inclusion practices that help recruitment translate into retention.


2:20 pm – 2:50 pm


Session 3 – Transparency and Accountability: Sharing Data for Inclusion
Inclusion data don’t just help organizations make informed decision. When shared, they’re also a key part of being transparent about and holding ourselves accountable for our diversity goals. In this session, hear from academic and industry leaders whose inclusion initiatives and institutions have benefitted from transparent and accountable data sharing practices.


2:50 pm – 3:10 pm


Fireside Chat with Next Generation Award Recipient
Mareena Robinson Snowden, PhD, Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


3:10 pm – 3:40 pm


Session 4 – Removing Barriers to Capital: Engaging in Inclusive Funding Practices
Whether funded by government grants or private equity, STEM ideas require capital to grow into the next great innovation. Unfortunately, marginalized innovators experience many obstacles to funding their research and ventures. In this session, funders share lessons they’ve learned in adopting inclusive investment practices.


3:40 pm – 4:00 pm


Fireside Chat with Leadership Award Recipient


4:00 pm – 4:30 pm


Session 5 – Survive or Thrive: Is There a Happy Medium?
Many companies and academic institutions are looking at strategies to increase the participation of women in science and leadership. Some questions that come up are: Do we focus on helping women survive in the current environment or on removing the barriers that exist in the system? Listen to academic and industry leaders debate this topic from various angles.


4:30 pm – 4:55 pm


Fireside Chat with Game Changer Award Recipient


4:55 pm – 5:00 pm


Closing Remarks


5:00 pm – 6:00 pm


Sponsor Reception
Ticketed event.


5:00 pm – 6:30 pm


Social Networking Reception
Open all attendees.


6:30 pm – 6:35 pm

Welcome – Awards Dinner

6:55 pm – 7:25 pm


Dinner and Awards Presentation

  • Pinnacle Award
  • Next Generation Award
  • Leadership Award
  • Game Changer Award

7:20 pm – 7:30 pm


Closing Remarks

7:30 pm – 8:30 pm


Networking Walk-Around Dessert Buffet


Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium

1301 Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20240

1667 K Street NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20006
(202) 588-8175

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