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, President, AWIS National Governing Board, Managing Director, Biomedical Innovation Advisors, LLC and President and CEO, Biomedical Growth Strategies, LLC
Sandra W. Robert, CAE, CEO, AWIS


1:15 pm – 1:40 pm


Fireside Chat with Pinnacle Award Recipient
Vas Bailey, PhD, Councilor, AWIS National Governing Board, Partner, ARTIS Ventures
Carol Greider, PhD, Nobel Laureate, Daniel Nathans Professor, Director of Molecular Biology and Genetics and Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, Johns Hopkins University


1:40 pm – 2:05 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.
Karene Richards, AWIS Chair, Finance & Audit Committee, National Governing Board, CEO, The Karene Group LLC
Ramón Barthelemy, PhD, STEM Equity Consultant, Solutions for Policy
Kimberly A. Griffin, PhD, Associate Professor, Student Affairs, College of Education, University of Maryland
Bethany Quinn, Co-founder and CEO, Street Investors Exchange 

2:05 pm – 2:30 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.
Lisa Mae Brunson, Founder and CEO, Wonder Women Tech
Carmen Bozic, MD, Senior Vice President, Head of Global Development, Biogen
Dana Krueger, PhD, Managing Director, Global Leader of RRA Biotech & Pharmaceuticals Practice, Russell Reynolds Associates
Benjamin Fiore-Walker, PhD, Manager, Department of Diversity Programs, American Chemical Society 

2:30 pm – 2:55 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.
Alexis Bonnell, MBA, Chief Innovation Office, USAID
Holly Falk-Krzesinski, PhD, Vice President, Research Intelligence, Global Strategic Networks, Elsevier
Cynthia Patton, JD, Chief Compliance Officer, Amgen 

2:55 pm – 3:20 pm


Fireside Chat with Next Generation Award Recipient
Moderator: Kimberly S. Budil, PhD, Principal Associate Director, Weapons and Complex Integration, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Awardee: Mareena Robinson Snowden, PhD, Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace  

3:20 pm – 4:05 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.
Liz Sara, Chair, The National Women’s Business Council
Angeliki Diane Rigos, PhD, Executive Director, Tata Center for Technology & Design, MIT Energy Initiative, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mariam Koohdary, JD, Deputy General Counsel and Interim Vice President, Human Resources North America, AstraZeneca
Kalpana Kochhar, PhD, Director of Human Resources Department, International Monetary Fund 

4:05 pm – 4:30 pm


Fireside Chat with Leadership Award Recipient
Susan Windham-Bannister, PhD, President, AWIS National Governing Board, Managing Director, Biomedical Innovation Advisors, LLC and President and CEO, Biomedical Growth Strategies, LLC
Freda C. Lewis-Hall, MD, DFAPA, Executive Vice President and Chief Patient Officer, Pfizer

4:30 pm – 4:55 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.
Pamela McCauley, PhD, CPE, Councilor, AWIS National Governing Board, Professor, Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems, University of Central Florida
Marcia Bole, Head of R&D Operations, North America Hygiene Home Business Unit, RB
Koren Bedeau, PhD, Vice Provost and Executive Director of ELATES, Drexel
Elizabeth L. Travis, PhD, Councilor, AWIS National Governing Board, 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, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center  


4:55 pm – 5:00 pm


Closing Remarks
Sandra W. Robert, CAE, CEO, AWIS


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

7:05 pm – 7:25 pm


Dinner and Awards Presentation

  • Pinnacle Award – presented by Mariam Koohdary, Deputy General Counsel and Interim Vice President, Human Resources North America, AstraZeneca
  • Next Generation Award – presented by Jennifer Blum, PhD, Millennial Councilor, AWIS National Governing Board
  • Leadership Award

7:25 pm – 7:30 pm


Closing Remarks

7:30 pm – 8:30 pm


Networking Walk-Around Dessert Buffet


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