2018 Program

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Registration and Informal Networking

2:00 pm – 2:15 pm

Welcome and Opening Remarks

2:45 pm – 3:00pm

Session 1: Diversity Drives Innovation: 30,000 Foot View through Data
In best practice companies, diversity and inclusion is not a buzzword but a business imperative for leaders. This session will share the latest data on the impact of diversity and inclusion on employee engagement, recruitment and retention initiatives, and overall competitiveness of companies across multiple sectors.

Presenter: Holly J. Falk-Krzesinski, PhD, Vice President, Research Intelligence, Global Strategic Networks, Elsevier

3:00 pm – 3:25 pm

Session 2: Why Diversity is Good for Business!
Culture matters in innovative organizations. The most successful institutions know that innovation and impact come from diverse talent pools of women and men. Join us for a discussion on how senior leaders have created and evolved workplace cultures that attract the best talent in science and technology and learn how inclusive environments should be the new normal of the future.

Panelist: Talmadge E. King, Jr., MD, Dean, School of Medicine and Vice Chancellor – Medical Affairs, University of California, San Francisco

3:25 pm – 3:50 pm

Fireside Chat: Tony Prophet, Chief Equality Officer, Salesforce
Salesforce has been a beacon in the industry on social issues and a leader in technology innovation. Salesforce appointed a Chief Equality Officer which is a deviation from Industry’s Chief Diversity Officer—learn why. In addition, the actions that they have taken on LGBTQ equality, as well as pay equality, have been on the cutting edge of diversity and inclusion. Hear how Salesforce tries to remain a leader on these issues, and how leadership pushes the company to be best in class.

Speaker: Tony Prophet, Chief Equality Officer, Salesforce, Inc.

3:50 pm – 4:10 pm

Session 3: Building Blocks: Financing New Ventures
Translating STEM ideas into successful businesses require entrepreneurs to quickly become financially savvy. Continuously navigating the world of venture capital, venture debt, and SBIR grants can be challenging, and yet enthralling as financing can quickly help accelerate your company. Learn from some of the top individuals who have successfully navigated the world of startups and financing, in addition to those who are responsible for funding those ventures.

Award Recipient: Rachel Haurwitz, President and Chief Executive Officer, Caribou Biosciences, Inc.

4:10 pm – 4:35 pm

Session 4: Fix the Women or Fix the System?
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 the women or on the barriers that exist in the system? Are quotas needed to improve the situation? Listen to academic and industry leaders debate this topic from various angles.

Panelist: Kimberly Clemenson, MS, MBA, Executive Director, Business Performance, Amgen
Panelist: Rhona O’Leary, Global Head Portfolio and Product Development Strategy, Genentech


4:35 pm – 4:55 pm

4:55 pm – 5:00 pm

Closing Remarks

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Social Networking Reception

7:20 pm – 7:30 pm

Closing Remarks

7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

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