The 2018 Inspiring Women in STEM Conference, hosted by AstraZeneca at their U.S. headquarters, featured engaging, informative sessions with phenomenal, experienced female leaders sharing their experiences and motivating the 200+ attendees to reach their full potential.
The conference kicked-off with a moving and powerful Keynote Address by Krysta Harden, VP External Affairs and Chief Sustainability Officer at Corteva Agriscience. Mental Toughness coach Bobbi-Jo Brighton, then shared her expertise on empowering women through mental toughness to objectively look at workplace dissatisfaction, as well as the vital importance of strengthening our mindset to shift from frustration, doubt, and confusion within ourselves to stay in the game, thrive in our lives and STEM careers, and drive for proactive change within our workplace culture.
The third morning session featured Connie Charles, Founder & CEO of Strategic Solutions International, sharing a modern take on the classic story "The Little Red Hen" and why she can serve as a model for success when the odds are against you. Using science to understand behavior, we completed the iMapMyLife assessment that provided an accurate and authentic picture of who we are and how we can better achieve what we want.
Following a networking lunch, A Conversation with STEM Leaders - a signature session at Inspiring Women in STEM Conferences - featured a panel of leaders, moderated by Paula Swain, Incyte's Executive VP of Human Resources, sharing their wisdom and journeys: Donna Fontana, Senior Vice President, Fidelity; Adele Gulfo, Chief of Commercial Development at Roivant Sciences and Rose Lee, President of DuPont Safety and Construction.
We were then treated to a Work-Life Balance workshop led by the incomparable Naketa Thigpen, author, speaker, and Balance Boldly podcast host. Naketa shared real-life solutions to complex problems with compassion and insight.
Two breakout session completed the day's educational programming. We learned about "Making the Most of a Women's Network" from Joan Chinnery, Systems Engineer at The Boeing Company; Cathy Hinger, Partner at Womble Bond Dickinson; Dr. Tracey Jacksier, Senior Research Expert & Global Technology Director at Air Liquide; and Liz Moran, AstraZeneca's Senior Director of Talent, Development & Performance. The panel provided guidance on forming and participating in both internal employee resource groups (ERGs) and external networks to develop leadership skills, and identify and engage mentors.
In the second breakout session, Dr. Nora Beck Tan, Founder & CEO of Illumina Executive Coaching, led an interactive workshop on how to find a mentor, what to expect, and how to avoid common pitfalls in order to get the most from mentoring.
An Afternoon Tea was a delightful way to end the day with relaxing conversations with the speakers and conference attendees.