2014 Delaware Inspiring Women in STEM Conference

Nearly 300 women scientists, engineers, educators, and other professionals in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields attended the second annual Inspiring Women in STEM Conference on October 22, 2014 in Wilmington, Delaware. The event featured inspirational women speakers and informative panel discussions on communicating to be heard, dealing with change and improving effectiveness. Attendees also learned tips and techniques on career planning and strategic networking.

The 2014 conference, held at the DuPont Country Club, featured speakers, panelists and attendees representing the major science and technology-based companies and educational institutions in Delaware, including DuPont, AstraZeneca, Ashland, Agilent Technogies, W. L. Gore & Associates, University of Delaware, Solenis, and Air Liquide.

"These successful women leaders generously shared their wisdom and professional journey," said Jennifer Kmiec, founder and co-chair of Inspiring Women in STEM. "The conference provided meaningful and impactful content to help develop and advance women scientists and engineers." Kmiec noted that the conference also promoted high quality networking to connect peers from various organizations and sectors.

"We offer a unique opportunity for our audience to engage with STEM education programs for girls," added co-chair Helen Stimson of Agilent Technologies. "We connect STEM professionals with organizations in need of volunteers to encourage and mentor the next generation." STEM education programs showcased at the 2014 conference were Delaware 4-H, Delaware Nature Society, Forum to Advance Minorities in Engineering (FAME), First State Robotics, Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay, and The Perry Initiative.

About Inspiring Women in STEM
The Delaware BioScience Association, the Delaware Sustainable Chemistry Alliance (DESCA) and the Technology Forum of Delaware organized the inaugural Inspiring Women in STEM Conference in 2013 to encourage and support women involved in all aspects of science and technology in their professional lives, including industrial and government scientists and engineers, academic researchers, STEM educators, graduate students, and entrepreneurs. Enthusiastic response convinced the organizers to offer the conference annually and add single-topic forums throughout the year.