2018 Delaware Inspiring Women in STEM Conference

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.


2017 Delaware Inspiring Women in STEM Conference

Thriving in Times of Change

Global, sustained, macro-economic forces are impacting businesses, economies, societies, and personal lives thereby defining our future world and its increasing pace of change. Rapid change is taking place in Delaware within our employment base, job growth, and career opportunities. The 2017 Inspiring Women in STEM Conference explored these changes and provided tools and guidance for how to adapt and flourish within a rapidly changing environment.

View the full 2017 conference agenda here

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2016 Delaware Inspiring Women in STEM Conference

More than 250 attendees from over 75 organizations participated in Delaware’s fourth annual Inspiring Women in STEM Conference at the DuPont Country Club on November 15, 2016. Scientists, engineers, researchers and other professionals in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) industries united for a day filled with engaging professional development sessions and insightful presentations from a diverse and dynamic group of speakers. The conference also provided an excellent opportunity for attendees to expand their professional networks with fellow women in STEM from a variety of industries and organizations.

The 2016 conference featured speakers, panelists and attendees representing the major science and technology-based companies and educational institutions in Delaware, including DuPont, Siemens, Agilent Technologies, W.L. Gore & Associates, University of Delaware, Bloom Energy, AstraZeneca, and Christiana Care Health System.

Breakout sessions and presentations by prominent women STEM leaders included:

  • Tanya Bakalov, Founder & CEO of BetterSkills and Co-Founder of SevOne, shared her inspirational journey in the Keynote Address “Women in Technology: Starting at Ground Zero and Breaking Through the Glass Ceiling”.
  • “Be Your Own Best Advocate, If You Don’t Who Will?” panel discussion
  • “Less Yes: How Saying No Gets You Where YOU Want to Go” workshop
  •  “Forget the Balancing Act – It’s All About SWAY” panel discussing work-life challenges
  • “Align Your Career to Your Personal Motivation” workshop
  • The signature session of the conference, “A Conversation with STEM Leaders” featured Susan Brennan, Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer of Bloom Energy, and Dr. Janice Nevin, President and CEO of Christiana Care Health System. Their lively and candid discussion was expertly moderated by Dr. Alexa Dembek, Director of Science and Innovation at DuPont.

The 2016 Inspiring Women in STEM Conference also provided an opportunity for attendees to foster connections with six local non-profit organizations that offer STEM education programs for girls. The involvement of adult mentors and volunteers in their programs is essential to inspire and empower the next generation of women in STEM.

Agilent Technologies generously provided cash awards to further support the efforts of Girls Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay, FAME, Inc., First State Robotics, Girls Inc. of Delaware, Hagley Museum & Library, and the Delaware Nature Society.  

The 2016 Inspiring Women in STEM Conference was made possible by the generous support of the following sponsors: DuPont, Incyte, Agilent Technologies, JP Morgan Chase, Solenis, University of Delaware, Delaware City Refining, Christiana Care Health System, Capital One, Delaware INBRE, Ernst & Young, Air Liquide, BASF, Fish & Richardson, University of Delaware College of Engineering, W.L. Gore & Associates, AstraZeneca, McCarter & English, and PNC Bank.

“It was amazing to see so many professional women in STEM that are local here in Delaware. The turnout underscores the need and interest to build and nourish this community.” 

“Today’s conference was engaging all day. If only all professional development activates were like this! Great perspectives and insight from all the speakers!”

 “Inspiring Women was a spectacular experience which provided me with numerous networking opportunities that I would have never imagined! The highlight of the day was the non-profit groups and their inspiring work which I aim to volunteer for to aid in their programs. I'm grateful for the people I met and the stories they shared.”

“Fabulous conference! Great opportunity to network with STEM professionals. Great resource for Delaware.”

…2016 Inspiring Women in STEM Conference attendees

About Inspiring Women in STEM

The Delaware BioScience Association and the Delaware Sustainable Chemistry Alliance (DESCA) 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.

Inspiring Women in STEM conferences and forums are developed by co-chairs Jennifer Kmiec, Lori Palmer and Helen Stimson, with the support of a dedicated planning committee of volunteers from industry and academia.

 

 

2016 Delaware Inspiring Women in STEM Forum

Get Out Of Your Own Way!

You know how to get things done. You set a goal, develop a plan, create your action steps, assign dates, and make it happen, right? Does a great plan guarantee you will achieve your goal?  Often the answer is no.

Dynamic speaker Vicki Cotter led a discussion about (and had some fun with) filters, language, listening, storytelling, your brain,  and what you can start to do right now to achieve the results you want, consistently.

 

 

2015 Delaware Inspiring Women in STEM Conference

The Delaware BioScience Association, the Delaware Sustainable Chemistry Alliance and the Technology Forum of Delaware present the Inspiring Women in STEM Conferences and Forums 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, college students, and entrepreneurs.

Delaware's 3rd annual Inspiring Women in STEM Conference featured skill-building sessions focused on communications, understanding generational differences, developing powerful workplace teams, and realizing your full potential. There was also ample time for high quality networking. An Exhibitor Showcase highlighted local organizations where women explored opportunities to inspire girls to enter STEM fields.
 
Since 2013, Inspiring Women in STEM Conferences and Forums have hosted more than 800 attendees from over 90 of the region’s pharmaceutical, chemistry, medical device, biotechnology and IT companies, as well as universities, medical and research institutions.
 

 

 

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.

2013 Inspiring Women in Science & Technology Conference

The inaugural Inspiring Women in Science & Technology conference was presented by the Delaware BioScience Association, the Delaware Sustainable Chemistry Alliance, and the Technology Forum of Delaware. The full day program of accomplished speakers, educational workshops and stimulating panel discussions helped women advance in their Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers.

Ellen Kullman, CEO of DuPont and Terri Kelly, CEO of Gore, shared the stage to share their wisdom and professional journeys. 

Attendees also had the opportunity to explore ways in which they could give back to their community by inspiring and mentoring the next generation of women scientists.