2017 Inspiring Women In STEM Conference

2017 Inspiring Women In STEM Conference

Wednesday, October 18  

8:30 - 6:00 PM

Date: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 
 8:30 am to 6:00 pm
Place:  DuPont Country Club, Wilmington, DE

Delaware Bio and DESCA are excited to bring you the 5th annual Inspiring Women in STEM Conference on Wednesday, October 18th.

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 will explore these changes and provide tools and guidance for how to adapt and flourish within a rapidly changing environment.

The Inspiring Women in STEM Conference is a high value professional development program designed to support women in leadership and those who aspire for leadership. The conference will feature engaging, skill-building sessions for women in technical careers, and leaders within science and technology-based companies.

Join us for a day of learning, inspiration and professional growth – and leave with a personal action plan to improve your success.


8:30 a.m. Check-in, Networking Breakfast & Exhibitor Showcase

9:00 a.m. Opening Plenary Session

  • Welcome Remarks
  • Introduction to exhibiting STEM education programs

Keynote Address: Soraya Gutman, President, Executive Services, Brand Launcher

How to THRIVE in Change

10:30 a.m. Networking Break & Exhibitor Showcase

11:00 a.m. Morning Breakout Sessions

Effectively Leading Diverse Teams

  • Sandra Lewisch, Ph.D., Director of R&D, Assay Development, Siemens Healthineers (Moderator)
  • Sujata Bhatia, M.D., Ph.D., P.E., Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, University of Delaware
  • Sandra Mattfeld, Director of Commercial Rail Fleet, PBF Energy
  • Elayne Starkey, CISSP, Chief Security Officer, Delaware Department of Technology and Information

Do you lead or work in a diverse team? Group dynamics can be complicated! Participants can be of vastly divergent areas of expertise, backgrounds, perspectives and personalities. Join this session to gain tools to lead and create high performing teams.

Panelists will share their insights on successes and challenges in leading teams during times of change. This interactive session will allow you to learn from experts in the field and to ask questions to advance your change leadership skills.


Managing Your Career in an Ever-changing Environment

  • Robin Karol, Ph.D., NPDP, Adjunct Professor, University of Delaware Horn Program for Entrepreneurship (Moderator)
  • Felisha Alderson, Nurse Manager, Christiana Care Health System
  • Kathy Ennis, Regulatory Affairs Manager (Ret.), Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics
  • Karen Fletcher, CEO, RAPID Manufacturing Institute
  • Michele Sample, Vice President of Development Operations, Incyte

It is often said that the only thing constant is change. That is certainly true in today’s work environment where organizations are continuously evolving under pressures for greater profitability and efficiencies, and lower costs. As a result, we often find ourselves facing changes in our careers, whether it be changing responsibilities, a new role, or even a new job search. Such change can be overwhelming, but often presents exciting new opportunities that we otherwise may not have pursued.

In this session, a panel of women who have followed varied and changing career paths will talk about their experiences and what those changes have meant to them, both personally and professionally. The audience will then be presented with a series of questions for self-reflection and small group discussion to stimulate thinking about how to be prepared for possible career change with confidence.


12:30 p.m. Networking Lunch

1:15 p.m. A Conversation with STEM Leaders

  • Henri Moore, Global Leader for Community Investment, DuPont (Moderator)
  • Kathleen Matt, Ph.D., Dean, College of Health Sciences, University of Delaware
  • Courtney Smith Goodrich, Global Technology Chief Strategy & Programs Officer, JPMorgan Chase

2:15 p.m. Break

2:30 p.m. Afternoon Breakout Sessions

Women Supporting Women: Best Practices for Leveraging Mentors and Sponsors

  • Sue Chevins, Principal, EY
  • Debra King, CIO of the DuPont Agriculture Division, DuPont

Are you well supported in your career? Do you have mentors and sponsors who can help you advance your career? Mentors are your sounding boards who are inspiring and share what it takes to succeed spiritually. On the other hand, sponsors have your back! They advocate for you, recommend you for plum assignments, protect you when things go wrong and give you important feedback even when it’s critical or hard to hear.

Let’s find out helpful tips on how to find good mentors and sponsors and maintain good relationships with them!


Mastering the Art of Perseverance and Grit

  • Kelley Kendle, President & CEO, Synchrogenix

"Grit is passion and perseverance for very long-term goals. Grit is having stamina. Grit is sticking with your future, day-in, day-out. Not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years. And working really hard to make that future a reality. Grit is living life like it's a marathon, not a sprint." - Dr. Angela Lee Duckworth

Perseverance and grit are critical for personal and professional success. But how do you identify and cultivate grit? How do you develop the self-confidence to persevere in changing and challenging times? Through powerful personal stories, Kelley Kendle will share how these character strengths have been key ingredients in her success. In this session, you'll learn to recognize times of change and uncertainty as opportunities to thrive and succeed.

4:00 p.m. Networking Break & Exhibitor Showcase

4:30 p.m. Closing Plenary Session

  • Closing Remarks

5:30 p.m. Networking Reception

6:00 p.m. Conference Adjourns


DuPont Country Club, Rockland Road, Wilmington, DE, United States