The Inspiring Women in STEM Conference is a high value professional development program designed to encourage, support and inspire women.
The 2018 Conference will feature engaging sessions that include personal empowerment, developing professional alliances, strategic career planning, and building women's networks. We have assembled a team of phenomenal, experienced female leaders who will share their experiences and motivate attendees to reach their full potential.
Target Audience: STEM industry professionals and leaders desiring to advance their career
Why Individuals Attend:
- To network with peers in the life science industry
- To discuss professional goals with like minded individuals
- To be inspired by stories of leadership and triumph
- To develop women's networks and professional alliances
it's almost time for the 2018 conference!
8:00 AM | Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM | OPENING PLENARY SESSION— Auditorium
· Welcome Remarks—Helen Stimson, Co-Chair
keynote speaker | krysta harden
10:00 AM |
Mental Toughness Coach | Bobbi-jo brighton
Once a woman leaves a STEM career, she hardly returns. As a woman in STEM, you enjoy the work and you want to contribute, yet chances are there are times you feel like quitting. Let’s face it, it gets tiring to step up every day when you’re constantly dealing with how to fit in with all the guys, being respected, and getting your voice heard with management that marginalizes your talents and skills. When you add in juggling work and home, along with that nagging voice in the back of your head, “Am I good enough?” – it’s no wonder that educated, highly trained women are leaving STEM in droves.
Mental Toughness coach Bobbi-Jo Brighton, CST, LCI, helps us take a critical and insightful look across the range of challenges that women professionals face in building their STEM careers and becoming effective, influential leaders. Bobbi-Jo shares her expertise on empowering women through mental toughness to objectively look at your workplace dissatisfaction, as well as the vital importance of strengthening your mindset to shift from frustration, doubt, and confusion within yourself to stay in the game, thrive in your life and STEM career, and drive for proactive change within your workplace culture.
11:00 AM |
self awareness | connie charles
The Little Red Hen - A Model for Success When the Odds are Against You
Women today have great opportunity but it’s still not clear sailing. In this session we’ll explore how to build confidence in your own capabilities so that you can overcome obstacles in your career path. Using science to understand behavior, all participants will be invited to complete the iMapMyLife assessment that will provide an accurate and authentic picture of who they are and how they can better achieve what they want. As a result, each person will play to her strengths and manage the blind spots so that she can make great choices leading to her success.
12:00 PM | Networking Luncheon
1:00 PM |
a conversation with stem leaders
2:00 PM |
worklife balance: naketa thigpen
2:45 - 3:15 PM | Networking Break
3:15 - 4:15 PM | Breakout Sessions (PICK 1)
making the most of a women's network
Since the first women’s networks or employee resource groups (ERGs) were established in the 1970s, companies have used this invaluable resource to foster greater diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Today, women’s networks are recognized as strategic assets that enhance recruitment, retention, marketing, and community initiatives. In this session, a panel of experienced leaders will provide guidance on participating in a women’s network to develop leadership skills, and identify and engage mentors. They will discuss the value of both internal and external women's networks and industry groups to help you identify the ones that are right for you!
getting the most from mentoring
Mentoring can give your career a boost in many ways –accelerating learning and providing access to networks and professional guidance are just a few. Studies have shown that women with mentors are more likely to be engaged in their workplace and more successful than those without. Though it might be obvious that having mentors is a good idea, it can be less obvious how to go about finding them and working with them. In this breakout session we will walk through the many facets of mentoring, building your plan as we go. We’ll talk about how to find a mentor, what to expect, and how to avoid common pitfalls so that you can get the most from mentoring.