WOMENSPHERE COMMUNITY EVENTS
Womensphere empowers women and girls to boldly envision, create brighter futures, and transform our world, through innovative initiatives, impact-driven collaborations, and inspiring communities.
We foster global and local communities of leaders, innovators, change-makers, innovators, scientists, creators, entrepreneurs, educators, public leaders, and emerging leaders. We collaborate with great men, women, and institutions that champion gender equality and invest in women and girls.
We bring together our communities through special events we produce, and through partner events we support.
You can see links to some of our past community events and partner events below.
You can view our upcoming events here: www.womensphere.org/schedule2018. We invite you to join us!
Exploring Space: The Farthest
A Private Screening & Conversation on Space, Technology, Humanity & the Future
Join this special exploration of space, technology & the human spirit:
Join us in this private screening of the award-winning film, The Farthest: It is one of humankind's greatest achievements. More than 12 billion miles away a tiny spaceship is leaving our Solar System and entering the void of deep space - the first man-made object ever to do so. Slowly dying within its heart is a nuclear generator that will beat for perhaps another decade before the lights on Voyager finally go out. But this little craft will travel on for millions of years, carrying a Golden Record bearing recordings and images of life on Earth. In all likelihood Voyager will outlive humanity. The Farthest celebrates these magnificent machines, the men and women who built them and the vision that propelled them farther than anyone could ever have hoped.
Join us in an exciting and inspiring conversation with visionaries and innovators:
Join us in conversation with award-winning filmmaker Emer Reynolds, Director of The Farthest, and with exceptional technology leaders, to discuss insights and discoveries from the exploration of space, investments in innovation, and advancements in technologies that push the boundaries of what's possible, and how far humanity can go.
- Emer Reynolds – Award-winning Filmmaker and Director, The Farthest
- Dr. Nada Marie Anid - Dean of Engineering & Computing Sciences, NY Institute of Technology; Co-Author, "Internet of Women"
- Deborah Diaz - Former Chief Technology Officer, IT, NASA; Founder, NASA Global SpaceApps Challenge
- Analisa Leonor Balares - CEO & Chief Innovation Officer, Womensphere | New Champions Womensphere Incubator Network | Womensphere Innovation Lab; NASA Datanaut, Young Global Leader
NASA Space Apps New York Challenge
Partner event with Space Apps NYC, NASA, SAP
The NASA Space Apps Challenge is an international hackathon that occurs over 48 hours in cities around the world. Coders, scientists, designers, storytellers, makers, builders, technologists, and everyone enthusiastic about space come together to address challenges we face on Earth and in space! Part of the Open Government Partnership, Space Apps is an annual event that pulls citizens together regardless of their background or skill level.
A Womensphere partner event and a collaboration between NASA, Space Apps New York and SAP, the Space Apps NYC Challenge was held on April 29-30, 2017. Thank you to the 399 people who joined the International Space Apps Challenge at this location. The local results, including the work of 23 teams, can be found here: https://2017.spaceappschallenge.org/locations/new-york-ny
In 2012, New York City became a founding site for NASA's Space Apps Challenge, a worldwide hackathon that has enabled historic global collaboration between volunteers, private companies, NGOs, and government agencies. Space Apps NYC is a grassroots space hacker community grown from the NASA Space Apps Challenge, founded to improve life on Earth and further the exploration of space.
Since its founding, the Space Apps NYC team has locally organized five hackathons and two conferences, has hosted NASA's Global Mainstage two years in a row, and has grown our diverse space hacker community to the largest and most active chapter with over 1,800 hackers. At over 1800 members, this is the largest regional community of this type in the world – and we’re creating a next generation space science & technology hub in New York City.
Since its founding, Womensphere has supported the NASA Space Apps Challenge by promoting the program and inspiring participation among women (students, faculty, professionals) in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts & design, mathematics), and coordination of the program.
Filipino Restaurants Week
A partner event with Philippine Consulate General of New York
In this year’s Filipino Restaurants Week organized by the Philippine Consulate General of New York, Womensphere and the Filipino and Filipino-American Young Global Leaders of New York, Ayesha Vera-Yu, Earl Valencia, and Analisa Balares co-hosted a Filipino Restaurants Week dinner event, bringing together Young Global Leaders, friends, and leaders from our communities.
PERSPECTIVES IN STEM: INSIGHTS ON LEADERSHIP & INNOVATION from the Life & Work of Dr. Cherry Murray, Founding Dean of Harvard School of Engineering & Applied Sciences
A joint event with the New York Academy of Sciences
DR. CHERRY MURRAY
Dean, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
John A. and Elizabeth S. Armstrong Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences
FEB. 12, 2015| In Partnership with The New York Academy of Sciences
Dr. Cherry A. Murray, who has led some of the nation’s most brilliant scientists and engineers as an executive at Bell Laboratories and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, was appointed Dean of Harvard University’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), on July 1, 2009. She also holds the John A. and Elizabeth S. Armstrong Professorship of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
In October 2014, the White House honored Dr. Murray with the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The medal is awarded to "leaders who have made lasting contributions to America’s competitiveness and quality of life and who have helped strengthen the Nation’s technological workforce."
Previously, Dr. Murray served as principal associate director for science and technology at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California, where she led 3,500 employees in providing core science and technology support for Lawrence Livermore’s major programs.
She served as the President of the American Physical Society (APS) in 2009.
Before joining Lawrence Livermore in 2004, Dr. Murray had a long and distinguished career at the famed Bell Laboratories, home to creative researchers who went on to win numerous Nobel Prizes, garner tens of thousands of patents, and invent revolutionary technologies such as the laser and the transistor. She was hired into Bell in 1978 as a staff scientist, marking the beginning of a career that culminated in her position as senior vice president for physical sciences and wireless research.
Dr. Murray was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1999, to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2001, and to the National Academy of Engineering in 2002.
She has served on more than 80 national and international scientific advisory committees, governing boards, and National Research Council (NRC) panels, including chairing the Division of Engineering and Physical Science of the NRC, and serving on the visiting committee for Harvard’s Department of Physics from 1993 to 2004. She is currently a member of the U.S. Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (SEAB) and serves on the Commission to Review the Effectiveness of the National Energy Laboratories.
A celebrated experimentalist, Dr. Murray is well-known for her scientific accomplishments using light scattering, an experimental technique where photons are fired at a target of interest. Scientists can then gather insights into surface physics and photonic behavior by analyzing the spray of photons in various directions from such collisions.
She is also a leader in the study of soft condensed matter and complex fluids, hybrid materials that show properties of different phases of matter. The control of suspensions, foams, and emulsions has application for the development of everything from novel drug delivery systems to “lab-on-a-chip” devices.
Among other diverse topics in condensed matter physics, Dr. Murray has studied semiconductors’ optical phenomena, nanostructures, phase transitions, and controlled self-assembly of optical materials — all critical for the advancement of quantum optics, engineered semiconductors, and tools such as optical tweezers.
Born in Fort Riley, Kan., and the daughter of a diplomat, Dr. Murray lived in the United States, Japan, Pakistan, South Korea, and Indonesia as a child. She received her B.S. in 1973 and her Ph.D. in physics in 1978 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
She has published more than 70 papers in peer-reviewed journals and holds two patents in near-field optical data storage and optical display technology.
In 1989, Dr. Murray won the APS’s Maria Goeppert-Mayer Award for outstanding achievement by a woman physicist in the early years of her career, and in 2005, she was awarded APS’s George E. Pake Prize in recognition of outstanding work combining original research accomplishments with leadership and development in industry. In 2002, Discover Magazine named her one of the “50 Most Important Women in Science.” In 2014, she was selected by the American Association for the Advancement of Science to deliver the William D. Carey Lecture recognizing leadership in articulating public policy issues.