WOMENSPHERE SUMMIT & AWARDS ON INNOVATION, INVENTIOn, EXPLORATION
At the Womensphere Summit and Awards on Innovation, Invention, and Exploration, the Womensphere Foundation will convene key stakeholders to build a cross-industry, interdisciplinary, and inter-generational community and ecosystem dedicated to advancing women in science, technology, engineering,mathematics, medicine (STEM), and STEM-based entrepreneurship.
February 25, 2015: Womensphere Awards & Summit General Assembly @ Columbia University
February 26, 2015: Womensphere STEAM Entrepreneurship Summit & Incubator Day @ NYU
Insights & Action-focused Dialogue: Exchange best practices, and collaborate on solutions and interventions to advance women in STEM – in academia, industry, and entrepreneurship.
Community: Create an inter-generational, interdisciplinary, and cross-industry forum for discussing solutions and best practices for addressing core issues that hold back women in STEM in academia, industry, and entrepreneurship, and inspiring reflection, problem-solving, and impact-focused actions.
Celebration: Celebrate women's groundbreaking leadership in STEM, and recognize leadership and innovation by women who are changing the world.
Leadership, Innovation & Entrepreneurship: Learn about leadership, innovation, and entrepreneurship from inspiring women inventors, innovators, entrepreneurs and scientists doing pioneering and world-changing work in science, engineering, and STEM-based entrepreneurship.
Partnerships: Connect with potential partners on key initiatives that advance women in STEM, and build ongoing partnerships and alliances with institutions and leaders.
Initiatives & Collaborations: Inspire commitments and initiatives to advance women in STEM, and enable collaborations and support to achieve them.
Momentum & Impact: From the Summit, organize for impact and sustain momentum through Leadership Councils and Working Groups that will continue to communicate and collaborate into the future, organized around core initiatives and these core issues:
Advancing women in STEM in Business & Industry
Advancing women in STEM in Academia
Building an entrepreneurial ecosystem for women in STEM
Invited participants are all stakeholders in the community and ecosystem we are building to advance women in STEM and STEM-based entrepreneurship:
Business & Industry: Business leaders, technology leaders, talent leaders, and women's network leaders, committed to advancing women in STEM in their companies and industries.
Academia: Academic leaders - Deans, Associate Deans, Faculty, Staff – committed to advancing women in STEM.
Emerging Women Leaders & Entrepreneurs: Women scientists and engineers in graduate programs/post-docs in STEM, leaders of student women's networks in STEM, and emerging women leaders and professionals in technology and R&D within business.
Investors: Venture capitalists and angel investors interested in becoming pillars of a community and ecosystem that advances women's entrepreneurship in STEM.
Government, NGO, & Media: Organization leaders, and media leaders focused on STEM.
PROGRAMME FOR DAY 1 @ COLUMBIA, FEB. 25, 2015
8:00AM – 9:00AM
Community Breakfast & Working Group Discussions
9:00AM – 9:20AM
Introduction & Opening General Assembly
9:20AM – 10:10AM
Plenary Talks & Insights from Women Leaders in Technology in Industry & Business
10:10AM – 11:00AM
Leaders Panel & Dialogue: Advancing Women in Technology in Industry & Business
11:00AM – 11:20PM Networking & Coffee Break
11:20AM – 12:10PM
Plenary Talks & Insights from Women Leaders in STEM (Academia)
12:10PM – 1:00PM
Community Lunch & Working Group Discussions
1:00PM – 1:40PM
Womensphere Global Awards & Award Honoree Keynotes Womensphere Launches Initiatives
1:40 – 2:30PM
Leaders Panel & Dialogue: Advancing Women in STEM in Academia
2:30 – 2:50PM Networking & Coffee Break
2:50PM – 3:30PM
Plenary Talks & Insights from Women Entrepreneurs in STEM
3:30PM – 4:20PM
Leaders Panel & Dialogue: Advancing Women in STEM in Entrepreneurship
4:20PM – 4:40PM Working Groups Closing Meeting
4:40PM – 5:00PM Closing General Assembly
5:30 – 7:00PM Closing Networking Reception
PROGRAMME FOR DAY 2 @ NYU, FEB. 26, 2015
8:00AM – 9:00AM
Community Breakfast & Networking
9:00AM – 9:20AM
Introduction & Opening Assembly
9:20AM – 12:00PM
Navigating Entrepreneurial Opportunity, Risk & Reward
Inspirational Women Entrepreneurs in STEM
Understanding Drivers: Impact, Market Opportunity, ROI
Intellectual Property Strategy (Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights)
12:00PM - 12:40PM
Community Lunch & Networking
12:40PM - 2:40PM
Entrepreneurial Finance for STEM-based Ventures
Building Your Business Plan
Getting Funded: Grants, Angel, Venture Capital
Managing Cash Flow
2:40 - 3:00PM Networking & Coffee Break
3:00 - 4:30PM
ENTREPRENEURIAL OPERATIONS & MARKETING
Building a Sustainable STEM-based Venture
Building & Managing/Leading Your Team
Sales, Marketing, Pitching
Scaling the Enterprise
4:30 - 5:00PM
Closing General Assembly