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

OBJECTIVES

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

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  
ENTREPRENEURIAL STRATEGY

  • 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

  • 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

AWARD HONOREES & SPEAKERS INCLUDE

DR. FRANCE CORDOVA - Executive Director, National Science Foundation (NSF); Past President of Purdue University; First female Chief Scientist and youngest Chief Scientist, NASA (Womensphere Global Award)

DR. FRANCE CORDOVA - Executive Director, National Science Foundation (NSF); Past President of Purdue University; First female Chief Scientist and youngest Chief Scientist, NASA (Womensphere Global Award)

DR. KATHRYN SULLIVAN - Undersecretary, Administrator, National Oceanographic & Atmospheric Agency (NOAA); TIME 100 Most Influential People  (Womensphere Global Award)

DR. KATHRYN SULLIVAN - Undersecretary, Administrator, National Oceanographic & Atmospheric Agency (NOAA); TIME 100 Most Influential People  (Womensphere Global Award)

DR. GORDANA VUNJAK-NOVAKOVIC - Head of the Stem Cell & Tissue Engineering Laboratory, Columbia School of Engineering & Applied Sciences, Columbia University

DR. GORDANA VUNJAK-NOVAKOVIC - Head of the Stem Cell & Tissue Engineering Laboratory, Columbia School of Engineering & Applied Sciences, Columbia University

DR. MICHAEL PURUGGANAN - Dean of Science, New York University (NYU)

DR. MICHAEL PURUGGANAN - Dean of Science, New York University (NYU)

DEBORAH DIAZ - Chief Technology Officer, Information Technology, NASA

DEBORAH DIAZ - Chief Technology Officer, Information Technology, NASA

MONIQUE MORROW - CTO-Evangelist, New Frontiers Engineering, Cisco

MONIQUE MORROW - CTO-Evangelist, New Frontiers Engineering, Cisco

And more. Connect with and learn from distinguished and groundbreaking scientists, inventors, innovators, organization leaders, and technology leaders.



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