WOMENSPHERE COMMUNITY EVENTS
At the Womensphere Global Network, we are committed to building a vibrant and inspiring community of women and men who are committed to advancing women as leaders, innovators, creators, and entrepreneurs. Each month, we bring together our community through Member events, and through partner events. Members get free attendance, or discounted registration, to Womensphere events. We invite you to join us!
FEB. 12, 2015 | In Partnership with The New York Academy of Sciences
PERSPECTIVES IN STEM: INSIGHTS ON LEADERSHIP & INNOVATION FROM THE LIFE & WORK OF DR. CHERRY MURRAY, DEAN OF HARVARD SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING & APPLIED SCIENCES
DR. CHERRY MURRAY
Dean, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
John A. and Elizabeth S. Armstrong Professor of Engineering and Applied 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.
Presented by the Womensphere Foundation, and
The New York Academy of Sciences
With Welcome, Introduction, and Q&A hosted by
Yaihara Fortis-Santiago – Program Manager, The New York Academy of Sciences
Analisa Balares – Chair, Womensphere Foundation; Young Global Leader at World Economic Forum, and Member of Women's Forum of New York
Yanne Doucet – Womensphere Foundation STEM Leadership Council; PhD Candidate, Columbia University
Arthee Jahangir - Womensphere Foundation STEM Leadership Council; PhD Candidate, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
6:00 – 6:30 PM
Registration and Opening Networking Reception
6:30 – 8:00 PM
Talk and Q&A - Dr. Cherry Murray, Dean, Harvard School of Engineering & Applied Sciences, White House - National Medal of Technology and Innovation 2014
8:00 – 9:00 PM
Closing Networking Reception
Feb. 25-26, 2015
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, and mathematics (STEM), and technology-based entrepreneurship.
February 25, 2015: Womensphere Awards & Summit General Assembly @ Columbia University
February 26, 2015: Womensphere STEAM Entrepreneurship Summit & Incubator Day @ NYU
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.
Insights & Dialogue: Exchange best practices, and collaborate on solutions and interventions to advance women in STEM – in academia, industry, and entrepreneurship.
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