Inspiring Women in STEM Forum: Thriving in the Multi-cultural Workplace

  • 05/28/2015
  • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • John H. Ammon Medical Education Center at Christiana Care, 4755 Ogletown-Stanton Road Newark, DE
Inspiring Women


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Thriving in the Multi-cultural Workplace


Rosa Colon-Kolacko


Rosa M. Colon-Kolacko, Ph.D., MBA, CDM
Senior Vice President,
Christiana Care Learning Institute;
Chief Diversity Officer

Christiana Care Health System


Carol E. Henderson, PhD
Vice Provost for Diversity, and Professor of English and Black American Studies, 
University of Delaware

Silvi Haldipur
Director of Digital Marketing, 
First Quality Enterprises

Sandra P. Medinilla, MD
Director of Violence Intervention and Prevention for the Trauma Program, 
Christiana Care Health System

Robin Newman, MSN EdD(c)
Vice President, Quality Management, 
Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics

Our population is becoming increasingly ethnically and racially diverse, as well as multi-generational. By 2030, people of color will comprise nearly 28% of Delaware’s population. The growth in Delaware’s Hispanic and foreign-born population will significantly increase the number of non-English or limited-English-speaking Delawareans. The population is also aging rapidly, with the proportion of senior citizens to youthful workers becoming larger than it has ever been. In this multi-cultural / multi-generational work environment, diversity and inclusion competencies are becoming very critical to attract talent and customers, and to build teams and partnerships.

Join the conversation as we share lessons learned and best practices to work successfully in a multi-cultural environment promoting understanding of diverse perspectives, learning styles, and viewpoints, and learn ways to find common ground to build trust and respect. Getting colleagues to work toward common goals - to listen to each other, to consider all viewpoints, and to show respect - is critical to scientific, medical and business success. Given how many science and technology companies draw international talent, it’s helpful to learn how to navigate within a global organization. Indeed, cultural competency and diversity can be a competitive advantage for both you and your organization.

In this Inspiring Women in STEM Forum, a panel of successful women leaders will share strategies on how to build inclusive cultures and thrive, in a multi-cultural workplace. You’ll learn how they’ve effectively built global teams with diverse beliefs and values, addressing different communications and management styles avoiding stereotypes. You’ll leave better prepared to work with all of the members of your team toward successful outcomes.


$80 for Member of Delaware Bio,
DESCA or Tech Forum

($100 after 5/8/15)

$150 for Non-Member
($200 after 5/8/15)


Thursday, May 28, 2015
3:00 - 6:00 p.m.


John H. Ammon Medical Education Center
Christiana Care
4755 Ogletown-Stanton Road
Newark, DE 19718

Who should attend?Networking

Inspiring Women in STEM events are designed to support and encourage women in all fields of science and technology, including industrial and government scientists and engineers, academic researchers, STEM educators, college students and entrepreneurs.

What to expect?

Panel discussion and Q&A, led by the inspirational moderator Dr. Rosa Colon-Kolacko featuring panelists with diverse expertise in multiple industries. There will be ample opportunity both before and after the formal program for multi-cultural/generational networking. Forum attendees will also be treated to "high tea" inspired refreshments during the afternoon.

Register Now!

Deadline to Register:
Friday, May 22, 2015

If you have any questions about the event or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Britta Benson at or 302-294-2208.


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Host Sponsor:

Christiana Care

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