2015 Inspiring Women in STEM Conference

  • 10/14/2015
  • 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • DuPont Country Club 1001 Rockland Rd Wilmington, DE 19803
Inspiring Women in STEM


DuPont Incyte   University of Delaware     Agilent Technologies     DOW logo

Air Liquide    Delaware INBRE     Solenis     W. L. Gore & Associates BASF  

Fish & Richardson    UD Engineering     AstraZeneca     Delaware State University

Women in scientific and engineering roles need more than technical skills for career success. We must demonstrate leadership, communicate effectively, develop collaborative teams, and innovate.

The 2015 Inspiring Women in STEM Conference will feature educational and interactive sessions to help you develop these critical skills. Join us on October 14th at the DuPont Country Club in Wilmington for this empowering professional development program. You will be inspired by the journeys of extraordinary women leaders, connect with peers to expand your professional network, and be introduced to volunteer opportunities to mentor the next generation.


Gail Folena-Wasserman


Dr. Gail Folena-Wasserman
Senior Vice President & Head, Biopharmaceutical Development

Rachel King


Rachel King
Co-founder & CEO

Nancy Targett


Dr. Nancy Targett
Acting President
University of Delaware

Who should attend?

NetworkingThe Delaware BioScience Association, the Delaware Sustainable Chemistry Alliance and the Technology Forum of Delaware present the Inspiring Women in STEM Conferences and Forums to encourage and support women involved in all aspects of science and technology in their professional lives, including industrial and government scientists and engineers, academic researchers, STEM educators, college students, and entrepreneurs.

What to expect?

NetworkingThe 2015 Inspiring Women in STEM Conference will feature skill-building sessions focused on communications, understanding generational differences, developing powerful workplace teams, and realizing your full potential. There will also be ample time for high quality networking. An Exhibitor Showcase will highlight local organizations where you can explore opportunities to inspire girls to enter STEM fields.

Since 2013, Inspiring Women in STEM Conferences and Forums have hosted more than 800 attendees from over 90 of the region’s pharmaceutical, chemistry, medical device, biotechnology and IT companies, as well as universities, medical and research institutions.


8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast & Exhibitor Showcase

8:30 a.m. Opening Plenary Session

  • Welcome Remarks: Helen Stimson, Agilent Technologies and Jennifer Kmiec, Inspiring Women in STEM
  • Introduction to exhibiting STEM education programs

Keynote Address: Dr. Nancy Targett, Acting President, University of Delaware

9:45 a.m. Networking Break & Exhibitor Showcase

10:15 a.m. Morning Breakout Sessions

"Communicating to be Heard: Taking the Terror Out of Public Speaking"

Facilitated by Myunghee Geerts, CPA, Ernst & Young

“The human mind is a wonderful thing – it starts working the minute you’re born and never stops until you get up to speak in public.” – Roscoe Drummond

Research shows that a significant factor in being promoted at work is the ability to speak effectively in public. However, most individuals challenged with making a report to a supervisor one-on-one or presenting to a boardroom full of stakeholders feel afraid, stressed, and insecure. Strengthening public speaking skills can help us concisely share results with our team, confidently explain our project to our managers, and convey persuasive points to customers. This panel of accomplished speakers will take the terror out of public speaking by sharing their experiences and perspectives and offering useful techniques for planning effective and memorable presentations


Harnessing the Full Power of Your Team

  • Amy Murphy, Principal Consultant, Beacon Consulting Group

What truly differentiates highly successful teams from the solid performers? As a leader, what can you do to establish and lead a high performing team to achieve exceptional results? Understanding and applying several key concepts will enable you to build and lead an engaged, empowered team that consistently exceeds expectations. During this session you will:

  • Learn how leaders can influence team performance through team member selection and creation of the appropriate team environment
  • Understand the critical attributes of a high performing team
  • Appreciate the unique considerations when building a team that consistently generates innovative ideas and solutions

11:45 a.m. Buffet Luncheon

12:15 p.m. Luncheon Plenary Session

"STEM Leaders: A Conversation with Gail Folena-Wasserman and Rachel King"

Moderated by Nancy Karibjanian, Adjunct Professor, University of Delaware and Co-Founder, Delaware Public Media

1:30 p.m. Afternoon Plenary Session

"Demystifying Generational Differences and Developing Strong Workplace Teams”

Lauren will speak about generational differences in the workplace, and help demystify the myths and disconnects about millennials. She will provide specific strategies for strengthening inter-generational relationships, and retaining the next generation of leaders. All attendees will receive a copy of Lauren’s most recent book: You Raised Us – Now Work With Us: Millennials, Career Success, and Building Strong Workplace Teams.

2:30 p.m. Afternoon Plenary Session

"Stand Strong – Realize Your Potential

To realize what we truly want, women need to understand why and how we hold ourselves back, and develop specific action steps to propel ourselves forward and support others. In this session, Lynn will provide strategies to help you reach your potential at any stage of your adult and career development. You will have the opportunity to enhance your awareness of the ways in which you hold yourself back. You will walk away with specific actions to take to develop yourself to confidently move forward, and to support others in their journey.

3:30 p.m. Networking Break & Exhibitor Showcase

4:00 p.m. Closing Plenary Session

"The New Ordinary and the Internet of Things"

By 2020, there will be approximately 30 billion uniquely identifiable ‘things’ wirelessly connected to the internet, creating smarter, dynamic systems, and disrupting and changing workplaces, industries and economies and restructuring ordinary activities of daily life in multiple contexts, including domestic life and workplace practices and systems. Computing infrastructures layered with analytics and services will create new connections between public, industrial, private enterprise and domestic data spheres and systems. What will this new ordinary look like? How will people experience them, at home, at work and elsewhere? How do we a build human-centered internet of things? Alex will guide us through a series of innovations and future possibilities.

5:15 p.m. Networking Reception & Exhibitor Showcase

6:00 p.m. Conference Adjourns



$365 for Industry (Member of Delaware Bio, DESCA or Tech Forum)

$565 for Industry (Non-Member)

$265 for Academic/Government/Non-profit (Member of Delaware Bio, DESCA
or Tech Forum)

$465 Academic/Government/Non-profit


Wednesday, October 14, 2015
8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.


DuPont Country Club
1001 Rockland Rd
Wilmington, DE 19803

Register Now!

Deadline to Register: Friday, October 9, 2015

If you have any questions about the event, please contact:

Britta Benson at brittana.benson@delawarebio.org or 302-294-2208.

Ruby Harrington at ruby.harrington@delawarebio.org or 302-294-2206.

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Gold Sponsors:

University of Delaware          Agilent Technologies      DOW logo

Solenis      Air Liquide      Delaware INBRE

Silver Sponsors:

W. L. Gore & Associates   BASF      Fish & Richardson

Bronze Sponsors:

UD Engineering     AstraZeneca    Delaware State University

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