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"Special Edition" Executive Women's Forum Part II - A Double Whammy or Triple Threat: The Disparity of Diversity Amongst Women in STEM

  • 02/05/2020
  • 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Barnes & Thornburg, 11 South Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204
  • 100

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While the number and advancement of women in executive leadership is often tracked as a diversity metric for many STEM organizations, even among women, equal access to leadership opportunities is not always available. In some cases, access to societal advantages, such as leadership opportunities in the workplace, may be attributed to “privilege.” This interactive forum will feature diverse female leaders in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation/Intellectual Property to discuss the disparity of diversity and privilege that may exist amongst women in STEM. This session will also highlight how such disparities are present in both corporate and academic STEM environments and cultures. After unraveling this complex issue, the panelists will provide practical tips and tools for how YOU can make a difference and provide tangible deliverables to recruit, retain, and/or advance diverse female talent in your organization, company, academic institution, and/or small business.

Our moderator for this dynamic event will be Dawn Rosemond, Esq., Partner and Director of Diversity, Professional Development, and Inclusion at Barnes & Thornburg LLP. Dawn is also the author of a published book, Boss Presence. LinkedIn Profile After delivering a powerful keynote address during the 2017 Fall Retreat at French Lick, Indiana and moderating this inaugural panel in 2018, Women & Hi Tech is so excited Dawn agreed to join us again to facilitate this special panel of esteemed female leaders to discuss the disparity of diversity amongst women in STEM.

Missed the inaugural "Special Edition" Executive Women's Forum in 2018 (Part I)? No worries. This second event (Part II) will present and capitalize on similar information regarding privilege and empathy, as well as provide the personal experiences and unique perspectives from a new panel of diverse women in STEM. Women & Hi Tech is excited to present the following female leaders in STEM who will educate us on tools, tips, and takeaways that will empower all of us and our organizations for the better.

Panelists:     Title:
Elcira Villarreal, Ph.D.


Director of Medical Communications, Eli Lilly & Company (Retired) and Senior Consultant, Diverse Talent Strategies
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Linda Calvin, J.D.


Vice President of School of IT, Ivy Tech Community College
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Sonya Smith, Ph.D.

    Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Howard University (Washington, D.C.) and Principal Investigator for HU ADVANCE-IT: Education, Advocacy, & Empowerment for Women in STEM
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Crystal Morton, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Mathematics and Director of Girls in STEM Institute, Indiana University – Indianapolis
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Professor Xuan-Thao Nguyen, J.D.
(Innovation/Intellectual Property/Academia)

    Gerald L. Bepko Chair in Law, Professor, and Director of Center for IP Innovation, Indiana University McKinney School of Law
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Leena Victoria

    President and Co-Founder, Brite Systems Inc.
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To allow time to cover our robust content, establish meaningful connections, and solidify action items and takeaways, this event is being presented in an extended format as follows.

1:30-2:00 pm   Registration
2:00-2:30 pm   Welcome & Interactive Privilege Exercise
2:30-4:30 pm   Panel Introductions and Discussion
4:30-5:30 pm   Networking Reception with hors d’oeuvres and beverages

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