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WE RISE BY LIFTING OTHERS

February 13, 2021

Virtual Conference

University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign

 

ABOUT

weSTEM (Women Empowered in STEM) is a one-day conference designed to inspire and connect current and aspiring STEM leaders. It was started in 2013 by the Graduate Society of Women Engineers (GradSWE) at the University of Illinois.

Invited speakers will share experience and insight from their diverse career paths following a graduate degree in STEM. The conference features lectures, workshops, and breakout sessions that showcase successful career paths of women and men in STEM, and facilitate the discussion of topics unique to the graduate student experience.

 

Click here to watch a video about weSTEM 2016! 

 

REGISTER TODAY!

Registration for the 2021 weSTEM conference is closed. Please contact Zeynep Ayla with any questions at westemattendees@gmail.com. 

schedule

Please note all times listed are in Central Standard Time (CST).

Friday, February 12th

6:30-8:30 PM

Evening Welcome Reception

Networking reception with participants and conference speakers

Saturday, February 13th

8:30-8:55 AM

Registration

Lobby

9:00-9:15 AM

Opening Remarks

Angie Wolters

Keynote Auditorium

9:15-10:15 AM

Opening Keynote Speaker

"Striving for Imperfection"

Nancy Martin

Keynote Auditorium

10:15-10:30 AM

Speaker Photo

Keynote Auditorium

10:30-11:45 AM

Breakout Tables

Breakout Discussion Room

12:00-1:00 PM

Lunch & Networking

Lunch & Networking Lounge

1:00-2:00 PM

Session One Talks

"Themes for living and leading in STEM"

Maureen Reitmann

Excellence Room

“Building a Resilient STEM Career in Uncertain Times: Adaptations from environmental climate change plans”

Katherine Moore Powell

Loyalty Room

"Go to a place where you can make a difference"

Karen Lozano

Innovation Room

2:15-3:15 PM

Panel Discussions

"The life side of work-life balance"

Janet Williams, Jennifer Morikawa, & Karen Wawrousek

Excellence Room

"Making a difference with your degree"

Michelle Hawkins, Joan Wills, & Nichole Pinkard

Loyalty Room

"Career success beyond the CV"

Romie Morales Rosado, Stephanie Salas-Snyder, & Shobha Vasudevan

Innovation Room

3:15-3:45 PM

Networking Session

Lunch & Networking Lounge

4:00-5:00 PM

Session Two Talks

Personal Success: "Two truths and a lie: when the unthinkable becomes reality" & "You belong: finding confidence in the face of self-doubt and imposter syndrome"

Wendy Wright & Jen Heemstra

Excellence Room

Career Pivots: "Academia or Industry after Graduate School?" & "Opportunity Makers, Takers and Breakers"

Jessica Bian & Alveda Williams

Loyalty Room

Career Pathfinding: "A midcareer scientist in retrospection: What I got right and what I would have done over" & "Piloting my career"

June Lau & Laura Bogusch

Innovation Room

5:15-6:15 PM

Concluding Keynote Speaker

"Resiliency: Succeeding through challenging times"

Jami Valentine Miller

Keynote Auditorium

6:15-6:30 PM

Closing Remarks

Keynote Auditorium

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SPEAKERS

 

SPONSOR weSTEM 2021

Join us this year for our flagship initiative to motivate and inspire brilliant young professionals in STEM! With your sponsorship, you’ll gain unique company promotion and recruiting access to the nation’s top graduate students in STEM.

SPONSOR BENEFITS

  • Recognition in the weSTEM 2021 conference program booklet

  • Online recognition at the GradSWE at Illinois website and on social media

In addition, sponsorship packages include,

Distinguished Scientist - $5000+

Sponsors weSTEM 2021's virtual platform, brunch and dinner gift cards for the day of the conference, and conference swags. Includes an e-book of attendee resumes in addition to sponsorship of GradSWE events.

Senior Scientist - $2500+

Sponsors weSTEM 2021's virtual platform, brunch and dinner gift cards for the day of the conference, and conference swags. Includes an e-book of attendee resumes.

lead scientist - $1500+

Sponsors weSTEM 2021's virtual platform and brunch and dinner gift cards for the day of the conference. Includes an e-book of attendee resumes.

Associate scientist - $750+

Sponsors weSTEM 2021's virtual platform and brunch and dinner gift cards for the day of the conference.

contributor - $350+

Sponsors weSTEM 2021's virtual platform.

Contact Wanqiu Chen (gradswe-funding@illinois.edu) if you are interested in sponsoring weSTEM 2021.

*A portion of all weSTEM 2021 Sponsorship packages will go towards​ funding the GradSWE general fund. Activities covered by these​ proceeds include: professional development lunches, national conference attendance, outreach initiatives and much more!​*

weStem 2020 SPONSORS

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Lead Scientist Tier

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Associate Scientist Tier

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Contributor Tier

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