bINSPIRED | stay MOTIVATED | grow PASSIONATE

February 8, 2020

I Hotel and Conference Center

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! 

 

schedule

Friday, February 7th

6:30-8:30 PM

Evening Welcome Reception

Networking reception with participants and conference speakers

Saturday, February 8th

9:00-9:45 AM

Registration

10:00-10:45 AM

Welcome & Brunch

10:45-11:30 AM

Opening Keynote Speaker

"Daring Greatly: Experiencing An Extraordinary Life In The Midst Of An Uncertain Future"

Tamara McCleary

12:00-12:45 PM

Session One Talks

"Beyond the Beaker: Tips for Success and Leadership"

Jeanita Pritchett

"Follow Your Passion and Embrace Change in a STEM Career"

Lili Deligianni

"The Business of STEM: Start-ups, Technology, and Communicating to a Broad Audience"

Catherine Kleinmuntz

1:00-1:45PM

Panel Discussions

"Making Work Meaningful" 

Sainab Tawaio Ninalowo, Cortnie Vogelsberg, 

Susan Cundiff

"Translating your Graduate Degree Skills into Your Career"

Anne Bielski, Christy Cloninger, Molly Williams

"Diversity and Inclusion in STEM"

Nadya Mason, Dominique Carter, Jeanita Pritchett

1:45-2:30 PM

Networking Session & Snacks

2:30-3:45 PM

Breakout Sessions

4:00-4:45 PM

Session Two Talks

"The Importance of Recruiting Men as Allies"

Daryl Wernette, Veronica Pinnick

"Balancing Technical Work with Project Management"

Lori Huntoon, Elisa Bertino

"Making an Impact through Activism and Policy"

Dominique Carter, Kathryn Clancy

5:00-5:35 PM

Banquet Dinner

5:35-6:20 PM

Concluding Keynote Speaker

"Creating Opportunities from Crises and from Chance"

Lilian Wu

6:20-6:30 PM

Closing Remarks

 

SPEAKERS

 

SPONSOR weSTEM 2020

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 2020 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 2020 brunch, dinner, and participant table during keynote sessions. Includes a networking and recruiting booth with representatives at weSTEM 2020 an e-book of attendee resumes.

Senior Scientist - $2500+

Sponsors weSTEM 2020 welcome reception and participant table during keynote sessions. Includes a networking and recruiting booth with representatives at weSTEM 2020 an e-book of attendee resumes.

lead scientist - $1500+

Sponsors weSTEM 2020 participant table during keynote sessions. Includes a networking and recruiting booth with representatives at weSTEM 2020 an e-book of attendee resumes.

Associate scientist - $750+

Sponsors weSTEM 2020 participant table during keynote sessions. Includes an e-book of attendee resumes.

contributor - $350+

Sponsors weSTEM 2020 participant table during keynote sessions. 

Contact Spencer Igram (gradswe-funding@illinois.edu) if you are interested in sponsoring weSTEM 2020.

*A portion of all weSTEM 2020 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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