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!
Friday, February 7th
Evening Welcome Reception
Networking reception with participants and conference speakers
Saturday, February 8th
Welcome & Brunch
Opening Keynote Speaker
"Daring Greatly: Experiencing An Extraordinary Life In The Midst Of An Uncertain Future"
Session One Talks
"Beyond the Beaker: Tips for Success and Leadership"
"Follow Your Passion and Embrace Change in a STEM Career"
"The Business of STEM: Start-ups, Technology, and Communicating to a Broad Audience"
"Making Work Meaningful"
Sainab Tawaio Ninalowo, Cortnie Vogelsberg,
"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
Networking Session & Snacks
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
Concluding Keynote Speaker
"Creating Opportunities from Crises and from Chance"
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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!*