The Inspiring Women in STEM (IWSTEM) Conferences are professional development and networking events designed to encourage, support and inspire women involved in all aspects of STEM in their professional lives, including industrial and government scientists and engineers, academic researchers, STEM educators, college students and entrepreneurs.
At the annual IWSTEM conference, over 300 attendees from more than 70 organizations take part in featured presentations, workshops, panel discussions and audience exercises on a variety of issues facing women in the STEM industries. Topics that underpin the skill building nature of our program include effective leadership, strategic career moves, communication to get results and understanding motivations.
The IWSTEM Conference is presented by the Delaware BioScience Association and the Delaware Sustainable Chemistry Alliance and supported by companies such as DuPont, AstraZeneca, AirLiquide, Womble Bond Dickinson, Incyte, Fidelity, Ashland, Delaware City Refining Company, WL Gore and more....
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Recruiting and retaining women in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) workforce are important goals for Delaware and the nation as the demand for skilled STEM works is high and expected to grow.
The earning potential for these careers is particularly significant for female workers, as women in STEM fields in the US earn 33% more than those in other industries, and typically experience a smaller wage gap relative to men.
Gender diversity in STEM fields increases workplace performance as well. Studies have shown that more diverse and inclusive teams consistently produce more accurate and successful solutions to complex situations.