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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 250 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, Ashland, Incyte, Fidelity, Solenis, Delaware City Refining Company, WL Gore and more....

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welcome & Keynote

Host Sponsor Welcome

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WILLIAM MONGAN

Vice President, Business Development, New Product Planning & Mature Brands

AstraZeneca

Keynote Speaker

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JENNIFER COHAN

Secretary

Delaware Department of Transportation

Presenting Sponsor Welcome

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TERI QUINN GRAY, Ph.D.

Global R&D Operations & Portfolio Management Leader

DuPont Transportation & Industrial

stand out by standing up: sELF-ADVOCACY FOR THE RELUCTANT

 Many talented women today abide by the myth that it’s unbecoming and annoying to talk about their accomplishments. This disinclination among professional women to self-promote has far-reaching consequences. Reluctance to self-advocate can affect referrals, negotiations on work schedules, salary, high-visibility assignments, and promotions. The skill of advocating for yourself is critical for women who want to achieve and maintain positions of leadership in male-dominated organizations.


The purpose of this workshop is to uncover the benefits of advocating for oneself and how this ability to gain organizational visibility leads to career success. The second goal of this workshop is to delve into the fear of being recognized, of being visible and strategies to deal effectively with reluctance to being recognized. Participants learn about the differences between bragging and claiming deserved recognition with confidence and using assertive communication. Participants will devise an action plan to get recognized to achieve career goals.

SUSAN MORRIS - Professional Coach and Personal Growth Speaker
SUSAN MORRIS - Professional Coach and Personal Growth Speaker

HELP! I'VE BEEN STUNG BY THE QUEEN BEE!

 Most of us have had that moment where we asked ourselves, “Did that just happen?” All too often, our first inclination is to assume we did something wrong, internalizing the other persons’ behavior and blaming ourselves. Perhaps we weren’t clear enough in our communication, or maybe our disposition was offensive.  But once we realize that it wasn’t us, the Queen Bee indeed meant to block our pitch or shut us down in front of her peers, everything begins to add up. With a bit of a delayed reaction, we now see how obvious she’s been the whole time. She is the Queen Bee!


The intention of this power session is to provide collective coaching to all of the women who have suffered or are suffering the burning sting of our not-so-fearless leader. Naketa Thigpen will present a deep analysis and deliver tools built on the foundation of emotional and behavioral science. Each participant will walk away with clarity on what activates the Queen Bee Syndrome, learn how to deal with an old school Queen and a Newbie Queen, and receive effective tools to help shift the Queen’s hive toward a culture where you can thrive! This is an immersive experience you don’t want to miss!

NAKETE THIGPEN - Author, Empowerment Speaker, Balance & Relationship Advisor
NAKETE THIGPEN - Author, Empowerment Speaker, Balance & Relationship Advisor

FIRESIDE CHAT: A CONVERSATION WITH STEM LEADERS

Alexa Dembek

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Chief Technology and Sustainability Officer

DuPont

Barbara McCullough

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 Vice President, North America Compliance

AstraZeneca.

Kathleen Shelton, PhD

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Vice President & Chief Technology Officer

FMC Corporation

Adrienne Soule

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Vice President, Global HRBP

The Chemours Company

leadership development through volunteerism

Volunteering is a valuable opportunity to develop yourself as a leader that is often overlooked – or – considered to take too much time that we don’t have.   If we think about it as a planned part of our development, we can target the right opportunities to both give-back and to support our own development goals both early on and throughout our careers.    Mary Tilley will discuss some of her own experiences and the key leadership capabilities that come from volunteering both within your company and in external organizations.  

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be a climber: benefits of advancing your career within your company

Melinda Burn

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Global Marketing Executive

Ann O'Brien

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Associate Director, Analytical Development

Incyte

Helen Stimson

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CEO & President

Delaware Bioscience Association

Paula Swain

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Executive Vice President, Human Resources

Incyte

bouncing back from a setback: building resilience mastery

Ready for more grit and resilience, and less overwhelm? Resilience is more than just recovery, it’s a science that shows us how to not only survive a setback, but to thrive and even flourish. Research demonstrates that resilience is a teachable mindset and skill set that few people are taught, but everyone needs, especially during life challenges and times of change. You can’t remove all stress from your life, but you can learn how to stress well! In this session we explore the habits of highly resilient people. As we delve into the mental, emotional, and physical components of resilience you will learn how to manage your inner critic and strengthen your inner warrior. By learning and practicing real‑time resilience skills you can bounce back better in your personal and professional life. 


Nina Sherak will introduce you to the Resilience Mastery program, a dynamic research-based journey into the new science of resilience giving you practical resilience skills for your toolbox. The Resilience Mastery corporate program helps participants become more effective and adaptable in the workplace. As participants learn and apply these resilience skills they gain a sense of personal mastery over their lives to better manage internal and external stressors, strategically solve problems, and handle whatever life throws their way with a champion mindset.

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Susi Baylis-Powell

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Director of Operations

Adesis

Shannon Bullard

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Global Product Manager

Hygiena

Ellinor Carlson, PhD

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Senior Staff Scientist

Solenis

Barbara DeHaven

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Business Development Consultant

Delaware Technology Park

Robin Karol, PhD, NPDP

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Adjunct Professor

UD, Horn Program for Entrepreneurship

Sandra Lewisch

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Senior Director, R&D

Siemens Healthineers

Wendy Morlang

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Quality Engineer

W.L. Gore & Associates

Hannah Murnen

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Chief Technical Officer

Compact Membrane Systems

Susan Seber, CCE, ACC

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Chief of Strategy & Operations

AstraZeneca

Dana Shuey

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Vice President, Toxicology

Incyte