The Power of Women in STEM: Opportunities - Past Present and Future

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Thursday, April 9, 2015
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Location: Syracuse University - Whitman School of Management, Milton Room | 721 University Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13244

Historically underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, today, it is more important than ever for women to pursue a career in science and engineering. According to a 2013 survey commissioned by the Bayer Corp., more STEM jobs are being created than non-STEM jobs. However, only half of respondents reported being able to find qualified people with four-year STEM degrees in a timely manner, contributing to lower productivity, limited business growth and lower revenue. Similarly, MedTech’s 2014 industry report demonstrates the need for talent to support the burgeoning bioscience and medical technology (Bio/Med) industry in New York State.

  • The region’s more than 28,000 jobs make it large enough that if the region were a state, it would have the 18th largest bioscience industry in the U.S.
  • New York is among the top 10 states in the size of its bioscience industry and the scale and reach of its bioscience research.
  • New York ranks high with the 8th most significant medical technology industry cluster.

Join us for The Power of Women in STEM: Opportunities - Past, Present and Future, an event co-founded by MedTech Association and WISE Women's Business Center, and presented in conjunction with The Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. This one-day event will empower and encourage female STEM majors and highlight the variety of professional opportunities available in these fields and will include:

  • a keynote presentation from Nancy Rurkowski, Vice President Biologics External Manufacturing, Bristol-Myers Squibb;
  • a panel discussion with female STEM leaders and entrepreneurs from across Central New York;
  • a light reception; and
  • a networking session.

Admission is free for students and $20 for non-students.




  • 1:00-1:30 - Registration 
  • 1:30-1:45 - Welcoming Remarks 
  • 1:45-2:15 - Keynote Presentation
    • Nancy RurkowskiVice Presdient Biologics External Manufacturing, Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • 2:15-2:30 - Break
  • 2:30-2:45 - Presentation from Syracuse University Entrepreneurship Club 
  • 2:45-3:45 - Panel: Opportunities in STEM: Panelists Discuss Their Past, Present, and Future
    • Moderator: Marcie Sonneborn, Professor of Practice, Syracuse University School of Information Studies
    • Panelist: Amy Castronova, President, Novatek Communications 
    • Panelist: Susan Abu-AbsiDirector, PLCM & CPV, Manufacturing Sciences & Technology, Bristol-Myers Squibb
    • Panelist: Kate BrodockPresident of Girls in Tech, Founder & Principal of Other Side Group, an integrated marketing and communications firm and Adjunct Professor at the Newhouse School of Public Communications
  • 3:45-4:00 - Q&A Session
  • 4:00-4:30 - Networking Session 

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