Advancement of Women in STEM Programs - Challenges & Opportunities



In corporate America, studies have shown women start to fall behind on day 1 and keep losing ground with every step. There continues to be a need for us to do more - as individuals and as organizations. We need commitments to more than just programs on gender and diversity. We need an awareness of the underlying causes and as importantly what steps can be taken to get us to the place where all women are equally represented.

At WITI our mission is to empower women to achieve unimagined possibilities and transformations through technology, leadership and economic prosperity. As part of an ongoing partnership, WITI, 451 Research and Randstad Technologies have joined together to conduct a survey on how gender viewpoints differ in the workplace. The survey, conducted in June and July 2017 and completed by 1,901 respondents currently working in a science, technology, engineering or math (STEM)-related field, touched on a variety of topics to better understand what factors have helped shape employees' careers and what challenges they face in the workplace. To better understand where gender might result in different points of view, the survey was fielded to both women and men.

Come join WITI and Randstad Technologies as we present a panel of insightful, influential professionals to discuss the challenges and opportunities that exist in STEM fields. Some of the topics our panelists will cover based on our findings in this year's research: job security, influence of mentors, career advancement and Inhibitors, navigating different points of view and lessons learned.

Featured Speakers

Teena Piccione
SVP, Fidelity

With 18 years' experience innovating and guiding exciting changes for world-class enterprises, Teena strategically determines better ways of working through Agile or DevOps environments and by finding new monetization opportunities with data.

As a senior female executive in a male-dominated industry, she's dedicated to breaking through barriers for women in STEM fields. She founded and contributed to the TriSTEM 2020 initiative to make the Raleigh-Durham area a destination for female STEM professionals and forge new pathways for women & girls. She has been recognized for work in diversity and inclusion both at AT&T and Fidelity. She also delivers speeches and keynotes to audiences throughout the country.

Dr. Ali Azarbayejani
Chief Technology Officer, Cogito

Ali has 18 years of commercial experience as a scientist, entrepreneur, and designer of world-class computational technologies. His pioneering doctoral research at the MIT Media Lab in probabilistic modeling for 3-D vision was the basis for his first startup company Alchemy 3D Technology, which created the market in the film and video post-production industry for camera match-moving software. He has consulted in software development and business strategy and has been on the research staff at Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs contributing to leading technologies focused on software-based digital signal processing and computational modeling and algorithms.

Julie Yoo, MBA, MS
Co-Founder, Kyruus

Julie is a Co-Founder of Kyruus and serves as the company's Chief Product Officer. She is responsible for product, UX, engineering, and business development. She was previously the VP of Clinical Product Strategy at Generation Health, where she oversaw the development of the company's clinical programs and data analytics platform. Julie also led the Product Management efforts at Knome, the private arm of George Church's Personal Genome Project, where she developed and launched a bioinformatics platform for conducting individualized genomic sequence analysis. Julie's passion for data-driven businesses began as a software engineer at Endeca Technologies. Julie has an undergraduate degree in computer science from MIT, an MS in biomedical sciences from the Harvard-MIT HST Program, and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council and is a Young Global Leader with the World Economic Forum.​

Enna E. Jimenez
Vice President, Quality Engineering Director, Eastern Bank

Enna is a senior IT and Business Professional with expertise in Quality Assurance Management and Team Restructuring and Transformation. Her career spans over 25 years of working in multiple industries such as financial services, education, advertising and many software and startup companies. Currently, Enna manages the QA function across all IT teams at Eastern Bank and is responsible for creating a centralized QA team. She has a huge passion for Diversity and Inclusion, talent engagement and community organizations. She was the recipient of the Year Up Outstanding Manager Award in January 2014 and for two consecutive years, 2017 and 2016 was named as one of the 100 Most Influential Leaders for the Latino community in MA by El Planeta Newspaper. Enna is the President of the Association of Latino Professionals For America (ALPFA) Boston Chapter, a nationally recognized Latino organization whose mission is to empower and develop Latino men and women as leaders of character for the nation.

Prior to joining Eastern Bank, Enna spent 6 years at Wellington Management as VP of Quality Assurance. Enna also worked as QA Director at Bluestreak, a small ad serving company. She also worked at First Marblehead where she created a Quality Assurance Center of Excellence for the entire company. Enna also worked at MFS in various QA groups for 6 years.

Schedule of Events

5:30 pm Check-in and networking
6:15 pm WITI Welcome & Introductions
6:30 pm Panel Presentation & Questions
8:00 pm WITI Raffles
8:15 pm Wrap up

Meeting Notes

Men are always welcome and encouraged to attend all WITI events!

Appetizers and beverages will be provided. If you or your company wish to host or sponsor an event please ask one of the leadership team members listed here, or email [email protected] Thank you for your interest.