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 women 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.

Susan Barnes PhD MPM
Sr. Director IQVIA

Susan is an authentic, transformational STEM leader with deep scientific and engineering roots. In addition to a PhD in Engineering and a Masters in project management, she holds a Lean and Six Sigma Master Black Belt and have 14 + years of experience in leading large, global, high performing matrix teams to deliver strategic transformation and new medicines of value.

Specialties: Project Leadership, Portfolio Management, Operational Excellence, Transformational Leadership, Change Management, Strategy Capabilities, Supply Chain Management, Pharmaceutical Development, Launch Excellence, Coaching, Research and development, Women's leadership and Development

Marykay Wells
CIO, Pearson

Marykay is a Chief Information Officer and Operations Executive with a track record of successfully managing large integration and transformation initiatives. She brings strong business acumen and team leadership and development skills to executive roles - and produces quantifiable results. Marykay's career includes global assignments in information technology, real estate, and procurement.

Kim Stevenson
SVP, Lenovo

Kim believes nearly every business decision today is shaped by technology because it has the power to transform markets, relationships and processes. How companies deploy social, mobile, analytics, cloud and Internet of Things to drive growth and increase productivity is a fundamental theme for CIOs around the world.

Every industry is being disrupted, you can either be the disrupter or be disrupted by someone else. But staying still is not an option. Innovation is more than technology and often the business changes that accompany the technology are in fact the most disruptive to an organization.

Troy Bryenton
VP, IQVIA (formerly Quintiles)

Troy is an experienced business and technology executive with a demonstrated history of working in the Clinical Trial & Life Science industries. He is a strong leader and business partner with a track record of successfully creating and driving strategy and innovation to move business forward through people, process and technology.


Schedule of Events

5:30 pm - Registration, Networking, and Appetizers
6:30 pm - WITI Overview and Speaker Introduction
6:45 pm - Program and Discussion
8:15 pm - Raffle Prizes and Wrap Up
8:30 pm - Adjourn