Academy's Michelle Trautwein

Thursday, January 28, 2016
8:30 am–4:30 pm

This event is now full, but you can join us virtually. The summit will be live streamed on Google+

There are still many challenges for women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers, as issues such as work-life balance, salary negotiation, hidden biases, and lack of role models remain unaddressed and continue to create hurdles for women in these fields. The Academy is no stranger to the challenge of recruiting women in science, but we are determined to reverse this trend. As part of an overall strategy to spotlight diversity, the Academy will host the Women in Science Summit on January 28, 2016. The Summit is a daylong event featuring impressive women in STEM, including invited guests Jane Goodall (Gombe Reserve), Sylvia Earle (National Geographic Society Explorer-in-Residence), Dawn Wright (ESRI), Pam Matson (Stanford University), Jane Lubchenco (former head of NOAA), Kathy Sullivan (first woman to walk in space) and other influential science leaders. These strong and bold women will talk about their careers, share stories to inspire student attendees, and offer an important mentoring role. Approximately 100 graduate and postdoctoral students from California universities will be invited and mentored by these women leaders on topics such as early career strategic thinking and the imposter syndrome.

The goals of the summit are:

  1. To offer a strong regional network for Bay Area women in science embarking on a career path
  2. To jumpstart the Academy’s recruitment of increased diversity in our own scientist pool
  3. To spotlight the Academy as a convening hub for women in science and to host relevant conversations about diversity

The daylong summit will end with a reception for additional networking between the students and women role models. Following the reception, the Academy’s weekly NightLife program will spotlight women in science.

Event Schedule

8 am — Light Refreshments

8:30 am — Welcome Remarks — Meg Lowman, Heather Tallis, and Rita Mehta

8:45 am — A Message from Jane Goodall (video)

Video welcome from legendary primatologist, ethologist, and anthropologist Jane Goodall.

8:50 am — Women in Science: The Data — Kate Clancy

Summary talk on the status of research about women in science.

9:10 am— Perceptions of Gender in Science (Panel Discussion)

How do perceptions about gender affect women's work in academia, industry, and the general public? Speakers will discuss the value of gender diversity in science and share inspiration for navigating the challenges that negative perceptions can present.

Panelists: Jonathan Eisen, Emily Graslie, Shaila Kotadia, Ann Russell, Dawn Wright; moderated by Heather Tallis

10:10 am — Coffee Break 

10:40 pm — Mothers’ Earth — Jane Lubchenco

Presentation by environmental scientist and marine ecologist Jane Lubchenco, U.S. Department of State’s Science Envoy for the Ocean.

11 am —  Know Your Allies (Panel Discussion)

Panelist will share stories about the importance of role models and mentors (and how to fill those roles well, whether ally, mentor, or mentee) and discuss ways to create better cultures of inclusivity.

Panelists: Jo Boaler, Rodolfo Dirzo, Liz Hadly, DC Randle, Tizezew Sisay; moderated by Rita Mehta

12 pm — Lunch

Provided for registered attendees

1 pm — A Message from Kathy Sullivan (video)

Video presentation by Dr. Kathy Sullivan—geologist, oceanographer, former NASA astronaut, and current Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere.

1:05 pm — Women Explorers — Sylvia Earle

Presentation by National Geographic Explorer in Residence—and founder of Mission Blue and SEAlliance—Dr. Sylvia Earle.

1:25 pm — Building More-Inclusive Institutions (Panel Discussion)

Speakers will discuss the roles institutions can play in driving shifts toward great diversity in science, while speaking frankly about their own successes, failures, and next steps.

Panelists: Jane Lubchenco, Pam Matson, Karina Nielsen, Joan Roughgarden, Liz Taylor, Tom Lovejoy; moderated by Sue Rosser

2:25 pm ​— Coffee Break

3 pm ​— The Courage to Escape — Dawn Wright

Presentation by Dr. Dawn Wright, Chief Scientist of the Environmental Systems Research Institute and Professor of Geography and Oceanography at Oregon State University.

3:15 pm — Perspectives from Academia — Pam Matson

Presentation by Stanford Dean of the School of Earth Sciences Pam Matson, whose work explores ways to reconcile the needs of people and the planet in the 21st century.

3:30 pm — Networking, Negotiating, & Navigating Priorities (Panel Discussion)

Panelists share tools, strategies, frustrations, and practical advice related to navigating personal/professional priorities in work environments.

Panelists: Shannon Bennett, Sally Bingham, Carmen Domingo, Sue Rosser, Michelle Trautwein; moderated by Meg Lowman

4:30 pm — Session Wrap-Ups

Discussion-table leaders share their group’s most interesting take-aways. Moderators: Meg Lowman, Rita Mehta, and Heather Tallis

5 pm — Reception

6 pm ​— NightLife

Attendees are invited to attend the Academy’s NightLife event, featuring music, cocktails, and creatures! (Please note: NightLife is 21+.)

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