Session Two: The Future of Women In STEM
• Gilda Barabino, dean, the Grove School of Engineering, the City College of New York. A noted researcher in sickle cell disease, and cellular and tissue engineering, Barabino holds appointments in biomedical engineering and chemical engineering at the CUNY School of Medicine and is a nationally known advocate for diversity in science and engineering.
• Camelia Prodan, associate professor, NJIT Department of Physics. Director of the Keck Laboratory for Topological Materials, Prodan uses novel approaches to engage young children in fundamental physics research.
• Varsha Waishampayan, CEO and lead founder, WINGS for Growth. After a long career in management on Wall Street, Waishampayan now heads up a not-for-profit leadership institute for current and future female executives.
Katherine Kish, Executive Director of Einstein’s Alley, a private, non-profit economic development initiative whose mission is to foster NJ’s innovation economy and strengthen NJ’s technology sector through collaboration, coordination, communication, and advocacy.
The 2019 WDF Conference explored how game-changing technological innovations will both disrupt and improve our lives over the next ten years — focusing on the role of leading women innovators. Experts addressed a wide range of topics, including new applications of artificial intelligence; robotics, e-commerce and the future of work; next generation genomics; and break-through personalized medical technologies. The conference also included two special workshops: one on the power of personal branding (“What Makes You Stand Out”) and the other on the power of peace advocacy (‘The Future of the Future: Nuclear War.”)