NORMAN--The inaugural Oklahoma Women Impacting STEM and Entrepreneurship Conference is scheduled for Sept. 14, 2018, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Catalyst Programs, an office of the Tom Love Innovation Hub at the University of Oklahoma, is hosting the conference with the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology, the U.S. Small Business Administration, Toast Design Studios, Devon Energy, Lobeck-Taylor Family Foundation, Citizens Bank of Edmond, Association for Women in Science, Oklahoma Women in Technology, Women’s Energy Network, Society of Women Engineers, REI Oklahoma, DayCreative and more.
Conference speakers will include Gene Nora Jessen, original member of the Mercury 13 testing program for female astronauts; Michelle Millben, former White House Adviser; and Carolyn Rodz, founder of Alice, an AI-based business accelerator in partnership with Dell. Katy Boren, chief executive officer of Oklahoma City’s Innovation District, will emcee the conference. Panel discussions will focus on the impacts of women on scientific fields, policy and society, and startups around the state and will feature prominent tech founders, biotechnology experts, social entrepreneurs, meteorologists and political activists.
Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with representatives from large companies, entrepreneurial support organizations, investors, research organizations and grant-funding agencies. OK-WISE will also include poster presentations for researchers in STEM fields to share their work with leaders from around the state and demonstrate their impact.
A pre-conference evening reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13 at the Science Museum Oklahoma. The full-day conference will take place on Sept. 14 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Embassy Suites OKC Downtown Medical Center. Registration is $30, or free for teachers, students or university faculty with valid identification. Visit https://www.okcatalyst.com/okwise for more information.
The Tom Love Innovation Hub at the University of Oklahoma is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology and the U.S. Small Business Administration.