conference schedule




9:00 - 9:50 am
Registration and Sponsor Booths
Coffee, Tea, Pastries

9:20 - 9:35 am
Speaker Photo
9:45 - 10:10 am
Opening Remarks
Lisa R. Abston
Illinois Ballroom
10:10 - 11:00 am
Opening Keynote
“Redefining Success: the untold stories of a Latinx Doctora in science and academia”
Vanessa González-Peréz
Illinois Ballroom
11:15 am - 12:00 pm
Session One Talks
“My Experience with LGBTQ+ STEM Advocacy”
Francine Marie Reyes Vega
Innovation Room
“My Career Path to the National Labs: A Cognitive Scientist’s Perspective” Mallory Stites
Excellence Room

“Networking 101”
Ashlee N. Ford Versypt
Knowledge Room
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Illinois Ballroom

1:00 - 3:00 pm
Illinois Ballroom
3:10 - 3:55 pm
Panel Sessions
“Making an Impact: The Power of Outreach”
Tracy Nguyen, O.D., Bridget Ingram, Colleen Lewis
Innovation Room
“Tips for Finding the Right Career Path”
Katie Philpott, Melissa Bogusch, Meg Donaldson
Excellence Room
“Overcoming Imposter Syndrome”
Olga Mironenko, Cecilia Leal, Rebecca M. Reck, Ph.D.
Knowledge Room
3:55 - 4:10 pm
Networking/ Break
4:15 - 5:10 pm
Session Two Talks
Cross Cultural Pespectives in Career Development

“From Engineer to Executive - An Immigrant’s Career Journey in the West from Global Manufacturing to Big Tech”
Dianne Huiwen Eldridge

“Navigating the Workplace as a Minority Female”
Radhika Nagarkar
Innovation Room
Reflections on Career Development

“Careers Beyond the Bench: Journalism, Editing, and Science Communication”
Christine Herman

“From Pre-Med to Beamline Scientist: Evolution of Career Goals”
Leighanne Gallington
Excellence Room
“Interviewing for and Starting an Academic Position”
Alexa Kuenstler, Susan Leggett, Megan L. Matthews
Knowledge Room
5:10 - 5:40 pm
Illinois Ballroom
5:40 - 6:30 pm
Closing Keynote
“Together for STEM”
Cristina Thomas
Illinois Ballroom
6:30 - 6:40 pm
Closing Remarks
Kathleen Oolman
Illinois Ballroom