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About The Summit
The Association for Women in Science (AWIS), in partnership with The Ohio State University (OSU), is pleased to host a national dialogue on gender at the nexus of innovation and entrepreneurship with experts from industry, academia, and government. The Summit will focus on how we, as a society, can develop inclusive, fiscally-responsive systems to drive research excellence, feed long-term economic growth, and fuel innovative solutions to global challenges facing all our citizens.
We will engage policy experts, employers, funding agencies, and others involved in workforce development in the conversation on innovation and entrepreneurship. By understanding and embracing an expanded model of entrepreneurship that takes into account the experiences, motivations, and developmental needs of both genders, we can enhance innovation across multiple work platforms. Information from the Summit will be utilized to inform elected officials and federal agencies on the need for policy changes relating to gender to remain globally competitive.
Experts in workforce development, companies that have successfully engaged STEM women in entrepreneurship, and women innovators themselves will contribute their viewpoints. Together, all parties are crucial if we are to identify multiple strategies to engage women STEM professionals in the innovation agenda.
Jeffrey Wadsworth, President and CEO of Battelle Memorial Institute
Jeffrey Wadsworth has been President and CEO of Battelle Memorial Institute since January 2009. He has worked at Stanford University, Lockheed Missiles and Space Company and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. In 2002, he joined Battelle and served as a member of the White House Transition Planning Office for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He also has served as director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Department of Energy’s largest multipurpose science laboratory. Wadsworth studied metallurgy at Sheffield University in England, where he earned a bachelor’s degree and a Ph.D. He was also awarded a Doctor of Metallurgy and the highest recognition conferred by the university, an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree. In 2012, Dr. Wadsworth, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, was elected to the Chinese Academy of Engineering.
The Ohio State University
Golden Seeds Fund 2 LP
Managing Director of Golden Seeds LLC
Office of Economic Research
US Small Business Administration
Office of Advocacy
Senior Vice President, Genentech
College of Veterinary Medicine
The Ohio State University
Thursday, April 30, 2015
10:30 am – 11:00 am
11:10 am – 12:10 pm
Panel I – The Ideal Ecosystem: Where Does Innovation Happen and How Does it Spread?
Innovation can happen anywhere, but for women in STEM the locus remains at universities and in industry. We examine how ideas spread across sectors, and how men and women contribute to the innovation agenda in STEM.
Ana Rold, M.A.
Editor-in-Chief, Diplomatic Courier
12:45 pm – 1:45 pm
Panel II – Creating Environments that Foster Innovation
Fostering innovation must start early on, but men and women respond to different incentives. University-industrial partnerships are crucial, as are curricula that are inclusive. We explore how employers can create STEM environments that allow everyone’s innovative ideas to flourish.
1:45 pm – 2:45 pm
Panel III – Show Me the Money: Funding Future Innovators
Taking an idea from the bench to the marketplace is a long and expensive project, which often overwhelms early-stage inventors. Finding new ways to finance the entire arc of innovation is important for inclusivity, and we highlight some innovative funding models.
NPR Senior Business Editor