Schedule at a Glance

8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Registration & Light Breakfast Johnson Center (JC)Dewberry Hall & Cinema
8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Welcome & Opening Remarks JC Cinema
9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Keynote Speaker (with Q&A) JC Cinema
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
Panel 1: Education
Panel 2: Entrepreneurship
Dewberry Hall North
JC Cinema
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
Panel 3: Culture
Panel 4: Leadership
JC Cinema
Dewberry Hall North
12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Lunch & Speaker
Mentoring Sessions
Dewberry Hall North
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Panel 5: Careers Dewberry Hall North
3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Panel 6: Remarkable Women Dewberry Hall North
4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Closing Speaker Dewberry Hall North
4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Networking and Tech Demos Dewberry Hall North & Exhibit area


Program Details

Welcome & Opening Remarks | 8:45 a.m. — 9:00 a.m.

Keynote Speaker | 9:00 a.m. — 9:45 a.m.

The Honorable Karen Jackson, Secretary of Technology, Commonwealth of Virginia

Panel 1: STEM+ Education | 10:00 a.m. — 11:00 a.m.

Considering a degree in a STEM major? What is it like to study engineering, chemistry, game design, or computer science? This panel focuses on the skills and knowledge needed to face the academic demands of a STEM major and explores the differences between undergraduate and graduate studies. In this discussion, you will hear from current students on their experiences; gain insights into STEM majors, courses, and internships; and learn how to establish a network of support.

Panel 2: STEM+ Entrepreneurship | 10:00 a.m. — 11:00 a.m.

Entrepreneurs can positively impact local communities and shape the economy at regional and national levels. But to be successful, good entrepreneurs must couple great ideas with business savvy. In this panel, you will hear from successful entrepreneurs from STEM industries and learn what business skills are critical in today’s marketplace and how creative problem solving sparks innovation and potential for growth.

Panel 3: STEM+ Culture | 11:15 a.m. — 12:15 p.m.

This panel focuses on sociocultural issues that may discourage young women from entry into STEM fields. A particular area of interest for this panel includes the representations of women and gender in digital media and in online communities. This panel will consider how the images and messages that we consume in our digital lives shape identity, perceived potential, and access to education and opportunity.

Panel 4: STEM+ Leadership | 11:15 a.m. — 12:15 p.m.

Learning to lead others is an essential skill in order to make a difference in school, work and life. Leaders must be viewed as credible in order to be effective and that means being confident in your own skin and courageous in your choices.  In this highly interactive workshop, participants will explore the key attributes of super heroines in video games and apply those lessons to becoming “heroine of your own story”.  Proven strategies for addressing fear and demonstrating confidence will be shared and practiced in a fun, stimulating and purposeful session.

Lunch & Informal Mentoring Sessions | 12:15 p.m. — 1:45 p.m.

Lunch Speaker |12:30 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Dr. Megan Healy, VA Director of STEM

High school girls, college students and young professionals are invited to participate in an informal mentoring session in conjunction with lunch (12:15-1:45 pm) to meet women mentors in STEM careers and also meet other peers with similar interests. This session will be designed to be an interactive session with multiple roundtables, each designated with a STEM+ theme. Participants will be able to enjoy lunch at their initial table for 30 minutes and then move to different tables for the remaining hour. There will also be tech demos for attendees to explore and opportunities for networking.  Note: Preference will be given to students and young professionals to participate in the Mentor Lunch session location.  Lunch will also be provided to all registered attendees.

Panel 5: STEM+ Careers |  2:00 p.m. — 3:00 p.m.

Innovation drives economic growth, and today’s students must be equipped with the technical skills and knowledge necessary to be competitive in a global workforce. STEM education meets that need and provides a pathway to a brighter economic future. This panel offers a practical look at the myriad types of careers and opportunities available across STEM fields and illustrates why these core subjects matter.

Panel 6: STEM+ Remarkable Women | 3:15 p.m. — 4:15 p.m.

Professional female mentors in STEM fields are an invaluable resource to young women considering a career in one of these industries. In particular, peer-to-peer mentoring can make clear how women have overcome barriers and developed professionally. In this discussion, women in STEM careers will offer their perspectives on their field and share lessons that they have learned along the way. They will also note the wide variety of occupations available to women interested in STEM fields.

Closing Presentation: Owning Your Future | 4:15 p.m. — 4:30 p.m.

Kathleen deLaski, Founder, Education Design Lab

Networking and Exhibit Tables | 4:30 p.m. — 5:00 p.m.

Enjoy more time for networking with your peers, mentors and other conference attendees as well as interacting with representatives at the Exhibit tables. You can also participate in our online or paper-based conference survey to provide valuable feedback on your STEM+ learning experience.