2020 Symposium

3rd Annual Chicago Women in STEM Symposium

Advancing tomorrow’s women leaders

Date: March 10th, 2020

Time: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm


Prentice Women’s Hospital 250 East Superior Street

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After decades of social progress towards equality, women are still under-represented in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), particularly at advanced career stages and in leadership. Strikingly, women hold just 24% of tech jobs and 18% of STEM leadership roles (Development Dimensions International Inc., 2017).

Our second annual symposium on March 8th in 2019 attracted over 125 participants and focused on identifying and mitigating implicit bias, a key obstacle to STEM diversity and inclusion. During the 2019-20 academic year, we continue to fill the mentoring gap for local early career women in STEM with the second iteration of STEM Circuits. We will also host a 3rd annual Chicago Women in STEM Symposium on Tuesday, March 10th, 2020 on the Chicago campus of Northwestern, where our focus will be on promoting tomorrow’s women leaders in STEM.

Registration is now open! Register here today!

Schedule of Events

8:30 am Registration opens

8:55 am – 9:00 am Welcome by Arianne Rodriguez, PhD (Vice Chair, Chicago Women in STEM Initiative)

9:00 am – 10:20 am Workshop on Negotiating Effectively for Yourself – Victoria Medvec, Ph.D. (Adeline Barry Davee Professor of Management & Organizations, Executive Director of the Center for Executive Women)

10:20 am – 11:40 am Workshop on Leadership and Negotiation – Tami Chapek (WeInspireWe)

11:40 am – 1:15 pm Career & Professional Development Fair (lunch will be provided)

1:15 pm – 1:30 pm Intro by Colleen Zaccard, Ph.D. (Chair, Chicago Women in STEM Initiative)

1:30 pm – 2:50 pm Short talks by local women leaders in STEM

  • 1:30 – 1:50 pm Monica Vajani, Senior Manager, CVS Health
  • 1:50 – 2:10 pm Dominique Carter, Ph.D., Advisory Council Member of Harvard Business Review, AAAS Sci & Tech Policy Fellow
  • 2:10 – 2:30 pm Preeti Chalsani, Ph.D., Assistant Director of Technology Commercialization/Associate Director of Innovation Project Program Design at the Polsky Center at the University of Chicago
  • 2:30 pm – 2:50 pm Beth McNally. M.D., Director of Center of Genetic Medicine at Northwestern University 

2:50 pm – 3:00 pm Coffee break

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Keynote speaker – Jhaymee Tynan Assistant VP Integration at Atrium Health

Jhaymee was recently selected by Modern Healthcare as a Top 25 Emerging Leader! Read more here.

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Networking Reception and Raffle

Participants will have the opportunity to connect with other attendees, speakers, facilitators, and volunteers. Drinks and substantial appetizers will be served and raffle winners announced. 

Click here to see a letter from US Senator Tammy Duckworth!


  • An interactive morning workshop will help participants develop tools for negotiating difficult conversations in the workplace, such as salary & benefits negotiations, research project parameters, hiring & firing, and interrupting gender bias.
  • Next, attendees will have ample opportunity to interact with representatives from our partners in industry, academia, and law as well as local non-profits at our career and professional development fair. Lunch will be provided.
  • In a series of short talks, invited women leaders and role models in STEM will share their pathway to leadership with attendees, including their motivation, necessary skills, obstacles they faced along the way, and advice to early career women.
  • Our keynote speaker, a national leader in STEM industry, will discuss leadership and career transitions from academia to industry.
  • The closing networking reception will facilitate interactions between early career women, speakers, facilitators, and local women mentors.