GradSWE organized the first annual weSTEM (Women Empowered in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) Conference, held in the Thomas M. Siebel center for Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on Saturday, April 20, 2013. The goal of the this event, which brought together nearly 60 female graduate students from across 21 disciplines as well as 14 accomplished female professionals, was to provide a forum through which current and future STEM leaders could motivate and inspire each other to develop solutions for the next generation of technical and societal challenges.
We welcomed accomplished female professionals in STEM to share their experiences and advice with the conference. Noteworthy was the diversity featured among the speakers; not only did the speakers represent different stages in their careers but they had each pursued different career paths with their advanced degrees.
Both the attendees and invited speakers had very positive feedback after the conference. Here are just a few of the comments the planning committee received:
“I really enjoyed the tone that was set because everything was shared from a personal perspective.”
“I like the way the organizers encouraged speakers to talk about certain topics – I found that really helpful.”
“Every talk has empowered me to think that I can pursue whatever I put in my path as long as I persevere and focus on it.”
“[weSTEM 2013 was] an inspirational, relaxing atmosphere in which networking and interacting with other attendees as well as speakers was easy and natural.”
Read the whole summary of weSTEM 2013: (weSTEM summary article)