Women in STEM Empowerment Summit

June 19, 2019 at 9:30am4:30pm
Fox Rothschild LLP
Princeton Innovation Center BioLabs

303 College Road East

Suite A

Princeton, NJ 08540

Join Fox Rothschild and Princeton Innovation Center BioLabs for a day of inspiration, education and networking. Attendees will develop new connections and leave with valuable takeaways, including best practices, tools and strategies for career advancement. 

There is no charge to attend this event. Agenda subject to change. 


9:30 am               Registration & Breakfast

10 am                  "Populating the Pipeline: Challenges & Solutions for Women in STEM"

11 am                  Break

11:15 am             "At the Pinnacle of Success: Tales From STEM Innovators"

12:30 pm             Lunch & Keynote Speaker

1:45 pm               "Together We Rise: Achieving Collective Success"

3 pm                    Networking Reception

Keynote Speaker: Jennifer Howland, Executive, Pathways Program for Experienced, Diverse Technical Talent, IBM

Populating the Pipeline: Challenges & Solutions for Women in STEM

Explanations regarding female pipeline deficiencies assume that there are few obstacles preventing women from becoming scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs in STEM. In fact, the opposite is true. Our panelists will discuss the challenges facing girls and women seeking a career in STEM and explore innovative ways they are working to direct more women toward STEM industries.


Carol Fishman Cohen, Chair and Co-founder, iRelaunch

Tatiana Litvin-Vechnyak, Ph. D, Executive Director, Licensing & IP, Office of Research Commercialization, Rutgers University

Courtney Portlock, Head of Upper School and Director, National Center for Girls' Leadership, Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart

Dr. Julie Yun, Associate Dean, Diversity and Inclusion, School of Engineering and Applied Science at Princeton University

At the Pinnacle of Success: Tales From STEM Innovators

Women who are truly blazing the trail as innovators in STEM will share how they worked their way up to become leaders in their field. In addition to discussing their own personal challenges and triumphs, our panelists will explore the workplace realities that women in STEM commonly encounter and share tips for successfully navigating them. They will also discuss how entrepreneur support organizations, such as technology accelerators, often engage in outreach and recruitment tactics that benefit men rather than women, and explore how women STEM entrepreneurs can successfully access funding.

Moderator: Elizabeth Litten, Partner and HIPAA Privacy & Security Officer, Fox Rothschild LLP


Nancy Halpern, Partner, Fox Rothschild LLP

Kate Sasser, Corporate Vice President, Head of Translational Research, Genmab

Kathleen Shelton, Chief Technology Officer Research and Development, FMC Corporation

Rosalind (Roz) Stengle, Founder and CEO, Badger Blockchain

Dana Wilson, Senior Vice President, Reliability Engineering Excellence, Comcast

Together We Rise: Achieving Collective Success

When women engage in ways of thinking that promote not only themselves, but also their fellow women, all can thrive, collectively. In order to stay ahead of the competition and achieve equity in pay and leadership opportunities, the next generation of women STEM leaders must be creative and innovative. These panelists will outline methods for helping women craft a strong vision for collective success, enabling them to grow in their careers while paving the way for all women in STEM.

Moderator: Elizabeth Hampton, Partner, Fox Rothschild LLP


Anne Marie Bencivengo, Comparator Strategy Leader, Bristol Myers Squibb

Dunni Odumosu, Director, Global Regulatory Affairs, Amicus Therapeutic

Andrea Small, Esq., Founder, Essential Ally, LLC

Marilou Watson, Partner, Fox Rothschild LLP