Prof Janet Abbate


Associate Professor and Co-Director of Graduate Program in STS - National Capital Region Campus, Virginia Tech, USA.

Janet Abbate is Associate Professor at Virginia Tech and co-director of the Science and Technology Studies graduate program in the National Capital Region. Her research interests are focused on the history of the Internet and development of computer networks.  In 2012, she authored "Recoding Gender," published by MIT Press where she discusses how gender has shaped the culture of computing and provide lessons for today’s concerns about women’s underrepresentation in the field. 

Professor Abbate acted as Discussant in the session on how those inside and outside the formal research and innovation structures, and in particular women, can be effectively engaged and contribute successful solutions to research and innovation problems that evade traditional approaches at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA). Professor Abbate brought into this role her extensive research experience of how gender shapes the culture, discipline and professional aspects of computing, and has an important role to play in the increasingly important way in which computing enables research and innovation.


Dr Lynn Adams

Adams, Gender Summit speaker

American Association of the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow, Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH), National Institutes of Health (NIH), USA.

Lynn S. Adams PhD, joined the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) in 2013. Prior to joining NIH, Dr. Adams was a AAAS Fellow at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the Office of Research and Development, National Center for Environmental Assessment. At EPA, Dr. Adams was a cancer subject matter specialist and applied her expertise to the development and editing of human health risk assessments for environmental chemicals. She also worked with the communications department in preparing fact sheets about chemicals for distribution to the Office of the Administrator. In 2013, Dr. Adams co-founded the science policy blog “Sci on the Fly,” which is hosted on the AAAS Fellow’s web site. Before her work at the EPA, Dr. Adams was a research fellow at the City of Hope’s Beckman Research Institute in the department of Tumor Cell Biology where she led preclinical research efforts to support the clinical breast and prostate cancer research teams, and a postdoctoral fellow at the UCLA School of Medicine where she designed and implemented research investigating the chemopreventive activities of natural products. Dr. Adams earned her Ph.D. at Purdue University in the Department of Human Nutrition. Her professional interests include science policy, cancer prevention and treatment strategies, environmental impacts on human health, the use of natural products in disease prevention, and science communication to the public and policy makers.

Dr. Adams acted as the science writer in the in the "Pioneers Trailblazing the Future" roadmapping session at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013.


Prof Don Adjeroh

Adjeroh, Gender Summit speaker

Professor & Graduate Coordinator of Computer Science, Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, West Virginia University, USA.

Don Adjeroh PhD is a Professor and Graduate Coordinator of Computer Science at West Virginia University. His research interests include pattern making, bioinformatics and computational biology, multimedia information systems, data compression, image/video processing, computational vision and biometrics. 

Professor Adjeroh spoke about gender issues in metrology and in particular systematic measurement and use of biometrics, bioinformatics and computational biology at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013. Human recognition and identification using biometrics is a challenging problem. He discussed how gender as a metrological feature combines with other kinds of measurement such as weight, body shape, various anthropometric measurements and other soft biometrics, and what this means for applications.

Kim Allen

Kim Allen, Gender Summmit speaker

CEO, Engineers Canada, Canada.

Kim Allen FEC is Chief Executive Officer of Engineers Canada, the national organization of the 12 provincial and territorial regulatory associations that license the country's professional engineers. Mr. Allen has more than twenty years of accomplishment as a chief executive in the public, private and association sectors. A University of Ottawa electrical engineering graduate, Mr. Allen holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Business.

Mr. Allen represented engineers in the plenary session where a panel of experts from key stakeholder groups discussed the results reported from individual Road Mapping sessions at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013.

Dr Myriam Amezcua Allieri

Myriam Amezcua Allieri, Gender Summit speaker
Research scientist, Mexican Petroleum Institute, Mexico.

Myriam Amezcua Allieri is research scientist at the Mexican Petroleum Institute. She received her B. Sc. in Biology (first class honours) from UNAM, where she was awarded an outstanding Student Diploma for her final grade of 10, the Gabino Barreda Medal (which is awarded to the best student equivalent to 1st class), and Honorific Recommendation in her professional examination for her research thesis. She obtained her Master in Science Degree (Environmental Engineering) from IPN. In 2000 she won two complementary scholarships (one from the Mexican Government and one from The University of Birmingham, UK) to take her Ph. D. in Geography and Environmental Sciences (honours) at the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Birmingham. Her research areas focus on environment and energy, including the impact of petroleum industry, remediation, environmental risk assessment, and recently, she is working on the development and adaptation of biofuel production technologies, as well as environmental impacts of shale gas/oil. For making significant contributions to the advancement of scientific knowledge, she received from the Elsevier Foundation and the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD), formerly TWOWS, the Award for Young Women Scientists in Biology for the Latin America and Caribbean region for 2010. Nowadays Dr. Amezcua is a fellow of Leadership for Environment and Development Program (LEAD), a world-class training curriculum that gives emerging leaders the skills, knowledge and network of contacts to bring about transformational change for a sustainable future. 

Dr. Amezcua spoke about the impact of petroleum industry on the environment in Mexico at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013.

Dr Margaret-Ann Armour

Margaret-Ann Armour, Gender Summit Speaker (GS3NA)

Associate Dean (Diversity), Faculty of Science, University of Alberta, Canada.

Margaret-Ann Armour is the University of Alberta Faculty of Science’s associate dean of diversity. Dr. Armour serves on the Board of SHAD International a diverse extended community of leaders dedicated to the development of young people, and of the Pacific Basin Consortium for Hazardous Waste Research and Management. She has been a Scientific Advisor to the Asian Association for Academic Activity on Waste Management. Dr. Armour has been Vice-Chair and Convenor of WISEST, a committee of the Vice-President, Research, at the University of Alberta on Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science and Technology with a mandate to take action to increase the proportion of women in decision-making roles in the sciences and engineering.

Dr. Armour spoke about the transformations in the opportunities and status of women in science and engineering in Canada at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013.

Dr Alexis K. Ault

Alexis K. Ault, Gender Summit Speaker (GS3NA)

National Science Foundation (NSF) Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Geoscience, University of Arizona, USA.

Alexis K. Ault is an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Geoscience at the University of Arizona.  In August 2014 she will be joining the faculty of the Department of Geology at Utah State University.  Her research applies innovative chronologic tools to investigate surface and near-surface processes in both active orogenic settings and “stable” continental interiors.   Talk title: Preparing for an academic career in Geoscience.

Dr. Ault spoke about Preparing for an academic career in Geoscience in the Empowering Voices of Early-Career Scientists session at the Gender Summit 3 North America.

Rosie Beales

Rosie Beales, Gender Summit speaker (GS3NA)

Research Careers and Diversity at Research Councils UK, Research Council UK (RCUK), UK.

Rosie Beales works in the Research Councils UK Research Careers and Diversity Team. The team is responsible for coordinating relevant aspects of postgraduate training, research careers and diversity across the Research Councils, it also provides a focus for engagement with partner organisations such as the Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS), Funding Councils, and the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).

Rosie Beales spoke about the implementation of the implementation of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers and other UK HE sector drivers for change at the Gender Summit 3 North America.

Dr Céline Bérubé

Berube, Gender Summit speaker

Team Leader, Scholarships and Fellowships Division, and Manager, Chairs for Women in Science and Engineering Program, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Canada 

Céline Bérubé has been involved in program management at NSERC for ten years, initially as a Program Officer and currently as a Team Leader. During this time, she has worked with various programs and initiatives such as postgraduate scholarships, postdoctoral fellowships, science promotion and learning, university faculty awards, and, more recently, the Chairs for Women in Science and Engineering Program. Before coming to NSERC she was an Assistant Professor of Biology at the Université de Moncton, where she conducted research in ecology. She holds a PhD in Biology from the Université de Sherbooke.  

Céline Bérubé presented the NSERC Chairs for Women in Science and Engineering Program which is a key initiative aimed at increasing the participation and retention of women in science and engineering in Canada, at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA)

Isabelle Blain

isabelle Blain, Gender Summit Speaker

Vice-President, Research Grants and Scholarships Directorate, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Canada.

Isabelle Blain was appointed Vice-President of Research Grants and Scholarships in June 2002. Isabelle has direct responsibility for Canada's award programs that promote discovery and the training of highly qualified personnel in the natural sciences and engineering. The annual budget for these programs is more than $500 million. Her current priorities include the implementation of recommendations from major reviews related to the conduct of peer review, and the launch of new scholarships and fellowships programs—including the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program, Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program, and Collaborative Research and Training Experience Program.

Isabelle Blain spoke on the Peer Review process practiced and promoted at the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council in Canada, which deploys great number of international experts on peer review committees, at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA).

Dr Fran Bonier

Fran Bonier, Gender Summit speaker (GS3NA)

Assistant Professor, Queen's University, Canada.

Fran Bonier is an assistant professor in the Biology Department at Queen’s University. Her research focuses on the physiological and behavioral mechanisms of responses to environmental challenges, which she investigates primarily with studies of free-ranging birds. 

Dr Bonier acted as rapporteur in the parallel road mapping session “Ensuring Inclusive Excellence through Merit/Peer Review” at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013.

Dr Hans Borchgrevink (GS3NA)


Special Adviser, International Staff, The Research Council Norway (RCN), Norway.

Hans M. Borchgrevink MD, is the former Director of Medicine in the Research Council of Norway, and consultant/researcher in audiology and brain function diagnosis. Now chair of WG Monitoring and indicators under the EU Steering Group on Human Resources and Mobility (EU-SGHRM), where he is also Norwegian expert representative. He is Vice-Chair of the EU Advisory Group to Marie Curie Actions, and member of the EU ERA Communication Expert Advisory Group (subgroup gender), the EU Gender Impact Assessment Expert advisory group, and the Science Europe Task Force on Gender and Diversity. Former chair of the WG Mobility in the European Science Foundation Member Organisation (ESF-MO) Forum Researcher Careers, representative of the EU Work Programme Committees on People; Health; Infrastructure; the EU IMI Innovative Medicine SRG, and EURAXESS. He has been organiser/chair/speaker at the European gender Summit 2011 and 2012 and at several EU Presidency conferences on gender and research careers.

Dr. Borchgrevink spoke about the actions taken by Research Council Norway in promoting gender equality in and through its grant application system, and also about the role of EU EURAXESS Researchers in Motion initiative and of the ERA Steering Group on Human Resources and Mobility (EU-SGHRM) in promoting gender equality measures and actions in science workplace at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013.

Dr Dipan Bose

Dipan Bose, Gender Summit speaker

Road Safety Specialist, Global Road Safety Facility (GRSF), Transport Anchor, World Bank, International.

Dipan Bose is a Road Safety Specialist with the Global Road Safety Facility (GRSF) at the World Bank's Transport Anchor. He is a road safety engineer by training with research experience in developing interventions to mitigate road crash-related trauma. Prior to joining the World Bank in 2012, he was a Research Scientist at the University of Virginia Center for Applied Biomechanics focusing on the vehicle restraint systems and injury epidemiology program.

Dr. Bose will spoke about Gender and Safety in Transportation at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013. He brought to this task his understanding of female driver vulnerability when involved in motor vehicle crashes and the relevance to health policies and vehicle regulations to promote injury reduction. He will also draw on his experience to speak about the global context of mainstreaming gender issues in transport projects.

Prof Janet Brelin-Fornari

Brelin-Fornari, Gender Summit speaker

Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Director of the Crash Safety Center, Kettering University, USA.

Janet Brelin-Fornari is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Director of the Crash Safety Center at Kettering University.  Research in the Center looks at all forms of transportation and how it can be made safe for everyone, especially children and infants. She began work as an engineer with General Motors and has spent the last 14 years in academia.

Professor Brelin-Fornari will spoke about testing automotive crash safety and the differences between women and men in the levels of risk at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA). She also spoke about the summer program that introduces high school women to bioengineering and the applications for Biomechanics, Ergonomics, Biochemistry, and Automotive Crash Safety. The Lives Improve Through Engineering (LITE) program introduces the field of engineering and its particular perspective for women during a two-week residential program held each summer at Kettering University.

Yoloxóchitl Bustamante

Bustamante, Gender Summit Speaker (GS3NA)

Director General, National Polytechnic Institute (IPN), Mexico.

Yoloxóchitl Bustamante is the Director General of the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) in Mexico. She is a graduate in Biological Sciences and has held various academic and administrative positions in and outside the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN). She was sworn in as Director General of IPN in 2009. Prior to this, she served as Secretary of School Education at the Ministry of Education. She has been active in the private sector where she held various management positions in leading companies in the chemical pharmaceutical industry, such as: Travenol, Norwich Eaton, André Bigaux, Sanofi of Mexico, and Grupo Roche Syntex in Mexico.

Yoloxóchitl Bustamante spoke about the decade of academic reforms and changes at the IPN at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013.  This involved a review all of the processes that were in operation in terms of academic and social integration. The aim was to ensure that the institution maintains a deep interaction with all parts of society.

Prof James P. Byrnes

Prof James P. Byrnes, Gender Summit speaker

Department Chair and Professor of Educational Psychology, College of Education, Temple University, USA.

James P. Byrnes PhD, BS, is Department Chair and Professor of Educational Psychology at the College of Education, Temple University. His main research interests are gender and ethnic differences in achievement, decision-making, children’s learning performance.

Professor Byrnes spoke on gender differences in risk taking, in particular with regard to attitudes to intellectual risk and the implications that these differences have for women’s career related decisions and performance, as well as for research and innovation strategies, at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA).

Chancellor Nancy Cantor (GS3NA)

Chancellor Nancy Cantor, Gender Summit 5 Africa speaker

Syracuse University, USA.

Nancy Cantor is a distinguished higher education leader who is helping forge a new understanding of the role of universities in society.  As Chancellor and President of Syracuse University, she spearheads pursuit of a view of the university not as a traditional "ivory tower," but as a public good. Prior to Syracuse, Nancy Cantor served as chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Michigan, Previously, she had been chair of the department of psychology at Princeton University.

Chancellor Cantor served as a panellist representing higher education leaders during the Gender roadmap for research and innovation systems – addressing the needs of different stakeholders at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA).

Dr Nancy M. Carter

Dr Carter, Gender Summit Speaker

Senior Vice President, Research, Catalyst, USA.

Nancy M. Carter PhD leads Catalyst in developing groundbreaking research on issues related to women’s advancement in business and the professions. Prior to joining Catalyst, she was Leverhulme Visiting Professor at the London Business School and held the Richard M. Schulze Chair in Entrepreneurship at the University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis. She has worked professionally in advertising and marketing research and works closely with government and private sector initiatives promoting women’s advancement. She has published and speaks widely on gender, organizations, strategy, and entrepreneurship. Her book, Clearing the Hurdles, documents women’s challenges in accessing resources for building their businesses. In 2007, she was honored with the prestigious Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research for her work on the Diana Project, a research initiative on women entrepreneurs and the venture capital industry. Her research on women and minority entrepreneurs has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the National Business Women’s Council, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, and Entrepreneurship and Small Business Research Institute. In 2009, Dr. Carter was appointed Visiting Scholar at INSEAD, a graduate business school with campuses in France, Singapore, and Abu Dhabi. Dr. Carter received her PhD in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska, an MA in Mass Communications from California State University, and a BA in Journalism from the University of Nebraska.

Dr. Nancy Carter spoke about the key findings from a Catalyst survey about employees' experiences and perceptions of flexible working arrangements and how the availability of flexible working arrangements affect career aspirations. She reflected how the findings help inform development of measures to promote women’s advancement in business and the professions.

Prof Rocío Cassaigne Hernández

Rocío Cassaigne Hernández, Gender Summit Speaker (GS3NA)

Intellectual Property Manager, CIATEQ, Mexico.

Rocío Cassaigne Hernández is the Intellectual Property Manager at CIATEQ in Mexico. She is also Technical Advisor for the Faculty of Chemistry, University Coordinator for Technology Management programs, Evaluator and Co-author of Technology Management publications with extensive experience in the Technology Management as well as in the Intellectual Property and the Normativity fields.

Professor Cassaigne spoke about how STEM human capital can be improved through collaborations between academia and industry, and about developing systems for sharing knowledge and facilitating communication at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013.

Itzá Castañeda

Itzá Castañeda, Gender Summit speaker (GS3NA)

Gender Adviser, International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Mexico.

Itzá Castañeda studied biology and later a Masters in Environment and Development. She is an expert in environmental problems from the perspective of gender and has been working on the issue of gender equity in environmental policy. She has participated in numerous national and international forums related to the topic of gender equality and is the author of six books and other publications on gender, environment, disasters, climate change and human development. She isa Gender Adviser at the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Itzá Castañeda took on the role of Discussant in the Day 3 Session on Environment, to which she brought her extensive experience and expertise of gender issues and relevant policy considerations at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013.


Dr Ana María Cetto

Ana María Cetto, Gender Summit speaker (GS3NA)

Professor of the Institute of Physics, and lecturer, Faculty of Sciences, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Mexico.

Ana María Cetto is research professor at the Institute of Physics, and lecturer at the Faculty of Sciences, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). Her main field of research is theoretical physics, with emphasis on the foundations of quantum mechanics, where she has contributed substantially to the development of stochastic electrodynamics. From 2003 to 2010 she served as Deputy Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency. Prof Cetto has held honorary positions in a number of international organisations, such as the Executive Boards of Interciencia Association, Third World Organisation for Women in Science (TWOWS, Co-founder) and International Council for Science (ICSU), the Board of Trustees of International Foundation for Science (IFS), the Governing Board of United Nations University (UNU), the Council of International Network of Engineers and Scientists (INES) and the Executive Committee of Pugwash Conferences. She was appointed Mexico's Woman of the Year in 2003. 

Professor Cetto delivered a keynote at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013. 

Dr Rosalind Chow

Dr Chow, Gender Summit speaker

Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior and Theory, Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University, USA.

Rosalind Chow is Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior and Theory at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University.  Her main research interests are perceptions of justice, social hierarchies, intergroup relations and moral emotions.

Professor Chow spoke on the effects of proportion of women and status differentiation on collective intelligence at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 -- i.e. when the group appoints a leader, does this benefit female-dominated or male-dominated groups more? And, if a leader is appointed, does it matter that the leadership can change? She reported on preliminary results of a just completed study exploring the influence of group gender composition, leadership appointment, and leadership stability on group communication patterns.

Dr Ralph Cicerone

Ralph Cicerone, Gender Summit speaker (GS3NA)

President, US National Academy of Sciences (NAS), Chair, National Research Council, USA.

Dr Ralph Cicerone is the President of the US National Academy of Sciences and Chair of the National Research Council. His research in atmospheric chemistry, climate change and energy has involved him in shaping science and environmental policy at the highest levels nationally and internationally. Prior to his current roles he was the Chancellor of the University of California, Irvine, where he also chaired the Department of Earth System Science.  He now holds the title of Chancellor Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of Earth System Science.  His other high level roles include member of the Advisory Board of the USA Science and Engineering Festival and Foreign Member of the Royal Society and the science academies of Italy, Korea, Russia, Spain and Taiwan. In 1999 he was honored by the Bower Award and the Prize for the Achievement in Science.  In 2002 he was awarded the Roger Revelle Medal by the American Geophysical Society, and in 2004 he received the Albert Einstein World Award of Science from the World Cultural Council.  

Dr Cicerone delivered keynote remarks during the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013.


Dr Janine Clayton

Janine Clayton, Gender Summit speaker

Director, Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH),  National Institutes of Health (NIH), USA 

Janine Austin Clayton MD, was appointed Director for the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) and Associate Director for NIH Research on Women’s Health by NIH Director Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, on September 4, 2012. Dr. Clayton served as ORWH acting director beginning August 2011, when Vivian Pinn, MD, the first full-time ORWH director, retired. Prior to her tenure as acting director, Dr. Clayton served as the ORWH deputy director for three years. Dr. Clayton currently co-chairs the NIH Working Group on Women in Biomedical Careers with the NIH Director. Prior to joining ORWH, Dr. Clayton was the deputy clinical director of the National Eye Institute, NIH. A board certified ophthalmologist, Dr. Clayton’s research interests include autoimmune ocular diseases and the role of sex and gender in health and disease, with  a particular interest in ocular surface disease.

Dr. Clayton moderated the Best Practice Training Workshop on "Integrating Gender Dimension into Medical Researcher Training" at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA).

Dr Kim Cobb

Kim Cobb PhD, Gender Summit speaker (GS3NA)

Associate Professor, School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA.

Kim Cobb is an associate professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Kim was born in 1974 in Madison, Virginia, and grew up in Pittsfield, MA. She became interested in oceanography during her sophomore year in high school, when she attended a summer program at the Wood’s Hole Oceanographic Institute, in Falmouth, MA. She obtained her BA from Yale University in 1996, majoring in biology and geology, with a minor in art history. In 1994 she attended a summer program at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, in La Jolla, CA, after which she decided to pursue a graduate degree in Oceanography at Scripps. After earning her Ph.D. in Oceanography in 2002, she spent two years at Caltech in the Department of Geological and Planetary Sciences as a postdoctoral fellow before joining the faculty at Georgia Tech in 2004. Kim has sailed on six oceanographic cruises as part of her research, which is based in the tropical Pacific. She has also led five caving expeditions to the rainforests of Borneo for her research. She is very active in community outreach, giving scientific lectures to schools, church groups, and other public gatherings. In what little spare time she has, she enjoys swimming, hiking, and sewing.

Dr Kim Cobb acted acted as a science writer at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013.

Dr Jennifer R. Cohen

Jennifer R. Cohen, Gender Summit Speaker (GS3NA)

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow, Office of International & Integrative Activities, National Science Foundation (NSF), USA.

Jennifer R. Cohen PhD earned her associate’s degree from City College of San Francisco and her B.S. in biology from Howard University. In 2003, Dr. Cohen was awarded a Minority International Research Training Fellowship to conduct biomedical research in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In 2010, she earned her doctorate in Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology from The Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine. Her discovery of the targeting signal for the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) coronavirus envelope protein enhanced the modern paradigm of virus production by providing a novel approach for preventing viral infection. Dr. Cohen is passionate about the recruitment, retention and advancement of minorities within science and technology. Dr. Cohen developed a successful model for creating community among minorities in science and has presented her “best practices” in diversity issues during several national conferences. Her dedication to scientific research is merged with a commitment for using policy to change the stereotyped race and gender of science. She is currently an American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2013-14 Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation. Working in the Office of International & Integrative Activities, Dr. Cohen continues to broaden participation of minorities in STEM.

Jennifer R. Cohen acted as Rapporteur in the "Cultivating and Promoting Future Leaders" session at the the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013.

Prof Rita Colwell

Rita Colwell, Gender Summit speaker

Chair of Canon US Life Sciences Inc. and Distinguished Professor, University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA.

Rita Colwell was Director of NSF between 1998-2004, and President of the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute between 1991-1998.  Her current posts include Chair of Canon US Life Sciences Inc. and Distinguished Professor both at University of Maryland and at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Professor Colwell spoke on global infectious diseases, water, and health, and the international network she is developing to address emerging infectious diseases and water issues, including safe drinking water for both the developed and developing world at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA).

Prof Jennifer Ann Cooper

Prof Jennifer Ann Cooper, Gender Summit speaker

Professor, Postgraduate School of Economics, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico.

Jennifer Ann Cooper is a professor at the Postgraduate school of Economics, at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City where she currently coordinates the diploma course "Gender in Economics." She has worked closely with women unionists in Mexico to produce training courses which bridge academic research findings with the needs and demands of working women. In 2012, she was part of the technical committee which designed the Mexican Workplace Gender Equality Certification Indicators which were adopted by the ministry of labor and economics.  Her area of specialization is gender in relation to work and economic policies.  

Professor Cooper spoke about Embedding Gender Actions in Institutional Structures in the Context of Gender Mainstreaming which is the title of a current project headed by the Gender Studies Program in the UNAM (Pueg-Unam) at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA).

Dr Kellina Craig-Henderson

Craig-Henderson, Gender Summit speaker (GS3NA)

Deputy Division Director, Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences, National science Foundation (NSF), USA.

Kellina M. Craig-Henderson PhD is a former Professor of Social Psychology who is currently serving as the Deputy Division Director of the Social and Economic Sciences Division of the Social, Behavioral and Economic sciences Directorate of the National Science Foundation (NSF).  She retains an affiliation with the Department of Psychology at Howard University where she was promoted to the rank of Full Professor shortly before undertaking full-time Federal service at NSF.   Dr. Craig-Henderson graduated from Wesleyan University in Connecticut before attending the Master’s Program in the Social Sciences at the University of Chicago where she earned a M.A.  Immediately following that she attended Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana and earned an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Psychology.  She served on the faculty in the Department of Psychology as well as the Afro-American Studies and Research program at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.  This was followed by an appointment in the Psychology Department of California State University in Long Beach. Dr. Craig-Henderson remains passionate about broadening the participation of underrepresented groups, and has been involved in a number of national and international activities that share this focus.   She has published reports of empirical research in peer-reviewed journals as well as two books on interracial relationships. Her research program includes studies of groups, cross-cultural, gender and race issues, as well as aggression, and expatriation processes.  Her work has been supported by a variety of public and private sources including NSF, the Ford Foundation and the American Psychological Association, and she has presented findings from her research activities at a variety of regional, national and international research and pedagogical meetings.

Dr. Craig-Henderson acted as Discussant in the Equality for Excellence session at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013.

Prof Elizabeth Croft

Prof Elizabeth Croft, Gender Summit speaker

Professor and NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering (BC/Yukon Region), University of British Columbia, Canada.

Elizabeth Croft is Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada, and director of the Collaborative Advanced Robotics and Intelligent Systems Laboratory. In 2010 she founded the WWEST program for women in engineering, science and technology to promote science and engineering as an excellent career choice for women.  She is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering and Engineers Canada.

Professor Croft chaired the session on Enabling Organisational Systems and Processes  at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA). She brought to the discussions her considerable professional experience including as leader of workplace climate studies in both industry and academe. The session discussed structural changes to improve established institutional practices and process, to ensure that institutions treat their female and male researchers in the same way.

Prof Faye Crosby

Prof Faye Crosby, Gender Summit speaker

Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Provost of Cowell College, University of California at Santa Cruz, USA.

Faye Crosby is distinguished professor of psychology and Provost at the University of California, Santa Cruz.  She has received numerous professional awards, including the Kurt Lewin Award and the Carolyn Wood Sherif Award from the American Psychological Association.  She is a leading authority on affirmative action and diversity issues in education and business. 

Professor Crosby spoke on the phenomenon known as "the denial of personal disadvantage," whereby people see themselves as exempt from the injustices that affect groups with which they identify, at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA). She outlined why institutions and will advocate for one  American monitoring practice inaugurated by Executive Order 11246: affirmative action.

Prof Sophie D'Amours

Sophie D'Amours, Gender Summit speaker (GS3NA)

Vice Rector, Research and Innovation, Université Laval, Canada.

Sophie D'Amours is the Vice Rector o fResearch and Innovation at the Université Laval in Canada. She holds the Canada Research Chair in Planning Sustainable Forest Value Networks. She is the scientific director of VCO, a National research network, and chair of the board of directors of the Centre de Recherche Industrielle du Québec. She is member of the Canadian Academy of Engineering as well as a Council member of NSERC.

Professor D’Amours Chaired the session on Creating and Sustaining Networks at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013. She brought to this role her extensive experience of involvement in various national and international research projects on business engineering in the forest industry and as the driving force behind the consortium in the field of value chain management in the forest products sector.

Dr Donna J. Dean


Past President, Association for Women in Science (AWIS), USA.

Donna Dean has had a distinguished career with 27 years in the federal government at the National Institutes of Health and Food and Drug Administration, followed by five years as a senior science advisor at Lewis-Burke Associates, a DC–based government relations consulting firm. She recently compiled her experiences in a highly effective guide entitled “Getting the Most Out of Your Mentoring Relationships:  A Handbook for Women in STEM.”   Dr. Dean recently won the 2012 AWIS-Bethesda Award for Excellence in Mentoring. She is now engaged in pro bono work for AWIS and for the American Chemical Society on career enhancement and leadership development for individuals and organizations.

Dr. Dean spoke about the AWIS strategy for promoting women in science at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA).  Her talk on work-life satisfaction issues for women in STEM careers highlighted the toolkit devised to help women integrate work and life responsibilities.

Prof Carmen Diana Deere

Prof Carmen Diana Deere, Gender Summit speaker

Distinguished Professor of Latin American Studies and Food & Resource Economics, University of Florida, USA.

Carmen Diana Deere is Professor of Food and Resources Economics and Latin American Studies at the University of Florida.  Her research focuses on gender and development – specifically, the gender distribution of assets and wealth–, agricultural development and land policy, rural social movements, and agrarian history. She is the co-author of Empowering Women: Land and Property Rights in Latin America (2001) and co-guest editor of the special issue on Women and Wealth of the journal Feminist Economics (2006). Professor Deere is a co-PI of the Gender Asset Gap Project, an international research program focused on improving statistics on gender and assets and analyses of women’s intra-household bargaining power, currently funded by UNWomen.

Professor Deere’s presentation focused on the relation between women’s ownership of land and their role in agricultural decision-making at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA). Survey data for Ecuador, Ghana and India demonstrate that women landowners are actively engaged in the decisions regarding their own plots.   Their role in decision-making is overlooked in most surveys and agricultural censuses that focus on household headship rather than who in the household owns the land, to the peril of food security.

Stacey Del Vecchio


Manager, Caterpillar Inc., and President, Society for Women Engineers, USA.

Stacey Del Vecchio is manager for Caterpillar Inc., where she leads an engineering pipeline transformation project to ensure the best engineering talent is available to meet enterprise needs. She is also responsible for the engagement strategy with professional external organizations, as well as the science, technology, engineering, and math education (STEM) strategy.  Stacey is the FY14 President of the Society of Women Engineers.  

Stacey DelVecchio spoke about recruiting talented engineers for Caterpillar and their introduction to the company via the BEST Career Experience at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013.  This flexible program, designed to provide foundational engineering training and increase the new employees network, is tailored to the new engineers future career.  Different rotations and a compliment of webinars are chosen jointly with the new engineer and their supervisor.

Dr Kelvin K. Droegemeier

Kevin K. Droegemeier, Gender Summit speaker (GS3NA) Vice President for Research, University of Oklahoma and Vice Chairman, National Science Board, USA.

In 1989, Droegemeier co-founded the NSF Science and Technology Center for the Analysis and Prediction of Storms and directed it from 1994-2006. He now is director emeritus. In 2003, he co-founded and presently served for six years as deputy director of the NSF Engineering Research Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere. He also founded and served as director of the Sasaki Institute, a non-profit organization at the University of Oklahoma that fosters the development and application of knowledge, policy, and advanced technology for the mutual benefit of the government, academic and private sectors. Droegemeier also is heavily involved in creating research alliances among academia, government and industry, having led a partnership with American Airlines that in 2000 resulted in him starting a private weather technology company, Weather Decision Technologies, Inc (WDT).  Droegemeier has served as a consultant to Honeywell Corporation, American Airlines, Continental Airlines, and the National Transportation Safety Board. A Fellow of the American Meteorological Society, he is former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research and a Director of the Norman, Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce. In 2004, he was elected a Councilor in the American Meteorological Society.  Droegemeier was appointed to the National Science Board in 2004 and 2011. He was elected as Vice-Chairman in 2012. In 2009, he was appointed Vice President for Research at the University of Oklahoma.

Dr. Droegemeier sent his remarks via video in the "Ensuring Inclusive Excellence through Merit/Peer Review" roadmapping session of the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013.

Prof Kevein Dunbar (GS3NA)


Professor of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology and Director of Laboratory for Scientific Thinking, Reasoning, & Education, University of Maryland College Park, USA.

Kevin Dunbar is Professor of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology at the University of Maryland College Park.  His research focuses on the ways that scientists think, reason, and interact while they are making discoveries and inventing new technologies and the reasoning strategies they use.

Professor Dunbar spoke on how women and men scientists solve problems and interact when conducting experiments, based on naturalistic observations of scientists in working in their labs, at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA). He will discuss the role of gender and how scientists approach the unexpected and learn from mistakes from observations of the habits of researchers in different molecular biology labs.

Prof Gillian Einstein

Prof Gillian Einstein, Gender Summit speaker

Associate Professor of Psychology and Public Health, University of Toronto, Canada.

Gillian Einstein is an Associate Professor of Psychology as well as of Public Health at the University of Toronto where she is also Director of the Collaborative Graduate Program in Women's Health. Her research is on estrogens and their effects on mood and cognition as well as the effects of culture on the central nervous system, projects funded by the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. She serves as chair of the Institute Advisory Board of the Institute of Gender and Health, Canadian Institute of Health Research. 

Professor Einstein spoke on women’s health and neurodegenerative disease as well as reflect on multidisciplinary research approaches to women's health and for the increased integration of the basic sciences into our understanding of sex/gender at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA).

Carolyn Emerson

Carolyn Emerson, Gender Summit speaker

Project Coordinator, Canadian Coalition for Women in Science, Engineering, Trades and Technology, Canada.

Carolyn Emerson was Professional Assistant to the NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering, Atlantic Canada, 1998-2002.  Since then, she has worked on projects in Canada and the U.S. focusing on women’s full participation in science, engineering, trades and technology.   Carolyn is the co-author of Becoming Leaders – A Practical Handbook for Women in Engineering, Science and Technology published in 2008.  She currently serves as Project Coordinator for the Canadian Centre for Women in Science, Engineering, Trades and Technology.

Carolyn Emerson spoke about the Centre’s Women in SETT Leadership Program that provides professional development workshops to early career females to advance their career success and leadership roles at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA). She will also reference the Program’s module that assists senior leaders and managers to better understand the business case for increasing women’s representation, assess their organizational environment, and share practices to create more inclusive and innovative workplaces.

Dr Patricia Falcone

Dr Patricia Falcone, Gender Summit speaker

Associate Director, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, USA

Dr. Falcone is responsible for National Security and International Affairs in the Office of Science and Technology Policy. She was confirmed by the Senate and appointed by President Obama in August 2012.  Her work seeks to strengthen innovation and technical excellence in support of U.S. defense, intelligence, and national- and homeland-security missions and to ensure technical matters are effectively included in ongoing policy and budget development processes. Previously she was a Senior Manager at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, California where she was responsible for Systems Analysis and Engineering; earlier, she was named a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia. Falcone holds a B.S.E. in Aerospace and Mechanical Sciences from Princeton University, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.   

Dr. Falcone charied the plenary session on "Developing joint policies for innovation and partnerships in STEM higher education as a means of widening access to knowledge" and focused on framing key issues and motivating both policy development ideas and the definition of prototype actions, at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA).

Prof Annemieke Farenhorst

Prof Annemieke Farenhorst, Gender Summit speaker

Professor of Soil Science, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, University of Manitoba, Canada.

Annemieke Farenhorst is Professor of Soil Science, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, University of Manitoba.  Her research includes field and laboratory experimental work on the fate of pesticides, steroid estrogens and antibiotics in soil and water, as well as community-based collaborations for strengthening human and ecosystem health. She was recently awarded The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her leadership in research on pesticide fate in soil and water, her contributions to community-based research in rural communities of Central America and her role in mentoring women in science as the Chair for Women in Science and Engineering in the Prairie region of Canada. 

Professor Farenhorst spoke on gender equity issues in relation to food security and promoting gender equity in agriculture at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013. Her presentation showed examples from various countries and regions around the world, many based on her own field work experiences. 

Prof Carla Fehr

Prof Carla Fehr, Gender Summit speaker (GS3NA)Associate Professor, (Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy), Department of Philosophy, University of Waterloo, Canada.

Carla Fehr PhD works in the areas of socially relevant philosophy of science, philosophy of biology, and feminist epistemology. Her research examines the social nature of scientific research. Simply put, she argues that diversity promotes excellence. Scientific communities that include members from a diversity of social and material locations, and members who hold different theoretical perspectives, facilitate research that is more creative, more rigorous, and better able to meet the needs of a wide range of publics and policy makers, than homogeneous scientific communities. This means that research communities ought to value diversity not only for ethical and political reasons, but also because it makes our science better. Dr. Fehr was a co-PI for a NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant at Iowa State University from 2006 to 2011.  She is a founder of the American Philosophical Association, Committee on the Status of Women, Site Visit Program. This program is a resource for philosophy departments across the US and Canada who would like to improve the climate for women philosophers. Dr. Fehr is the Co-chair of the Association for Feminist Epistemology, Methodologies, Metaphysics and Science Studies and the Chair of the Status of Women and Equity Committee at the University of Waterloo.

Professor Fehr acted as Discussant in the "Diversity and Gatekeepers in STEM Participation" session at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013.

Dr Rosemarie Filart

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Medical Officer, Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH), National Institutes of Health (NIH), USA.

Rosemarie Filart, MD MPH, MBA, joined the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) in 2013 on detail from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. Dr. Filart brings more than seven years of experience in nation-wide multimillion dollar clinical and translational research program (CTSA) development where she worked in collaborative partnerships with federal entities such as AHRQ, HRSA, CDC, FDA, DOD, VA, ASPR, US State Department, and other NIH Institutes, Centers, & Offices, as well as with academia, community groups, and private entities such as Institute of Medicine, Academy Health, American Association of Medical Colleges, and Center of Medical Technology Policy.   With expertise in research program launching, implementation, development, dissemination, and sustainability, she has specific knowledge areas in comparative effectiveness research/ patient centered outcomes (CER/PCOR); neuroscience/neuroplasticity; technologies; emergency care research; physical activity, rehabilitation & disability; sleep research; and telemedicine/telehealth/mobile health/digital health.  She is a local and national speaker on those topic areas. She has published on CER/PCOR; education, training, & workforce development; neuroplasticity; and emergency care; and co-authored federal funding opportunities in CER, informatics and information systems, technologies, robotics, neuroscience, education/training among other areas in order to advance clinical and translational science into practical clinical use.   Dr. Filart participates in the Intramural Program for Research on Women’s Health, NIH Working Group on Women in Biomedical Careers, and other ORWH career development activities. Dr. Filart is the Chair of the Women’s Health Scientific Interest Group. She oversees the NIH ORWH research portfolio of disability, physical medicine, and rehabilitation research; CER/PCOR; and emergency care research as it pertains to women’s health.  Dr. Filart is a Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma for process improvement and trained in Continuous Process Improvement (CPI) and Hoshin Facilitation. She earned a Certificate in Technology Transfer with her capstone project in developing partnerships for drug repurposing. She is a board certified physician in both Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Spinal Cord Medicine, and is a practicing clinician.

Dr. Filart acted as Rapporteur in the "Pioneers Trailblazing the Future" roadmapping session at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013.

Prof Stephen M. Fiore

Prof Stephen M. Fiore, Gender Summit speaker

Associate Professor of Cognitive Science, University of Central Florida, USA.

Stephen M. Fiore is faculty member at the University of Central Florida’s Cognitive Sciences Program in the Department of Philosophy and Director of the Cognitive Sciences Laboratory at UCF’s Institute for Simulation and Training. He is the current president of the Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research and is currently serving as a committee member for the National Academy of Sciences consensus study on the Science of Team Science. His primary area of research is the interdisciplinary study of complex collaborative problem solving and understanding how humans interact socially and with technology.

Professor Fiore spoke about career paths in group and team research and what it means to be interdisciplinary at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA). An increase in cross-disciplinary, collaborative team science initiatives over the last few decades has spurred interest by multiple stakeholder groups in empirical research on scientific teams, giving rise to an emergent field referred to as the science of team science (SciTS).  Professor Fiore will present these trends and discuss them in the context of gender and group dynamics within science collaborations.

Abigail Forson

Abigail Forson, Gender Summit speaker

Assistant Director, Institute of Gender and Health (IGH), Canadian institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Canada

Abigail Forson is the Assistant Director of the Institute of Gender and Health (IGH), Canadian institutes of Health Research (CIHR). She has over fifteen years’ experience in brokering national and international partnerships, and in developing funding mechanisms to support research collaborations. Prior to joining IGH, Ms. Forson was CIHR’s Senior Advisor for International Relations where she led the development of several partnerships and bilateral relations to foster collaborations with international health research organizations. In this role she also developed funding mechanisms to facilitate Canadian researchers’ participation in international health research projects and consortia. Her career experience combines expertise from working within various research funding organizations including the National Research Council (NRC) of Canada and the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), as well as the private sector and international funding organizations. Abigail Forson holds a Master’s Degree in Economic Policy Management from McGill University, with specialization in International Science and Technology Policy.

Forson moderated the Best Practice Training Workshop on "Making Women in the System Visible" at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA).

Prof Tamara Franz-Odendaal

Prof Tamara Franz-Odendaal, Gender Summit Speaker

Associate Professor, Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC - CRSNG) Atlantic Chair for Women in Science and Engineering, Canada.

Tamara Franz-Odendaal is an Associate Professor of Biology at Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU) in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is a developmental biologist specializing in skeletal biology. In 2011, she was awarded the NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering for Atlantic Canada. Her program, WISE Atlantic, encourages young women to consider careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Dr. Franz-Odendaal is the current NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering (Atlantic Region), Canada.

Associate Professor Franz-Odendaal shared her recent data on the influencers that affect the subject and career choices of junior high school girls at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013. She discussed how her programs inspire girls to pursue the STEM professions through mentorship, webinars and workshops.

Amanda Galvez

Amanda Galvez, Gender Summit past speaker

Amanda Galvez, Professor, Department of Food and Biotechnology, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico  

Amanda Galvez gained her PhD at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, specializing in Food and Biotechnology.  Her current interests are molecular detection of genetic modifications in food and functionality of vegetable protein, in particular in legumes and oilseeds.  She has been adviser to the National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity of the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on issues of biodiversity. 

Professor Galvez spke about diversity issues relevant to food security and in particular on GM food and gender issues at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA).  She also spoke about women and men’s perceptions of biotechnology, and the relationship between attitudes to science and the responsibilities and management of domestic life.

Dr Stacie Geller

Stacie Geller, Gender Summit speaker (GS3NA)

G. William Arends Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Illinois College of Medicine, Director, UIC Center for Research on Women, Director, Gender and the National Center of Excellence in Women's Health, USA.

Stacie Geller is the G. William Arends Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, and the Director of both the UIC Center for Research on Women and Gender and the National Center of Excellence in Women's Health. Dr. Geller is a health services researcher and epidemiologist with expertise in women's health issues, complementary and alternative medicine, maternal mortality and morbidity, and has published extensively in these areas. She has a well-established national and international research career, has been awarded numerous research grants and has conducted several NIH funded clinical trials. Under Dr. Geller's leadership, UIC’s Center for Research on Women and Gender is among just a handful of 2011 Presidential Award winners for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring.

Dr. Geller spoke about key elements of successful mentoring based on her experience as Principal Investigator of UIC's Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH) program as well as her engagement in mentoring programs for female faculty and students in STEM disciplines at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013.

Maire Geoghegan Quinn (GS3NA)

Geoghegan-Quinn, Gender Summit past speaker

Commissioner for Research, Innovation & Science, Directorate General Research, Innovation & Science, European Commission.

Political career 1994 -1997: Member of Dáil Éireann and Opposition Spokesperson on Health. 1993 -1994: Minister for Justice. Member of the Irish Government team which negotiated the Joint Declaration of December 1993, by the British and Irish Governments, on Peace and Reconciliation in Ireland 1992: Minister for Tourism, Transport and Communications • 1991 -1992: Member of Dáil Éireann • 1987 - 1991: Minister for European Affairs. Chaired inter-departmental Cttee. on EU policy with responsibility for co-ordinating Ireland’s EU Presidency in 1990. During the Presidency chaired the Budget, Telecommunications, Culture and Development Councils • 1982 - 1987: Member of Dáil Éireann • Chairwoman of 1st Joint Parliamentary Cttee. on Women’s Rights and Member of Parliamentary Cttee. on Marital Breakdown • 1982: Minister of State for Education • 1981 - 1982: Member of Dáil Éireann • 1979 - 1981: Minister for the Gaeltacht (1st woman Cabinet Minister since the foundation of the State) • 1977 - 1979: Minister of State for Commerce • 1975 – 1977: Member of Dáil Éireann (Irish Parliament). Professional career • 1970 -1975: Teacher • 1997 - 2000: Columnist with “The Irish Times” newspaper; TV presenter; Part-time business consultant; Non-executive director Aer Lingus; Non-executive director Ryan Hotels. • 2000-2010: Member of the European Court of Auditors. Other activities • Former Member of the Governing authority of the National University of Ireland Galway • 1996: Publication “The Green Diamond”.

In a video presentation at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA), the Commissioner introduced the latest EU-wide policy direction and initiatives in Europe to promote action on the gender dimension in research and innovation, and in particular, for the first time, as an integral part of the Horizon 2020 R&D programme, and the European Research Area.

Dr Nadia Ghazzali

Nadia Ghazzali, Gender Summit speaker (GS3NA)

Full Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Université Laval, Canada.

Nadia Ghazzali PhD is a Full Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Université Laval in Quebec City in Canada. In 2012, she was appointed as the new President of the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (University of Quebec in Trois-Rivières), by the Council of Ministers of Quebec, Canada. Professor Ghazzali is also NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering (Quebec Region). She is based at the Département de mathématiques et d’informatique
Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières.

Professor Ghazzali spoke about her role at WISE in stimulating young women’s interest in pursuing careers in science and engineering; understanding the main factors that influence girls’ career decisions; increasing women’s participation in positions of responsibility; and promoting a positive climate that encourages the recruitment of female students in science and engineering at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013.

Amelia Goh

Amelia Goh, Gender Summit speaker

Associate Knowledge Management Officer in the Environment, Social and Governance Department, International Finance Corporation (IFC), International.

Amelia Goh is Associate Knowledge Management Officer in the Environment, Social and Governance Department at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), where she works on sustainability issues. She obtained her MSc in Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology at the University of Maryland in 2012, where she conducted a literature review on gender issues and climate change in collaboration with the International Food Policy Research Institute. The review was part of a project entitled “Enhancing Women’s Assets to Manage Risk under Climate Change: Potential for Group-Based Approaches” supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany. She is also the co-author of a working paper from the CGIAR Gender & Diversity Program entitled, "Successful Women, Successful Science."

Amelia Goh spoke at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA) about the gender-differentiated impacts of climate change on women and men in developing countries based on her recent literature review on this topic.  The analysis shows that climate change affects women’s and men’s assets and well-being differently in six impact areas: (i) impacts related to agricultural production, (ii) food security, (iii) health, (iv) water and energy resources, (v) climate-induced migration and conflict, and (vi) climate- related natural disasters.

Shari Graydon

Shari Graydon, Gender Summit speaker

Shari Graydon, Communications consultant and journalist, USA.

Shari Graydon is an award-winning author, journalist and communications consultant with 20 years of experience. She has taught communications and media relations at Simon Fraser University, and now leads Informed Opinions, an initiative that supports expert women in translating their knowledge into the public discourse across Canada. 

Shari Graydon chaired the session on the Role of Gender in STEM Communication at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA). She brought to this task her experience as the President of MediaWatch and Founder and Catalyst of Informed Opinions. Both in terms of the deliverer’s and receiver’s perception, the session will explore whether women communicate differently than men, and whether the public perceives communication by men and women differently.

Dr Phyllis E. Greenberger

Phyllis E. Greenberger, Gender Summit past speaker

MSW President & CEO, Society for Women's Health Research (SWHR), USA.

Phyllis E. Greenberger, M.S.W., is the President and CEO of the Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR), a national non-profit organization based in Washington DC, is widely recognized as the thought leader in women’s health research. SWHR’s mission is to improve the health of all women through advocacy, education and research. Greenberger is the first and only President and CEO of SWHR since it's founding in 1990. Through her leadership, dedication and promotion of women’s health, sex differences is now widely known and recognized as a critical factor in women’s health. The Medical Herald selected her as one of the twenty most influential women in medicine today. In 2006, Greenberger was named one of Washingtonian’s 100 Most Powerful Women by Washingtonian Magazine. Woman’s Day magazine awarded Greenberger the 2006 “Red Dress Award” in recognition of her work in leading the way in the fight against heart disease in women, and in 2010 named her one of 50 “Women Who Are Changing the World.” She is profiled in the book Extraordinary Women: Fantasies Revealed (Stewart, Tabori and Chang, 2006), which features profiles and portraits of 58 prominent women in the United States. Greenberger with Dr. Jennifer Wider is the editor of the book The Savvy Woman Patient: How and Why Your Sex Impacts Your Health (Capitol Books, 2006). Besides sitting on SWHR's Board of Directors, Greenberger currently serves on the Scientific Advisory Board for WomenHeart, a national coalition for women with heart disease; is a board member of the Interstitial Cystitis Association; resides on the Editorial Board for Shape magazine; serves on the Women’s Task Force for the National Hemophilia Foundation; and is a member of the International Women’s Forum and the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW).

Dr. Greenberger spoke about Promoting Best Practice and Knowledge for More Gender Aware Diagnosing and Treatment in the Integrating Gender Dimension into Medical Researcher Training best practice workshop at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013.

Prof Joel D. Greenspan

Prof Joel D. Greenspan, Gender Summit speaker

Professor and Chair of the Department of Neural and Pain Sciences, University of Maryland School of Dentistry, USA.

Joel D. Greenspan, PhD, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Neural and Pain Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. He received his PhD from the Neuroscience Program of Florida State University, and conducted postdoctoral work in the Neurobiology Program of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He holds adjunct faculty appointments in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine, and in the Department of Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Greenspan is Co-Director of the newly established Univ. of Maryland Pain Center, and Co-PI of the NIH-funded Center for Genomics and Pain. 

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Dr Emily Grumbling

Emily Grumbling, Gender Summit past speaker

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellow, Office of the Assistant Director for Computer and Information Science and Engineering, National Science Foundation (NSF), USA.

Emily Grumbling completed her doctoral research in 2010 in physical chemistry. From 2011-2012, she served as an ACS/AAAS Congressional Fellow in the Office of Congresswoman Diana DeGette, where she worked on issues such as hydraulic fracturing and toxic chemicals policy. In 2012, she moved to the U.S. National Science Foundation's Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering, serving as an AAAS Policy Fellow first in the Division of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure and now in the Office of the Assistant Director. She currently works on projects involving data access and analytics, cyberlearning, cybersecurity, and communications and public affairs. Emily is particularly interested in how current technologies affect the way society consumes information and assimilates knowledge.

Emily Grumbling acted as Rapporteur in the "Enabling Organizational Systems and Processes" session at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013.

Jeanne-Marie Guise

Jeanne-Marie Guise, Gender Summit speaker

Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical Informatics, and Clinical Epidemiology, Oregon Health and Science University, USA.

Jeanne-Marie Guise MD, PhD, MPH is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology, and Public Health & Preventive Medicine at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland Oregon. She is a practicing OB/GYN with additional training in evidence-based medicine, medical ethics, public health, informatics, and team training. She leads large interprofessional research studies aimed to improve the health and safety of women and children and programs aimed at promoting interprofessional education, improving clinical quality and advancing scientific discovery.

Together with Professor Regensteiner, Professor Guise spoke about “Fostering Interdisciplinary Careers” with a focus on presenting best practices and pearls in mentoring interdisciplinary research careers that were shared by the 29 sites of the National BIRCWH program. This unique and innovative interdisciplinary initiative is led by the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health and is now serving as a model for interdisciplinary career development.  BIRCWH programs provide a mentored environment for junior faculty to develop into successful independent clinical and non-clinical scientific leaders who conduct women’s health research and/or sex and gender difference research. Professors Reensteiner and Guise also spoke about the factors associated with success, which include measures ensuring sufficient protected time for regular mentoring; mentors promoting the research independence of the scholar; a team mentoring approach, including career as well as content mentors; and explicit and clear expectations outlined between the scholar and mentor.

Virginia Hall

Virginia Hall, Gender Summit past speaker

Virginia Hall, Director for Operation and Research, Actua, Canada.

Virginia Hall is Director for Operations and Research at Actua, a national not-for-profit organization in Canada that supports the development and delivery of hands-on programs that inspire youth in science, engineering and technology. Each year, Actua's network of member organizations reaches over 200,000 young Canadians (ages 6-17) through summer day camps, school workshops and community outreach activities.

Virginia Hall spoke about engaging Girls and the critical importance of all-girl programs in STEM at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013.  Actua is Canada's largest youth science, technology, engineering and math outreach organization annually engaging over 225,000 youth each year in 500 communities across Canada.  Actua has operated a successful National Girls Program for fifteen years offering all-girl camps, workshops and mentorship.  This session will highlight Actua's approach, major learnings and impact to date.

Prof Jo Handelsman

Dr Jo Handelsman, Gender Summit 5 Africa speaker

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor and Frederick Phineas Rose Professor in the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, Yale University, USA.

Jo Handelsman is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor and Frederick Phineas Rose Professor in the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at Yale University. She received her PhD. in Molecular Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1984 and she served on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1985 until moving to Yale in 2010. Her research focuses on the genetic and functional diversity of microorganisms in soil, plant and insect gut communities. Handelsman’s lab is one of the pioneers of functional metagenomics, an approach to accessing the genetic potential of unculturable bacteria in environmental samples. Their studies using both culture-based and metagenomic analyses have led to discovery of novel antibiotics and determinants of antibiotic resistance and expanded understanding of multispecies interactions that enhance or diminish the health of host animals and plants.  In addition to her microbiology research program, Handelsman is also known internationally for her efforts to improve science education and increase the participation of women and minorities in science at the university level. She co-founded the Women in Science and Engineering Leadership Institute at UW-Madison, which designed and evaluated interventions intended to enhance the participation of women in science, and founded The Center for Scientific Teaching at Yale, which provides local and national leadership in transforming classroom teaching in science and engineering. Her leadership in education and women in science led to her appointment as the first President of the Rosalind Franklin Society, her service on the National Academies' panel that wrote the 2006 report, "Beyond Bias and Barriers: Fulfilling the Potential of Women in Academic Science and Engineering," appointment as co-Director of the National Academies Summer Institutes on Undergraduate Education in Biology, and her role as co-chair of a working group that produced the report to President Obama, “Engage to Excel: Producing One Million Additional College Graduates with Degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.”

Professor Hanedelsman spoke about pervasive gender bias favouring men that has been shown to influence the decisions of both female and male faculty, regardless of STEM field, at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA). This bias is unintended and probably linked to unconscious processes influenced by numerous aspects of culture rather than deliberate discrimination, but the effect is that women, right from the start of their science careers face more obstacles than men, and new approaches are needed to reduce these barriers to women's advancement.

Dr Graham Harrison

Dr Graham Harrison, Gender Summit speaker

Program Officer, International Science and Engineering, National Science Foundation (NSF), USA.

Graham Harrison is a Program Officer in the Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE) at the National Science Foundation. His portfolio of responsibility includes Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland, as well as European-wide programs such as those supported by the European Commission. Prior to coming to NSF, he was a faculty member in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Clemson University. He earned a PhD at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and has also taught and undertaken research in Australia, Portugal, Thailand and the UK.

Dr. Harrison chaired the ‘grand challenges’ session on Environment.  He brought to this role his scientific and engineering training in the area of Chemical Engineering, as well as the NSF experience of promoting research leading to better understanding of environmental issues.

Dr Louise Harvey

Dr Louise Harvey, Gender Summit speaker

Postdoctoral Fellow
, Douglas Institute Research Centre, Canada.

Louise Harvey is a postdoctoral fellow from Australia who is pursuing research in neurodevelopmental psychiatric disorders at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute, McGill University. She is an executive member of the Association of Postdoctoral Fellows of McGill University and of the Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars, and Chair of Programming for the Greater Montreal chapter of Women in Bio. She is a co-author of the recently released 2013 Canadian Postdoc Survey: Painting a Picture of Canadian Postdoctoral Scholars. 

Dr. Harvey spoke about understanding the needs of postdoctoral scientists at national, regional and institutional levels and facilitating the establishment of best practice polices for the postdoctoral training and work environment, and to encourage their implementation by institutions and postdocs.

Prof Ruby Heap

Prof Ruby Heap, Gender Summit speaker

Professor, Department of History, University of Ottawa, Coordinator of the University of Ottawa Women in Engineering Research Group, Canada.

Ruby Heap is a full Professor at the Department of History at the Ottawa University.  She specializes in the history of women in engineering promoting the view that engineering should be an inclusive profession that values, supports and celebrates the contribution of women.  In 2010 was the recipient of the Professional Engineers Ontario President’s Award.   

Professor Heap spoke about encouraging girls and women to study engineering and science and improving the status of women in engineering at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA). She has extensive knowledge and experience of gender issues in the context of engineering having been actively involved in the Ottawa chapter of Women in Science and Engineering, and the International Network of Women Engineers and Scientists.

Dr Shirin Heidari (GS3NA)

Shirin Heidari, Gender Summit 7 Eu Speaker

Executive Editor, Journal of the International AIDS Society and Member of Council and Chair of the Gender Policy Committee, European Association of Science Editors.

Shirin Heidari PhD is Executive Editor of the Journal of the International AIDS Society. In 2012, Dr. Heidari was appointed member of the Council of the European Associations of Science Editors, where she also serves as the chair of the Gender Policy Committee. She continuously advocates for a gender sensitive approach to research and programme delivery. As Executive Editor, she implemented an editorial policy that strongly encourages authors to disaggregate research data by sex and provide gender analyses in submitting manuscripts. Shirin has a Doctorate degree in Clinical Virology and Experimental Oncology from Karolinska Institute in Sweden. She completed her post-doctoral training with The European Vaccine Effort against HIV/AIDS and thereafter, she continued her research at the Centre of Excellence for Infectious Medicine at the Karolinska Institute. She has 10 years of experience in research and is the author of a number of publications.

Dr. Heidari will spoke about the important role scientific journals have as gatekeepers of science, how relevant sex and gender considerations in editorial policies are strikingly absent and what the research implications are. Her presentation focused on the recent results of an international survey launched by the European Association of Science Editors, which probed for existing editorial gender policies as well as opinions regarding such policies.

Prof Jeffrey Henderson

Jeffery Henderson, past Gender Summit speaker

Assistant Professor of Medicine and Molecular Microbiology, Center for Women's Infectious Diseases Research, Division of Infectious Diseases, Washington University School of Medicine, USA.

Jeffrey Henderson is Assistant Professor of Medicine and Molecular Microbiology at the Center for Women's Infectious Diseases Research and is in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Washington University School of Medicine. He is a physician-scientist, Burroughs Wellcome Foundation career awardee, and a past trainee of the Building Interdisciplinary Research in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) program. His laboratory uses interdisciplinary approaches to better understand Gram-negative virulence with a focus on urinary tract infections. These studies seek to identify diagnostic and therapeutic strategies for urinary tract infections in a post-antibiotic era using approaches from epidemiology, mathematics, microbiology, and biochemistry.  

Professor Henderson spoke about the relevance of the gender dimension in basic and applied research leading to the development of successful preventions and therapies for bacterial infections that are particularly common in women, such as recurrent urinary tract infections at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013.

Prof Nancy Hopkins

Prof Nancy Hopkins, Gender Summit speaker

Professor of Biology, MIT, USA.

Nancy Hopkins is the Amgen, Inc. Professor of Molecular Biology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a successful cancer biologist. She contributed to a better understanding of the genetic basis of early vertebrate development by identifying a significant fraction of the genes essential for early zebrafish development. Many of these genes have human counterparts that are involved in health conditions, including birth defects and cancer. She is a prominent advocate of equality for women in science. In 2012, she received the Margaret L. Kripke Legend Award for Promotion of Women in Cancer Medicine and Cancer Science. 

Professor Hopkins spoke at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA) on how science institutions can ensure that women and men have the same opportunities in their science careers based on her own efforts and experience of the change that she has initiated and which has taken place since 1999 at MIT/

Prof Cynthia J. Jameson

Prof Cynthia J. Jameson, Gender Summit speaker

Professor Emerita of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois-Chicago, USA.

Cynthia J. Jameson Professor Emerita of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at University of Illinois-Chicago.  She has contributed significantly to a fundamental understanding of the NMR chemical shift as a molecular electronic property. She has been a visiting scientist in Oxford and Cambridge Universities in the UK, and has been active in UIC’s Women in Science and Engineering System Transformation program as a Facilitator since 2003.

Professor Jameson spoke about supporting academic women in STEM and the workshop that she designed known as The Post-Doc Institute for preparing women for an academic career at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA).

Prof Simone Buitendijk (GS3NA)

Simone Buitendijk, Gender Summit past speakers

Vice-rector Magnificus and member of the Board of the University of Leiden, Netherlands, Professor and Chair of Women’s and Family Health at the Leiden University Medical Center, Netherlands.

Simone Buitendijk PhD, MPH, MD is Vice-rector Magnificus and member of the Board of the University of Leiden and Professor and Chair of Women’s and Family Health at the Leiden University Medical Center. Simone Buitendijk studied Medicine in Utrecht. She is a member of the LERU (League of European Research Universities) Steering Group for the advice paper on Gender in Academia.

Professor Buitendijk spoke about ‘Increasing gender diversity in academic leadership’ in Europe at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA). It is clear from a large body of recent studies, which measures can and should be implemented to change the present imbalance. The time for action has arrived and concrete measures that universities can take are available. She presented recommendations from the recent League of European Research Universities (LERU)-report ‘'Women, research and universities: excellence without gender bias" that she co-authored.

Teresa Stanek Rea


Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the US Patents and Trademark Office, USA.

Teresa Stanek Rea is the Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. In this role she provides leadership and oversight to one of the largest intellectual property offices in the world. She has served as Deputy Under Secretary and Deputy Director since March 2011. 

Teresa Stanek Rea spoke about the Patents for Humanity USPTO's voluntary pilot program to recognize patent owners who apply their patented technology to address humanitarian needs at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA). The program advances the president’s global development agenda by rewarding companies who bring life-saving technologies to underserved people of the world, while showing how patents are an integral part of tackling the world's challenges.

Prof Gorodezky Lauferman

Gorodezky Lauferman, Gender Summit speaker

Professor and Director of the Department of Immunology and Immunogenetics, Instituto de Diagnostico y Referencia Epidemiologicos, México City, Mexico.

Clara Gorodezky Lauferrman is Professor of Genetics at the Department of Immunology and Immunogenetics, Instituto de Diagnostico y Referencia Epidemiologicos, México City, Mexico.  

Professor Gorodezky spoke about introducing sex and gender as concepts and variable relevant to immunogenetics and susceptibility to cancer at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA).

Prof Mayra de la Torre

Mayra de la Torre, Gender Summit past speaker

Full professor, Department of Food Sciences, the Centro de Investigacion en Alimentacion y Desarrollo A.C. in Sonora, Mexico

Mayra de la Torre PhD is full professor at the Department of Food Sciences of the Centro de Investigacion en Alimentacion y Desarrollo A.C. in Sonora, Mexico. received her PhD from the Instituto Politecnico Nacional (Mexico), majoring in bioengineering where she was awarded Lazaro Cardenas award as the best PhD student. Since 1985, she has been a member of the National System of Researchers, she holds the highest position National Researcher Level 3. National Award in Food Research in Bioengineering in 1987 (Premio Nacional de Investigación en Alimentos en Bioingeniería, Mexico), the Manuel Noriega award for young scientist in Applications of Science and Technology, Organization of the American States in 1988 (honorific mention), the Prize of the Academy of Science of the Developing World in Engineering Sciences in 2003, for her outstanding contributions to research and innovation in bioprocessing engineering and for the implementation of such biotechnological processes. As well as the award of Interciencia Association in Life Sciences in 2004 and in 2008 she was awarded as Guest Professor by the Academic Council of “Universidad Nacional de Tucuman” in Argentina. In 1988, she received the National Award of Science and Fine Arts in the Technology category (the most important prize that the Mexican government awards to Mexican scientists). She was the first woman and the youngest ever scientist to be awarded this honour. She is also Vice-President for Latin America and the Caribbean of the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD).

Prof de la Torre spoke in the Pioneers Trailblazing the Future at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA).

Valerie B. Jarrett

Vaeria J. Jarrett, Gender Summit speaker

Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls, USA.

Valerie B. Jarrett is a Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama. She oversees the Offices of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs and chairs the White House Council on Women and Girls. Prior to joining the Obama Administration, she was the Chief Executive Officer of The Habitat Company. She also served as Co-Chair of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team, and Senior Advisor to Obama's presidential campaign.   Valerie Jarrett will speak about the White House initiatives and actions to make science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) sector more inclusive for women and underrepresented communities. 

Jarrett commented at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA) on the mission and achievements of the Council on Women and Girls to coordinate federal response to the challenges confronted by women and girls, and ensure that all Cabinet and Cabinet-level agencies consider how their policies and programs impact women and families.

Dr Joy Johnson

Dr Joy Johnson, Past Gender Summit Speaker

Scientific Director of the Institute of Gender and Health (IGH), Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Canada.

Joy Johnson is a Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia (UBC) with long standing interest and leadership in the field of gender and health. She served on the inaugural steering committee for the BC Centre of Excellence for Women's Health and was a co-leader on the BC Network for Women's Health Research. Dr. Johnson founded and co-directed the highly successful multidisciplinary research unit NEXUS, dedicated to research, knowledge translation, and training in the social contexts of health behavior. She was also a founder and principal investigator for the UBC Centre for Nursing and Health Behaviour Research.

Professor Johnson welcomed delegates to lunch on Day 1 of the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013.

Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson PhD

Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson PhD

MPH Congress representative from Texas, USA.

Eddie Bernice Johnson is a Representative from Texas.  She was chief psychiatric nurse and psychotherapist at Veterans Administration hospital, Dallas; member of the Texas state house of representatives, 1972-1977; administrator, United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare; member of the Texas state senate, 1986-1992; and elected as a Democrat to the One Hundred Third and to the ten succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1993-present).

Congresswoman Johnson spoke at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA) about her role in introducing two bills in Congress: the Broadening Participation in STEM Education Act and the Fulfilling the Potential of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Act, as well as on her efforts for the Congress to adopt the STEM Opportunities Act Focused on women.

Cathee Johnson Phillips

Cathee Johnson Phillips, Gender Summit speaker

Executive Director, Foothills Child Advocacy Center, Charlottesville, USA.

Cathee Johnson Phillips is the Executive Director of the Foothills Child Advocacy Center in Charlottesville, Virginia. She served as the executive director of the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) for five years.  She is the principal investigator for the NPA's project, "From Postdoc to Faculty: Transition Issues for Women Scientists," funded by a National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE Partnerships for Adaptation, Implementation, and Dissemination (PAID) Award.

Cathee Johnson Phillips spoke about the National Postdoctoral Association’s ADVANCE project, the aim of which was to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic science, technology, engineering and math careers at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA). The main deliverables were a National Summit on Gender and the Post-doctorate and the development and publication of the resource book, From PhD to Professoriate: The Role of the Institution in Fostering the Advancement of Postdoc Women. The book can be downloaded at

Prof Mary Juhas

Prof Mary Juhas, Gender Summit speaker

Associate Vice President, Gender Initiatives in STEMM, Office of Research, Clinical Professor, Materials Science & Engineering Co-investigator, Project CEOS (Comprehensive Equity at Ohio State), An NSF ADVANCE Program Award, Ohio State University, USA.

Mary Juhas is Associate Dean for Diversity and Outreach in the College of Engineering and Associate Professor of Practice of Materials Science and Engineering.  She is also Associate Vice president for Gender Initiatives in STEMM.  She chairs the President and Provost’s Council on Women, as well as coordinates The Women’s Place and the Comprehensive Equity at Ohio State initiatives.

Professor Juhas spoke at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA) on the experience in the recruitment and retention of women and minority faculty and outreach activities in the College of Engineering, and the experience of The Women’s Place initiative, including dual-career hiring and how search committees for STEMM faculty promote diversity in applicant pools; and the efforts to enhance the culture and work environments for women in STEMM areas.

Dr Joel Kelly

Dr Joel Kelly, Gender Summit speaker

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, The University of British Columbia, Canada 

Joel Kelly is a postdoctoral fellow in materials chemistry at the University of British Columbia, and currently serves as postdoctoral representative on NSERC's Committee on Grants and Scholarships. 

Dr. Kelly acted as Rapporteur, on Day 2 in the parallel road mapping session “Empowering Voices of Early Career Scientists” at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA).

Prof Sabra Klein


Assistant Professor, Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA.

Sabra Klein PhD is Assistant Professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology. She is a leading expert on sex differences in susceptibility to infection. In 2010, she won the Society for Women’s Health Research Medtronic Award for Science Contributions.

Professor Klein spoke at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA) on uncovering the mechanisms mediating how males and females differ in their immune responses to viral infection and vaccination and how immunological, hormonal, and genetic differences between males and females affect sex differences in susceptibility to viruses, including influenza viruses and hantaviruses.  She has contributed to research showing that females typically mount more robust immune responses than males, which can be beneficial for clearance of viruses, but also can be detrimental by causing immunopathology.

El Mehelmy Kotb

El Mehelmy Kotb, Gender Summit Speaker

Madiha El Mehelmy Kotb, President, The American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Canada/USA.

Madiha El Mehelmy Kotb is president of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. She is a licensed engineer in the Province of Québec and heads the Pressure Vessels Technical Services Division for Régie du bâtiment du Québec, a Board established by the Québec Government to ensure the quality and safety of buildings and systems, including safety programs within the field of pressure vessels. She is also a member of the National Board of Boiler Inspectors representing the Province of Québec. In addition to her term as chair of the ASME Québec Section (2000-2003), Kotb has served as a member of the Society's Engineering for Global Development committee and held a key leadership role in the development of  Engineering For Change (E4C), a dynamic and growing community of engineers, technologists, social scientists, NGOs, local governments and community advocates whose mission is to improve quality of life in communities around the world. Beginning her engineering education in materials engineering at the American University in Cairo, Kotb is a graduate of Concordia University in Montreal where she received her bachelor and master's degrees in mechanical engineering. A recognized leader among her peers, she is a recipient of the ASME Dedicated Service Award and the Canadian Standards Association Award of Merit for her contribution to the development of Canadian nuclear standards. 

Kotb spoke about the creation of platforms for promoting engineering that addresses key societal and humanitarian needs such as food security, water security, disaster relief, and technologies to  improve human livelihood. She discussed the value of building international bridges through professional societies like ASME and initiatives such as Engineering For Change.

Prof Ingrid Kuri Alonso

Kuri alonso

Professor of Globalization and Economic Development, Center of Higher Technical Education, Tijuana, Mexico.

Ingrid Kuri  is a Professor of Globalization and Economic Development at the Center of Higher Technical Education in Tijuana, Mexico. Professor Kuri is a lawyer with a Master of Law degree and currently a Ph.D. candidate in Social Sciences specialized in Economic Development and Social Exclusion at the College of Sonora. Her research focuses on gender and labor market –specifically, occupational segregation and the gender gap at the workplace-, and Wage and characteristics of demand of labor markets for legal professionals in the northern border of Mexico. 

Ingrid Kuri Alonso at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA) spoke about her career development experience as an academic within the law field in Mexico, reflecting on the different aspects of her early career which influenced the choices she has made and what lessons can be drawn for other women.

Prof Juan Pedro Laclette

Juan Pedro Laclette, Gender Summit past speakers

Professor, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Co-Chair of the Interamerican Network of the Academies of Science at the Mexican Academy of Sciences, Mexico.

Juan Pedro Laclette gained his PhD in the Biomedical Research Institute of the UNAM and post-doctorate training in the Harvard Public Health School. For the last 28 years he has been conducting research at UNAM.  His research concentrates on the study of the pork and human Cysticercosis, an infection caused by the pork tapeworm, Taenia solium. The current efforts of various Mexican groups, including Dr. Laclette's, are aimed at understanding the dynamics of the transmission of the disease and the development of a practical vaccine against porcine cysticercosis. Juan Pedro Laclette is currently the leader of an institutional megaproject directed to characterize the genome of this parasitic organism.  He is also Co-chair of the Mexican Academy of Sciences Interamerican Network of Academies of Sciences, the other Co-chair is Michael Clegg from the National Academy of Sciences. 

Professor Laclette will took the role of Chair of the plenary session to Demonstrate evidence of how incorporating sex and gender consideration into STEM research and innovation informs policy at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA).  He brought to this role his experience as President of the Scientific and Technological Consultative Forum, which produced in 2009 the report “Measuring the Progress of Societies. A Mexican Perspective”, which looked at the science’s social commitment and proposed economic, social and environmental indicators of societies’ wellbeing and progress.

Dr Gretalyn (Gretal) Leibnitz


Director, ADVANCE Implementation Mentors (AIM) Network & Assistant Director, ADVANCE at WSU Excellence in Science and Engineering (EXCELinSE) Center, Washington State University, USA.

Dr. Gretal Leibnitz is an Experimental Psychologist.  She established and directs the national ADVANCE Implementation Mentors (AIM) Network, an ADVANCE Program Coordinators/Directors Community of Practice.  She is co-PI, with colleague Dr. Ming Shi Trammel, on the AIM Network Women of Color Allies and Partners Project.   Leibnitz serves as the Assistant Director for ADVANCE at WSU’s Excellence in Science and Engineering (EXCELinSE) Center.  In her current role she is involved in a broad range of Center activities including program development, implementation, and assessment; coordination of Proactive Recruitment and Network Development (PRO-NET) activities; and research.  Much of her ADVANCE research focuses on work-life concerns.  Dr.  Leibnitz has served as invited presenter, workshop facilitator and training coordinator on topics such as workforce inclusivity, barriers to gender equity, work-life integration, unconscious bias in decision making, and organizational best practices and policies.

Dr. Leibnitz shared the results of her dependent care work in a presentation entitled, “Methods of Supporting Career-Life Integration in Higher Education" at at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA). Her presentation included information on a variety of dependent care topics, including back-up care needs of faculty, elder care impact in higher education, and dependent care policies and practices at ADVANCE institutions.

Prof Carmen Leicht-Scholten (GS3NA)

Leicht Scholten

Professor of “Gender and Diversity in Engineering”, Faculty of Civil Engineering, RWTH Aachen University, Germany.

Leicht-Scholten PhD, Bs is Vice Dean for Studies Affair at the faculty of civil engineering. Carmen Leicht-Scholten has been University Professor for Gender and Diversity in Engineering at the RWTH Aachen Faculty of Civil Engineering since January 2012. Her research focuses are gender and diversity perspectives in science and technology research, gender relations in the STEM subjects, and gender and diversity perspectives in organizations.

Professor Leicht-Scholten spoke about the necessity to integrate  gender and diversity modules in engineering curricula in order to educate leaders of tomorrow at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA). She presented the experiences in her own faculty, where the students have the obligatory course “introduction in gender and diversity studies.

Prof Marigold Linton


Director, American Indian Outreach, University of Kansas, USA.

Marigold Linton is Director of American Indian Outreach at The University of Kansas. Her research area involves the examination of very long-term memory. She is the founding member and Past President of Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science.

Professor Linton spoke about the collaboration between Kansas University and Haskell Indian Nations University on enhancing Native Americans education in the biomedical sciences as well as on the work of NSF’s Committee on Equality of Opportunity in Science and Engineering at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013.

Dr Kelly Mack (GS3NA)


Vice President for Undergraduate Science Education and Executive Director, Project Kaleidoscope, Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), USA.

Kelly Mack PhD is the Vice President for Undergraduate Science Education and Executive Director of Project Kaleidoscope, a non-profit organization focusing on undergraduate STEM education reform, at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U).  She was the Senior Program Director for the National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE Program.  Her scientific interests include Physiology and Endocrinology.

Dr. Mack spoke at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA) on opportunities for women of color in STEM and reversing the dramatic U.S. loss of talent in STEM disciplines, using evidence-based practices that increase persistence and achievement for all students, with particular attention to students from underrepresented groups; and ensuring that all STEM graduates build from the outset of their studies the multi-disciplinary knowledge, research skills, and mindsets needed to address complex societal challenges.

Prof Arjun Makhijani


President, Institute for Energy and Environmental Research, Maryland, USA.

Arjun Makhijani, President of IEER, holds a PhD in engineering (specialization: nuclear fusion) from the University of California at Berkeley. He has produced many studies and articles on nuclear fuel cycle related issues, including weapons production, testing, and nuclear waste, over the past twenty years. He is the principal author of the first study ever done (completed in 1971) on energy conservation potential in the U.S. economy. Most recently, Dr, Makhijani has authored Carbon-Free and Nuclear-Free: A Roadmap for U.S. Energy Policy (IEER Press), the first analysis of a transition to a U.S. economy based completely on renewable energy, without any use of fossil fuels or nuclear power. He is the principal editor of Nuclear Wastelands and the principal author of Mending the Ozone Hole, both published by MIT Press.

Professor Makhijani spoke  at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA) about the use of Reference Man, a hypothetical 20 to 30 year old Caucasian male, in radiation protection regulations and guidelines, including those designed to protect the general public. This is scientifically inappropriate because the vast majority of people, including women and children, fall outside the definition. In general, it also does not protect those most at risk, who are often women and children.  He reflected on ways of improving how maximum radiation dosage is calculated so that risks of secondary cancer are reduced, which is becoming an urgent problem given the greatly increased use of radiation for medical purposes.

Brenda R. Manuel Esq

Brenda R. Manuel Esq, Gender Summit past speaker

Associate Administrator for Diversity and Equal Opportunity, NASA, USA.

Brenda R. Manuel, NASA's Assistant Administrator for Diversity and Equal Opportunity, is responsible for developing and directing the agency's equal opportunity, civil rights compliance, and diversity strategies, programs and processes.  She established agency-wide policies on diversity and equal opportunity to ensure statutory, regulatory and fiduciary compliance with internal and external equal opportunity laws; and create an open and inclusive workplace.  In 2010 she was honored by the Society of Women Engineers as recipient of the President’s Award for her longtime efforts on behalf of women pursuing careers in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Brenda Manuel spoke about "Title IX and Culture Change: Advancing Gender Diversity in STEM Fields" at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013. Title IX has been the law since 1972.  In the 40 years since passage of Title IX, we've seen tremendous growth in gender diversity in fields like medicine, law, and business.  Yet there remains a dearth of women in some STEM fields, especially physics, and engineering disciplines such as aerospace, mechanical, and electrical.  How can Title IX be used to help advance gender diversity in these fields?  How can implementation of the law and its regulations help to create culture change in STEM program environments?  The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), as a Federal funding agency for STEM programs, enforces Title IX through compliance reviews of grant recipient institutions.  NASA's Title IX efforts, including its highly innovative approaches to outreach and technical assistance, are designed not only to ensure compliance with the law, but also to identify promising practices for advancing diversity and inclusion in STEM, and to facilitate an ongoing national dialogue about the D&I in STEM.

Prof Mary Ann Mason


Professor and co-director, Center of Economics & Family Security, University of California, Berkeley School of Law, USA.

Mary Ann Mason PhD is Professor and co-director of the Center, Economics & Family Security at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. Her scholarship spans children and family law, policy, and history. From 2000 to 2007, she served as the first woman dean of the Graduate Division at UC Berkeley, with responsibility for nearly 10,000 students in more than 100 graduate programs. She is the co-author of “Do Babies Matter? Gender and Family in the Ivory Tower”, a lifecourse description of a ten year study on the effect of family formation on the career lives of men and women PhDs.

Professor Mason presentation at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA) was entitles "Do Babies matter in Science?". She examined the results of a survey of UC faculty which revealed that faculty mothers put in an astounding 51 hours of a second shift of caregiving and housework, while still putting in a nearly identical 51 hours with their professional work. The study also revealed that UC already had in place a progressive (for its time) set of family-friendly policies. Only one-half of eligible female assistant professors took the relief from teaching and only one-third chose to extend the period of preparation toward tenure for a year for children. Almost no fathers took any of the benefits.

Prof Catherine Mavriplis


NSERC – Pratt & Whitney Canada Chair for Women in Science and Engineering and Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering, University of Ottawa, Canada.

Catherine Mavriplis PhD is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Ottawa. Her research interests include numerical methods for fluid dynamics and interdisciplinary applications; combustion, MEMS and meteorology; aerospace engineering, including aerodynamics, transition and receptivity and high order methods and adaptivity.  She is also very involved in the
 advancement of women in science, engineering and mathematics careers.

Professor Mavriplis spoke about the NSERC programme for the Chairs for Women in Science and Engineering Program (CWSE), which was established in 1996, at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA). The goal of the program is to increase the participation of women in science and engineering, and to provide role models for women active in, and considering, careers in these fields.

Prof Aaron M. McCright


Associate Professor, Lyman Briggs College at Michigan State University, USA.

Aaron M. McCright PhD holds a joint appointment in Lyman Briggs College and the Department of Sociology. He also has an appointment in the Environmental Science and Policy Program. His research spans the fields of environmental sociology, political sociology/social movements, and sociology of science and technology and aims to enhance sociological understanding of the society’s capacity for recognizing and dealing with environmental degradation and technological risks.

Professor McCright spoke on the differences between women and men’s beliefs regarding climate change.  Men still claim they have a better understanding of global warming than women, even though women’s beliefs align more closely with scientific consensus.

Prof Patrice McDermott


Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, University of Maryland, USA.

Patrice McDermott is Associate Professor and Chair of American studies at University of Maryland Baltimore County. She is a member of the Gender and Women’s Studies Program’s Coordinating Committing and acted as the interim director of the Women’s Center, as well as director of the UMBC’s Faculty Development Institute on Race, Democracy and Diversity.  She is a founding member of the Center for Women and Information Technology’s (CWIT) internal board.

Professor McDermott spoke at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA) about Improving recruitment, selection, and hiring of women faculty; Creating clear and supported pathways for tenure, promotion, and advancement to university leadership; developing community of support for women faculty in STEM; transforming Institutional policies, structures, practices and culture.

Dr Stephen P. Meacham

Meacham, past Gender Summit speaker Senior Staff Associate, Office of International and Integrative Activities, National Science Foundation, USA.

Steve Meacham is a Senior Staff Associate in the U.S. National Science Foundation’s Office of International and Integrative Activities. During his time at NSF, Dr. Meacham has been a program officer for programs in physical oceanography, climate dynamics, mathematical geosciences, and high-performance computing. Prior to joining NSF, Dr. Meacham was a researcher at a private company. Dr. Meacham’s research was in the area of theoretical and computational geophysical fluid dynamics.

Dr. Meacham chaired the "Ensuring Inclusive Excellence through Merit/Peer Review" roadmapping session at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013.

Anita Melnyk

Anita Melnyk, Gender Summit past speaker

PhD Candidate, University of Ottawa, Canada.

Anita Melnyk is a doctoral candidate in Biology at the University of Ottawa. Her research uses microbial selection experiments to study the evolution of antibiotic resistance. Anita currently holds an NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canadian Graduate Scholarship. She has been one of the lead organizers of the Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution's "Symposium for Women Entering Ecology and Evolution Today (SWEEET)" for the past three years, and has also been involved with the Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE), a group of associations that represents the Canadian science and engineering community to the Government of Canada.

Ms. Melnyk addressed the transition from graduate school to a career, drawing from her own experiences and those of other young female scientists whom participated in the Symposium for Women Entering Ecology and Evolution Today (2012, 2013). She gave a presentation entitled "Woman on the verge: transitioning from graduate school to the 'real world'" in the Empowering Voices of Early-Career Scientists session at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013.

Prof Donna Mergler


Professor Emerita, Interdisciplinary Research Centre on Biology, Health, Society and Environment, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada.

Donna Mergler is a Professor Emerita in the Department of Biological Sciences of the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), where she was a professor of physiology and environmental health since 1970. She is a member of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research Center on Biology, Health, Society and Environment (CINBIOSE), a Collaborating Centre of the World Health Organization and the Pan American Health Organization (WHO-PAHO). Her research in environmental and occupational health.

Professor Mergler spoke on trans-disciplinary methods to better understand complex relations between gender, environment, health and wellbeing. She identified areas where research is needed to understand gender-related differences in environmental health as well as in occupational health.

Dr Sarah Miller

Sarah Miller, Gender Summit past speaker

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow, Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering, National Science Foundation (NSF), USA.

Sarah believes that everyone deserves clean water, wherever they live, whatever their means. Trained as an environmental engineer, she invented and patented a bio-based adsorbent to remove arsenic from water. During her doctoral studies at Yale, she conducted research in India, where arsenic contamination of the groundwater has devastated many rural communities. Sarah also believes that every child deserves an excellent education. She has worked in inner-city public schools and in the Admissions Office of Amherst College, where she earned a B.A. in chemistry. As a Teach For America corps member, she taught math and science in East Palo Alto. Recently, as an administrator, she worked to reinvent one of New Haven’s lowest performing K-8 schools.  Sarah currently works as a AAAS Science Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Miller acted as Rapporteur in the "Integrating Gender into Research Content and Methods" session at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013.

Dr Loretta Moore


Interim Vice President for Research and Federal Relations  & Professor, Department of Computer Science, Jackson State University, USA.

Loretta Moore PhD was recently appointed to the position of Interim Vice President for Research and Federal Relations at Jackson State University (JSU), she is also a Professor in the Department of Computer Science. Her portfolio includes the Academy for Research and Scholarly Engagement. She is also professor at the Department of Computer Science.

Professor Moore spoke at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA) about transforming the institution's climate to promote equal opportunities for the advancement of all faculty and the recruitment, retention, and promotion of African-American Computer Scientists as well as the active support of their professional advancement, both students and faculty, drawing on her own experience and the efforts made at the Jackson State University.

Prof Catherine Morency


Associate Professor, Department of Civil, Geological and Mining Engineering, Polytechnique Montreal, Canada.

Catherine Morency is a civil engineer and associate professor at Polytechnique Montreal. Since 2010, she is head of the Mobility research Chair on the implementation of sustainability in transportation. Her research focuses on the modelling of individual travel behaviours and includes all modes of transportation (car, transit, car sharing, bike sharing, ridesharing, walking and cycling).

Professor Morency spoke about how to make access to transport equitable and transportation sustainable. Women and men use transportation in different ways for work and non-work related travel. These behaviors are influenced by employment status, age, the number of children, automobile availability, and the proximity to public transit. She will reflect how these features and patterns can be analyzed through advanced modeling technologies.

Dr Joan Davis Nagel


Medical Officer, Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH), National Institutes of Health (NIH), USA.

Joan Davis Nagel, MD, MPH., is a Medical Officer in the Office of Research on Women’s Health and serves as Director, Interdisciplinary Research Programs. She is Program Director of the Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) Mentored Scientist Career Development Program and the ORWH Research Coordinator for the Specialized Centers of Research (SCOR) on Sex Differences. BIRCWH programs support junior faculty who have recently completed clinical training or postdoctoral fellowships and are conducting interdisciplinary basic, translational, clinical or health services research relevant to women’s health. The 11 SCOR Centers are conducting research on the role of sex/gender in conditions such as depression, pain, addiction, metabolic disorders, musculoskeletal conditions, urinary tract, reproductive health and aging. Prior to coming to the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Nagel worked as a Physician for the New York City Department of Health (NYCDOH), Bureau of Sexually Transmitted Diseases; and as a Medical Consultant for the Urban Women’s Retreat, a shelter for survivors of domestic violence in Harlem, New York.

Dr. Nagel took on the role of Moderator in the workshop on Fostering Interdisciplinary Careers at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA).She brought to this role her extensive experience of managing the Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH—pronounced “BIRCH”), a mentored career development program. It connects junior faculty, known as “BIRCWH Scholars,” to senior faculty with shared research interest in women’s health and sex differences research. Since the program was created in 2000, 63 grants to 39 institutions supporting more than 493 junior faculty have been awarded by ORWH and BIRCWH program co-sponsors. 

Prof Brian Nosek


Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Virginia, USA.

Brian Nosek PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Virginia. In 2007, he received early career awards from the International Social Cognition Network (ISCON) and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI). He co-founded Project Implicit ( an Internet-based multi-university collaboration of research and education about implicit cognition. He investigates the gap between values and practices – such as when behavior is influenced by factors other than one's intentions and goals.

Professor Nosek spoke at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA) about how gender science stereotypes that exist outside of conscious awareness or conscious control may contribute to sex differences in engagement and achievement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. His research shows that implicit gender-science stereotyping is a national indicator of gender (in) equality in science achievement.

Prof John Oliffe


Professor, School of Nursing, University of British Columbia, Canada

John Oliffe PhD is Professor at the School of Nursing at University of British Columbia. He specialises in men's health issues, including prostate cancer, smoking.

Professor Oliffe spoke at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA) about the need to give greater consideration in the discussion of gender issues in health to men’s health issues worldwide and the important implications for policy and practice. Among which, the prostate cancer and gender-differences in smoking have implications for improving family health. Another important area of concern is men and depression.

Prof Pär Omling


President, European Science Foundation and vice-President, Science Europe, Europe.

Pär Omling is presently Advisor to the vice-Chancellor of Lund University, President of the European Science Foundation and vice-President of Science Europe. He has been deeply involved in national and international research policy for the last 20 years and has acted as adviser to several governments and research organisations.

Professor Omling spoke on the development of European guide for peer review in science, established on a survey and analysis by the European Science Foundation. The survey benchmarked and identified good practice amongst the many different systems and criteria currently in use in European countries. This included research funding and performing organisations, councils, private foundations and charities, which all have roles in evaluating research applications.

Prof Adriana Ortiz-Ortega

Adriana Ortiz-Ortega, Gender Summit past speakers

Professor, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico.

Ortiz-Ortega PhD is an economist and political scientist, with special research interest in scientific productivity, international education, and gender and sexualities topics. She gained her postdoctoral training at Rutgers University, and PhD from Yale University.  Professor Ortiz-Ortega serves as academic consultant to the Secretary General of the University and develops multidisciplinary research and strategies to improve the potential of scientific production in Mexico. She served as rector of the Universidad Politécnica de Guerrero (August 2008 - August 2009), and was the coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Program in Women's Studies at El Colegio de Mexico (2004-2007).  She was also Director for Mexico and Central Ashoka Foundation (1998-2001), as well as coordinator of the Research Program on abortion. Professor Ortiz-Ortega is a member of the National System of Researchers, International Advisory Committee Scopus Council.  

Professor Ortiz-Ortega took on the role of Discussant in Day 3 session on Health.  She brought to this role her extensive knowledge of major health issues and experience of how advising policy development in this area.

Krunali Patel

Krunali Patel, Gender Summit past speaker

Business Manager, Storage Products Group, Texas Instruments (TI), USA.

Krunali Patel is the worldwide business manager for TI’s Storage Products Group, which is focused on the development of innovative hard disk drive solutions for the computing market. Krunali began her career at TI in 1996 as a digital design engineer. Since then, she has held various leadership roles, including director of the ASIC IP and EDA development organization, business manager for the Custom Wireless Infrastructure ASIC business and director for microcontroller systems and marketing. Krunali holds a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University, and a Masters degree in Indian classical dance.

Krunali Patel spoke about diversity fueling innovation at Texas Instruments at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013. As a leader in the application specific electronics and a global enterprise, and the talent needed to respond to the growing range of applications and demand for electronic devices. For example, households in the U.S alone own 3 billion of electronic devices. With the proliferation of electronic devices in a wide number of market segments, including personal computing, consumer electronics, and mobility, ensuring standards and improved usability of new applications are essential conditions contributing to better performance.

Julie Payette

Chief Operating Officer, Montreal Science Centre and Vice-President of Canada Lands Company; Former NASA/CSA Astronaut, Canada.

An electrical engineer by trade, Julie Payette has flown two missions in space for the construction of the International Space Station (ISS). During her astronaut training, she completed training as a military pilot on the CT-114 "Snowbird" jet and also holds a commercial pilot’s licence.  Ms. Payette joined the NASA Astronaut Corps in Houston in August 1996. Ms. Payette has logged 611 hours and more than 400 orbits around the Earth in two separate spaceflights on board Space Shuttles “Discovery” (1999) and “Endeavour” (2009).   Ms. Payette served as Chief Astronaut for the Canadian Space Agency from 2000 to 2007, was a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC and Quebec scientific delegate to the United States from 2011 to 2013. In July 2013, Madame Payette became the Chief Operating Officer of the Montreal Science Center and Vice-President MSC, Canada Land Company.  Ms. Payette is a Knight of the National Order of Québec and an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Ms. Payette delivered a keynote address at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013.

Dr Susan Pell

Susan Pell, Gender Summit past speaker

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow, Office of Legislative and Public Affairs, National Science Foundation (NSF), USA.

Susan Pell is a botanist and science educator currently working as a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow in the Office of Legislative and Public Affairs at the National Science Foundation. Susan has been involved in women in science issues since she served as the AWIS Baton Rouge chapter Mentoring Coordinator and President as a graduate student. In her professional career, Susan has continued her work on women’s issues and expanded her educational activities. She has mentored over 20 high school students in evolutionary, laboratory-based research and professional development, and has taught botany courses to hundreds of students in New York City. These experiences have strengthened her appreciation for the transformative potential of mentoring first generation college students and underrepresented young people.

Dr. Pell acted as Rapporteur in the "Transforming the Role of Gender in STEM and in Communication" session at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013.

Dr Anne Pépin

Anne Pépin, Gender Summit past speaker

Director, Mission for the Place of Women at CNRS, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), France.

Anne Pépin, PhD, heads the Mission pour la place des femmes (Mission for the Place of Women) at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) since 2012. She is a CNRS senior researcher, specialised in nanotechnology, and was awarded the CNRS Bronze Medal in 2003. In 2006, she became a Scientific Advisor for the Mission pour la place des femmes au CNRS and initiated several new partnerships with e.g. Canada, USA, as well as within Europe. She is currently coordinator of two FP7 Science-in-Society funded collaborative projects: the INTEGER project (INstitutional Transformation for Effecting Gender Equality in Research) started in 2011 and which will run until June 2015, and the new GENDER-NET ERA-NET (Promoting gender equality in research institutions and the integration of the gender dimension in research contents), which started in October 2013 for a 3-year duration. Anne Pépin is also a member of the management committee of the COST targeted network genderSTE and part of the Science Europe Task Force on Gender and Diversity. She represents CNRS within the COMEGAL put into place by the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research to coordinate its national gender equality policies, and currently co-leads the Gender Challenge Programme (Défi Genre) launched by the CNRS Mission pour l’interdisciplinarité in 2012.

Dr. Pépinl acted rapporteur in the parallel Roadmapping session Creating Bridges with European Funders at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013. 

Prof Susan Phillips


Professor, School of Medicine, Queen's University, Kingston, Canada.

Susan Phillips MD is a Professor at Queen’s University’s School of Medicine (Kingston, Canada). Practicing family medicine in Ontario’s remote First Nations communities, downtown Toronto, and Kingston’s Community Health Centre have shown her, firsthand, the link between social circumstances and health. Her research on how life-course experiences shape biology and specifically, on gender and health has been published in numerous journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA and Social Science and Medicine. Dr. Phillips has been invited by the WHO, Swedish, Australian, Bosnian, Serbian and Canadian universities and governments to contribute to the integration of gender into medical education, research and policy.

Professor Phillips spoke at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA) about "Measuring the Health Effects of Gender” during the Integrating Gender Dimensions into Medical Researcher Training Best Practices Workshop. She explored the nature of gender as a determinant of health and how the effects of gender inequities can be included in health outcomes research that can then shape health planning and policy. As a result, health-affirming policies tend to homogenize groups (e.g., assuming that all women are the same) or target individual behaviors, and do so in a gender-blind fashion rather than addressing structural biases and inequities that undermine those behaviors.

Dr Elizabeth Pollitzer (GS3NA)


Director, Portia Ltd, UK, Europe

Elizabeth Pollitzer PhD is founder and Director of Portia, an organization devoted to improving gender equality in STEM and advancing the understanding of the gender dimension in STEM.  She has 20 years’ experience teaching and researching in the Department of Computing at Imperial College, University of London. Her original training was in Biophysics. She now applies this scientific background to promoting effective strategies for gender equality in STEM.  She is expert adviser on gender issues to the European Commission.

Dr. Pollitzer chaired the session on Career-life balance at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA), an area she has extensive knowledge and experience of through the many different schemes that she helped design and implement, in particular to enable women trained in STEM to return to STEM after a family oriented career break.

Dr David Proctor

David Proctor, Gender Summit past speaker

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow, Office of the Director, Office of Cyberinfrastructure, National Science Foundation (NSF), USA.

David Proctor is a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation where he assists in the development of cross-foundational approaches to the coordination of cyberinfrastructure activities, and in the management of research programs that promote innovation through the development of software as infrastructure.  He was previously a Research Associate with the Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy at the National Academies, where he was also a Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellow.  David is interested in ways that disruptive technologies in education can be used to promote broadening access and participation in science and engineering. He is co-developer of a school program organized as a collaborative effort between STEM professionals and the Baltimore City Community College Refugee Youth Project  that aims to foster interest in STEM subjects among refugee youth.  David completed his postdoctoral research at the University of Dundee in Scotland, where he helped to establish the UK Research Staff Association in order to provide a collective voice for UK researchers.  He remains committed to connecting communities of researchers through the International Consortium of Research Staff Associations, to linking diaspora communities with international postdoctoral researchers in the United States, and to promoting sustainable, international science and engineering research careers.  David holds a PhD in chemistry from The Pennsylvania State University and a BS in biology and chemistry from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania. 

David Proctor acted as Rapporteur in the "Creating and Sustaining Networks" session at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013.

Prof Patricia Rankin


Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, Interim Director, Office of Contracts and Grants, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA.

Dr. Patricia Rankin, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, Interim Director, Office of Contracts and Grants, University of Colorado, Boulder Campus

Dr. Patricia Rankin is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Interim Director for the Office of Contracts and Grants at the University of Colorado, Boulder Campus. Rankin's research interests range from precision measurements as tests of the Standard Model through efforts to understand the symmetries of nature to how to broaden participation in science and engineering.  She served as Associate Dean for Natural Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences and a Faculty Director in the Office of Faculty Affairs. She is a recipient of a Sloan Fellowship, a Department of Energy Outstanding Junior Investigator Award, the Elizabeth Gee award, and the “Best Shall Teach” awards.

Professor Ranking spoke at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA) on the subject of networks and networking and how institutions and professional organisations can use networks to help advance women in STEM through development of skills, collaborations, sharing problems and solutions and supplementing mentoring.

Jenna Rapai

Jenna Rapai, past Gender Summit speaker

PhD Student, Individual Interdisciplinary Studies Program, University of Manitoba, Canada.

Jenna O. Rapai received her BSc. Honours in Earth Surface Science and her MSc. in Micrometeorology both from the University of Guelph, in Ontario, Canada. After working in greenhouse gas research for 4 years, her interests shifted back to academia. Currently, Jenna is a PhD Student in the Individual Interdisciplinary Studies program at the University of Manitoba in Manitoba, Canada. Her research involves equity and diversity initiatives at a Canadian university with a focus on women in science, engineering, and related fields, and on the experiences of the LGBTQ* community in academia.J

Jenna Rapai acted as the Discussant for the session on Food Security at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013. 

Dr Joan Y. Reede


Dean for Diversity and Community Partnership, Harvard Medical School, USA.

Joan Reede iMD, MS, MPH, MBA is the Dean for Diversity and Community Partnership responsible for the development and management of a comprehensive program that provides leadership, guidance, and support to promote the increased recruitment, retention and advancement of under-represented minority faculty at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Reede spoke at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA) on how the Program for Faculty Development and Diversity supports the recruitment and retention of a diverse Clinical Translational workforce. She asked questions such as: Why diversity? What can diversity add to drug development? How can we realize the value of diversity? What value does diversity add to addressing complex problems?

Prof Judy Regensteiner


Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine; Principal Investigator, NIH Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH); The Judith and Joseph Wagner Chair in Women’s Health Research, Director, Center for Women’s Health Research, USA.

Judy Regensteiner is Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado, School of Medicine.  Her research explores why women with diabetes have even poorer cardiovascular outcomes than men with diabetes. Her work also examines the effects of peripheral arterial disease on the ability to carry out normal daily activities. She has been Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator of large grants to assess cardiovascular health, exercise capacity and gender differences in type 2 diabetes as well as the effects of exercise training in people with type 2 diabetes and peripheral arterial disease.  She is Principal Investigator of the Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) grant in Colorado (BIRCWH is sponsored by the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health and co-sponsoring NIH Institutes and Centers).

Professor Regensteiner, together with Dr. Guise will spoke about “Fostering Interdisciplinary Careers” with a focus on presenting best practices and pearls in mentoring interdisciplinary research careers that were shared by the 29 sites of the National BIRCWH program. This unique and innovative interdisciplinary initiative is led by the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health and is now serving as a model for interdisciplinary career development.  BIRCWH programs provide a mentored environment for junior faculty to develop into successful independent clinical and non-clinical scientific leaders who conduct women’s health research and/or sex and gender difference research. Professor Regensteiner and Dr. Guise spoke about the factors associated with success, which include measures ensuring sufficient protected time for regular mentoring; mentors promoting the research independence of the scholar; a team mentoring approach, including career as well as content mentors; and explicit and clear expectations outlined between the scholar and mentor.

Prof Vera Regitz-Zagrosek

Regitz-Zagrosek, Gender Summit past speaker

Director, Institute of Gender in Medicine, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany.

Vera Regitz-Zagrosek is Professor of Cardiovascular Disease in Women at the Charite Berlin/Humboldt University. She founded the Berlin Institute for Gender in Medicine (GiM) at the Charite, the Working Group on Cardiovascular Disease in Women at the German Cardiac Society (DGK), the German and International Societies for Gender in Medicine (DGesGM, IGM), and served as founding president in both. She is Task Force leader of the European Society Cardioloy on cardiovascular diseases in pregnancy. 

Professor Regitz-Zagrosek spoke about gender differences in cardiovascular diseases and the implications this has for diagnosis, therapy and drug design. She also introduced the training programme on gender issues in medicine developed by the Institute for Gender in Medicine for doctors at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013.

Dr Eva Reichwein

Reichwein, Gender Summit past speaker

In-House Counsel, Quality Assurance and Programme Development, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), Germany.

Eva Reichwein works in the Quality Assurance and Programme Development section of the Executive Board at the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation).  She leads the permanent working group for “Gender Equality in Science and Academia“ at the head office and is responsible for the DFG’s activities concerning gender equality. 

Dr. Reichwein spoke about the DFG commitment and progress made in promoting and implementing Research-Oriented Standards on Gender Equality at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013.

Prof Curt Rice (GS3NA)


Professor, University of Tromsø, Norway, and Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS), Netherlands.

Curt Rice is a professor at the University of Tromsø and is currently a Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS), where he is writing a book on gender bias. He has just completed a term as Pro Rector for Research. Prior to 2009, he was the Founding Director of the Center for Advanced Study in Theoretical Linguistics: A Norwegian Centre of Excellence (CASTL). He represents the academic staff on the University of Tromsø Board, he is Chair of the Board of Current Research Information Systems in Norway, and he is a member of the Research Council of Norway's Program Board for increasing gender balance in research leadership positions. 

Professor Rice spoke at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA) on leadership in universities and what is required of science leaders in the collective work environments whose success depends on the supply and nurturing of talent. Why science needs women leaders and how universities can get more women professors?  How should scientists be prepared for leadership positions?


Commander Morrisa B. Rice

Morrisa Rice, Gender Summit past speakersSenior Public Health Analyst, Office of Women’s Health, USA.

CDR Morrisa Rice MHA received a BS in Biology from Spelman College, Atlanta, GA in 1995 and a MHA from Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY in 1999.  She has been involved in public health since 2000 in a variety of positions which include: directing a program to increase physical activity and good nutrition among minority women; serving as a food sanitarian; and serving as a disease intervention specialist assisting those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS and other STIs.  She currently working in the HRSA Office of Women’s Health as a senior public health analyst and serves as liaison to HRSA Bureaus and Officer regarding women’s health activities and programs.  She has been involved in several women’s health collaborative efforts which include but are not limited to breast cancer awareness among young women, interprofessional collaborations around women’s health curricula, violence prevention, lupus awareness, and emotional wellness.  In addition, CDR Rice is enrolled in a doctoral program at Walden University where she is pursuing her Doctor of Philosophy in Health Administration with a concentration in Public Health Policy.

Commander Rice spoke about "Women’s Health Curricula and Interprofessional Collaboration across the Health Professions" in the Integrating Gender Dimension into Medical Researcher Training best practice training workshop at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013.

Director General Dominique Ristori (GS3NA)


Director General, Directorate General Joint Research Centre, European Commission, Europe

Dominique Ristori has been working in the European Commission since 1978 where he has held several positions. Prior to his current position, he was Deputy Director General of the Directorate General for Energy, in charge of nuclear energy policy, in particular the development of the EU legal framework and international relations (2006 – 2010).  Whilst Director in charge of General Affairs and Resources at Directorate-General for Energy and Transport, he was responsible for inter-institutional relations; enlargement and international relations; coordination of energy and transport research; internal market, state aids, infringements and public service obligations; passengers' and users' rights; central management of human and budgetary resources (2000 - 2006). Between 1996 and 1999, he was Director in charge of European Energy Policy at Directorate-General for Energy.  In the period of 1990 – 1996 D. Ristori was in charge of transnational cooperation between SMEs at the Directorate-General for Enterprise policy. D. Ristori graduated from the Institute of Political Studies of Paris (1975).

In a video presentation at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA), the Director General of Joint Research Centre of the European Commission presented the directions taken by the European Union in the implementation of legal and policy initiatives and incentives related to the recruitment, retention and career progression of female researchers, addressing gender imbalances in decision making processes, and integrating the gender dimension in research programmes.


Prof Leah Rubin

Leah Rubin, Gender Summit past speaker

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA.

Leah Rubin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Professor Rubin’s primary program of research is aimed at understanding the effects of how different hormonal factors (estrogen, oxytocin, stress hormones) and different hormonal milieus (pregnancy, menopause) impact on the cognitive and mental health of women including those with psychiatric illnesses and HIV.  The long-term goal of Professor Rubin’s work is to improve the cognitive functioning and mental health of women through an interdisciplinary research career that incorporates epidemiological, mechanistic, and intervention science.

Professor Rubin spoke about her own career pathway and the milestones that have to be achieved when pursuing interdisciplinary areas of research at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013.


Prof Brian Rubineau


Assistant Professor, Department of Organizational Behavior, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University, USA.

Brian Rubineau studies how subtle and informal social dynamics contribute to inequalities in occupations and the labor market. He earned his Ph.D. from MIT's Sloan School of Management, concentrating in economic sociology and organization studies, and earned a Masters in Public Health from Harvard University. He has served as a Graduate Fellow at the Institute for Quantitative Social Sciences at Harvard University, and a Resident Fellow at the Institute for Social Sciences at Cornell University. In 2014, Professor Rubineau will be joining the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University.  

Professor Rubineau discussed his research on the effects of peers and professional socialization interactions on gender differences in engineering and STEM career choices, and present organizational strategies to overcome these dynamics. His research shows that students’ self-confidence in their fit with engineering careers is a key predictor of persistence, one that overshadows both objective performance and family plans. Professional socialization and peer interactions contribute to gender differences in the successful cultivation of this confidence.

Prof Risa Sargent


Associate Professor, Department of Biology, University of Ottawa, Canada.

Risa Sargent is an evolutionary ecologist who studies the role of plant pollinator interactions in the diversification of flowering plants. From 2007-2012 she held a NSERC University Faculty Award at the University of Ottawa where she is currently associate professor in Biology. Professor Sargent has been one of the lead organizers of the Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution's 'Symposium for Women Entering Ecology and Evolution Today (SWEEET)' since its inception in 2008. The annual symposium's goal is to tackle the issues that impede women's entry and success into careers in science. 

Professor Sargent chaired the "Voices of Early-Career Scientists" in the Parallel Roadmaps Sessions at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA).

Prof Londa Schiebinger (GS3NA)

schiebingerJohn L. Hinds Professor of History of Science, Stanford University and Director, Gendered Innovations in Science, Health & Medicine, Engineering, and Environment project, USA.

Londa Schiebinger is the John L. Hinds Professor of History of Science at Stanford University and Director of the Gendered Innovations project. From 2004-2010, Schiebinger served as the Director of Stanford's Clayman Institute for Gender Research. Over the past thirty years, her scholarship has analyzed the history of women's participation in science, the structure of scientific institutions, and the gendering of human knowledge.

Professor Schiebinger discussed Gendered Innovations: Tools of Sex and Gender Analysis for Research, a large collaborative project involving the US, Europe, and Canada, at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA). This project provides scientists and engineers with practical methods for sex and gender analysis, and develops case studies as concrete illustrations of how sex and gender analysis leads to new knowledge and innovation. Integrating gender analysis into basic and applied research ensures excellence in science and engineering research, policy, and practice. Gendered Innovations harnesses the creative power of gender analysis to discover new things.

Prof Toni Schmader

Toni Schmader, Gender Summit post speakers

Canada Research Chair in Social Psychology, Professor at University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada.

Toni Schmader is a Canada Research Chair in Social Psychology and Professor at UBC. She received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1999. She spent 10 years on the faculty at the University of Arizona and has held a visiting position at Harvard University. Her research has examined how stereotypes undermine the interest and success of women in science, technology, engineering, and math. In addition, her research examines the interplay between self and social identity, particularly when one's social identity is accorded lower status or is targeted by negative stereotypes. In exploring these issues, her research draws upon and extends existing work on social stigma, social justice, social cognition, intergroup emotion, self-esteem, and motivation and performance. 

Professor Schmader spoke about how despite the dismantling of institutionalized barriers to women's advancement in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), gender disparities remain at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013. What is often unacknowledged is the way that environments themselves cue cultural stereotypes that constrain women's interpersonal experiences in the workplace and their engagement with their work.

Prof Martina Schraudner (GS3NA)

Schraudner web

Head of the Department of Gender and Diversity in Organizations, Technical University Berlin, and Director of Responsible Research and Innovation Unit, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, Germany, Europe.

Martina Schraudner is the Head of the Department of Gender and Diversity in Organizations at Technical University Berlin, and Director of Responsible Research and Innovation Unit at Fraunhofer Gesellschaft. Her research currently focuses on the integration of different perspectives in the innovation process and involvement of potential users, dialogue between different science disciplines, and accommodating views of different stakeholders.

Professor Schraudner spoke at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA) on the research in enabling participatory innovation process in particular at the idea formation phase, which involves development of new communication formats, collaborative shaping of innovation ideas and process and shared visions of the future.  When innovation ideas are created, their feasibility checked by engineers at Fraunhofer. In one area, namely rehabilitation, the approach produced 100 new ideas, 70% of which were assessed as implementable.

Prof Burkhard Schulz

Burkhard Schulz, Gender Summit past speaker

Professor for Plant Biochemical and Molecular Genetics, department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Purdue University, USA.

Burkhard Schulz is Professor for Plant Biochemical and Molecular Genetics at the department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture at Purdue University. His research focuses on the molecular analysis of plant architecture using mutational approaches in Arabidopsis (a type of wheat) and maize among other plants.  He received a number of awards from ASPB and The Scientist – Life science magazine - for his work on developing novel digital teaching tools for teaching plant sciences, including ChloroFilms first price, ASPB educational booth and the Science Video of the Future Award 2009.  He served on the editorial board of Plant Biology.  

Professor Schultz spoke at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 about how understanding the relationship between natural plant steroids and plant architecture has led to making corn shorter and sturdier which can be beneficial for sustainable corn production, and how this research has produced plants that produce only female kernels where male tassels should be present. This discovery could help the seed industry by producing corn with female organs only and thus eliminate the laborious detasseling step in maize hybrid seed production.

Prof Allison B. Sekuler

Allison B. Sekuler, Gender Summit past speaker

Associate Vice-President & Dean, Graduate Studies, Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour (PNB), McMaster University, Canada.

Allison Sekuler, Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour, is McMaster University’s Associate Vice-President and Dean of the School of Graduate Studies. She previously served as McMaster’s Associate Vice-President Research, and as interim Vice-President Research and International Affairs. Her research focuses on cognitive neuroscience, visual perception, aging, and neuroplasticity, and she has won numerous awards for her research and teaching, including serving as the inaugural Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience. She is passionate about diversity in academia, developing and supporting a number of initiatives for women in science and other under-represented groups. She also is passionate about science and research outreach, having served as President of the Royal Canadian Institute for the Advancement of Science; helping popularize the Café Scientifique model across Canada; serving on the founding steering committee of the Science Media Centre of Canada; and co-founding #ScienceSunday, a social media theme promoting science and science outreach through the Google+ platform. 

Professor Sekuler spoke at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2015 about building partnerships to advance the educational experience and research opportunities of women both locally and globally, and how initiatives enhancing research training and development for women also benefit broader communities.

Betty Shanahan (GS3NA)


Executive Director & CEO, Society of Women Engineers (SWE), USA.

Betty Shanahan is the executive director and CEO for the Society of Women Engineers. As SWE's executive director since 2002, Shanahan is a champion for diversity in engineering and the engineering profession overall. Before joining SWE, she spent 24 years in development, engineering management, and marketing for the electronics and software industries. She began her career at Data General, where she was the "one woman engineer" on the project captured in Tracy Kidder's The Soul of a New Machine.

Betty Shanahan chaired the session on Networks at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA) and brought into this role her extensive personal and professional experience of the role of networks in advancing women’s position in STEM and in society, as well as the activities of the Society of Women Engineers.

Dr Elaine Sierra-Rivera

Sierra-Rivera, Gender Summit past speaker

Scientific Review Officer, Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health, USA.

Elaine Sierra-Rivera PhD serves as the Scientific Review Officer for the Therapeutic Approaches to Genetic Diseases Study Section (TAG), within the Genes, Genomes, and Genetics (GGG) IRG. TAG reviews grant applications related to mechanisms by which genomic abnormalities lead to genetic disease, development of therapeutics for genetic diseases, as well as pathogenesis of rare diseases. Prior to joining GGG, she served as SRO for the Cancer Molecular Pathobiology (CAMP) and Cancer Etiology (CE) Study Sections. After receiving her PhD in cancer biology/radiation biology at the University of Iowa, Dr. Sierra-Rivera had postdoctoral training in the pathology department at Brown University. She then went to Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, where she was an assistant professor. Her initial research focused on the molecular response of GSH to oxidative stress in various tumor models, resulting in the cloning of the human genes that encode the catalytic and regulatory subunits of GSH. Her research also involved studies on growth factor modulation of human mammary epithelium during oncogenic transformation. She was also involved in investigations to determine how TGF-ß and tie2 receptor tyrosine kinase modulate brain tumor cells survival.

Dr. Sierra-Rivera will spoke about "Policies for Including Women and Minority Groups in Clinical Research" in the Ensuring Inclusive Excellence through Merit/Peer Review session at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013.

Dr Barb Silver

Barb Silver, Gender Summit past speaker

Research Coordinator, University of Rhode Island Schmidt Labor Research Center, USA.

Barb Silver is a Research Professor of Psychology and Research Coordinator of the Schmidt Labor Research  Center at the University of Rhode Island, which is devoted to all aspects of work and employment, including workforce development.  Her scholarship is focused on gender and work, women in STEM, and in particular, the fields of work-life, workplace flexibility, and issues facing caregivers in the workplace.  Silver's focus on work-life research, policy and practice is a continuation of her work as PI and Director of URI's NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation program, during which work-life issues and solutions for women in STEM were a primary emphasis. 

Dr. Silver spoke at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 about the impact the ADVANCE program had on URI's work-life initiatives, and the wide array of solutions URI's Work-Life Committee, an outgrowth of the ADVANCE project, are proposing as part of URI's partnership in the ACE National Challenge - Faculty Flexibility Initiative, a national campaign to provide career flexibility options to faculty across the life course. 

Prof Stacy L. Smith


Associate Professor, School of Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California, USA.

Stacy Smith joined the USC Annenberg faculty in the fall of 2003.  Her research focuses on 1) content patterns pertaining to gender and race on screen in film and TV; 2) employment patterns behind-the-camera in entertainment; 3) barriers and opportunities facing women on screen and behind-the-camera in studio and independent films; and 4) children’s responses to mass media portrayals (television, film, video games) of violence, gender and hypersexuality.

Professor Smith spoke at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA) on her research how girls and women and boys and men are portrayed in the media. A recent study of 129 top grossing G, PG, and PG-13 films theatrically released between 2006 and 2011 showed that less than 30% of all on screen speaking characters are girls or women and that females are still more likely than males to be depicted in a stereotypical (i.e. caregivers, romantically involved, lacking employment) and hypersexualized (i.e., sexy attire, nudity, thinness) light.  Females are far less likely to be shown in films as holding clout and powerful positions in political (e.g., Senators, Representatives), financial (e.g., CEO, CFO, COO, GM), or legal (Supreme Court Justices) arenas.

Prof Nancy Steffen-Fluhr


Associate Professor, Department of Humanities New Jersey Institute of Technology, Director, Murray Center for Women in Technology, USA.

Nancy Steffen-Fluhr is an Associate Professor of Humanities and Director of the Murray Center for Women in Technology at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). She is the Principal Investigator on the university’s NSF Advance grant, a project that has explored the use of social network analysis to affect institutional change and ensure the full participation of women in academic science and engineering.

Professor Steffen-Fluhr discussed how an understanding of academic network data can be used to support women faculty researchers, diminishing their potential isolation. In particular, she demonstrated how network mapping tools can enhance traditional approaches to mentoring and institutional transformation, allowing faculty to identify efficient pathways to novel information and potential collaborators--and allowing administrators to track subtle changes in organizational structure as they unfold over time.

Dr Janet Stotsky


Adviser, Office of Budget and Planning, International Monetary Fund, International

Janet Stotsky is an economist and an expert on gender budgeting, currently serving as an Adviser in the Office of Budget and Planning of the International Monetary Fund. Last June, she contributed an overview article to a special issue of the IMF’s Finance & Development magazine on Women at Work, which analyzes various aspects of women’s work experience—the gains that women have made in equalizing job opportunities and leadership roles and the challenges they still face to achieve genuine equality. The issue also includes a contribution by IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde—and short interviews with prominent women in economics and business from around the world on what led to their current success. As an IMF staffer, she has provided advice on fiscal policies to countries all over the world, and has taught at Rutgers and American Universities. She has a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University.

Dr. Stotsky spoke about reducing gender disparities through gender budgeting, which involves the systematic examination of budget programs and policies for their impact on women. This effort to mainstream gender analysis into government policies has gained prominence in recent years, in part thanks to a big push by the 1995 Beijing World Conference on Women. She will also talk on how gender differences in behavior that are the outcome of private decisions or reflect the influence of public policies may lead to different outcomes in the macroeconomy, with implications for aggregate consumption, investment, and government spending and, hence, national output. Yet fiscal policies are rarely formulated to take account of gender and doing so would improve their quality.

Dr Subra Suresh


President of Carnegie Mellon University (former Director of the NSF), USA.

Subra Suresh is the current President of Carnegie Mellon University.  Until July 2013, he was Director of the NSF.  Before joining NSF he served as the dean of the School of Engineering and the Vannevar Bush Professor of Engineering at the MIT.

Dr. Suresh spoke at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA) about his efforts to create the Global Research Council designed to foster discussion of general policy issues, shared goals, aspirations, and principles and provide a vehicle to unify science across the globe.  This remit includes merit review and safeguarding research integrity, as well as expanding open access to science communication.

Dr Julia Tagüeña


Deputy General Director of Scientific Development, National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT), Mexico.

Dr. Julia Tagüeña holds the post of Deputy General Director of Scientific Development of the Mexican National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT).  She was invited to take this post by the General Director of the agency, Dr. Enrique Cabrero.  Previously, Dr. Tagüeña was a research professor and director of the Renewable Energy Center of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). Her main field of research is solid state physics. She has also worked on science communication and she is a member of the scientific committee of the international Public Communication of Science and Technology Network. In this new role, Dr. Tagüeña will strengthen the efforts of scientists, both in the basic and applied fields, to achieve international recognition, and to encourage innovation that is based on science. 

Dr. Tagüeña contributed to the plenary session on Day 1 at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA), where leaders developed a collective commitment to strengthen human capital development, research and innovation through diversity.

Prof Kecia Thomas


Professor of Industrial/Organizational Psychology, University of Georgia, Founding director, Center for Research and Engagement in Diversity, USA.

Kecia Thomas is a professor of Industrial/Organizational Psychology at the University of Georgia (UGA) as well as the founding director of the Center for Research and Engagement in Diversity (RED) and the Interim Associate Dean in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences.  Her work focuses on understanding systems of privilege and resistance that limit the career development of women and people of color, and behaviors that create and sustain hostile climates for diversity and inclusion.

Professor Thomas spoke at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA) on research that focuses on understanding the psychology of workplace diversity, specifically how individuals and organizations resist or demonstrate readiness for diversity, including organizational experiences of marginalized groups, including women of color, and the impact their work and professional experiences have on their career mobility and overall well-being.

Dr Renetta Tull


Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Student Development and Postdoctoral Affairs (formerly Assistant Dean), University of Maryland Baltimore County, USA.

Dr. Renetta Tull is Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Student Development and Postdoctoral Affairs (formerly Assistant Dean) at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC: An Honors University in Maryland.) She is also the Founding Director of PROMISE: Maryland’s Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP), a program of the National Science Foundation, and is Co-PI of the ADVANCE Hispanic Women in STEM project with Universidad Metropolitana (UMET) in Puerto Rico.

Dr. Tull was the Rapporteur at the session on Improving Career-Life balance at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA). In this role she assisted the Chair in recording and communicating the key points raised in the discussion and recommendations put forward for the Gender Summit Roadmap.

Ray Upton


Vice President and general manager, Americas Sales and Applications team, Texas Instruments, USA.

Ray Upton is Vice President and general manager of the Americas Sales and Applications team for Texas Instruments.  He has held this position since 2009.  Prior to his current role, Ray managed Texas Instruments’ Standard Linear and Logic Business after leading the startup of TI’s Catalog Automotive product line.  From May 2003 through June 2007, Ray was responsible for leading the semiconductor sales and applications team in the Northeast US and Eastern Canada.    From 1995 through 2003, he held various positions in the sales organization, including leading the North American Distribution Sales Operation, managing Analog sales in Texas, and various sales roles in Florida, Alabama, and Texas.  Ray joined the company in 1995 after earning a bachelor’s of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Ray Upton spoke about making informed decisions when managing large teams to provide a background to be successful in various roles. He has worked hard to build development plans for team members that continuously challenge and educate -- and enable them to tackle problems with gusto.  Those experiences can include everything from role changes or promotions, increasing responsibilities (from small and large customer experience to distribution and operation experience), even to unique adventures like working in one of TI’s global outposts, which gives exposure to a wide range of challenges they could or will be faced with, which builds both capability and confidence.

Dr Aimée Vega Montiel


Professor and the Coordinator of the foreign graduate program of Communication studies, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico.

Aimée Vega Montiel is Researcher at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, Center of Interdisciplinary Research in Sciences and Humanities. PhD in Journalism and Communication Studies, Autonomous University of Barcelona. She is currently Vice-President of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR). She is a specialist in feminism and communication studies and she is particularly interested in women’s human rights, media and communication. She is also an active member of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR).

Dr. Vega Montiel spoke at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA) about gender and communication in the context of Mexican cultures, policy, and regulation, and her own research in the area of women’s rights, including promoting cooperation between researchers in Latin America working in Media and Communication fields.

Prof Margarita Velazquez Gutierrez

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Director of the Regional Center for Multidisciplinary Research (CRIM) of National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico  

Margarita Velazquez attended the Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana Xochimilco and studied social psychology. She has a PhD in Social Sciences from the Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of London.  The topic of her thesis was Social Sustainability‬: ‪Gender and Household Relations in Two Forestry Communities in Quintana Roo, Mexico‬. She is a full time researcher at the National University in Mexico working on issues related with gender, development and sustainability. She is a consultant on gender and social development issues for various governmental and non-governmental agencies.  ‪ ‬‬ 

Professor Velazquez spoke about gender issues and climate change from the perspective of communities and women in Mexico, as well as new directions in understanding gender issues when considering changes needed when seeking sustainability solutions, at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA).

Prof Isabelle Vernos (GS3NA)


ICREA Research Professor, Center for Genomic Regulation (CRG, Spain), Member of the European Research Council (ERC) scientific Council, Europe

Isabelle Vernos is an ICREA Research Professor in the Cell and Developmental Biology program at the Center for Genomic Regulation (Barcelona, Spain) where she chairs the office for Gender Balance Affairs. She was nominated EMBO member in 2005 and she serves as advisor and referee for several European and non-European research organisations and Institutes. Since 2012, she is a member of the Advisory Board for Science, Technology and Innovation for the Ministry of Economy and Competitivity in Spain. Isabelle Vernos is a member of the ERC scientific Council since 2011 and chairs its Gender Balance working group since 2013.

Professor Vernos spoke about the gender equality initiatives introduce at ERC during the last few years, and the research initiated to better understand the impact of research grants of the careers of women and men, both applicants and PIs, at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA).


Serge Villemure


Director, Scholarships and Fellowships Division and Director of the Chair for Women in Science and Engineering Program, Natural Sciences and Engineering  Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Canada.

Serge Villemure graduated in 1989 with a B.Sc. in Kinesiology and obtained his Masters in 1991 in Administration from the University of Ottawa. Serge joined NSERC in 1991 where he worked as a Program Administrator in different disciplines within the Research Grants Division. In 1997, he became Team Leader for Physical and Mathematical Sciences. He spent one year, from June 2000 to June 2001, at the Canada Research Chairs as a Senior Administrator, where he contributed to starting up the program and then returned to his position within the Physical and Mathematical Sciences. In 2004, he led the Physical and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering team as Director. Since 2010, he has been Director of the Scholarships and Fellowships Division. More recently, he also became the Director of the Chair for Women in Science and Engineering (CWSE) Program.

Serge Villemure Chaired the Roadmap discussion at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA) on establishing best means for nurturing future female leaders.  He brought into this role his extensive understanding of the selection and promotion processes and practices used in the distribution of research funding, and the different approaches developed in Canada to remove obstacles to women’s progress to top-level roles in research and innovation.

VP Oldřich Vlasák (GS3NA)

Oldřich Vlasák, Gender Summit past speaker

Vice-President of the European Parliament, responsible for Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA), Europe.

Oldřich Vlasák, Vice-President of the European Parliament, is conservative politician who advocates for the interests of self-governing municipalities, cities and regions. Oldřich Vlasák was born on 26th of November 1955 in Hradec Králové. He studied at the Czech Technical University in Prague. After his university studies he worked in science as a technical professional in the field of environment. In his following management career he worked for the private sector. He fully entered local politics in 1994, when he was elected member of the Board of Representatives of the City of Hradec Králové. Between 1998 and 2004 he was mayor of the City. In 2001 he became the President of the Union of Towns and Municipalities of the Czech Republic. Since 2000 he was active in the European politics. He was delegated to the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe and represented the Czech Republic as an observer in the Committee of the Regions. After his active work in the Policy Committee of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) he has been elected its executive president. In 2004 he has been elected and in 2009 re-elected to the European Parliament. In the European Parliament he has a function of coordinator of European Conservatives and Reformists in the Committee for Regional Development and is a vice chairman of the Intergroup Urban. Since 2012 he is responsible for STOA (Science and Technology Options Assessment) in the European Parliament Bureau.

Vice President Vlasák's video message was broadcast to the Summit on day 1 of the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013.

Dr Grace Wang

Grace Wang, Gender Summit past speaker

Division Director, Industrial Innovation and Partnerships Division, Directorate of Engineering, National Science Foundation (NSF), USA.

Grace Wang has been the Division Director of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships Division at the National Science Foundation (NSF) since February of 2012.  Grace joined NSF in June 2009 as a Program Director for the SBIR/STTR Program.  She also served as the Cluster Leader for the Nanotechnology, Advanced Materials and Manufacturing (NM) Cluster in SBIR/STTR Program. Before joining NSF, Grace was a Senior Development Scientist at Hitachi. Grace started her career as an Advisory Development Scientist at IBM.  Grace is the recipient of many leadership and technical achievement awards. Grace holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Northwestern University.

Dr. Wang acted as discussant in the Diversity in Leadership session at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013.

Dr Wanda Ward (GS3NA)


Director of Office of International and Integrative Activities, National Science Foundation (NSF), USA.

Wanda Ward heads the NSF Office of International and Integrative Activities. She served in a number of science and engineering policy, planning, and program leadership capacities, including Senior Advisor to the NSF Director; Assistant to the NSF Deputy Director for Human Resource Development; Deputy Assistant Director for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences; and Deputy Assistant Director, Education and Human Resources.

Dr. Ward spoke about the NSF’s current and future activities and programmes to address career-life balance challenges and opportunities, a 10-year initiative launched by First Lady Michelle Obama and the Past NSF Director Dr. Subra Suresh in September 2012 at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA).

Dr Stephanie Watts Butler

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Innovation Manager, Texas Instruments, USA.

Stephanie Watts Butler, PhD, PE is the Technology Innovation Manager for Texas Instruments’ Power Supply Solutions business.  In this position, she drives Texas Instruments’ newest technology innovations to revenue by leading engagements with TI’s technology organizations, manufacturing sites, and product line development teams to produce new power products.   Dr. Butler has been in the semiconductor industry for close to 30 years and is a recognized expert in technology innovation in a variety of areas related to semiconductor processing, packaging, process control, sensors, and new product development.

Dr. Butler will spoke how networking supports innovation projects, combining creativity, collaboration, and communication, and the linkage to environments created at TI for women to establish successful industrial careers.  Using her experience of innovation in the area of enabling technologies for the semiconductor industry, she explained how TI develops and expands its human capital and knowledge base through networks..

Billy M. Williams

Billy Williams, Gender Summit past speakers

Director, Science, American Geophysical Union, USA.

Billy M. Williams serves as the Director, Science at the American Geophysical Union (AGU). AGU is a nonprofit organization of geophysicists, consisting of over 61,000 members from over 146 countries. As a member of the senior team reporting to the Executive Director/CEO, he serves as senior staff to the AGU Council and supports the Council in implementing AGU’s science policy, agenda and work plan, including leading science-related initiatives and addressing issues related to STEM and the global talent pool in Earth and space sciences. Prior to joining AGU, Billy served as a Global R&D Director at the Dow Chemical Company, and as the Director of Dow’s External Science and Technology Programs.  More recently, from 2006-2012, he served as a senior program officer in the Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences at the National Academy of Sciences where he was responsible for assembling and leading committees of nationally prominent scientists, engineers, and scholars to address nationally critical issues.   He served as the study director and was a co-author of the 2011 National Research Council report, National Security Implications of Climate Change for U.S. Naval Forces.

Mr Williams acted as the Discussant of the Climate Change session at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013.

Dr Joan C. Williams

Joan Williams, Gender Summit past speaker

Distinguished Professor of Law, UC Hastings Foundation Chair, Founding Director of the Center for WorkLife Law, UC Hastings College of the Law, USA.

Joan C. Williams, co-author of What Works for Women at Work: Four Patterns Working Women Need to Know (NYU Press, Feb. 2014), is a Distinguished Professor of Law, Hastings Foundation Chair, and the Founding Director of the Center for WorkLife Law at University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Williams was awarded the American Bar Foundation's Outstanding Scholar Award (2012), the Elizabeth  Hurlock Beckman Award (2012), the ABA’s Margaret Brent Award for Women Lawyers of Achievement (2006), and the Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award for Unbending Gender: Why Family and Work Conflict and What to Do About It (Oxford University Press, 2000). She is the author of many on-line tools to help retain women in STEM, including and (with Mary Ann Mason)

Professor Williams presented "What Works for Women At Work in STEM: Success Strategies for Navigating Careers Shaped by Implicit Bias" at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013.

Dr Susan Winter


Lecturer and Assistant Program Director, College of Information Studies, University of Maryland, USA.

Susan J. Winter, Ph.D. is Assistant Director of the Masters of Information Management Program at the University of Maryland’s School of Information Studies. She was previously a Science Advisor in the Directorate for Social Behavioral and Economic Sciences at the National Science Foundation supporting distributed, interdisciplinary scientific collaboration and has been responsible for programs funding research on virtual organizations as sociotechnical systems, cyber-enabled discovery and innovation, cyberinfrastructure education, and enabling resources for complex data-driven and computational science including high performance computers, large-scale databases, and advanced software tools. Her research on the impact of information and communications technology on the organization of work has appeared in top journals; she has extensive international managerial and consulting experience, and currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Information Technology, Information and Organization, and Group and Organization Management. She received her PhD from the University of Arizona.

Dr. Winter spoke at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA) on the effectiveness of collaborative research in science teams, research centers, and institutes in the context of team science, a new interdisciplinary field that empirically examines the processes by which large and small scientific teams, research centers, and institutes organize, communicate, and conduct research. It is concerned with understanding and managing circumstances that facilitate or hinder the effectiveness of collaborative research, including translational research.

Dr Phyllis Wise

Phyllis Wise, Gender Summit past speaker

Chancellor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.

Phyllis Wise is Chancellor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to this appointment Professor Wise held a number of top leadership roles, including Interim President of the University of Washington, Provost and Executive Vice President at the University of Washington, Dean of the College of Biological Sciences at the University of California-Davis. At Illinois, Dr. Wise is continuing her research in issues concerning women’s health and gender-based biology. She has been particularly interested in whether hormones influence brains of women and men during development, during adulthood and during aging. She holds memberships in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and in the Institute of Medicine and has been a national advocate for increasing access to women and minorities in scientific careers. 

Dr. Wise presented “Partnerships for wider access to quality higher education” at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013.  Dr. Wise will discuss how the level of complex global societal challenges of the coming decades will require not only new models of scientific collaboration and partnership across institutions and nations, but will also demand innovations in how we provide educational opportunities and in how we attract and foster a truly diverse community of scientists.

Dr Catherine E. Woteki

Catherine E. Woteki, Gender Summit past speakers Under Secretary, Chief Scientist, United States Department of Agriculture, USA.

Dr. Cathie Woteki is Under Secretary for USDA's Research, Education, and Economics (REE) mission area, and the Department's Chief Scientist. Before joining USDA, Dr. Woteki served as Global Director of Scientific Affairs for Mars, Incorporated, where she managed the company's scientific policy and research on matters of health, nutrition, and food safety. From 2002-2005, she was Dean of Agriculture and Professor of Human Nutrition at Iowa State University. Dr. Woteki served as the first Under Secretary for Food Safety at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) from 1997-2001, where she oversaw U.S. Government food safety policy development and USDA's continuity of operations planning. Dr. Woteki also served as the Deputy Under Secretary for REE at USDA in 1996. Prior to going to USDA, Dr. Woteki served in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy as Deputy Associate Director for Science from 1994-1996. Dr. Woteki has also held positions in the National Center for Health Statistics of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (1983-1990), the Human Nutrition Information Service at USDA (1981-1983), and as Director of the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine at the National Academy of Sciences (1990-1993). In 1999, Dr. Woteki was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, where she has chaired the Food and Nutrition Board (2003-2005). She received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Human Nutrition from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (1974). Dr. Woteki received her B.S. in Biology and Chemistry from Mary Washington College (1969).

Dr. Woteki spoke about "Open Science for Agriculture and Nutrition" in the Pioneers Trailblazing the Future roadmapping session at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013.