Women Rising In STEM – Breaking Boundaries

Wednesday, 24 November 2021
18:30 – 21:00 GMT
Cambridge, UK
Free

TO BOOK YOUR PLACE, YOU MUST REGISTER VIA OUR EVENTBRITE LINK: Women Rising in STEM: Breaking Boundaries Tickets, Wed 24 Nov 2021 at 18:30 | Eventbrite

Women Rising in STEM provides the opportunity to network and learn with industry experts who have been successful in navigating their career

About this event

The aim of the event is to provide mentoring support to women, including aspiring students right through to those who have a career in industry, with access to women of influence who have broken barriers and industry professionals who are driving innovation and diversity.

Through this series, the Rising Network aims to work in collaboration with industry to encourage women, to not only choose to enter industry where their talents make a massive difference, but to remain in industry, to address the growing skills gap and to increase the representation of women in STEM.

Women have always played a hugely important role in the advancement of STEM, yet often their contribution has been hidden from history.

Thankfully, this is now changing against a background of increased awareness of the importance of diversity and inclusion and the advent of a younger, more confident generation entering into science and demanding the recognition they deserve. As a result of this, the momentum for change is unstoppable. Yet the research shows that women are leaving the profession, due to a perceived lack of opportunities for career progression, coupled with a limited vision of what career paths might be available outside of traditional laboratory-based roles.

Having a positive role model can make a big difference in helping to stop this leakage.

Within the context of a multi-generational workforce, sharing stories of achievement from successful women at different stages of their career, can provide a compelling reason for women to stay within STEM professions. Therefore, it supports a much-needed pipeline, celebrating and learning from the experience of the past, building on the opportunities of the present and fulfilling the promise of the future.

This event will see three inspirational female women with successful careers in STEM tell their stories about their STEM journey, including overcoming obstacles along the way.

Agenda

  • 18:30 – Check-in, drinks and nibbles

    18:50 – Welcome by the Rising Network Chapter Lead Julia Wilson,

    18:55 – Welcome by Host, Graduate Hotels

    19:00 – Talks

    The making of a successful entrepreneur – Dr Joanna Mills, Head of Entrepreneurship, Wellcome Genome Campus, Cambridge, UK

    How do you know if you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur? The truth is, you don’t, until you try, and for many scientists even the prospect of experimenting with entrepreneurship is simply daunting – despite the wealth of exciting new possibilities and ideas offered by today’s emerging science. Over the last 20 years, and through initiatives at the Wellcome Genome Campus and University of Cambridge, Jo has worked with hundreds of scientists and others, to help them unlock their entrepreneurial potential, develop essential skills (for almost any career) and discover if entrepreneurship is for them. Jo will share her insights from these initiatives and her story and explore if being an entrepreneur is really so different from being a scientist.

    Women empowering women through shared experiences – Lisa Fuller, IT Service Management Director, Arm

    When we share out stories we are often unaware of the butterfly effect that can be triggered in influencing those that have heard them. Lisa will share her story of being empowered by other women’s stories at key milestones in her career and how they have led her to the present day.

    Career Paths – never a straight line! – Sophie Hirst, Service Owner, Worldpay

    No career journey is a smooth line and every road-block, u-turn and bumpy road provides a great learning opportunity to help smooth the road for the future. Sophie will share insights into how to give you a boost of energy every day and strengthen your objectives and career decisions.

    19:30 – Speed Networking with Purpose

    20:15 – Closing remarks by Rising Network Chapter Lead Elena Zanini

Speaker Bios

Dr Joanna Mills, MBA

Dr Joanna Mills joined the Wellcome Genome Campus in November 2016 as part of their vision to establish the Genome Campus as a world-leading innovation ecosystem for Genomes and BioData. Jo’s role as head of Entrepreneurship combines managing the BioData Innovation Centre as a vibrant community and environment for companies innovating in this field with stimulating an entrepreneurial culture on the Campus through initiatives including the Startup School for Genomics and Biodata.

Prior to this Jo spent over 15 years at the Cambridge Judge Business School developing entrepreneurship education. She was the Founding Programme Director of the Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship where she worked with almost 200 aspiring entrepreneurs from across the globe.

Jo has a PhD in Biochemical Engineering from University College London (UCL) in collaboration with Unilever Research. Subsequently at UCL, she was also part of the founding team and Business Manager for their MBI Training Programme a Master’s level programme for the Bioprocess Industry.

Lisa Fuller

Lisa is currently IT Service Management Director at Arm, Cambridge. She has worked in Technology roles for over 15 years in a variety of organisations such as Capital Group, Barclays and Worldpay before moving into the Semiconductor industry at Arm in 2015. She is passionate about improving the experiences of the teams she works with and the users of her services. Throughout her career her focus has been on developing, improving, governing and maintain processes to help IT departments operate efficiently and effectively.

She is passionate about ensuring diversity in the workplace and in particular encouraging more women into STEM roles and helping women to reach their full potential.

Sophie Hirst

Sophie pursued a teaching career originally but following a return to the UK Sophie retrained as a Software Engineer. Upon graduating with an MSc Computation, Sophie joined Worldpay and has been fortunate to enjoy a variety of roles within the technology teams ever since. Roles have included software engineer, support engineer, recovery manager, support team manager and most recently Service Owner. Sophie’s career path involves a variety of smart-motorways, bumpy roads ahead, u-turns and everything in between. Alongside her technology role, Sophie has been coaching and mentoring others and is a STEM ambassador.

About our Host:

Graduate Hotels are a hand-crafted collection of hotels that reside in the most dynamic University towns. Graduate Cambridge takes inspiration from hundreds of years of rich university history and tradition, as well as the hotel’s beautiful riverfront location. This idyllic retreat feels like an extension of the University, with nods to college architecture and crests and discoveries like the DNA double helix.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TO BOOK YOUR PLACE, YOU MUST REGISTER VIA OUR EVENTBRITE LINK: Women Rising in STEM: Breaking Boundaries Tickets, Wed 24 Nov 2021 at 18:30 | Eventbrite

18:30 - Check-in, drinks and nibbles
18:50 - Welcome by the Rising Network Chapter Lead Julia Wilson,
18:55 - Welcome by Host, Graduate Hotels
19:00 - Talks
- The making of a successful entrepreneur - Dr Joanna Mills, Head of Entrepreneurship, Wellcome Genome Campus, Cambridge, UK
- The importance of female role models - Lisa Fuller, IT Service Management Director, Arm
19:30 - Speed Networking with Purpose
20:15 - Closing remarks by Rising Network Chapter Lead Elena Zanini