Innovating for Impact

Wednesday, November 14
12:30 - 6 PM
McNamara Alumni Center, University of Minnesota

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The Women Innovators Conference is a professional development summit designed to help female innovators connect the dots between their ideas and achieving a positive, significant impact. This event will inspire, inform, and connect STEM-trained women students, faculty and business professionals to strengthen and extend the diverse talent pool of women innovators in the Twin Cities. 

Check back for info on this year's conference.  Following is the agenda from 2017:

  • Registration & Networking
  • Opening Address: “One Italian Class – One Important Box” 
      • Marie Johnson, CEO & Founder AUM Cardiovascular
  • Career Development Breakouts
      • Getting Started (and Getting it Right):  Advice for students and recent grads
        • Rebecca Luebbert, Assistant Director of Career Development, UMN College of Biological Sciences
        • Erin Syverson, Analytic Consultant at Wells Fargo
        • Whitney Moore, Career Counselor, UMN College of Science and Engineering
        • Ximin (Natalie) Huang, Assistant Professor, Supply Chain & Operations at the UMN Carlson School
      • Moving on Up:  Considerations for advancing and thriving in established organizations 
        • Stacy Enxing Seng, Venture Partner at Lightstone Ventures, former President of Vascular Therapies at Covidien
        • Silvia Perez, President and General Manager at 3M Drug Delivery Systems Division
        • Jane Davidson, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the UMN Solar Energy Lab
      • Moving on Out:  Taking the leap to founding or joining a startup 
        • Cora Leibig, Founder & CEO at Chromatic 3D Materials
        • Deb Loch, Cofounder and Brewer at Urban Growler
        • Terri Souter, President & CEO at FastBridge Learning
        • Jennie Thomas, Co-founder & COO, Photonic Pharma
  • Innovation Toolbox Breakouts
      • How to Innovate a Product/Technology: Specific examples to illustrate product design methods
        • Juliana Elstad, President & CEO at Impleo Medical
        • Eve Poeschl, Director of Solutions Design at MentorMate
        • Kate Gallager, Sr. R&D Manager-Cheerios at General Mills
      • How to Innovate a Process/Service:  Specific examples to illustrate process design methods
        • Susan Dray, Founder at Dray & Associates
        • Kathleen Harder, Director of the Center for Design in Health at University of Minnesota
      • How to Innovate with Influence:  The art of persuasion in presentation & organizational navigation
        • Cynthia Arnold, former SVP Global Technology at Sherwin Williams
        • Maura Donovan, Executive Director of Economic Development at the University of Minnesota
        • Kathy Tune, Managing Director at Fourth Element Capital
  • Closing Address: “If You Want People to Take You Seriously, Don’t Wear Jewelry That Makes Noise”
      • Lisa Schlosser, CTO of FindLaw at Thomson Reuters
  • Reception and Networking 

WIC three pillarsThe Women Innovators Conference is powered by MIN-Corps. With funding from the National Science Foundation, the Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship and MnDRIVE – Minnesota's Discovery, Research, and InnoVation Economy. We develop talent and catalyze technology commercialization across the University of Minnesota.