Join us as accomplished women in the fields of science, technology and business share their experiences and challenges in a lively and inspired conversation. 


Date:                       Friday, September 8th, 2017


Time:                       1:30 – 4:30 p.m.                 Program

                                    4:30 – 5:30 p.m.                 Cocktail Networking Reception


Location:              Union Station


Cost:                        $25 per person; $15 for students


Panel I


                                    Building a National Company; The Challenges & Rewards

                                    Meet two of the most successful female entrepreneurs from St.                

Louis.  Hear how they took their idea and built international companies.  Also hear how they pay it forward in the community.


                                    Moderator:  Dena Ladd, Executive Director, Missouri Cures Education Foundation                 

                                    Panel: Women in Business

                                    Maxine Clark, Founder, Build a Bear

                                    Kim Olson, Founder, Sunglass Hut


Panel II


                                    Opportunities for Women in STEM; Leadership & Mentorship

Men still hold most management roles in the STEM field.  These women have defied the odds and hold leadership roles in their respective fields.  Hear how they did it. 


Moderator:  Toni Kutchan, V.P. of Research, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center





Elizabeth Loboa, Dean, School of Engineering, University of Missouri

Jennifer Lodge, Vice Chancellor of Research, Washington University School of Medicine

 Michelle Sabick, Dean, College of Engineering, Aviation & Technology, Parks College

 Supriya Shivakumar, Head of Strategy and Portfolio Development, MilliporeSigma


Panel III


                                    Entrepreneurship; Practical Insights 

What does it take to start a successful company?  Find out from these women the challenges and rewards of starting a business.


Moderator: Cheryl Watkins Moore, Director, Bioscience & Entrepreneurial Inclusion, BioSTL



Geetha Rao Sant, Director, Entrepreneurship & Intellectual Property Clinic, Washington University School of Law

Jennifer Silva, Co-Founder, Medical Holography Solutions

Keela Davis, Executive Director, Innovation & Product Development, Mercy

Nicole Adewale, Principal & President, ABNA Engineering







  • Occurred Friday, September 8th, 2017 @ 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm


The Union Station

1820 Market Street
St. Louis, MO 63101


Joan Lee Berkman