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Women in STEAM Conference

    **This Event has been canceled**

    2nd Annual Women in STEAM Conference 

    Standing Out and Speaking Up: Skills for Taking Center Stage

    Presented by Saint Leo University Academic Affairs


    March 6-7, 2020
    8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
    Saint Leo University, Saint Leo, Florida

    **This Event has been canceled**

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    Conference Overview

    The Women in STEAM conference (formerly Women in Data + Science) aims to broaden the impact and exposure of women in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics fields by creating a community that educates, empowers, and inspires. This conference is unique in that it is not solely focused on exploring technical know-how, but it also examines the myriad ways in which women can support one another to increase representation in historically male-dominated fields. The conference is now two days. The first day will be a traditional adult-oriented conference, with workshops continuing day two. The second day is dedicated to inspiring girls (ages 8 to 18) to explore STEAM careers. Through interactive workshops, we will show girls that they belong everywhere, and there is nothing they cannot do or explore.

    Conference Theme

    The second annual interdisciplinary conference emphasizes building and practicing new skills for success in school, work, and life. Succeeding in STEAM requires more than technical knowledge to complete your daily tasks; you must also possess the power-skills essential for landing the job, navigating workplace culture, and advocating for yourself. In fields where women are underrepresented, balancing technical acumen with interpersonal skills and self-confidence is vital to eliminating gendered barriers to workplace excellence. At the Women in STEAM Conference, you will discover new ways to conquer challenges by learning from the experiences of others.


    “This conference was so much more than a conference! I would pay for a 2nd, 3rd, or 4th day so I could get all of the information possible!” – 2019 attendee

    “There are two indicators of a great multi-track conference: you would pay (more) for the conference, you have a hard time deciding on which sessions to attend because they all seem soooo good. [Women in STEAM] at Saint Leo hit both of those points.” Emily Kund, Analytics to Inform

    “The [Women in STEAM] Conference was an amazing opportunity for women from a myriad of disciplines to gather in the camaraderie of our shared experiences.” – Sarah Mobley, 2019 Keynote Speaker

    “The [Women in STEAM] Conference provided an opportunity for both presenters and attendees to listen, interact and learn from women that are faculty in higher education and engaged in research pertaining to issues that women face, particularly in STEM fields. Women of Color were well represented, as both presenters and attendees, and the conversations were invigorating and thoughtful.” – Jorge Gavillan, Pasco-Hernando State College

    “The [Women in STEAM] Conference at Saint Leo was a valuable local conference that established important networking connections among academics and industry. This conference provided opportunities to learn about research effecting the success of women all over the world, and it provided opportunities to further talented women close to home.” – Dr. Susan LeFrancois, Florida Polytechnic University

    Meet the Conference Organizers

    Amanda Forrester PhotoAmanda J. Forrester, M.F.A. is a special projects manager/analyst for the College of Arts and Sciences at Saint Leo University. She joined the Saint Leo University staff in 2012 after ten years in public education. Amanda earned her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Tampa, and her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Azahares Spanish Language Literary Magazine, Pink Panther Magazine, SWWIM, Trailer Park Quarterly, and other anthologies and journals. Using her data analytics background and creative skills, she assists faculty and administration with data reporting and analytics to build and strengthen programs in the College of Arts and Sciences and bring STEAM awareness and events to students, staff, and faculty.
    Twitter: @ajforrester75 | email: amanda.forrester@saintleo.edu | 352-588-8602

    Heather Johnson PhotoHeather Johnson, M.B.A. is the assistant director of program approval in the College of Education and Social Services at Saint Leo University. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Master of Business Administration from Saint Leo University. She has served in multiple capacities from student services to assessment, discovering a true passion for data analytics and visualizations. Her research interests lie at the intersection of equity and accountability in higher education. Using her data analytics skills and social science background, she assists faculty in creating a more inclusive and engaging educational environment. She is also passionate about inspiring girls and young women to pursue STEM professions.
    Twitter: @dataheather | email: heather.johnson03@saintleo.edu | 352-588-7283

    Have a Suggestion?

    We are committed to providing quality content for all our conference goers. We also understand that representation matters. If you have an idea for a conference theme, track, workshop, or presenter, share it with us! All suggestions can be submitted to Amanda Forrester or Heather Johnson at WomenInSTEAM@saintleo.edu

    Questions About the Conference?

    For questions, more information, or individuals with disabilities who anticipate the need for accommodations, please contact Amanda Forrester or Heather Johnson at WomenInSTEAM@saintleo.edu

    Women in STEAM Conference


    For questions, more information, or individuals with disabilities who anticipate the need for accommodations, please contact Amanda Forrester or Heather Johnson at WomenInSTEAM@saintleo.edu
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