The Women in Innovation & Technology program aims to close the gender gap in invention disclosure and commercialization at Washington University in St. Louis.

History of WIT at WashU

In 2014, the Washington University Office of Technology Management (OTM) introduced the Women in Innovation and Technology (WIT) program to address the persistent under-representation of women in technology commercialization efforts. At the time of WIT’s inception, University Human Resources reported that 35% of University faculty were women. However, OTM estimated that female inventors submitted less than 5% of all invention disclosures at Washington University. WIT educates women faculty on how to navigate the commercialization process, while also introducing various resources available within the St. Louis region.

WIT Symposium — Tuesday, February 26, 2019

8-8:45 a.m. — Breakfast Panel: What makes a good drug?
EPNEC, 2nd Floor, Seminar Room B

Katherine Widdowson, GSK
Karen Seibert, WashU
Maxene Ilagan, WashU
Moderated by Leena Prabhu, WashU

8:45-9 a.m. — General Registration & Breakfast
EPNEC 1st Floor, Great Room A

9-9:15 a.m. — Welcome
EPNEC 1st Floor, Great Room B
Dedric Carter, WashU

9:15-10:15 a.m. — Morning Keynote & Fireside Chat
EPNEC 1st Floor, Great Room B
Marie E. Lamont, Lamont Business Strategies
Note: The original speaker Sophie Vandebroek, of IBM, is no longer able to attend.
Fireside chat moderated by Nichole Mercier, WashU

10:15-10:30 a.m. — Break

10:30-11:30 a.m. — Panel #1: Women in tech entrepreneurs
EPNEC 2nd Floor, Seminar B
Leslie McIntosh, Ripeta
Julie Cherrington, Arch Oncology
Elaine Haynes, Kalocyte
Moderated by Jennifer Byrne, Armstrong Teasdale

11:30 a.m.-12:50 p.m. — Lunch Keynote — “Breaking the Cycle of Bias in Tech Funding”
Dana Kanze, Columbia Business School
Introduction by Nichole Mercier, WashU

12:50-1 p.m. — Break

1-2 p.m. — Panel #2: Branding yourself beyond academia
EPNEC 2nd Floor, Seminar B
Hong Chen, WashU
Delphine Chen, WashU
Dena Ladd, Missouri Cures
Presentation & moderation by Erika Ebsworth-Goold, WashU

2-2:10 p.m. — Break

2:10-3 p.m. — Panel #3: How to talk to investors
EPNEC 2nd Floor, Seminar B
Karen Mullis, RiverVest
Kirsten Leute, Osage
Cameron Gray, MDB
Moderated by Ann Jenrette-Thomas, Stinson Leonard Street

3-4 p.m. — Networking Reception
EPNEC 1st Floor Lobby
Meet speakers, panelists, colleagues and representatives from:

Skandalaris Center for Entrepreneurial Studies
Armstrong Teasdale
Stinson Leonard Street
OTM staff and more!


This event is sponsored by:

  • Armstrong Teasdale
  • BioSTL/BioGenerator
  • Dennemeyer
  • Stinson Leonard Street

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