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Missouri Cures Education Foundation is proud to present the 5th Annual WISE (Women in Science and Entrepreneurship) Statewide Conference at St. Louis Union Station, 1820 Market Street, St. Louis, MO 63103. Complimentary parking for conference attendees on the side and back lot at Union Station. We encourage you to take Metro Link as an option.

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Friday, November 2, 2018
1:00-1:30 p.m. Registration
1:30-4:30 p.m. Program
4:30-5:30 p.m. Cocktail/Networking Reception

Since 2013, Missouri Cures Education Foundation has brought WISE events to St. Joe, Springfield, Kansas City, Columbia, and St. Louis. WISE events highlight women excelling in science, technology, research, business, and innovation and provide women an opportunity to network and learn from one another.

Our 2018 WISE Statewide Conference is an ambitious event with three panel discussions and featuring twenty women leaders succeeding in science, medicine, business, technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Each panel will conclude with a Q&A session to allow participants to interact with presenters. Space is limited, so please register today. Tickets are $25 General Admission and $15 for students.

2018 WISE St. Louis Statewide Conference Agenda, Presenters, and Panelists

Opening Remarks

Dena Ladd | Executive Director, Missouri Cures

With more than twenty years of experience in public policy and community affairs, Dena Ladd has been involved in issues that have both local and national impact. For many years, she was the principal of Ladd Consulting that specialized in Governmental Relations. Her clients included the Missouri Leadership Council, a PAC which she led as the State Director. Read more…

Kim Hudson | Fox News

Kim Hudson came to the FOX 2 team, from News 11, in 2006 as a freelance engineer. She honed her skills with a talented behind-the-scenes team at both stations as a master control, dubbing, live-truck, and graphics engineer. She also worked as freelance journalist for STL-TV, the government-access station for the City of St. Louis. In July 2010, Kim stepped in front of the camera for the FOX2/News 11 family. Read more…

Panel I – Five Years Wiser: Women of Wise Share Their Paths

Moderator: Cynthia Marich | Associate Director, Institute for Informatics, Washington University School of Medicine

Cynthia Marich is an accomplished writer, project manager, and connector with a wide portfolio of higher education, non-profit, and industry experience. As the first hire when I2 launched in 2016, Cynthia has managed the institute’s robust growth strategy to expand I2 into a dynamic team of over forty faculty, staff, and students. Read more…

Carolyn Henry | Dean, University of Missouri -Columbia, College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Henry was named Dean of the University of Missouri (MU) College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) in February 2018 after serving as Interim Dean for six months.

She is a tenured Full Professor with dual appointments at the CVM and the School of Medicine. Read more…

Abby Cohen | Co-Founder, Co-CEO Sparo

Abby Cohen is Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Sparo, an award-winning, digital health company, dedicated to helping people breathe better, be more active, and live happier. Abby was named to the Forbes 2017 30 Under 30, Healthcare List. In 2015, Abby and Andrew were selected to represent Sparo as 1 of 30 companies from across the U.S. to exhibit at the first-ever White House Demo Day. Read more…

Jennifer Silva | Co-Founder, SentiAR

Jennifer Silva is the co-inventor, co-founder and CMO of SentiAR, Inc, a venture-backed software device spinout from Washington University. SentiAR is developing the first mixed reality platform to display intraprocedural 3-dimensional holographic visualization of a patient’s cardiac anatomy with real-time catheter locations with anticipated submission to the FDA in 2019. In 2018, the company received a NIH-SBIR award for $2.2M. Read more…

Melissa Harper | Vice President Global Talent Acquisition, Inclusion & Diversity, Monsanto

Melissa Harper is the Senior Vice President of Talent and Inclusion at Bayer. In this leadership role, Melissa is responsible for developing, transforming and executing talent strategies that drive a high-performance culture of innovation and inclusion globally. Read more…

Seqwana Pryor | Co-Owner, The OC at CWE & Founder, PryCor Technologies

Seqwana Pryor, CEO and Co-Founder of PryCor Technologies, a consulting firm specializing in Lean Six Sigma Manufacturing and Operational Excellence. She holds a BA degree- Chemistry and Mathematics from Talladega College and MS/PhD in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University. She has 20 years of industry experience in chemical, plastics and food processing industries. Read more…

Panel II – Building a Career in STEM: Women discuss paths to enter the field including the importance of mentoring and networking.

Moderator: Maggie Crane | Communications Director, BioSTL

Maggie Crane is a strategic planner and communicator with more than 13 years of proven success developing communications for broadcast, print and social media, as well as internal and external branding. She leads communications for the innovation economy-builder BioSTL and its initiatives in investment, inclusion and international company attraction. Read more…

Jasmin Patel | Assistant Vice President for Research Strategy, St. Louis University

Jasmin Patel is the Assistant VP for Research Strategy at Saint Louis University (SLU). Working with SLU faculty and staff, Jasmin strives to advance SLU’s research growth mission. Her work spans from working with individual faculty members on achieving their research ambitions to launching strategic, University-wide, research initiatives with the goal of developing institutional partnerships and collaborations. Read more…

Tiffani Bright | Instructor, Institute for Informatics, Washington University

Tiffani J. Bright, Ph.D. is Director of Informatics Development at Washington University in St. Louis’ Institute of Informatics (I2). She has a background in biomedical informatics and information systems, with expertise in clinical decision support (CDS), mobile health, and usability evaluation. A major focus of Dr. Bright’s work has been on CDS, which has the ability to enhance decision-making, improve care, and reduce costs. Read more…

Tojan Rahhal | Dir. of Diversity & Outreach Initiatives, University of MO -Columbia, College of Engineering

Dr. Tojan Rahhal graduated from North Carolina State University in 2012 with a BS in Biomedical Engineering. She went on to pursue a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-Ch), working in the lab of Dr. Joseph M. DeSimone.

Rahhal is committed to service and leadership in the academic community, promoting awareness of issues regarding equality in science. Read more…

Lisa Nichols | CEO & Co-founder, Technology Partners

Lisa Nichols is the CEO and co-founder of Technology Partners, a Women-Business Enterprise and provider of premier IT staffing and solutions.
Lisa and her husband founded Technology Partners in 1994 driven by their passion to revolutionize the staffing industry with their transparent business model. Read more…

Break: Palm Health Demonstration

Panel III – Women Leading in Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Hear how women have used their experiences and talents in innovation and/or starting a business.

Moderator: Kellie Ann Coats | Executive Director, Women’s Council, MO Dept. of Economic Development

Kellie Ann Coats was appointed to be Executive Director of the Missouri Women’s Council in October of 2017. As Executive Director, Kellie Ann leads the council’s efforts to support and advocate for women-owned businesses in the state of Missouri. Throughout her career, Kellie Ann has been an influential member of multiple civic and non-profit organizations, councils and committees. Read more…

Maria Meyers | Executive Director, UMKC Innovation Center; Founder, Source Link

Maria Meyers works with communities to build entrepreneurial ecosystems on a daily basis. Through her work, she helps communities build collaborative entrepreneurial infrastructures that attract startups, accelerate business growth and create jobs. For Meyers, entrepreneurial ecosystems require big-picture thinking alongside on-the-ground expertise. Read more…

Kim Plank | GM, CIC STL & Regional Director -Midwest, Captains of Innovation

Kim Plank is the Former General Manager of the Cambridge Innovation Center (or CIC) St. Louis and has recently taken on the responsibility of being the Midwest Regional Director for Venture Café Global’s Captains of Innovation program. CIC is located in the Cortex Innovation Community and is home to approximately 280 entrepreneurs, innovators, startup companies, corporate innovation departments, and service providers for startups. Read more…

Sarah Hill | CEO, StoryUP XR

Sarah Hill is the CEO of StoryUP XR and an interactive media tech professional with 25 years building successful platforms. Her company, StoryUP, makes “Healium”, the world’s first mobile VR/AR product controlled by a brain-computer interface. Hill is a former interactive TV Journalist for the NBC, ABC, & CBS affiliates in Missouri. Read more…

Charmaine Savage | Founder, I Am East St. Louis, The Magazine

Charmaine (Bell) Savage founded I Am East St. Louis, The Magazine, a free community publication committed to accentuating only the positive aspects of East St. Louis, Illinois. The maiden issue of I Am East St. Louis, TheMagazine premiered January 2016. Charmaine was born and raised in East St. Louis, IL where she graduated from Lincoln Sr. High School in 1985. Read more…

Alyce Herndon | Grace Hill Women’s Business Center

As the director of Grace Hill Women’s Business Center, Alyce has dedicated her time and efforts towards women entrepreneurs starting and expanding their business. As an Alum of Webster University, Herndon-Wilson served as a model for many others surrounding her through her drive, ambition, and wealth of knowledge. Read more…

Proclamation Ceremony

Mayor Lyda Krewson | Mayor, City of St. Louis

In April 2017, Lyda Krewson won a historic election to become the first woman to serve as mayor of St. Louis. Prior to the election, Krewson served as 28th Ward Alderwoman. She is also a CPA and served as the CFO for an international design firm until her election as Mayor in 2017. Krewson is known for her civility, determination and fairness in addressing issues.

Krewson is known for her civility, determination and fairness in addressing issues. Read more…

Cocktail and Networking Reception