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

Our WISER events are designed to showcase Missouri’s leading women in science, business, and technology. The Missouri Cures WISER team partners with innovation centers and chambers of commerce around the state to host events throughout the year so we can bring a special focus on women leaders in our field.

With a program centered on thought leadership, medical innovation and research, and entrepreneurial vision, our WISER events highlight influential researchers, WISER women, and community leaders who are actively promoting women in STEM, and who are sponsoring women entrepreneurs that are uplifting the Missouri economy.

2019 WISER Events Schedule

Thank you to our wonderful panelists and to ROSIE for helping us to put on such a wonderful and successful event.

Panelists included:

Staci Niemoth -Chair, Joint Operations Committee, FDCI Physicians and OB/ Gyn, CoxHealth,

Elaine Strope -President | Dynatek Laboratories Inc.

Kathryn Bergmann -Project Engineer, Vice President, Bergmann Engineering Company LLC

And Moderator Dena Ladd -Executive Director, Missouri Cures Education Foundation

Missouri Cures Education Foundation in partnership with Central Exchange and WiSTEMM presented the 2019 WISE Kansas City Conference on June 10th. The conference highlighted women on 2 panels, Women in Science and Research: The Opportunities & Challenges in the Field; and Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Kansas City Women Leading the Way.

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

The event is free but seating is limited, so please RSVP today!

Come be inspired, make connections and learn at the 2019 WISER (Women in Science, Entrepreneurship, and Research) Conference on November 1st at Union Station. Accomplished women in the fields of science, technology, research, and business share their experiences and challenges in a lively and inspired conversation.

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OPENING REMARKS -WISE GETS WISER

Dena Ladd | Executive Director, Missouri Cures Education Foundation

Kim Hudson | Multimedia Journalist, Fox 2

PANEL I -LEADERS IN ST. LOUIS; WOMEN BREAKING THE GLASS CEILING

Kim Hudson| Multimedia Journalist, Fox 2 Moderator

Amy Berg | President, S. M. Wilson & Co. 

Sita Kedia | Chief Medical Officer, PALM Health

Ann Marr | Vice President of Global Human Resources, World Wide Technologies

Ruth Wagner | Head of Data Science & Analytics, BAYER Crop Science

PANEL II -WOMEN LEADING THE WAY IN SCIENCE AND RESEARCH

Supriya Shivakumar | Head of Strategy, Gene Editing and Novel Modalities, MilliporeSigma, Moderator

Rochelle Henderson | Vice-President, Health Services Research, Express Scripts

Bettina Drake | Associate Professor of Cancer Health Equity, Washington University School of Medicine

Rachael Bradshaw | Interim Program Director, Genetic Counseling Program, Washington University; Asst. Professor, Saint Louis University

Nadia Shakoor | Sr. Scientist, Danforth Plant Science Center; Co-Founder, Agrela Ecosystems

PANEL III -INNOVATION & ENTREPRENEURSHIP; WOMEN MAKING THEIR MARK

Nichole Mercier | Assistant Vice Chancellor & Managing Director, Office of Tech Transfer Washington University School of Medicine, Moderator

Kathleen Cook | Founder & CEO, Root Soil & Water Skincare

Elise Miller Hoffman | Principal, Life Science Fund, Cultivation Capital 

Anne Miller | Director of Research Commercialization, Saint Louis University

Karen Mullis |Vice President of R&D Project Management, Wugen Inc. 

NETWORKING RECEPTION – MEET WISER WOMEN

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

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This Month’s Featured WISER Woman

September 2019

Anne Miller, Director of Research Commercialization, Saint Louis University

Anne Miller is the Director of Research Commercialization for the Office of the Vice President for Research at Saint Louis University. She oversees the University’s intellectual property portfolio and industry contracting activities. In addition, Anne and her team work to promote innovation and entrepreneurship through programs such as SLUStartI-Corps. We are proud to feature Anne as a panelist at our 2019 St. Louis WISER Conference.

Learn more about her work here. 

Previous Featured WISER Woman

Rachael Bradshaw

August, 2019

Rachael Bradshaw, Senior Genetic Counselor and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Saint Louis University School of Medicine.

Rachael Bradshaw is a Senior Genetic Counselor and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Saint Louis University School of Medicine as well as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine. She is a prenatal genetic counselor who focuses on working with families who’ve received prenatal diagnoses of fetal anomalies. She will be the Program Director of the still-in-development Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling at Washington University School of Medicine. Outside of work, she volunteers as the Co-Leader of the Fetal & Infant Mortality Case Review Team in St. Louis and is the Co-Founder and Executive Co-Director of the St. Louis Pod of 500 Women Scientists. We are excited to feature Rachael on one of our WISER STL panels this fall. Learn more about her work here. 

July, 2019

Dr. Randi Foraker, Director of the Center for Population Health Informatics at the Institute for Informatics and Associate Professor of General Medical Sciences at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

Dr. Randi Foraker is the Director of the Center for Population Health Informatics at the Institute for Informatics and an Associate Professor of General Medical Sciences at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Dr. Foraker also serves as Director of the Public Health Data and Training Center for the Institute for Public Health where she is focused on applying epidemiology and informatics techniques to solve problems in the population health domain. Dr. Foraker specializes in the design of population-based studies and the integration of electronic health record data with socioeconomic indicators and is well recognized in the field of cardiovascular disease epidemiology. Her recent research has focused on the application of clinical decision support to complement risk scoring in primary care, cardiology, and oncology. Learn more about her work. 

June 2019

Bettina Drake, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor of Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in the Division of Public Health Sciences.

Bettina Drake, PhD, MPH, is an associate professor of surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis in the Division of Public Health Sciences. Dr. Drake is focused on researching risk factors and identifying strategies to promote health equity. Her community-based work has focused on promoting cancer education and screening among high-risk and underserved populations in the St. Louis region. In addition, her work has focused on educating community members on the strengths and weaknesses of health research participation and the importance of a diverse study population to provide the move effective interventions and treatments. Learn more about her work here.

May 2019

Dr. Carolyn Henry, Dean at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine.

We are thrilled to present our May WISE Woman, Dr. Carolyn Henry, Dean at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. Health leaders from around the world recognize Dr. Henry as an outstanding researcher, scholar and speaker. She is a leader and innovator in the growing global initiative called One Health, which recognizes that human health is linked to plants, animals and the environment. Her research interests include canine bladder, bone, and mammary cancer and comparative oncology/cancer epidemiology.

April 2019

Rachel Anderson, Director at the efactory, Missouri State University

Rachel Anderson is the Director at the efactory, an entrepreneurship and business development center that is part of Missouri State University. She is also the cofounder of Alumni Spaces, a tech startup company and the cofounder of Rosie, an organization that supports, assists and serves as an advocate network for current and prospective female founders, business owners and leaders in the Greater Springfield area. Next week, Rosie will be co-hosting our Springfield WISE Networking Breakfast. Learn more about Rachel and her incredible work.

2018 Events Recap

2018 WISER Conference Fox2Now news story
October 26, 2018 – Featuring Dr. Jennifer Silva, Washington University Pediatric Cardiologist

ST. LOUIS, MO – Five years ago, organizers weren’t sure how many people to expect for the first WISE Conference: Women in Science and Entrepreneurship. With just a few days before this year’s event, the response has been excellent. The popular event brings together women of vision committed to helping other women find success. Business, science, and technology, just a sampling of the expertise available for those attending an ambitious networking event.

2018 WISER Around Missouri