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.

2020 WISER Events

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This Month’s Featured WISER Woman

November 2019

WISER Women

November always marks the end of our WISER events across the state and allows us the opportunity to reflect on all the incredible women we’ve had the opportunity to meet, learn from, share with, and honor. Since last November, we highlighted the work of 11 WISER Women, brought our programs to 4 cities across Missouri, featured 33 different outstanding panelists and speakers, and hosted over 700 attendees at our WISER events. Next year we hope to expand our WISER programs, bringing them to new cities and revisiting some old favorites.

Previous Featured WISER Woman

Dr. Supriya Shivakumar

October 2019

Dr. Supriya Shivakumar, Head of Strategy, Gene Editing and Novel Modalities at MillaporeSigma

Dr. Supriya Shivakumar is Head of Strategy, Gene Editing and Novel Modalities at MillaporeSigma. She started in academic science with a PhD in oncology in the lab of nobel Laureate Harold Varmus at the University of California, San Francisco, followed by a translational research postdoc. Her focus is our innovation, marketing and business development strategies driving gene editing to cell and gene therapy. She states, “I found that my greatest passion is for the intersection of business and cutting edge science.”
You can learn more about Supriya and her work at 2019 WISER Conference in St. Louis.

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. 

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.

2019 WISER Recap

In 2019, Missouri Cures Education Foundation was excited to announce that WISE (Women in Science and Entrepreneurship) was becoming WISER (Women in Science, Entrepreneurship, and Research). We excitedly debuted newly branded WISER events to 4 cities across Missouri.

We were proud to partner with ROSIE to bring a WISER networking breakfast to Springfield, MO. Panelists Kathryn Bergmann, Staci Neimoth, and Elaine Strope shared their experiences working in engineering, medicine, science, and entrepreneurship.

Our Kansas City WISER KC Conference featured 2 panels. On Panel I —Women in Science & Research: The Opportunities & Challenges in the Field, we heard from Laura Treml, Dean Carolyn Henry, Julie Christianson, and Jennifer Schofield. Panel II —Innovation & Entrepreneurship: Kansas City Women Leading the Way featured panelists Melissa Roberts, Tammy Wauhaus, Frumi Barr, and Liliana Younger. Thank you to our partners Central Exchange and WiSTEMM for making the event a success. BioNexus offered their 8 Key Takeaways from WISER KC.

The Missouri Innovation Center hosted us for Columbia’s WISER Networking Breakfast. Panelists Susan Hart, Mindy McCubbin, Kellie Ann Coats, and Jaya Gosh talked to us about the importance of making space for imperfection, mentors, and their unplanned career paths.

Our WISER St. Louis Conference, hosted by Union Station featured 3 incredible panels. Panel I- Leaders in St. Louis; Women Breaking the Glass Ceiling featured Amy Berg, Ann Marr, Ruth Wagner, and Sita Kedia. On our second panel, Women Leading the Way in Science and Research, we heard from Supriya Shivakumar, Rochelle Henderson, Bettina Drake, Rachael Bradshaw, and Nadia Shakoor. And for our final panel Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Women Making Their Mark,  panelists Nichole Mercier, Kathleen Cook, Elise Miller Hoffman, Anne Miller, and Karen Mullis shared their insights and wisdom with our audience.

We are grateful to all of our sponsors, partners, panelists, moderators, volunteers, and attendees that helped make our 2019 WISER events so meaningful and successful.

2019 WISER Around Missouri

2018 WISE Recap

2018 WISE 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