Bridging the Gender Gap in STEM: Helping Women Thrive

in a Traditionally Male Domain


Certain sectors of STEM have proven challenging for women to break into and reaching the top tiers of management and leadership remains discouraging for women. Come and engage in an open conversation on how to craft a successful career as a woman in a predominantly male environment. A panel discussion with experienced managers and leaders aims to provide concrete tips and success strategies when forging a career as a significant gender minority. 

Our moderator will lead the panel in a spirited conversation organized around a number of case studies drawn from the WEST community that describe challenging situations that women sometimes encounter at work. Our panel will offer tips on how to handle delicate or difficult situations including gender bias, communication differences, influence, seemingly overt sexism, and other challenging issues.

Please come to network with other movers and shakers in the science and technology community and enjoy appetizers, wine, dessert, and coffee to round out an enjoyable and inspirational evening.

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Panelists Include:

Jodi Detjen has been a professor of management at Suffolk University since 1999. She co-authored The Orange Line: A Woman’s Guide to Integrating Career, Family and Life in May 2013. She conducts workshops, talks and consults on women’s leadership development and helping organizations bring more women into leadership roles. Formerly, Jodi was a founding partner of a boutique consulting firm, the InTrinsic Group, guiding organizations to leverage their existing people and processes to maximize performance and long term impact. Her MA in International Development Policy is from Duke University and her B.Sc., from Virginia Tech in Management Science. Click here for her full bio.
Amy Schulman is an accomplished business leader, widely recognized for growing global businesses, demonstrating a commitment to people, and fostering inclusive workplace cultures. In July, 2014, she joined Polaris Partners as a Venture Partner and assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer of Arsia Therapeutics, a Polaris-backed company. Amy also joined Harvard Business School’s Faculty, as a Senior Lecturer. Prior to these roles, Amy was responsible for leading Pfizer Inc.’s $4 billion consumer healthcare business. She also served concurrently as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Pfizer Inc. Schulman earned her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1989. Click here for her full bio.
Mari Anne Snow is the CEO and founder of SophiaThink, an digital strategy and online communication firm based in Boston, MA. SophiaThink helps clients develop results-oriented digital strategies for their business. A long-term technology strategist, digital entrepreneur and passionate educator; Mari Anne has long explored the intersect between people, technology devices, the internet and business.  Mari Anne taught this topic extensively at Suffolk and Bentley Universities. She is currently working with Bryant University’s Executive Education team to launch innovative new online programs in Digital Media Strategy, Virtual Teamwork and Virtual Team Leadership.
Date and Time:

September 17, 2014
6:00 - 9:00 PM

Evening’s Schedule

6:00-7:00  Registration, Networking, Appetizers, Wine
7:00-7:15  Welcome, Acknowledgement of Sponsors
7:15-8:30  Panel Discussion           
8:30-9:00  Networking, Coffee, and Dessert

Microsoft New England Research and Development Center, 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA

Map and Parking Info

We appreciate Microsoft New England Research and Development Center donating the use of their event space.


$55 for Members, $75 for non-members

Member package - $140 for admission and membership renewal
$700 for 10 tickets, $1,000 for 15 tickets and $1,300 for 20 tickets

Cancellation Policy:
All programs are non-refundable.

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