More than 160 people — scientists, inventors, venture capitalists, startup CEOs, media and networking pros, and others — attended the Office of Technology Management’s Women in Innovation & Technology (WIT) Symposium Feb. 26.
The annual event is aimed at closing the gender gap in invention disclosure and commercialization at Washington University in St. Louis.
The full day included a series of panel discussions and keynote addresses covering topics such as “Breaking the Cycle of Bias in Tech Funding,” “Branding Yourself Beyond Academia” and “How to Talk to Investors.”
The panelists and speakers included a diverse group of women comprised of Washington University faculty members and staff, corporate partners and non-profit leaders.
The WIT Symposium was sponsored by Armstrong Teasdale, BioSTL/BioGenerator, Dennemeyer and Stinson Leonard Street.
In 2014, OTM introduced the WIT program to address the persistent underrepresentation of women in tech commercialization efforts. WIT educates women faculty on how to navigate the commercialization process, while also introducing resources available to them within the St. Louis region.
Here are some scenes from the day:
Nichole Mercier (left), managing director of Washington University’s Office of Technology Management, kicked off the Women in Innovation & Technology Symposium Feb. 26 with a fireside chat featuring Marie E. Lamont, founder of Lamont Business Strategies. 160 people attended the full-day session, which aims to close the gender gap in invention disclosure and commercialization at WashU.
A panel during the WIT Symposium explored how to talk to investors. Ann Jenrette-Thomas from Stinson Leonard Street moderated the discussion that included Karen Mullis ffrom RiverVest, Kirsten Leute from Osage and Cameron Gray from MDB.
Dana Kanze from Columbia Business School presented her research examining gender bias in entrepreneurship and funding during the luncheon keynote at the WIT Symposium.
The importance of branding and communication were explored during a panel moderated by Erika Ebsworth-Goold, WashU Public Affairs. Panelists included faculty members Hong Chen and Delphone Chen, and Dena Ladd, Executive Director of Missouri Cures.
Women in tech entrepreneurship was the topic of a panel moderated by Jennifer Byrne from Armstrong Teasdale. Panelists included Leslie McIntosh of Ripeta, Julie Cherrington of Arch Oncology and Elaine Haynes from Kalocyte.