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.
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.