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Women in STEM Summit Coming to UB

Women in STEM Committee- Back row: Tina Žigon, Caitlin Hoekstra, Nancy Campos, Glenna Bett, Liesl Folks, Mary Henesey, Letitia Thomas, Ann Marie Landel / Front row: Rebekah Burke, Terri Budek, Kathleen Murphy, Phyllis Floro / Missing: Hadar Borden, Vikki Hirshey, Karen King, Victoria Robbins

By Marissa Malone

Published April 10, 2015

On Thursday, April 23, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., UB will host the Women in STEM Summit in the Student Union.

Marissa Malone (UB Student, Class of 2015) has a dream of traveling to all seven continents, and she’s already visited four. When not globetrotting, Marissa studies Communication, Spanish, and Management at UB while working for both UBIT and Career Services.

The Women in STEM Summit is open to anyone interested in celebrating the accomplishments of women in science, technology, engineering and math. Attendees will learn how to increase participation across women in STEM and have the chance to network with accredited speakers and professionals. There is no cost to attend.

Kathleen Murphy, Service Manager for Network and Classroom Services (NCS), part of UB Information Technology, told UBIT News, “Women in STEM fields are underrepresented, underpaid, and often underappreciated. The summit is an opportunity to acknowledge women’s contributions to STEM and develop our potential. I am looking forward to spending a morning with over 200 of the area’s brightest and most talented women in STEM as we inspire, grow and connect together.”

A dynamic keynote speaker will set the tone for this event before attendees are given the opportunity to participate in one of three panel discussions: Negotiating Personal Power, Building Your Professional Network, or Bridging the Gap.

The summit ends with a networking reception in 145B Student Union. Representatives from Regeneron, Cognigen Corporation, Blue Sky Design Supply, Bridging the Gap Africa, Shatter I.T. LLC, and M&T Bank will be on hand.

Event Schedule:

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Registration (201 Student Union)

9 a.m. - 10 a.m. Keynote Speaker (Student Union Theater)

  • Rachel Haot, Chief Digital Officer and Deputy Secretary for Technology of New York State

Keynote Sponsor

  • Sheri L. Scavone, Executive Director, WNY Women’s Foundation

10:10 a.m. – 11:10 a.m. Panel Sessions

  • Negotiating Personal Power (145 A/E Student Union)
  • Building Your Professional Network (145 C/D Student Union)
  • Bridging the Gap (Student Union Theater)

11:15 a.m. – 12 p.m. Networking Reception (145B Student Union)

Enjoy complementary refreshments and fellowship. This is your opportunity to connect face-to-face with other attendees.

Learn more about this event at or contact Kathleen Murphy at or at 716-645-6700 for more information.