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Women Designing the Future: Game Changers

March 29, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm EDT


Artificial Intelligence / Robotics, E-Commerce & The Future of Work / Next Generation Genomics / Personalized Medical Technology / Cybersecurity & Nuclear Weapons

…Plus a special LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP: “Personal Branding – What makes you stand out”

Network with Women Leaders who are DISRUPTING the Status Quo!

AMENITIES: Continental breakfast. Buffet lunch. Complimentary on-site parking.

9:00 am to 3:00 pm NJIT CAMPUS CENTER (doors open at 8:30)

OVERVIEW: Conference participants will have an opportunity to interact with women scientists, government leaders, and entrepreneurs as they discuss technological innovations that will both disrupt and improve our lives over the next ten years. Experts will address a wide range of topics–including new applications of artificial intelligence; robotics, e-commerce and the future of work; next generation genomics; and break-through personalized medical technologies. The conference also includes a Women Leadership Workshop on the power of personal branding—“What Makes You Stand Out”–plus a special session on the risks of nuclear war, in anticipation of NJIT’s April 14 conference Steps to a Nuclear Weapons-Free World Conference.


Jane Oates, President, WorkingNation. Oates served as commissioner of NJ Higher Education under John Corzine and Assistant Secretary of Labor under President Barack Obama;

Chitra Dorai, CEO, Amicus Brain Innovations. An expert in artificial intelligence, Dorai is a former IBM Fellow who served for many years as Chief Technical Officer of IBM’s Cognitive Solutions and Services division;

Rochelle Hendricks, former NJ Secretary of Higher Education under Chris Christie;

Aisha Glover, President & CEO, the Newark Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the ongoing economic revitalization of Newark;

Gilda Barabino, Dean, the Grove School of Engineering, CCNY. A noted researcher in sickle cell disease and cellular and tissue engineering, Barabino holds appointments in Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering and the CUNY School of Medicine and is a nationally-known advocate for diversity in science and engineering;

Colleen Riley, Vice President, Science & Technology, Stryker, a Fortune 500 medical technologies company;

Sally J. Nadler, Assistant Dean and Director of the Douglass Project for Rutgers Women in STEM. Nadler is co-author of the forthcoming report Women in Technology produced by the Center for Women and Work for the Council on Gender Parity in Labor and Education;

Camilia Prodan, Associate Professor, NJIT Department of Physics. Director of the Keck Laboratory for Topological Materials, Prodan uses novel approaches to engage young children in fundamental physics research;

Varsha Waishampayan, CEO & Lead Founder, WINGS for Growth. After a long career in management in Wall Street, Varsha now heads up a not-for profit leadership institute for current and future female executives;

Amy Liao, President, GENEWIZ. A biochemist and award-winning entrepreneur, Liao helped build GENEWIZ from a small start-up into the largest US provider of Sanger DNA sequencing services;

Tara Alvarez, Professor, NJIT Department of Biomedical Engineering. Director and founder of the Vision and Neural Engineering Laboratory, Alvarez leads an award-winning interdisciplinary team that has developed an innovative Virtual Reality Vision Therapy (VERVE ) to address vision function in brain injury patients, especially children with concussion;

Amy Hoover, Assistant Professor, NJIT Department of Informatics. Hoover’s research on AI-based human-computer collaboration focuses on creative computing with applications in games, artificial intelligence, and music and sound.

Lydia Wood, Campaigner Coordinator, NuclearBan.US, a 501c4 non-profit organization committed to the total elimination of nuclear weapons.

The WDF Conference is Co-Sponsored by the New Jersey Innovation Institute (NJII), NJIT’s Albert Forman Honotrs College, and the NJIT Technology & Society Fecc


Murray Center for Women in Tehcnology


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