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Miss America Joins Esteemed Female Leaders in STEM at Da Vinci Science Center’s 2020 Women in Science & Engineering Forum

Free panel discussion introduces female high school students to distinguished leaders as they share female perspectives on working in STEM fields

Da Vinci Science Center will host a free panel discussion on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at The Center at Holiday Inn in Breinigsville, Pa., as part of the 2020 Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Forum presented by Sanofi. Distinguished female leaders in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) will discuss different perspectives women bring to these industries and challenges they face when pursuing a career in male-dominated fields.  

Da Vinci Science Center is excited to announce Miss America 2020, Camille Schrier, as a member of this year’s panel of distinguished female leaders in STEM. Schrier, a Pa. native, was crowned Miss America on Dec. 19, 2019 after showcasing a chemistry experiment during the talent portion of the competition. Schrier holds dual Bachelor’s Degrees in Biochemistry and Systems Biology from Virginia Tech.

The public is invited to attend the free panel discussion scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.  After opening remarks, panelists will each offer comments before inviting the audience members to ask questions. Doors to the venue will open at 7 p.m. Admission is on a first come, first served basis. Space is limited.

Female high school students from Pennsylvania and New Jersey are invited to apply to attend the free WISE Forum Mentoring Dinner, taking place before the panel discussion. Selected applicants will have the opportunity to speak one-on-one with and receive advice from the panelists and other female professionals in STEM fields. Applications are due by Jan. 31 and can be submitted online at davincisciencecenter.org.

2020 WISE Forum Panel of Distinguished Female Leaders in STEM
•    Jill Evans, Manager, Customer Service, Bosch Rexroth
•    Kisha Hortman Hawthorne, Ph.D., FACHE, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)
•    Tatyana Kaverina, Staff Engineer, Stryker
•    Lisa J. Scheller, President & CEO, Silberline Manufacturing Co., Inc.
•    Camille Schrier, Miss America 2020, STEM Advocate
•    Nancy Wang, Head of Product Management, Amazon Web Services Data Protection; CEO & Co-Founder, Advancing Women in Product
•    Rosalind Hollingsworth (Moderator), Associate VP, Global Affairs, Sanofi

Now in its sixth year, the WISE Forum inspires female students to expand their career aspirations and exposes high school and college students to strong role models who have pursued leadership opportunities in different STEM industries. In addition to the WISE Forum, the Da Vinci Science Center hosts a variety of programs and events throughout the year for students and the WISE Network of STEM professionals.

The 2020 WISE Forum will be held at The Center at Holiday Inn, located at 7736 Adrienne Dr., Breinigsville, Pa. 18031.

Lead sponsors of the 2019-20 WISE Initiative are Sanofi, ATAS International, Inc., Mack Trucks, Air Products, and PPL.  

Sponsorship opportunities for the 2020 WISE Forum are still available. More information can be found online at davincisciencecenter.org.

About Da Vinci Science Center
The Da Vinci Science Center is a national award-winning science center that has brought science to life and lives to science since 1992. Da Vinci Science Center experiences make science fun and approachable, helping to connect people of all ages and backgrounds with the wonders of science. An independent nonprofit organization with IRS 501(c)(3) status, the Da Vinci Science Center engages more than 150,000 participants annually with its exhibits, programs, events, and partnerships.