WISE Forum Features Distinguished Women in STEM Leadership
The Da Vinci Science Center will host a free panel discussion on Tuesday, Feb. 13, at the Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh University as part of the 2018 Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Forum presented by Daiichi Sankyo, Inc. 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.
The public is invited to attend the free panel discussion scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. in Baker Hall at Zoellner Arts Center. 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.; parking is available in the garage adjacent to the Zoellner Arts Center.
Marielle Cohard-Radice, MD, Global Head of Development, Daiichi Sankyo, Inc., Basking Ridge, N.J.
Terri Kelly, President and CEO, W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc., Newark, Del.
Nancy McLane, Senior Vice President of Operations, Orasure Technologies, Bethlehem, Pa.
Lisa Strohm, Founder and CEO, The Athena Network, Center Valley, Pa.
Wendy Body is a senior project manager for Alvin H. Butz, Inc. which has been consistently ranked among the nation’s Top 100 Construction Management ﬁrms since 1981. She started as an intern between her junior and senior year at Lehigh University where she studied mechanical engineering. After studying for a Master’s in Finance at Penn State University, she returned to Alvin H. Butz, Inc. where she has worked in project management since 1986.
She has been the project manager for many well-known buildings and structures in the Lehigh Valley including the Zoellner Arts Center, the Jaindl Pavilion at Lehigh Valley Hospital, the Moravian College Track and Field, and the New Moravian Dorms.
During her tenure at Butz, she has worked on construction projects totaling half a billion dollars. She is one of the state’s few Certiﬁed Construction Managers.
Wendy is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) accredited Professional and has been an avid supporter of sustainable construction and design.
She is extremely active in the community. She is the Co-Founder and Chairwoman of the Women’s 5K Classic, which is the fourth largest all-female timed event in the country. The Women’s 5K Classic has provided more than $3 million to local programs that ﬁt its mission of promoting ﬁtness among women and ﬁghting breast cancer and other female cancers.
She is also active in the Allentown Rotary Club when, as president, she helped found the Rotary Pool Pal Program which provides free swim lessons to Allentown elementary school students. She is co-chair of rotary’s four-day high school leadership camp called Camp Neidig. She co-chaired the 2009 Capital Campaign for Casa and has had numerous fund raising roles with the United Way, DeSales University, LVHN and Good Shepherd.
Wendy is a sports fanatic who loves anything outdoors. She has competed in more than 30 marathons including the Boston Marathon and has ﬁnished one Ironman Triathlon. She enjoys biking, golﬁng and skiing. She is always looking for new adventures. She resides in Oreﬁeld, Pa. with her husband, Todd Ackerman.
Marielle Cohard-Radice is Executive Vice President and Global Head of Development at Daiichi Sankyo. In her role, Marielle has responsibility for the development strategy and portfolio planning for Specialty Medicine. Her team also supports Oncology Clinical Development.
Marielle has more than 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Before joining Daiichi Sankyo, Marielle held positions at Aptalis Pharma, Axcan Pharma, Novartis Pharmaceuticals and Schering Plough Research Institute. During her tenure at these organizations she built in-depth expertise in global leadership, strategic decision-making for clinical development and operations, medical affairs and drug safety in multiple therapeutic areas.
Prior to working in the pharmaceutical industry, Marielle was an Assistant Professor of Gastroenterology at Michallon Hospital, Grenoble, France and spent two years as a Visiting Scientist at the Lindsley F. Kimball Research Institute at the New York Blood Center.
Marielle earned her M.D. from the Université Joseph Fourier (Grenoble I), specializing in gastroenterology. She also holds a diploma in Medical Applications of Statistics from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI). Her passion and commitment is to bring innovative medicines to patients.
Terri Kelly is president and CEO of W. L. Gore & Associates, a global materials science company dedicated to transforming industries and improving lives. Gore is known for products that solve tough technical challenges in demanding environments, including GORE-TEX® fabric, minimally-invasive medical devices and cables used in space exploration, among other advanced technologies. The company employs approximately 9,500 Associates in more than 20 countries and is globally recognized as a Great Place to Work®.
Terri joined Gore as an engineer in 1983 after graduating summa cum laude from the University of Delaware with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.
In her early years with the company, she gained experience as a product specialist with the military fabrics business — a unit she eventually led — helping it grow from a small start-up venture into a leading producer of protective products for the global armed forces.
In 1998, Terri became part of the leadership team for Gore’s global Fabrics Division. Prior to becoming CEO, Terri also served on the Enterprise Operations Committee working closely with the CEO and other leaders to help guide the strategic direction of the company.
Terri’s leadership abilities have driven her success in a company known for its entrepreneurial spirit and team-based work environment. Terri earned the role of president and CEO in 2005 following a peer-driven selection process.
In addition to her work at Gore, Terri is on the board of directors for the Nemours Foundation — one of the nation’s leading children’s health care systems. She also serves on the board of trustees for the University of Delaware and is a member of the Management Executives’ Society, G100 and the International Women’s Forum. Terri resides in Delaware with her husband and four children.
Nancy McLane has more than 25 years of experience in medical device operations. During her career, she has been responsible for the production of Cardiology, Access, Endovascular, Neurovascular, Cardiac Monitoring and Point of Care Diagnostic and Collection products.
Nancy is currently the Senior Vice President, Operations at OraSure Technologies Inc. OraSure Technologies is a leader in the development, manufacture and distribution of point of care diagnostic and collection devices and other technologies designed to detect or diagnose critical medical conditions.
Prior to joining OraSure, Nancy was Senior Vice President of Operations at Lifesync Corporation where she had responsibility for operations, quality assurance, regulatory affairs, and global supply chain and customer service for a medical device start-up that specializes in wireless electrocardiogram systems and disposable leadwear.
Prior to that, she served six years as Executive Director of Operations at Cordis Corporation, a Johnson & Johnson company, where she had roles in operations management and new product development support for cardiology, endovascular and neurovascular products. Prior to her work at Johnson & Johnson, Nancy spent thirteen years at C.R. Bard, a multi-national producer and distributor of medical devices, where she held roles as Plant Manager at facilities in the U.S. and Mexico.
Nancy began her career in Environmental Health and Safety roles for GTE Government Systems and C.R. Bard. She received a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Mass., an M.S. degree in Environmental Engineering from Northeastern University, Boston, Mass., and an M.B.A.in Management from Bentley University, Waltham, Mass. Nancy is a certiﬁed six sigma Green Belt.
Lisa Strohm, CFP® is founder and CEO of The Athena Network, an independent, fee-based wealth management ﬁrm with a mission to “Empower Women with Financial Conﬁdence.”
After earning a Bachelor of Science in biology from Bucknell University, Lisa worked for several years as a research and quality control chemist. In her spare time, in an effort to manage her burdensome student loans, she undertook the study of personal ﬁnance and investments. What started out as a hobby became a passion, and inspired Lisa to pursue an MBA in ﬁnance from Cornell University’s S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management.
After graduating from Cornell, Lisa applied her science background and ﬁnancial expertise to a variety of corporate ﬁnance positions at Air Products and Chemicals, a Fortune 500 industrial gas and chemical company. Following several rewarding years at Air Products, Lisa left the corporate world to pursue her calling – helping others to achieve ﬁnancial clarity and conﬁdence, so that they feel empowered over their lives and optimistic about their future.
Prior to founding Athena, Lisa worked in various wealth management settings, including, a national wire house, a regional broker-dealer, and an independent registered investment advisor. Lisa is a Certified Financial Planner™ professional and has passed Level 1 of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exam.
Lisa holds or has held board positions in multiple organizations focused on supporting at-risk women and children, animal welfare, women’s leadership development, post-secondary and graduate education, advancing medical research, and local business support and advocacy.
Lisa lives in eastern Pennsylvania with her husband, Rod, her stepchildren, and their two pugs. In addition to ﬁnance, Lisa enjoys reading and striving to lead a healthy lifestyle. She and Rod also enjoy travel, live music, and rental real estate investing.
Susan Yee is the Chief Executive Ofﬁcer of Active Data, a tech ﬁrm with its ﬂagship product, WhenNow.com, an online ticketing and registration service. She recently sold enterprise software assets to a ﬁrm in North Carolina that served clients like the New England Patriots, Mayo Clinic, the State of Indiana and the NY City School District.
Susan has previously served on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of C-SPAN, Lehigh University, Lafayette Ambassador Bank and currently serves on the Lehigh Valley Health Network Board of Trustees, Lehigh University College of Education Board of Advisors, PBS Channel 39 Board, the Union League’s Broad Street Angels, an angel investment group in Philadelphia, and supports many other community organizations.
Susan has been the recipient of awards such as Pennsylvania’s 50 Best Women in Business, Lehigh Valley Magazine’s Top 30 Movers & Shakers, the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania’s Take the Lead award in 2011, Smart CEO of Philadelphia Award in 2014, YWCA Golden Laurel Award, and the 2017 Lehigh University Alumni Award for her class.
She is a single mom of two daughters, one currently at Moravian Academy and one a graduate of NYU.
Now in its fourth year, the WISE Forum exposes female high school and college students to strong role models who have pursued STEM leadership opportunities in different industries and inspires students to expand their career aspirations. This event offers female students the unique opportunity to network with leading female STEM professionals before and during a mentoring dinner event and to take part in the public panel with accomplished guests.
“Through the Da Vinci Science Center’s WISE Initiative, we support female STEM professionals while also working with them to mentor young women to fill the STEM gap in the future,” said Lin Erickson, Executive Director and CEO of the Da Vinci Science Center. “Unfortunately, many young women do not always have the opportunity to meet female STEM role models. The WISE Forum provides them with the unique opportunity to meet one-on-one with successful female STEM professionals, inspiring their own path to future success in STEM.”
The Title Sponsors of the 2017-18 WISE Initiative are The Dexter F. and Dorothy H. Baker Foundation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Additional sponsors of the full year of activities are B. Braun Medical, Inc.; ATAS International, Inc.; Lutron Electronics; ADVANCE Center for Women STEM Faculty at Lehigh University; and Lafayette College. Sponsors of the 2018 WISE Forum include Alloy5; Bosch Rexroth; Carpenter Technology; Cedar Crest College; Computer Aid, Inc.; D’Huy Engineering; Intertek Chemicals & Materials, Allentown; Just Born Quality Confections; Langan Engineering; Lehigh Valley Health Network; Mack Trucks; PPL; QuVa Pharma; Sanofi Pasteur; Spillman Farmer Architects; St. Luke’s University Health Network; Sustainable Energy Fund; UGI; Victaulic; and Wood Heat, Inc.
Efforts led by the Da Vinci Science Center produced a Women in Science Week of visitor activities in 2011 and the Lehigh Valley area’s first formal Women in Science event in Sept. 2014. The center established its WISE initiative in 2015 to organize its efforts and to engage female STEM professionals on a regular basis. 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.
This past year, the WISE initiative garnered national attention and federal funding through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). With the support of a two-year grant from IMLS, the Da Vinci Science Center is partnering with area colleges and universities and community organizations, like the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pa., to identify how to best serve aspiring and practicing female STEM professionals and develop programs that address the needs of area women and girls. The goal is to enhance the STEM learning and support ecosystem for women and girls in the Lehigh Valley and surrounding communities in eastern Pennsylvania.