H/2020 WISE Forum Panel Discussion – Sept. 9

2020 WISE Forum Panel Discussion – Sept. 9

The 2020 Women in Science & Engineering Forum aired live on PBS39 on Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 5:30 p.m. The Forum can be viewed any time below.

Meet seven female professionals who will share their perspectives on working in STEM fields and the opportunities and challenges women face when pursuing a career in male-dominated fields.

Highlights from the 2020 WISE Forum

The Da Vinci Science Center was not able to host the annual Women in Science & Engineering (WISE) Forum at The Center at Holiday Inn Lehigh Valley in March 2020 as planned. 

The WISE Forum traditionally includes a public panel discussion featuring a panel of female distinguished STEM professionals from across the country. This year’s Forum was cancelled due to COVID-19, but after exploring options to safely bring this group of accomplished women in STEM together, we were thrilled to partner with PBS39 to broadcast the panel live from PBS 39 studios, directly into the homes of those in the Lehigh Valley area and beyond.

The 2020 Women in Science & Engineering Forum is presented by

2020 WISE Forum Lead Sponsors:


Why the need for women in STEM?

  • In Pennsylvania, the demand for STEM jobs is growing 3x as fast as the demand for non-STEM jobs.
  • Baby boomers are retiring and employers report that they cannot find qualified individuals to fill STEM positions.
  • The Lehigh Valley is among the top five fastest growing regions in the Northeast and the fastest in PA. STEM-heavy occupations make up 19% of all jobs.
  • The Lehigh Valley’s targeted growth sectors for economic development are all STEM-intensive: Advanced Manufacturing and Food and Beverage Manufacturing; High Value Business Services; Transportation, Logistics, Warehousing and Wholesale; Health Care Services; and Life Science Research and Manufacturing.
  • Despite women holding 49% of all jobs in the region, they represent 29% of the STEM workforce. Women have the lowest representation in the engineering and computer and mathematical sciences, where much of the growth in STEM jobs is occurring.

About the Annual WISE Forum

The annual Women in Science & Engineering (WISE) Forum brings together female high school students; faculty and students from area universities and colleges; and accomplished women from the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, math).

This event is part of a broader Da Vinci Science Center initiative to support aspiring young girls and female practicing STEM professionals.  The Science Center offers a number of programs and events throughout the year to introduce students to STEM career pathways and to engage female STEM professionals and provide them the opportunities to network and support each other.

IF/THEN® Ambassadors

The IF/THEN® Collection intends to:

  • Shift cultural perceptions of who works in STEM,
  • Inspire middle school girls to pursue STEM careers by exposing them to content that presents STEM as exciting and relatable,
  • Provide museums, educators, nonprofit organizations, parents and students with high-quality STEM content for use free-of-charge, and
  • Empower AAAS IF/THEN® Ambassadors by providing to help them better share their stories.

The IF/THEN® Collection is managed by the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) and Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC).

The Da Vinci Science Center’s WISE Initiative is presented with the support of a two-year grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


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