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WISE Forum Panel Discussion

Broadcast Live on PBS 39 - Wednesday, Sept. 9 5:30-7 p.m.

Meet six 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.

Ask questions about your career plans.

The Da Vinci Science Center was not able to host the annual Women in Science & Engineering (WISE) Forum at De Sales University 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 are thrilled to partner with PBS 39 to broadcast the panel live from PBS 39 studios, directly into the homes of those in the Lehigh Valley area.

The 2020 Women in Science & Engineering Forum is presented by

2020 Distinguished Female STEM Panelists

Jill Evans
Manager, Customer Service, Bosch Rexroth

Jill Evans is the Manager of Customer Service for the Industrial Hydraulics Division of Bosch Rexroth, a global leader in Drive and Control components for a diverse range of industries. Jill recently stepped into a leadership role at Rexroth after 27 years as an engineer in Rexroth’s Plastics Machinery group where she designed and supported hydraulic systems for injection molding and blow molding machines throughout the country.

Kisha Hortman Hawthorne, Ph.D., FACHE
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)

Dr. Kisha Hortman Hawthorne’s healthcare career spans over 18 years. She has extensive experience in the areas of hospital operations, information services, revenue cycles, and project management. Kisha’s expertise includes strategic planning, comprehensive business plan development, information technology, budget management, and staff and leadership development.

Lisa J. Scheller
President & CEO, Silberline Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Lisa Jane Scheller is the President and Chairman of Silberline Manufacturing Co., Inc., a third-generation, family-owned and operated business. Silberline is a world leader and global supplier of high-quality special effect and performance pigments, with world headquarters located in Tamaqua, Pennsylvania, and manufacturing facilities in the United States, Scotland, and China. The company employs over 600 people worldwide.

Camille Schrier
Miss America 2020, STEM Advocate

CamiIle Schrier, 24, grew up in Bucks County, PA, before moving to Virginia to pursue her undergraduate degrees. In 2018, Camille graduated with honors from Virginia Tech with dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Biochemistry and Systems Biology, and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Pharmacy at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Nancy Wang
Head of Product Management, Amazon Web Services Data Protection; CEO & Co-Founder, Advancing Women in Product

Nancy Wang currently leads the data protection team for Amazon Web Services, responsible for unifying data protection (backup/recovery) needs across all AWS services. Previously, Nancy also led products at Rubrik, the fastest-growing enterprise software unicorn. An advocate for women tech leaders, she is the founder & CEO of Advancing Women in Product.

Rosalind Hollingsworth (Moderator)
Global Medical Lead, Influenza/RSV, Global Medical Affairs, Sanofi

Since completing her undergraduate, doctoral, and post-doctoral studies at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom, Rosalind Hollingsworth has spent nearly 20 years in vaccines, medical affairs, and clinical research within the pharmaceutical industry. At Sanofi, she leads a team responsible for executing the global market strategy for Sanofi’s licensed influenza vaccines and helps guide pipeline research and development projects.


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.

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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