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WISE Initiative

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The Women in Science & Engineering (WISE) Initiative was established as part of the Science Center’s broader commitment to supporting women and girls in STEM. The WISE Initiative is dedicated to creating a supportive community of women employed in STEM fields and encouraging girls who aspire to follow a STEM career path.

These leaders also bring passion, insight, expertise and resources to advise Da Vinci Science Center strategies for developing girls’ interest and achievement in STEM.

Most recently, the WISE Initiative garnered national recognition and received federal funding through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to complete a regional research study titled Building a Community Ecosystem to Support Women in Science and Engineering.

WISE programs and events include: Network events for professionals, Women in STEM Career Connection Days, STEM Girls! Robotics; Girl Scouts Day; and WISE Family Night.

WISE Initiative Programs & Events

Please note that some of the below programs are delayed or on hold due to COVID-19. Updates will be posted as they become available.

2021 WISE Forum Recap - Took place on Oct. 12, 2021

The WISE Forum went virtual this year, with Mentoring Sessions and Panel Discussion featuring distinguished female leaders in STEM. Watch the panel discussion anytime here.

Women in STEM Career Connection Days

Women in Science & Engineering Career Connection Field Trip Days showcase STEM careers for women and girls.

Career Connection Professional Development Programs

Teachers gain valuable, real-world examples to take back to the classroom and try practical, hands-on activities that build students’ transferrable STEM skills and fulfill Career Education and Work standards.

STEM Girls! Science Club

Science Clubs at Da Vinci Science Center are all about having the most fun with science! Each meeting, participants will explore different sciences, tinker with modern technology, and build new skills that will help them navigate life in the 21st century.

Girl Scout Day & Camp-in Programs

Scouts earn badges, patches, pins, other scouting awards, or exclusive Da Vinci Science Center patches and badges.

WISE Network Events

The Women in Science & Engineering (WISE) Network consists of current and aspiring STEM professionals seeking opportunities to network and support each other. The Da Vinci Science Center hosts regular networking and professional development events for this group.

Women in STEM Research Study

With the support of a two-year grant from IMLS entitled “Building a Community Ecosystem to Support Women in Science and Engineering,” the Da Vinci Science Center is partnering with area colleges, universities, community organizations, and YOU, to identify how the community can develop programs and services that address the needs of area women and girls in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields.

WISE Advisory Council

The WISE Initiative is overseen by an Advisory Council made up of female representatives from area STEM corporations, colleges and universities, and organizations serving women and girls.


Joy Karnas, Ph.D.Professor of Biological Science & Genetic Engineering, Director of the Honors Program, Cedar Crest College
Jean Vincent, Ph.D.Sr. Vice President, R&D Specialty Additives, Research, Development & Innovation, Evonik Corporation


Jennifer AllenbachChief Mission Delivery Officer, Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania
Erin ArmstrongAssociate Director, Sterilization, B. Braun Medical Inc (past co-chair)
Mary Armstrong, Ph.D.Charles A. Dana Professor of Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies and English Chair, Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program, Lafayette College
Fusun BubernackPresident, ET&T; Voice, Data, MSP, & Security Services Expert
Megan (McGovern) DellerVGIGP, Manufacturing & Engineering – Product, Mack Trucks
Lin EricksonExecutive Director and CEO, Da Vinci Science Center
Bonnie HallVP, Global Quality & Continuous Improvement, Crayola
Stephanie HnatiwOwner, Interim Executive Director and Fund Development Services
Kristen Jellison, Ph.D.Director, ADVANCE Center for Women STEM Faculty and Associate Professor, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Lehigh University
Jodi KochVP, Patient Care Services, Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest
Tamala Mallett Moore, MD, MBA, ABFPTherapeutic Area Head Vaccines /Flu, Meninge and Pneumo, Innovative, Nosocomial and COVID19/Global PV & PE, Sanofi Pasteur
Darlene PorsSpecial Projects Design Associate, H.T. Lyons
Rajika Reed, Ph.D., MPH, M.Ed.VP, Community Health, St. Luke’s University Health Network
Kelly RindockVP, Wealth Management, Steel Valley Investment Group, Raymond James & Associates, Inc.
Susan SchierwagenVP, Product Development – Fire Protection, Technology & Product Development, Victaulic
Katy Worrilow, Ph.D.Founder and CEO, LifeAire Systems, LLC and Adjunct Professor, Penn State Univ Lehigh Valley (past co-chair)

Watch the PBS39 Special on Women & Girls in STEM in the Lehigh Valley

Contact: Patricia J. Pietrobon, Ph.D. or Karen Knecht

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