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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.

Upcoming Virtual Networking Event

Successfully Navigating the Pandemic: Perspectives from Female Leaders in STEM and your Inspiring Success Stories Thursday, March 11, 7-8 p.m. via Zoom
Learn more here.

Annual WISE Forum - Aired Live on PBS39, Sept. 9, 2020

Meet seven female professionals who shared their perspectives on working in STEM fields and the opportunities and challenges women face when pursuing a career in male-dominated fields. Watch the Forum any time 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.


Erin ArmstrongAssociate Director, Sterilization, B. Braun Medical
Katy Worrilow, Ph.D.Founder and CEO, LifeAire Systems


Mary Armstrong, Ph.D.Professor Women’s and Gender Studies and English, Lafayette College
Terry CapuanoChief Operating Officer, Lehigh Valley Health Network
Lin EricksonExecutive Director and CEO, Da Vinci Science Center
Bonnie HallVP of Global Quality and Continuous Improvement, Crayola
Rachel HaydenVP and Chief Information Officer, Just Born, Inc.
Stephanie HnatiwExecutive Director, YWCA of Bethlehem
Kristen Jellison, Ph.D.Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Lehigh University
Joy Karnas, Ph.D.Chair, Director of Biological Sciences, Professor/Director, Genetic Engineering, Cedar Crest College
Maureen MaierVice President of Girl Experience & Property, Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania
Tamala Mallett Moore, MD. MBA, ABFPSr. Director Global Pharmacovigilance, Sanofi
Megan McGovernVGIGP, Manufacturing & Engineering – Product, Mack Trucks
Darlene PorsSenior HVAC & Plumbing CAD Designer, HT Lyons
Kelly RindockVice President – Wealth Management, Steel Valley Investment Group of Raymond James & Associates, Inc.
Susan SchierwagenVP of Couplings Fittings and Fire Suppression, Victaulic
Jean VincentVP Product Line Advanced Polyurethanes, Evonik Corporation

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

Contact: Judy Belaires, CFRE

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