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Women in Science & Engineering (WISE) Initiative

In 2015, the Da Vinci Science Center established the Women in Science & Engineering (WISE) Initiative as part of its broader commitment to supporting 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.

In 2017, 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 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 we can develop programs and services that address the needs of area women and girls and enhance the STEM learning ecosystem in the Lehigh Valley and surrounding communities.

WISE Initiative Programs & Events

Annual WISE Forum & Dinner

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

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.

Co-Chairs

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

Members

NameAffiliation
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

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