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WISE Forum

High school students interested in STEM, apply today to attend the free Mentoring Dinner (thanks to sponsor-supported scholarships)! Applications due June 21.

The annual Women in Science & Engineering (WISE) Forum brings together young women in high school and college who are interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) with accomplished female professionals in STEM fields ranging from academia and healthcare to design engineering and space exploration.

The first half of the evening consists of a Mentoring Dinner where attendees are invited to network and connect. This is an opportunity for students with an interest in STEM to talk one-on-one with, and receive advice from, female professionals and college students.  

Following the dinner is a Public Panel Discussion featuring distinguished female STEM leaders from across the country. 

Mentoring Dinner

Past panelists: executives from DuPont Company; IBM; Mack Trucks; Mars Inc.; Merck; NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; Sanofi, and W.L. 

2021 Women in Science & Engineering Forum
Tuesday, October 12

Presented by

The in-person WISE Forum is back with a Mentoring Dinner and Public Panel Discussion featuring distinguished female leaders in STEM.

2021 Confirmed Panelists

  • Kelly Beaver, B.S., MBA, Vice President, Energy Marketing and Supply, UGI Energy Services, LLC
  • Victoria Brifo, B.S., Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Air Products
  • Jaye Gardiner, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research Associate, Fox Chase Cancer Center, and IF/THEN® Ambassador
  • Julie Louise Geberding, M.D., M.P.H., Executive Vice President and Chief Patient Officer, Strategic Communications, Global Public Policy, and Population Health, Merck & Co., Inc. (former head, U.S. CDC)
  • Lisa Nibauer, B.S., MBA, Executive Vice President, Business Unit Leader, Diagnostics, OraSure Technologies, Inc.
  • Elsa Reichmanis, Ph.D., Professor and Carl Robert Anderson Chair in Chemical Engineering, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Lehigh University
  • Annette M. Van Dien, PE., Senior Structural Engineer, D’Huy Engineering, Inc.

The Center 100 Hotel Allentown / Lehigh Valley
7736 Adrienne Drive, Breinigsville, PA 18031

Schedule of Events:

4:30-5:30 p.m.: Registration/Check-in for Mentoring Dinner
5:30-7 p.m.: Mentoring Dinner
7:30-9 p.m.: Public Panel Discussion (doors open at 7:15 p.m.)

High school students interested in STEM must apply to attend the free Mentoring Dinner.

The Panel Discussion is free and open to the public.

2021 WISE Student Application

High school students who have an interest in STEM fields can apply now to attend the free 2021 WISE Forum Mentoring Dinner (thanks to our sponsor-supported scholarships!).

Applications are due by Monday, June 21.

Contact: Patricia J. Pietrobon, Ph.D., Museum Educator and WISE Forum Liaison

Additional Support for the 2021 WISE Forum provided by

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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