Lean In, Women in Science 2024

April 18, 2024, 4pm

NCSSM-Durham (ETC Lecture Hall) 1219 Broad St., Durham, NC 27705

Free and open to the public. Seating is limited, and pre-registration is required!

REGISTER HERE for the panel discussion and dinner. (Registration will be available on a first come, first served basis.)

About the event:
Lean In, Women in Science is an annual event that features accomplished female scientists talking about their careers, challenges, and successes, then talking with attendees in small groups over dinner.

This is a two-part event designed to connect accomplished women in science with high school girls who are interested in STEM. All ages and genders are welcome, but the main target audience is high school girls.

The event starts with a group interview of prominent women scientists, followed by smaller breakout groups for dinner, where attendees will be able to chat informally with a panel member.

Thanks to the Broyhill Family Foundation for support of the event.
Lean In, Women in Science at NCSSM is an official event of the North Carolina Science Festival.

Part One: Panel Discussion | 4-5 p.m.

Limited seating; pre-registration required. Panelists will take questions from the audience.

Welcome by Dr. Amy Sheck, Dean of Science

Opening Remarks by Dr. Meg Lowman, Director of the TREE Foundation, ecologist and conservationist, pioneer in tree canopy research

Panel Discussion with women in science, led by Dr. Heather Mallory, Instructor of Biology:

  • Dr. Esther Alegria – Chief Innovation Officer of APIE Therapeutics, chemist, biochemist and business leader
  • Nicole Ando – Production Supervisor at the Chemours Company, manufacturer of refrigerants, inorganic chemist
  • Dr. Laura Jackson – Data Scientist at Q2ebanking, operations research and computer scientist
  • Chiamaka Okonkwo ’17 – Medical student at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, cardiology and public health
  • Nancy Outzs – Registered Nurse at Duke Health, clinical trials in breast cancer
  • Dr. Sara Velarde – Manager of Strategic Feasibility at Catalyst Oncology, clinical research for cancer drug development

Closing Remarks

Part Two: Conversation with a Scientist | 5:15 p.m.

Limited seating; pre-registration required. All registered attendees will be able to chat informally with one of the featured women scientists, in smaller breakout groups for dinner.