3rd Annual Women in Science Symposium

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September 19, 2017
8:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Heritage Nightclub at Woodloch Resort

Hosted by Lacawac Sanctuary and Wayne Pike Workforce Alliance
This unique forum showcases the professional and life experiences of distinguished female science and environmental leaders. Through stimulating conversations and active engagement with STEM professionals, this Women in Science Symposium encourages attendees to pursue careers, exchange ideas and make lasting connections.


8:00 AM – 9:15 AM
Check-in, Networking and meet with Vendors and STEM Professionals

9:15 AM – 9:45 AM
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Keynote Speaker, Women in STEM
Eileen Cipriani, Deputy Secretary Workforce Development, PA Department of Labor and Industry

Eileen Cipriani is deputy secretary for workforce development at the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry. In her role, she oversees the commonwealth workforce system, which includes 23 local workforce areas. She is also responsible for the Center for Workforce Information and Analysis, the office for labor market information the PA State Workforce Development Board and the commonwealth’s newly established Apprenticeship Training Office.

Eileen was instrumental in the planning, drafting and now implementation of Pennsylvania’s first comprehensive state plan under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). She served as agency facilitator for the stakeholder performance and accountability work group; among her many responsibilities associated with the plan development and implementation.

In her current role, she oversees the implementation of WIOA as the many changes are executed statewide. She coordinates the state’s interagency workgroup, comprised of the WIOA partner agencies, to facilitate collaboration and reduce duplication in workforce service delivery. In addition to her work as Deputy Secretary, she is also a member of the STEM Advisory Committee, the PA Interagency Health Equity Team, PA Assistive Technology Council and the Environmental Quality Board.

She has a Bachelor of Science from Bloomsburg University and a master’s in organizational management from Misericordia University. Eileen lives in West Wyoming, PA with her husband. They have two grown children.

9:45 AM – 10:00 AM

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Panel Presentations

Nicki Atkinson, Area Manager
Southwestern Energy Inc.

Vera Cole, Engineer and Educator
Penn State University

Alicia Skaluba, Electronics Technician
United States Army Medical Material Agency

Meg Welker, Senior Environmental Professional
Northeast & Lehigh Regions Transmission & Substations, PPL Electric Utilities

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
Lunch and meet with Vendors and STEM Professionals

11:45 AM – 12:45PM
Q&A Session with Panelists, STEM Attendees and Higher Education Partners

12:45PM – 1:30PM
Meet with Vendors, STEM Professionals and Casual Departure

Women in Science Flyer 2017 (1)

Women in Science Symposium Press Release 9-1-17

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