MIT Women's Unconference: Completing the equation

Sara Seager, Class of 1941 Professor of Physics and Planetary Science, MIT
Friday, March 9, 2018 - 2:00pm
MIT Samberg Center, 50 Memorial Dr., Cambridge, MA

The purpose of the MIT Women's unConference, scheduled for March 9-10, 2018, is to connect alumnae to the Institute and to one another, to celebrate their leadership, careers, talents, and interests, and to "complete the equation" for some of the toughest challenges facing women in the world today.

As one of the most prestigious universities producing alumnae in engineering and science in the world, MIT is in a unique position to be a leader in the discussions around the many challenges still facing women in industry, academia, and government today. The MIT Alumni Association, with its history of convening women's conferences and celebrating its women's network of leaders and achievers, has the power to convene and facilitate such discussions. We aim to do so on March 9 and 10.

Keynote Speaker

Sara Seager
Class of 1941 Professor of Physics and Planetary Science, MIT

Other speakers and bios can be found HERE

Conference Program

Note: times subject to change. An unConference badge is required to attend all live events/receptions.

Friday, March 9

2:00 p.m. My Sister's Keeper alumnae panel (Margo Batie '14, Dextina Booker '15, Tiera Fletcher '17, Victoria Okuneye '13, Jazzmyne Washington '14), W20-201
3:00 p.m. Women's unhangout (separate registration; Asha Aravindakshan MBA '17, Surekha Trivedi '96, SM '99, Amanda Bosh '87, PhD '94, Chanel Williams, Nadine Bitar, Arleneve Ducao SM '13, Carolina Rizo MBA '07) online
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Entrepreneurs in Residence meetup (separate registration; Asha Aravindakshan MBA '17, Lea Poquerusse SM '13, Helen Zelman '06, Caroline Shin '97, Sapna Tyagi MNG '04), online
5:00 p.m. Registration, Opening Reception, Sponsored by GitHub, E52-6th Fl.
6:15 p.m. Opening keynote: Professor Sara Seager, E52-6th Fl.
7:15 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Networking Reception, Hosted by GitHub, E52-6th Fl.

Saturday, March 10

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Registration, continental breakfast, roundtables, 32-Vest Student St., Forbes Cafe [Roundtables: Amanda Bosh '87, PhD '94: Leadership for Women in the Sciences; Cait Crawford '91: Leveraging AI and Machine Learning for Social Good; Cathy Buckley '71, SM '73: Clean Energy Innovation=Catalyst for Climate Action; Maureen Boyce SM '91, SM '93, PhD '95, Amy Salzhauer MBA '96: Using your network to advance your career]
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. On-site mentoring, company showcase, nonprofit fair, 32-Vest Student St.
9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Welcome, lightning talks, 32-141 (Crawford, Caswelch, Zimmerman, Frey, Lorenz-Anderson, Croff, Jimenez), 32-155 (Villa-Komaroff, Blank, Dolan, Carvajal, Sagalyn, Robinson, Natarajan)
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Workshop: Smart Women & Financial Stumbling Blocks (separate registration), 36-112
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Startup, Research pitch competitions, 32-G449 and 32-D463
10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Breakout panels [Productive Aggressiveness (32-141); Making the Leap: Non-Traditional Career Trajectories (32-155); Investing in Women (32-124); Sisterhood: Creating Psychological Safety at Work for Women to Speak Up, Innovate, Disagree, and be Heard (32-144)]
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Networking lunch, Forbes Cafe, 32-Vest Student St.
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Startup Founders' Expo (Apptimize, FlexTeam, Talla; separate registration), online
1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Lightning talks, 32-141 (Peeters, Johnson, Khalaf, Fields, Anito, De Cari, Kam), 32-155 (Pesce, Parsons, Donath, Beha, Brenner, Hua, Zhu)
1:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Association of MIT Alumnae (AMITA) Workshop: Making Work (and Life) Work for You (separate registration), 36-156
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Storytelling workshop (separate registration), 36-153
2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Breakout panels [The Road Not Taken (32-144); Leadership: Transforming Perception (32-155); Why Don't Women Speak Out? (32-124); Encouraging girls and Other Underrepresented Populations to Study Math (32-144)]
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Startup/research pitch finals, closing keynote, 32-123
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Closing reception, 32-R&D Commons
7:00 p.m. MIT Symphony Orchestra performance (separate registration), Symphony Hall


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Want more? Consider these women's conferences:

October 26-28, 2017: WE 17, Austin

November 2, 2017: Texas Conference for Women, Austin

December 7, 2017: Massachusetts Conference For Women, Boston

February 23, 2018: Watermark Conference for Women, San Jose

October 12, 2018: Pennsylvania Conference for Women, Philadelphia