Taking the Lead in STEM

According to the National Science Foundation, women hold less than one third of positions in most STEM fields, despite comprising close to half of the college educated workforce (NSF.gov: US S&E Workforce). These disparities are further amplified in executive positions and other high-level positions, and disproportionately affect women of underrepresented minorities.Our panel will discuss some of the following questions and more, drawing from the knowledge of women leaders across fields, including Business, Technology and Life Sciences.

  • How can women find examples of success when identifiable female leaders are fewer in number than their male counterparts?
  • Are leadership skills beneficial and necessary to obtaining success and gender equality in STEM fields?
  • How do we promote leadership skills in junior positions?

Our distinguished panelists include:


Nina Salama, Ph.D.,  Member, Human Biology & Public Health Sciences Divisions, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center


Jacky Wright , Vice President, IT Strategic Enterprise Services, Microsoft


Julie Overbaugh, Ph.D., Member, Human Biology & Public Health Sciences, Divisions, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center


Cate Goethals, Director, Women Board Director Development Program, UW Foster School of Business



Sponsored by Hutch United.