BioNJ’s Inaugural Inspiring Women in STEM Conference

A Day of Inspiration, Learning and Professional Growth

TRENTON, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–BioNJ’s inaugural Inspiring Women in STEM Conference, scheduled for
Friday, December 4 at Sanofi, Bridgewater, NJ, will bring together
professionals of all levels from the STEM community for an empowering
professional development program. Through forward-thinking
presentations, informative panel discussions, audience-participation
exercises and fun networking activities, attendees will connect with
peers, be inspired by extraordinary women leaders and leave with
practical advice on effective ways to navigate their career.

“Women in scientific and technology roles need more than technical
skills for career growth,” said BioNJ President and CEO Debbie Hart. “We
need strong leadership skills, the ability to communicate effectively
and develop collaborative teams and be innovative in our solution
resolution. This is the premise of the Inspiring Women in STEM
Conference – to encourage and support women involved in all aspects of
STEM from pharmaceutical, chemistry, medical device, biotechnology and
IT companies, as well as universities, medical and research

The Conference’s signature program will feature a Conversation with STEM
Leaders sharing personal examples of inspiration, determination and
grace. The impressive panel includes Donna Tempel, President and CEO,
Drais Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees,
BioNJ; Debbie Hart, President and CEO, BioNJ and Avis Yates Rivers,
President and CEO, Technology Concepts Group International.

The wide-breadth of topics that will be explored through interactive
sessions include Productive Conflict Resolution, Emotional Intelligence,
Strategic Networking – Making it Work for You and Work/Life Integration.
The day will also offer ample time for high-quality networking.

“The Inspiring Women in STEM Conference is all about professional
development,” said Vicki Gaddy, Vice President, Talent Services, BioNJ.
“We have an amazing roster of speakers, including Dr. Robyn Odegaard,
CEO, Champion Performance Development; Dawn Bell, Vice President, Global
Program Head, Novartis; Judith Sheft, Assoc. Vice President, Technology
Development, NJIT; Lynn Anderson, Esq., Partner, Drinker, Middle &
Reath; Peggy McHale, Co-founder and Owner, Consultants 2 Go; Michele
Brown, President and Founder, IntuAction Coaching; Dr. Teresa Boyer,
Assistant Professor and Executive Directory, Rutgers University School
of Management Center for Women and Work; as well as Vicki Carey, Vice
President, U.S. Commercial Lead & Head of Global Marketing, Praluent;
Karen Sheehy, Vice President, Head, North American Compliance; and
Margaret Sparks, Vice President, Global Program Head from Sanofi.”

The Early Bird Registration Price for the Conference is $295 for BioNJ
Members and affiliated organizations and $395 for future BioNJ
Members. Prices will increase after October 30. Click
here to register
. For more information, visit or
call (609) 890-3185. If you are interested in sponsoring the Inspiring
Women in STEM Conference, please contact Vicki Gaddy at

About BioNJ

BioNJ, The Gateway to Health, is a powerful network of 400 Member
Investors representing research-based life sciences companies and
stakeholders dedicated to propelling a vibrant ecosystem where Science
is Supported, Companies are Created, Drugs are Developed and Patients
are Paramount. Because Patients Can’t Wait, BioNJ is
committed to the growth and prosperity of New Jersey’s life sciences
ecosystem to help accelerate the discovery, development and
commercialization of therapies and cures that save and improve lives and
lessen the burden of illness and disease to society. As the industry’s
voice in New Jersey, we fulfill our Mission to help our Members help
Patients by driving capital formation and fostering entrepreneurship,
advocating for public policies that advance medical innovation,
providing access to talent and education and offering a cost-saving
array of critical commercial resources. For more information about
BioNJ, please visit


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