WISE NL 25th Anniversary Conference

Join the celebration.

Register today to celebrate 25 years of women in science and engineering.

Holiday Inn
180 Portugal Cove Road
St. John's, NL

When WISE NL was established in 1988, the situation for women was different and our attention was focused on increasing technical career awareness and removing systemic obstacles. Since then, much progress has been made.The number of women enrolled in post-secondary science and engineering programs has increased. Women are entering the technical workforce and taking on positions of increasing responsibility.

Are we done now? Not at all. We need to ensure that past gains are not lost, that we do not repeat mistakes, that the education and experiences of women are harnessed to improve our quality of life. Today, we call attention to retaining and advancing women in the workforce and increasing the impact women are able to make.

This conference will feature two panel discussions and a keynote. In all cases, we will endeavor to present questions and topics that are designed to push the discussion forward and broaden the scope of what is currently considered relevant.


Conference date: October 23, 2013

     Greta Raymond, ICD.D, MPH

Greta Raymond
2:00 PM - Conference Registration
2:30 PM - Welcome and Opening Remarks
3:00 PM - Panel Session 1 - Getting Started
Now that it is no longer unusual for women to "consider" technical careers, the next step is to help women better match their unique interests and talents to the wide range of career possibilities. This panel will focus on our precareer audience, i.e. those still in post-secondary education programs. Mindful that the pathways women take to technical careers vary, the panelists will discuss the ways in which each found their own career matches and cover how initial career interests lead to new careers in unanticipated areas.

4:00 PM - Break
4:30 PM - Panel Session 2 - Getting Established
The first five to ten years of a career are a critical time for technical women. Statistics show that is the period when many women transition out of the technical workforce, especially in engineering. The panelists will share personal experiences, discuss what employers are doing for those early in their careers and provide advice on the type of support that young professionals should be requesting.

5:30 PM - Break
6:00 PM - Banquet Registration and Reception
6:30 PM - Welcome, Presentation of Inaugural SSEP Excellence Award, 25 Years in Review (video), Recap of Panel Sessions
7:00 PM - Banquet
8:00 PM - Keynote Address - Career with Impact - Greta Raymond, ICD.D, MPH
Companies have discovered that alternative perspectives inherent in diversity are good for business. We also know that diversity is good for community and society. Our keynote is intended to demonstrate how women's perspectives enrich the discussion and raise the bar for what is possible. Our keynote speaker's successful career and strong contributions capture the themes of the conference. Her progressive thinking and interdisciplinary perspective will challenge and motivate the next wave of technical women and their organizations while building on the strong foundations laid by other women.

9:00 PM - Closing


$50.00 - Regular Registration
$25.00 - Student Registration (Limited number available on a first-come, first-serve basis)

SSEP Excellence Award

The first SSEP Excellence Award will be presented to a past SSEP participant in recognition of their impact both professionally and within their community, their social engagement, inspiration and mentorship, as well as how they have helped to foster the goals of SSEP since their participation in the program. To nominate yourself, someone you know, or if you would like more information please take a look at the Nomination Package.


Sponsorship Opportunities




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