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The 2nd Global Women of Light Symposium

The 2nd Global Women of Light Symposium

WiSTEE Connect (Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Entrepreneurship) is collaborating with the OSA Foundation to organize the 2nd international symposium “Global Women of Light” (GWL) at the 2017 Frontiers in Optics on 17 September 2017 in Washington DC, US. The program will be hosted at the Headquarters of OSA, The Optical Society from 9:00-14:30.

The goal of the 2nd GWL Symposium is to continue building a strong network among women across academia, industry and government, and to cooperatively establish strategies to advance women’s leadership across career ranks. Panel discussion and round-table open discussions on “Collectively Advancing Women Leadership” will be hosted at this event. We are inviting internationally renowned women leaders from both STEM and entrepreneurial backgrounds to provide their strategies and best practices on advancing women leaders in these fields. A networking session will be held at the end of the event. A community of women across career ranks and disciplines in STEM and Entrepreneurship will continue to be built, from which career growth, mobility, mentorship, and leadership can be collectively developed.

The first WiSTEE GWL Symposium in 2016 shone light upon women's careers in STEM and Entrepreneurship. Approximately 100 individuals from 25 countries and 80 institutions attended the symposium. The attendees were from various career paths such as faculty members, students, scientists, engineers, researchers, program managers, entrepreneurs, and business executives. A number of women from various universities and countries like China, France and Pakistan have asked for a WiSTEE branch. The group photo, panelists and ice-breaking speaker info from the 2016 GWL Symposium can be found at

To register for this event, or for additional information, please download the Letter to Collegues, provided by the Founder and President of WISTEE Connect, Jie Qiao, Ph.D, M.B.A