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Schedule of the Day

Below is the tentative schedule for the day. More details regarding the specifics of each session will be posted as planning develops. 

  • 8:00 - 9:00am -- Registration, breakfast 
  • 9:00 - 9:50am -- Welcome / Icebreaker
  • 10:00 - 11:00am -- Dr. Renee Horton, Keynote
  • 11:00am - 12:00pm -- Lunch
  • 12:00 - 12:50pm -- Dr. Karissa Sanbonmatsu, Keynote
  • 1:00 - 1:50pm -- Communications Workshop (Breakout Session)
  • 2:00 - 2:50pm -- Panel Discussion (Breakout Session)
  • 3:00 - 3:50pm -- Free-Form Session (Breakout Session)
  • 3:50 - 4:30pm -- Closing remarks, RAFFLE!

Note: All events take place in St. Cajetan's, with the exception of the breakout sessions (location TBA). 


Breakout Session Information


Communications Workshop

When developing plans for this conference, common threads that were discussed among dozens of STEM faculty and career professionals were hurdles we all face when it comes to asserting ourselves in our salary negotiations, feeling confident in interviews, speaking in public or giving presentations, especially in your area of expertise, how to successfully network, and feeling like an equal amongst your colleagues. Simply put, the ability to professionally and assertively communicate is vital to our success – and also something that, historically, gender norms have not embraced.


Panel Discussion

This panel discussion will feature men and women from a wide range of backgrounds who have chosen a variety of different paths. Whatever the right path for you may be, the intent of this session is for you to ask questions and learn from the experiences of panel members who’ve faced similar challenges.


Free-Form Session

This final session gives students a bit of a break, and provides a safe space to interact with both our keynote speakers in a one-on-one environment, our STEM faculty members in a non-classroom setting, and to see what student orgs are available to them. Students are encouraged to ask questions of MSU’s professors about their paths in life, their struggles, and to get to know them more on a personal level. Additionally, this hour is meant to be FUN! We will have a photobooth available and some engaging activities to get involved in.


*Please keep in mind that the Panel Discussion, Communications Workshop, and the Free-Form Session will run concurrently. The audience will be split into three, and after each hour, the audience will swap. Everyone will have an opportunity to attend each presentation.

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