2016 Conference
Thanks to everyone that attended our inaugural Women in STEM Conference this year! For anyone that was unable to attend or would simply like to learn more about what we covered, please see the synopsis below. More information will be forthcoming in the spring on the homepage regarding next year’s conference.
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Overcoming Challenges, Defining Success
Members from various departments of Metropolitan State University of Denver came together to organize the first annual Women in STEM Conference: Overcoming Challenges, Defining Success on Friday, October 28, 2016.
Panel members at their microphones
The goal for this conference was to discuss the challenges women face in STEM disciplines and the tools for overcoming those challenges. Discussion topics included how to face and overcome issues such as failure, the imposter syndrome, salary negotiation, and the work/life balance women frequently encounter in STEM careers. These topics are particularly pertinent to our student population, of which more than half are women, and many of which are women of color — both of which are underrepresented in STEM fields.
The conference was free of charge and open to all MSU Denver students, faculty, and staff. Students, faculty and/or staff were invited, but men as well! This conference is meant to be as inclusive and informative as possible.

Presenter Biographies

A number of stellar professionals joined us to share their knowledge and experience. Below are a few of the featured speakers we had and a bit about their background. Please click on their name below to learn a little more about their education and careers.

Presenter Biographies

Session Information

Below is a description of the sessions we had throughout the day. Keep in mind that two sessions ran concurrently during Breakout Session 1 and Breakout Session 2 below. The audience was split into two, and during the second hour, the audience swapped. Everyone had an opportunity to attend each presentation.

  • 8:00am – 9:00am — Registration, breakfast

  • 9:00am – 9:50am — Welcome and Icebreaker Activity

  • 10:00am – 11:00am — Overcoming Failure

  • 11:00am – 12:00pm — Lunch

  • 12:00pm – 12:50pm — Breakout Session 1

  • 1:00pm – 1:50pm — Breakout Session 2

  • 1:50pm – 2:15pm — Coffee break and RAFFLE

  • 2:15pm – 3:15pm — The Imposter Syndrome

Icebreaker Activity

This portion will include an interactive activity meant to show all attendees that they are not alone in any challenges or roadblocks they’ve encountered throughout their life, education, or career. This welcome is intended to create a sense of community and set the stage for a collaborative, open-dialogue environment for the day.


Overcoming Failure

This workshop addresses how the gender wage gap affects your life. We will delve into how to develop a personal budget based on your target salary, how to benchmark salary and benefits, and how to negotiate for your first salary out of college. Women have historically not been as assertive in advocating for themselves during the salary negotiation process, and this workshop will give you the tools to do so.

Work/Life Balance Panel Discussion (Breakout Session)

In today’s world in which both partners in a relationship typically must work, both men and women are forced to balance the needs of their education/careers and their personal lives. For many, this means evaluating how to balance children and a career. However, many have opted to forgo children as well, for any number of reasons. Whatever the right path for you may be, this panel discussion will feature both men and women who have chosen an avenue in life that works for them.

The Imposter Syndrome

“The Impostor syndrome can be defined as a collection of feelings of inadequacy that persist even in the face of information that indicates that the opposite is true. It is experienced internally as chronic self-doubt, and feelings of intellectual fraudulence.”Studies have seen this phenomenon most often in high-achieving women. This session looks at this trend and addresses how to cope and have an accurate view of yourself.

We hope you join us for the first Women in STEM conference on the Auraria campus! The day promises to be fun, engaging, and informative, and we’re looking forward to seeing you there!