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Experience is widely recognized as one of the life's most effective teachers, and organizers of the upcoming 2015 Susan M. Arseven '75 Conference for Women In Science and Engineering (WISE) guarantee multiple opportunities to learn from some of the best within the STEM professions and Aggieland next month on the Texas A&M campus.

Courtesy of Science Outreach at Texas A&MExperience is widely recognized as one of the life’s most effective teachers, and organizers of the upcoming 2015 Susan M. Arseven ’75 Conference for Women In Science and Engineering (WISE) guarantee multiple opportunities to learn from some of the best within the STEM professions and Aggieland next month on the Texas A&M campus.

Registration currently is open for the popular annual WISE Conference, now in its 23rd year and set for Saturday, February 21, in the Memorial Student Center on the Texas A&M campus. This year’s theme, “Women Leveling the Playing Field: Strength Through Diversity,” focuses on skills forged in diversity and the strength that is critical to successfully navigating life situations big and small.

The event will feature a day of common ground, conversation and inspiration among friends in a series of interactive workshops featuring speakers who are examples of diversified strength in action who will share their insights gained along the journey from diploma to career and all points in between. Topics include networking, leadership, transitioning into new careers, making choices and many other areas of interest to women as they move out into the technological workforce.

“This is a two-way participatory opportunity to discuss a variety of challenges women face in preparing for and pursuing successful science, engineering and technological careers, with knowledgeable speakers addressing obstacles and opportunities they have encountered in both their personal and professional lives,” says Dr. Nancy Magnussen, director of Educational Outreach and Women’s Programs in the College of Science, which organizes and hosts the annual event. “Whether trying to get out of graduate school or deciding if the current career path is the correct one, everyone should take away new thoughts and ideas from our motivated and inspired speakers.”

The daylong conference (see schedule here) will feature a keynote presentation by Alveda J. Williams, associate human resources director for The Dow Chemical Company’s largest integrated site in Freeport. In her presentation, “Whose Game Is It Anyway?” Williams will address the central question in career management as she details her personal experience navigating a game routinely fraught with frustration stemming from efforts to level the playing field, understand the rules or change the game altogether.

A complete list of speakers is available here.

The conference is named in honor of the late Dr. Susan M. Arseven, Texas A&M Class of 1975, one of the leading strategists in information technology during a career spanning several disciplines and a pioneering example of Aggie leadership. Thanks to generous funding from a permanent endowment established through the Texas A&M Foundation by Arseven’s husband, biostatistician Dr. Ersen Arseven, Texas A&M Class of 1974, the event also showcases the Susan M. Arseven Make-A-Difference Award — two $1,000 awards presented to female graduate students pursuing master’s or doctoral degrees in science, engineering or technology as part of the conference.

The registration fee is $50 ($25 for students) and includes a pre-conference reception on Friday, February 20, a registration packet and lunch on Saturday. Participants can register online at http://outreach.science.tamu.edu/wise/2015/wise_online_registration.php. The deadline is February 16.

Women In Science and Engineering (WISE) at Texas A&M is an organization of graduate students, staff and faculty from various science and engineering backgrounds. The group was created to address specific problems faced by women in non-traditional fields.

For more information about the conference or other outreach events and women’s programs in the College of Science, visit http://outreach.science.tamu.edu.