Media Invited To Attend Women In STEM Conference Featuring 100 Women And Men Bridging The Gender Gap In Thought Leadership

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Reporters are invited to attend the 4th Annual Global Women in STEM Conference and Awards (WiSTEM) taking place at the Marriott Marquis in San Francisco on September 11-12, where one hundred luminaries, both women and men, will come together as part of the solution to the gender gap in STEM to discuss innovations transforming society.

Meera Kaul, Founder of the MKF and Director of WiSTEM states, “The STEM workforce continues to lack women in leadership and a solution will not be found if men are left out of the conversation. WiSTEM 2017 rises above the paradigm of gender inequality by involving both women and men in the conversations. The number of men in STEM leadership who have joined our conference to speak out and work side-by-side with their female peers for inclusive economic growth is unprecedented.”

Government officials, technology visionaries, international business leaders and leading investors will attend to educate, advocate, mentor and open career doors for women. Just a few of the many prominent participants include:

  • Tom Steyer, Founder and President, NextGen America
  • Vinod Khosla, Founder at Khosla Ventures
  • Kanwal Rekhi, MD, Inventus Capital Partners, RAND Corporation, Center for Asia Pacific Policy
  • Michael Tubbs, Mayor of Stockton
  • Lisa Gillmor, Mayor, City of Santa Clara
  • Paul Joyal, Managing Director, Public Safety and Homeland Security Sector Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Director of Security United States Capitol Police
  • Ash Kalra, California State Assembly
  • Ann Duncan, CIO County of Santa Clara
  • Kelly Kline, Economic Development Director/ CIO, City of Fremont
  • Laurie Yoler, Founding Board Member, Tesla and Board Member, Zoox
  • Clay Bavor, Vice President of Google AR VR
  • Ann Winblad, Co-Founder/Director at Hummer Winblad Venture Partners
  • Lauren Schmidt, Pathways Director Defense Innovation Unit Experimental
  • Dr. Jonathan Reichental, CIO at City of Palo Alto

Speaker and panel sessions will investigate innovation, its impact on women, and its role in creating a more inclusive future. Topics include:

  • Disruptive technology: AI, augmented reality, virtual reality and robotics
  • Technology driving innovations in government
  • Smart cities: innovation in infrastructure and transportation
  • The new future of energy and climate
  • The future of transportation
  • The future of transformation – led by IBM Watson and Google Assistant
  • Investment and entrepreneurship discussions regarding valuation, series A and alternative investments

The WiSTEM Awards gala, which recognizes exemplary women leaders across the STEM landscape, will take place September 117:00 PM.

A complete list of speakers and full conference agenda is available at

WiSTEM 2017 brings attendees two full days of unique insight and inspiration through keynotes, panel discussions, sessions on career development and entrepreneurship, and the opportunity to network with inspiring leaders from around the globe. Attendees will share their own ideas in “Lightning Talks”, pitch startups to a room of investors, enjoy lunch with venture capitalists, and take part in immersive maker workshops.

Reporters interested in attending must contact Dawn Drake at or 949-395-2292, by 4 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, Sept. 6, for more information.

For more information on MKF and Women in Stem visit





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