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Monthly speaker series hosted by Jess Wade

Women in Optics Spotlight Series

Join us for a monthly interview with women in the community to learn about their research and hear their advice to other women in the field. Hosted by 2020 Diversity Outreach Award recipient, Jess Wade, this series is part of our efforts to encourage and inspire women to bring their ideas to light.

Join us for these interactive discussions, followed by an opportunity to continue the conversation at an optional networking session.

Members can log in to see our previous episodes for free.

  • Follow the Money: Using Funding Statistics to Uncover Barriers in Physics Research with Lia Li, recorded live on 15 October 2020

  • Celebrating LGBTQ+ STEM Day with Arti Agrawal, recorded live on 18 November 2020

  • Fostering an Inclusive Academic Environment with Rosario Porras-Aguilar, recorded live on 14 January 2021

  • Navigating Your Career Using the Switch with Maryellen Giger, recorded live on 11 February 2021, the International Day for Women and Girls in Science

  • Mentors and Networks: Keys to Juggling and Balancing Life with Anita Mahadevan-Jansen, recorded live on 11 March 2021

  • Hyper-invisibility: On Being Black in Engineering with Audrey Bowden, recorded live on 8 April 2021

  • Representation Matters: Role Models and Allies with Muyinatu Bell, recorded live on 12 May 2021

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July interview

Stephanie Simmons
 
 
Advantages to Being a Woman in a
Male-dominated Industry
Recorded live 8 July 2021
 
Stephanie Simmons
Assistant professor, Canada Research Chair, and CIFAR Fellow, based out of the Department of Physics at Simon Fraser University, and founder and Chief Quantum Officer of Photonic Inc.
 
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Jess Wade and SPIE spoke with Dr. Simmons about some of the positive aspects associated with being a woman in a male-dominated industry

After Stephanie shared insight into her own research, she and Jess discussed:

 • Examples of how being females can be leveraged as a career advantage in a male-dominated industry
 • How underrepresentation can vary widely when considering various subindustries, organizations, and teams
 • Strategies for improving EDI “from the inside”

Your host

Jess Wade
 
 
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Jess Wade
Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College London
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Jess Wade is a British physicist in the Blackett Laboratory at Imperial College London. Her research investigates polymer-based organic light emitting diodes. Her public engagement work in STEM champions women in physics as well as tackling systemic biases such as gender bias and racial bias on Wikipedia. She was named the 2020 SPIE Diversity Outreach Award Recipient and now is the host of this monthly SPIE Women in Optics Series.