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    2015 SPIE Women in Optics Events

    SPIE Optics + Photonics 

    Women in Optics Presentation and Reception at SPIE Optics + Photonics

    Monday 10 August 2015 | 5:00 - 6:30 pm
    Marriott Marquis, Marina | San Diego, CA, United States

    This evening event featured reports on International Year of Light activities from around the world including Laura Tobin (Ireland), Anne-Sophie Poulin-Girard (Canada), and Sona Hosseini (U.S.), among others. The panel was followed by a reception for attendees to meet the speakers and connect with peers. Light refreshments were be served.

    View the presentation here

    Women in the Optics and Photonics Workplace

    Wednesday 12 August | 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    Conv. Ctr. Sails Pavilion, Exhibition Floor Presentation Area | San Diego, CA, United States

    Leading women in optics and photonics participated in a round table discussion moderated by SPIE Marketing Analyst Adam Resnick, who utilized data from the SPIE Global Salary Survey Report. Questions included, but were not limited to:

    • What are the keys to personal and professional growth for women in optics and photonics?
    • Are the challenges faced by women in the field different from men?
    • What role do networking, mentoring, and community building play in the lives of women scientists and engineers?

    Coffee, mimosas, and snacks were served. The event was free and open to all registered attendees.

    Note: this was not an official SPIE Women in Optics Event, but is sponsored by the SPIE Career Center


    SPIE Photonics West 

    Women in Optics Presentation and Reception at SPIE Photonics West

    Monday 9 February 2015
    5:00 - 6:30 pm

    Panel Discussion: The Road Less Traveled: Women in Science & Technology Leadership 

    Moderator: Kathleen Perkins, former CEO of Breault Research Organization and Chair, University of Arizona, Mathematical Sciences Advisory Board (USA)

    Panelists
    Susan Tousi, VP of Engineering, Illumina (USA)
    Therese Huston, researcher on women and decision-making and cognitive psychologist at Seattle University (USA)
    Nicoletta Casanova, CEO of FEMTOprint (Switzerland)

    This early evening of networking and inspiration was a great success, thank you to all participants. The panel was followed by a reception, offering refreshments and the opportunity to meet the panelists and connect with peers.