2018 SPIE Women in Optics Events

SPIE Photonics West

Women in Optics and Diversity & Inclusion Program and Reception
Monday 29 January 2018 | 5:00 to 7:00pm
InterContinental Hotel | San Francisco, California

Alexis Vogt speaking at the Women In Optics event at Photonics West 2018
Alexis Vogt speaking at the Women In Optics event at Photonics West 2018

It was a successful, well-attended collaborative event at Photonics West 2018. The Women In Optics event began with a presentation, “Raising the Bar While Raising Kids: Increasing Diversity in Optics Careers,” by Alexis Vogt, Endowed Chair & Associate Professor of Optics at Monroe Community College.

Dr. Vogt, who leads the nation's oldest optics technician training program, emphasized the need for women in optics to, among other things, inspire others within their organizations to overcome obstacles in their careers and be driven to mentor the next generation. "We will be stronger together," she said.

After the presentation, a networking reception proceeded a workshop with participants engaging in discussions centered around increasing diversity in the field of optics. The group explored improving diversity and inclusion in conference planning and organization, on SPIE committees, and building diversity in the optics and photonics scientific community. It was a perfect way to round out the evening, demonstrating wide-ranging professional and personal commitments that reflected Vogt's engaging presentation.

Diversity & Inclusion Workshop at Photonics West 2018
Discussions at the Diversity & Inclusion workshop after the networking reception