Thought Leadership Session 4-A

The Impact of STEM and Diversity in the 21st-Century and Beyond

Thursday, November 3, 11:40 - 12:30 PM

Speaker(s): Amy Belton

Both females and minorities are underrepresented in today’s science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. As a black female, Dr. Belton has had an intriguing career journey. The underrepresentation of females and minorities did not stop her from crucial cancer research and later offering her expertise on a more global scale at Leidos, Inc. She offers a unique perspective on STEM and a career in science through her journey and participation in Women in Bio.

Women in Bio (WIB) is an organization of professional women from all career walks in the field of life sciences. They are all volunteers and share the goal of enabling and empowering women to reach the highest levels of leadership and—more importantly—to fulfill their own career aspirations. WIB aims to help women achieve the highest levels of leadership, influence and decision-making that they desire.

Dr. Belton will discuss innovative ways to support and build strong STEM programs that can improve a company’s capabilities and lay a foundation for future growth and a stable workforce—important to ensure the next generation of life scientists. Lessons learned can translate to R&D in general and shed light on responsibilities of today’s R&D professionals.