Dr. Jewel Plummer Cobb

S.T.E.A.M.

Women’s Empowerment Conference 2019

 

“The Future is Feminist”

Thank you to all who attended the 2019 S.T.E.A.M. Women’s Empowerment Conference and helped make it a success!

Mission Statement: This very important conference serves as an impactful and motivational forum where individuals will be inspired to take personal responsibility in owning and embracing their story and identity.

 

Conference Registration is currently closed.

Distinguished Guest Speaker & Daughter in Law of Dr. Jewel Plummer Cobb

Suzzanne Douglas Cobb

Suzzanne Douglas is an award-winning actress whose work has taken her from stage to screen. Look for Suzzanne in Five, the Netflix limited series directed by Ava DuVernay and the feature film Really Love in theaters later this year. Read more about her here


Imbolo Mbue

Keynote Speaker

Imbolo Mbue

Imbolo Mbue is the author of the New York Times bestseller, BEHOLD THE DREAMERS, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the Blue Metropolis Words to Change Award, and was an Oprah’s Book Club selection..Read more about her here


Cierra Kaler Jones

Featured Speaker

Cierra Kaler-Jones

Cierra Kaler-Jones is a teaching artist, writer, and rising scholar. She has had her writing featured in Education Post, Nia Magazine, Midnight and Indigo, and on Ebony.com. Read more about her here


S.T.E.A.M. Empowerment Session Speakers

Carole Sampson-Landers, M.D.

Session Title: Women of Color R Physicians

Recently retired, Director
Global Clinical Development Primary Care & Women’s Health Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals. Read more about her here.

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Bianca Calderon, MD, FAAP

Session Title: Women of Color R Physicians

Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Attending physician at the Comprehensive Health Care Center, Montefiore Medical Group
The University Hospital for Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Read more about her here.

Brenda Aiken, M.D., FACP

Session Title: Women of Color R Physicians

Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine Columbia University
Director, Medical Services
COLUMBIA HEALTH
Columbia University

Read more about her here.

Phyllis Anderson-Wright, D.O.

Session Title: Women of Color R Physicians

Staff Physician
Hudson County Correctional Center

Read more about her here.

Kathi Love

Kathi Love

Session Title: How to Negotiate Your Salary

 CEO of Motherwell Resources LLC

A company devoted to management consulting and she is executive coaching and the author of The Crone in the Corner Office, a blog devoted to her management experience.Read more about her here

Dr. Melanie Hill

Session Title: She Lives in Music: Reimagining Black Women Preachers’ Sounds of Justice and Freedom Visions

Post-Doctoral Associate
Department of English at Rutgers University—New Brunswick, working on her upcoming book project. Read more about her here.

Sondra Denise Roberts

Session Title: Be a Brand That’s Known To Do Good, Be Great

Communications Executive, Certified Life Coach, and Author

Founder and chief strategist of GLOBALGOOD Public Relations. Read more about her here.

Janet Conroy-Quirk

Session Title: Finding Empowerment Through Body Positivity

Actor and Writer

Cast member of Realize Your Beauty, an educational theater troupe. Read more about her here.

Henah Parikh

Session Title: Living Your Life With Purpose

Development and Communications Manager

She’s the First, a nonprofit that supports girls who are the first in their families to graduate high school across 11 low-income countries. Read more about her here.

Juhanna Rogers

Juhanna Rogers, Ph.D.

Session Title: Behind the Woman: Turning Loses into Lessons & Leadership

Director of Community Engagement and Empowerment at CenterState CEO

In her role, she creates economic inclusion strategies and leads initiatives that foster economic inclusion principles within the Central New York community. Read more about her here.

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Steff Gallante

Session Title: Programming Your Mind For Success

Fitness and Class Program Coordinator

Steff Gallante is a Fitness and Class Program Coordinator and part-time Lecturer at Rutgers University. Read more about her here.

Jessica Tuazon

Session Title: Honing in on Your “Ah-Ha” Moment

Rutgers University Senior

Jessica Tuazon is a senior majoring in mechanical engineering with a concentration in aerospace engineering and minors in business administration and mathematics. Read more about her here.

Jeanne Fox

Session Title: Climate Change in Today’s World

Adjunct Professor, Columbia University’s

Since 2015, Fox has served as an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Read more about her here.

Lisa Lovell and Maddie Brooks

Session Title: Transitioning To The Workplace

Financial Services

Lovell is a licensed financial associate while Brooks has been with the Prudential Insurance Company of America since 2012. Read more about Lovell and Brooks.

Kathy Meyer

Session Title: Preparing for Life After College as a STEM/Healthcare Professional

Johnson and Johnson MLD Program

Kathy Meyer is a Rutgers 2017 graduate, majored in Marketing and minored in South Asian studies. She currently works for Johnson & Johnson in the Marketing Leadership Development program.

Tania M. Guaman, MPA

Session Title: Preparing for Life After College as a STEM/Healthcare Professional

Project Manager, United Way of Greater Union County

Tania M. Guaman is a Project Manager at the United Way of Greater Union County. Tania holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from Rutgers University and a Master’s Degree of Public Administration from Baruch College (CUNY). Read more about her here.

Michelle Boyland

Session Title: Preparing for Life After College as a STEM/Healthcare Professional

Johnson and Johnson Finance  

Michelle Boyland is a Rutgers 2017 graduate and majored in Accounting and minored in labor studies. She currently is working for Johnson & Johnson Finance in the Finance Leadership Development program.

Ismanie Guillaume, MD

Session Title: Preparing for Life After College as a STEM/Healthcare Professional

Resident Physician

Dr. Ismanie Guillaume is Resident Physician in a combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Program at Christiana Care in Delaware. Read more about her here.

Motunrayo (Becky) Adu

Moderator: Women of Color R Physicians

RWJ Medical School Student 

Medical school was a longtime dream for Motunrayo (Becky) Adu. Her parents had immigrated here from Nigeria to give their children a better life, instilling in them hard work and determination and encouraging them to aim for their dreams. Read more about her here.

Carly Conroy and Suzanne Schafer

Session Title: Rutgers University and Honors College Information Session

New Brunswick Undergraduate Admissions

Carly Conroy is the Coordinator for Admissions and Student Affairs Support for the Rutgers University Honors College. Read more about Carly here.

Nidhi Jha

Session Title: Preparing for Life After College as a STEM/Healthcare Professional

Practice Leader at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Nidhi Jha is a Practice Leader in the Department of Ambulatory Care. As a member of the administrative team, she assists with the facilitation of daily clinical operations. Read more about her here.

Eugenia Boye-Codjoe

Session Title: Preparing for Life After College as a STEM/Healthcare Professional

Senior Research Coordinator/Project Manager  

Eugenia Boye-Codjoe is a Senior Research Coordinator/Project Manager at Northwell Health’s Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, where she conducts clinical research. Read more about her here.

Carolyn Andia B.S

Session Title: This is a Man’s World, or is it?: The Experiences of Women of Color in Male Dominated Fields

Continuous Process Improvement Engineer 

Carolyn Andia is a Peruvian immigrant who graduated from Rutgers University as a Mechanical & Aerospace Engineer in 2014. Carolyn works at Johnson & Johnson as an engineer. Read more about her here.

Dr. Andrea Osei, PharmD

Session Title: This is a Man’s World, or is it?: The Experiences of Women of Color in Male Dominated Fields

Pharmacist, Pharm.D

Dr. Andrea Osei serves as a Pharmacist by day and Fashion Designer by night at Osei en Rose. In 2008, Andrea received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree (PharmD) from the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers University. Read more about her here.

Funmi Ladigbolu, M.P.A., M.A., PMP, ITIL

Session Title: This is a Man’s World, or is it?: The Experiences of Women of Color in Male Dominated Fields

IT Change Control Administrator

Funmi Ladigbolu, is an IT Change Control Administrator at Columbia University Medical Center. A role she has held for the past six years. In her role she manages and oversees enterprise wide change requests and the risks they pose to the university community. Read more about her here.

Nancy Andia, B.S.

Session Title: This is a Man’s World, or is it?: The Experiences of Women of Color in Male Dominated Fields

Logistics Technology Manager

Nancy D Andia is a first generation Peruvian American who graduated from the Rutgers School of Engineering in 2013 as an Electrical & Computer Engineer. She joined Johnson & Johnson as part of their Technology Leadership Development Program. Read more about her here.


S.T.E.A.M. Hot Topics Talks Speakers

Marlise Correa

Marlise Correa, Community Police Officer, Rutgers University Police Department. Read more about her here.

Mannal Babar

Mannal Babar is a first-generation Pakistani American. She is an undergraduate student here at Rutgers University studying History, Political Science and Journalism with a minor in Women & Gender Studies. Read more about her here.

Emily Kafas

Emily Kafas is a college senior at Rutgers University with a Major in Communication specializing in Public Relations…Read more about her here.

Alexis Etes

Though Alexis is young in age, she has still managed to earn numerous awards and recognition for her many roles in leadership and her academic performance throughout the years. Read more about her here.

Conference Goals

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Unite, educate and inspire women to discover their passion and purpose and elevate their understanding of what it means to be a woman in today’s society.

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Create an atmosphere where women from all walks of life can empower each other to achieve new levels of success.

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Create a platform where we can recognize and celebrate self-identified female students, faculty, staff and alumni who have made significant strides in their disciplines, who overcame challenges and who have left their imprint on our community today.

Conference Committee

Chair Department Subcommittee and Decription
Karima Woodyard Student Centers and Activities Founder, Conference Chair
Keisha Dabrowski Office of the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Founder, Conference Chair
Dr. Joan Collier Residence Life Ambassadors Program Subcommittee Co-Chair
Danielle Arrieta Residence Life Ambassadors Program Subcommittee Co-Chair
Teri Tozzi Student Centers and Activities Ambassadors Program Subcommittee Graduate Intern
Christina Caronna Student Centers and Activities Ambassadors Program Subcommittee Graduate Intern
Valerie Anderson Associate Alumnae of Douglass College Breakout Sessions and Keynotes Subcommittee Co-Chair
Karen Ardizzone Student Centers and Activities Breakout Sessions and Keynotes Subcommittee Co-Chair
Issata Oluwadare Honors College Community Outreach and Assessment Subcommittee Co-Chair
Dr. Laura Randolph New Student Orientation Community Outreach and Assessment Subcommittee Co-Chair
Yakima Melton Student Centers and Activities Logistics and Decorations Subcommittee Co-Chair
Lori Smith Student Centers and Activities Logistics and Decorations Subcommittee Co-Chair
Sara Miller Student Affairs Marketing Marketing, Social Media and Public Relations Subcommittee Co-Chair
Laura Christiansen Student Centers and Activities Marketing, Social Media and Public Relations Subcommittee Co-Chair
Michael Abdullah Student Affairs Marketing Marketing, Social Media and Public Relations Subcommittee Co-Chair
Dr. Natasha Conover Student Access and Educational Equity Hot Topics Subcommittee Subcommittee Co-Chair
Crystal Orr Alumni Hot Topics Subcommittee Subcommittee Co-Chair
Sue Romano Student Centers and Activities Conference Experience and Engagement Subcommittee Co-Chair
Heidi Nicklause Residence Life Conference Experience and Engagement Subcommittee Co-Chair
Karen Gillen Residence Life Conference Experience and Engagement Subcommittee Co-Chair
Chanel Jordan RUSA, RHA, Cap N Skull Ambassadors Program Subcommittee Undergraduate Advisor
Sneha Gupta Resident Assistant Ambassadors Program Subcommittee Undergraduate Advisor

Dr. Jewel Plummer Cobb
The Dr. Jewel Plummer Cobb S.T.E.A.M. Women’s Empowerment Conference Committee is excited to invite you to the 3rd annual conference at Rutgers University in the Livingston Student Center, March 2019!

Dr. Jewel Plummer Cobb, an influential educator, trailblazer and scientist who served as the sixth Dean of Douglass from 1976 to 1981.

Read her whole story…

Sponsored by Student Centers and Activities, Office of the Chancellor’s – New Brunswick & Honors College