Closing the Gender Gap in Technology – WIT Symposium

The Washington University Office of Technology Management (OTM) is hosting the Women in Innovation and Technology (WIT) Symposium on Tuesday, February 26, 2019. The symposium, intended for women who are interested in invention and entrepreneurship in technology, begins at 8:00 AM in the Eric P. Newman Education Center (EPNEC).

The WIT program “aims to close the gender gap in invention disclosure and commercialization” at WashU. According to OTM, this gender gap is visible in the invention disclosures submitted at our institution. At the time of WIT’s inception, 35% of WashU faculty were women, but less than 5% of invention disclosures were submitted by female inventors.

As part of an ongoing effort to empower women entrepreneurs and inventors at WashU, the symposium will bring experts to campus to speak about “some of the most pressing issues for women entrepreneurs in academia”, says Kristen Otto, Communications and Outreach Manager for OTM. Panels will focus on how to brand oneself beyond academia, how to make pitches to investors, and women in tech entrepreneurship. Dana Kanze (Columbia University) will deliver the keynote presentation, “Breaking the Cycle of Bias in Tech Funding,” at 11:30 a.m.

Along with being informative and inspiring, this is also a great networking opportunity. The symposium is free and open to the public. For registration information and more details about the event, visit the OTM WIT page.