Catalyzing Change: From Curriculum to Career
March 17, 2021 from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Registration Closes on Saturday, March 13.

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Why You Should Attend

Join us for this virtual forum designed to bring together students of all ages, educators, and industry to showcase the mid-Atlantic region’s STEM opportunities and resources, and to discuss current and future talent skills and needs. This full day event is packed with content including keynote speakers, panel discussions, and opportunities to connect with the innovative companies that are creating job opportunities in the region.

Who Should Attend

Middle & High School Students: explore the many possibilities available in the world of STEM and the companies that are creating the opportunities for you.

Undergrads & Post Grads: Connect, learn about and network with the companies and individuals that are developing, commercializing and manufacturing the products of the future and consider the best options for you once you graduate.

Educators & Faculty: Learn more about the evolving talent and skills needs of today’s companies, connect and exchange ideas with peers, and learn about new resources available to you and your students.

Industry: An opportunity for companies of all sizes to educate your future workforce about your industry, your company, your products and your culture, as well as showcasing current and future internships and career opportunities.

Agenda

Educator & Industry Sessions

Undergrad/Grad Student Sessions

Middle/High School Student Sessions

  9:00 - 9:30 AM
WELCOME REMARKS

Don Baker

CEO, FAME Inc

Dora Cheatham

Executive Director, DESCA

Genara Andrade

New Business Development, DuPont

Gary Stockbridge

President, Delmarva Power & Atlantic City Electric

  9:30 - 10:00 AM
KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Alexa Dembek

Chief Technology & Sustainability Officer, DuPont

  10:05 - 10:30 AM
DRIVERS OF CHANGE: Shaping the Future of Learning

A fireside chat with Former Gov. Jack Markell on how we can adapt the future of learning to meet the evolving needs of the workforce.

Jack Markell

Opportunity for undergrads/grad students to visit industry virtual booths for one-on-one or group discussions and networking with local companies and organizations.
MY STORY: Visualizing a Possible Future—I Did It, So Can You!

Hear from individuals on how they forged their way to success, often despite the odds!

Leticia Arrington

Sr. Scientist, Merck Research Labs

Terhan Chambers

Registered Nurse, Christiana Care

Terry Cruz

Director of Marketing and IT, The Grand & The Playhouse on Rodney Square

Mimi Diani

Student, FAME Inc and University of Delaware

Amira Idris Radovic

CEO and Founder, TheraV

Jerrod Henderson

Instructional Associate Professor, University of Houston

  10:30 - 11:00 AM
Networking/Booth Break
Opportunity for undergrads/grad students to visit industry virtual booths for one-on-one or group discussions and networking with local companies and organizations.
Networking/Booth Break
  11:00 - 12:30 PM
SOFT SKILLS IN BUSINESS

An interdisciplinary discussion on the increasing need for soft skills learning at all levels that can be transferred to the workplace.

Moderator: Susi Willis

CEO, Sangha Leadership Group

Nicole Bodnar

Vice President Business Development, Christiana Care

Nakia Mack

Director, Pre-College Programs, University of Delaware

Courtney Michener

Director Talent & Development, AstraZeneca

Erica Nemser

CEO, Compact Membrane Systems

Kimberly Stock

DE Teacher of the Year, McKean HS, Red Clay

Opportunity for undergrads/grad students to visit industry virtual booths for one-on-one or group discussions and networking with local companies and organizations.
Join Boeing, DuPont, Elyte Universal Network and FMC Corp for some fun, how-to experiments and problem-solving sessions! Interested in learning more about NASA Space Suits? Check out the ILC Dover sessions

Boeing

DuPont

Elyte Universal Network

FMC Corp

ILC DOVER

  12:30 - 1:30 PM
TEACHING EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE

A session geared to educators on how to bring EQ into the classroom as early as possible with practical how-to’s and takeways.

Gobinder Gill

Senior Lecturer, Birmingham Metropolitan College

GETTING NOTICED ABOVE THE NOISE

A how-to session on resume and cover letter writing, interview prep, and getting yourself to stand out above the crowd on platforms like LinkedIn.

Jess Stinson

Associate Vice President

Opportunity for younger students to visit industry/academic virtual booths to learn more about local companies and potential career paths and academic choices.
  1:30 - 2:30 PM
Networking/Booth Break
FROM RESEARCH TO BUSINESS: THE ENTREPRENEURIAL ROUTE

Is entrepreneurship for you? This group of panelists discusses what it takes to commercialize your technology and how entrepreneurial skills can be transferred to a career in industry.

Moderator: Yati Waghray

Senior Market Manager, The Kraton Corporation

Graeme Cruickshank

CTO, CPI

Jeff Fetterman

First State Innovation

JJ Kasper

Founder & Partner, The Blue Collective

Santiago Rojas-Carbonell

CTO, Versogen

Franchessa Sayler

CEO, Thrupore Technologies

Opportunity for younger students to visit industry/academic virtual booths to learn more about local companies and potential career paths and academic choices.
  2:30 - 3:30 PM
INDUSTRY MEETS EDUCATION

There are many ways that industry can connect to talent at a much earlier stage to build a talent pipeline. This panel discussion looks at how companies can leverage these to grow their talent pool.

Moderator: Chris Siemer

Business President, Chemours (retired)

Bryan Horsey

DE Office of WBL, Delaware Technical & Community College

TJ Lernard

Workforce Development Lead, Delmarva Power & Light and Atlantic City Electric

Kimberly Pogue Reid

Philanthropy Specialist, Chemours

Lisa Stoner Torbert

Education Associate, Policy Advisor, DE Department of Education

Bryan Tracy

CEO, White Dog Labs

Casey Welch

President & Co-Founder, Tallo

THE COMPANY PERSPECTIVE—COMPANY PRESENTATIONS

HR and company execs from our region’s major companies give presentations on innovation and industry trends, company culture, and what they look for in new hires.

Chemours

Hear from several leaders about the company

Patrick Callahan

CEO, CompassRed

DuPont

Hear from several leaders about the company

Opportunity for younger students to visit industry/academic virtual booths to learn more about local companies and potential career paths and academic choices.
  3:30 - 4:30 PM
FUTURE LEARNING: Are Stackable Credentials the Future of Education?

Moderator: Melinda Burn

Vice President Marketing, Solecta Membranes

Angie Lucas

Director of the Energy Providers Coalition for Education, Council for Adult & Experiential Learning

Sheneui Weber

Vice Chancellor, Workforce Development & Economic Development, California Community Colleges

Opportunity for younger students to visit industry/academic virtual booths to learn more about local companies and potential career paths and academic choices.
  4:30 - 4:45 PM
CLOSING REMARK

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you will need to register. Find the appropriate link above and enter your name and email address to enjoy all the features of this event.
Your login details will be emailed to you ahead of the event. You can use these details to access the online event.
The event will remain open 24/7 for 30 days. Therefore, you can attend whenever it’s convenient for you during this period of time.
This is an online event. You do not have to travel to any specific location. You can participate anywhere that you have Internet access. You do not need to download or install any software to participate in our conference. The event is accessible from desktop, mobile and tablet devices. Good internet connectivity will ensure high quality video streaming. We recommend Chrome and Firefox.
Yes. Like any physical event, we will have a swag bag for you. You can add all of the documents available to the online swag bag in your account and then email them to yourself or share items with colleagues and friends by simply entering their email.
Absolutely. We are counting on you to invite others. Help us spread the word. You can simply share the link to this page, and they can register at their convenience.
No. You do not need to download or install any software to participate in our conference. You only need to have access to the Internet. Good internet connectivity will ensure high quality video streaming. We recommend Chrome and Firefox.
This event is for middle/high school students, middle/high school teachers, college/graduate/post graduate students, college/graduate/post graduate professors, and industry professionals.
  • Students:

    A forum for younger students to explore the many career possibilities available in the world of STEM and for older students and graduates to connect, learn about and network with the companies and individuals that are developing, commercializing and manufacturing the products of the future.

  • Educators:

    Learn more about the evolving talent and skills needs of today’s companies, connect and exchange ideas with peers, and learn about new resources available to you and your students.

  • Industry:

    An opportunity for companies of all sizes to educate their future workforce about their industry, their company, their products and their culture, as well as showcasing current and future internships and career opportunities.

You will be able to engage with attendees, sponsors, and exhibitors. Please visit the live sessions as well as interact with kiosks in the expo hall. There will be limits as to who can video chat based on age requirements. The goal is to harmonize educational curricula with business and industry needs; entrepreneurship and the commercialization of research innovation; corporate culture and preparing for a job in industry and more.
No. Some will have the ability to request a video chat, but it is not required in order to participate. There will be limits as to who can video chat based on age requirements.
Send an email to catalyzingchange@getvfairs.io for any technical assistance, all other issues, please contact erica.crell@desustainablechem.org.
  • Visit the live sessions
  • Visit the pre-recorded sessions
  • Complete the interactive gamification activities
  • Visit the expo hall
Yes, you will be provided login credentials to test the system and get familiar with the interface. You do not need to download or install any software to participate in our conference. You only need to have access to the Internet. Good internet connectivity will ensure high quality video streaming. We recommend Chrome and Firefox.
We recommend Chrome and Firefox. Good internet connectivity will ensure high quality video streaming.