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STEM-UP Network & University City Science Center team up to explore the Power of Networks for Female Entrepreneurs

PHILADELPHIA–(December 4, 2017) – When it comes to business, it’s not solely what you know. It’s also who you know. The STEM-UP Network has teamed with the University Science Center to present a Smart Talk panel discussion focused on women entrepreneurs. How Female Entrepreneurs Achieve Success Through Strong Networks will take place from Friday, December 8, 2017, from 9-10:30 a.m. at Quorum at the University City Science Center.

Attendees of the event, sponsored by Morgan Lewis, will hear stories from women entrepreneurs and business leaders working in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math who have used their networks and mentoring experiences to realize their professional and personal goals.

Panelists include:

  • Morgan Berman, CEO MilkCrate
  • Jamie M. Bracey, PhD, Director STEM Education, Temple Engineering & Director, Institute for Inclusive Competitiveness
  • Lisa Dalesandro DiChristofer, Vice President Regulated Industries, Industry and Value Engineering, SAP America
  • Regina Kunkle, Vice President State & Local/Higher Education, US Public Sector
  • Tamara Peyton, Assistant Professor of Interactive Media, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology
  • Rashida Ricks, Vice President Defense Programs, CGI Federal

Archna Sahay, former Director of Entrepreneurial Investment for the city of Philadelphia, will moderate the event. Erin Randolph-Williams of Morgan Lewis will provide opening remarks.

Smart Talk is a quarterly Science Center program that gives startup and growing companies a look at best practices and business strategies from industry leaders in the region.

There is no charge for the event which will take place at Quorum at the Science Center, 3711 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Online registration is available at:

About the STEM-UP Network: A social enterprise powered by Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, the STEM-UP Network seeks to improve recruitment, retention and advancement of women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines.

About the University Science Center: Located in the heart of uCity Square, the Science Center is a mission-driven nonprofit organization that catalyzes and connects innovation to entrepreneurship and technology commercialization. For 50+ years, the Science Center has supported startups, research, and economic development in the life sciences, healthcare, physical sciences, and emerging technology sectors. As a result, graduate firms and current residents of the Science Center’s incubator support one out of every 100 jobs in the Greater Philadelphia region and drive $13 billion in economic activity in the region annually. By providing resources and programming for any stage of a business’s lifecycle, the Science Center helps scientists, entrepreneurs and innovators take their concepts from idea to IPO – and beyond.

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