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Third Annual Women of Color STEM Entrepreneurship Conference: Governance and Innovation in STEM
Location: Beus Center for Law and Society | Arizona State University (ASU) Downtown Phoenix campus
Thank you for your interest in facilitating a breakout session at the 3rd Annual Women of Color STEM Entrepreneurship Conference: Governance and Innovation in STEM which will take place Thursday, October 4 to Saturday, October 6, 2018, at the Beus Center for Law and Society at ASU Downtown Phoenix campus.
By sharing your time and talent, you help to expand access and opportunities for women and girls of color in the business, culture, and governance in STEM industries.
This page provides guidelines for preparing a proposal for consideration. Please review carefully before submitting a proposal.
The annual Women of Color STEM Entrepreneurship Conference is an evidence-based, asset-building approach to the advancement of women and girls of color in STEM that:
highlights the accomplishments of women and girls from diverse communities,
educates women and girls of color through knowledge sharing and capacity building, and
encourages institutions and industries to recruit and retain women and girls of color in STEM fields.
The conference is a signature program of the National STEM Collaborative, a consortium of higher education institutions and non-profit organizations that advocates for women and girls of color in STEM by providing research and evidence based practices, networking resources, programs, and initiatives that may be seamlessly implemented in p-20 education settings.
Initiated by the White House Council on Women and Girls and the Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology at Arizona State University in 2015, the collaborative equips fellow advocates with the tools to expand opportunities for women and girls of color to enter, persist, and succeed in STEM both academically and professionally.
You are required to upload a one-page narrative that includes:
Presenter’s name and contact information
Secondary presenter’s name and contact information
Title and a short description
Learning outcomes for participants
Time breakdown of content and activities
Interactive components (exercises, group discussions, etc.)
We do not compensate breakout session presenters to speak at or travel to our conference and do not accept unsolicited proposals for keynote engagements. We do, however, greatly value your time and contribution to our educational program and are honored to have you attend the conference as our guests. If selected to present, you will receive a separate registration link to register at no cost to you.
The conference will be held at the Beus Center for Law and Society (BCLS) at ASU Downtown Phoenix campus in Phoenix, AZ. The kick-off reception and keynote will be held at the W.P. Carey Foundation Armstrong Great Hall located at the BCLS on Thursday evening.
The conference seeks to bring together scholars, researchers, practitioners, corporate professionals, policymakers, lawyers, students, community members, and anyone who is looking for an opportunity to grow in their entrepreneurship and advocacy capacity.
There will be business, culture and governance tracks, so speakers should cater their presentations based on the respective track's target audience as outlined below. Conference attendees, however, will be allowed to register for breakout sessions from multiple tracks.
We encourage speakers to be mindful of all social identities including gender, race, ability status, and religion when creating their presentations. Our goals for this conference are not only to bring together a network of diverse individuals but also ensure that every person has the opportunity to participate in a safe and equitable environment.
Capacity of breakout session rooms
Target audience’s knowledge level
Track Target Audience
Business: Students, early-stage founders, and aspiring women of color entrepreneurs are the target audience for the business track. These individuals are interested in attending the conference:
1. To connect with women in their field in a safe space
2. To network
3. To access and learn about resources that can help them with their current and future endeavors
Culture: Corporate leaders, nonprofits and academics are the target audience for the culture track. These individuals are interested in attending the conference:
1. To learn about the challenges impacting women of color in entrepreneurship and STEM
2. To learn how to improve the success and retention rate of women of color in STEM
3. To network and connect with women of color or industry professionals
4. To find and recruit women of color for their organizations, programs or companies.
Governance: Policymakers, government officials, lawyers, and individuals seeking a greater understanding of the interaction between law and STEM are the target audience for the governance track. These individuals are interested in attending the conference:
1. To gain a greater understanding of intellectual property, patents, and copyrights
2. To learn more about small business regulation
3. To learn more about employment law
Tracks and Topics
The call for proposals is open to many topics related to business, culture and governance. Sessions focused on the promotion and/or sale of books, products, or services will not be accepted.
Business – Strategies to start and grow your STEM-based business.
Culture – Sharing your experience as a woman of color in a male-dominated industry.
Governance – Legal information on business development and technology policy.
While not an exhaustive list, we invite proposals that engage the following topics within the context of business, culture and governance.
|Recruiting and retaining women of color||X||X|
|Creating an equitable, inclusive workplace||X||X|
|Funding of ventures||X||X|
|Regulation of small business||X|
|Entrepreneurship law and strategy||X||X|
|Educational achievement and advancement||X||X||X|
|Activism and advocacy including leadership and organizing and translating research data into policy||X||X|
|Voices and images in popular culture and media||X|
|Research practices, particularly best practices to increase involvement and representation of people of color in STEM||X||X|
We welcome other topics that align with the conference tracks and look forward to broadening knowledge and building capacity through our educational offerings.
Proposals must meet the following criteria:
Identify a topic that aligns with one or more of the conference tracks.
Clearly explains learning outcomes.
Based on research or proven practical methods. Evidence through qualitative or quantitative data is a plus.
Describe the method of delivery. Interactive sessions are highly desired.
Submitted online no later than 5:00 pm MST on August 6, 2018.
Accessibility Expectations for Presenters
We expect presenters to create accessible and inclusive environments for individuals with disabilities. Presentation materials must be submitted to CGEST no later than Wednesday, September 5, 2018, for conversion into accessible formats. More information will be provided upon acceptance of proposal.
All proposals must be submitted online starting Monday, April 2, 2018. The deadline for proposals is 5:00 pm MST on Monday, August 6, 2018. Please be mindful of word counts.
A review team will evaluate your proposal based on the following matrix:
Alignment with conference theme and track(s)
Use of evidence-based data or proven best practices
Proven and/or potential impact on advancing girls and women of color in STEM
Level of interactivity and engagement
Quality of submission
If your proposal is accepted, you will be notified on a rolling basis.
Proposal submission portal opens — April 2, 2018
Deadline for submission — August 6, 2018
Notification of acceptance — rolling
Deadline to request special presentation setup — September 6, 2018
Deadline to submit final version of presentations – October 1, 2018
Conference — October 4–6, 2018
Please email Nathaniel Boettcher at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (480) 965-7181 for questions regarding the conference or the call for proposals.