Experience is widely recognized as one of the life's most effective teachers, and organizers of the upcoming 2019 Susan M. Arseven '75 Conference for Women In Science and Engineering (WISE) guarantee multiple opportunities to learn from some of the best within the STEM professions and Aggieland next month on the Texas A&M campus.

Registration opened this week for the popular annual WISE Conference, now in its 27th year and set for Saturday, Feb. 23, in the Memorial Student Center on the Texas A&M campus. This year's theme, Investing in Your Career, focuses on creating professional and personal networks -- critical connections essential to successfully navigating, mastering, and maximizing the many facets and phases of life.

The event will feature a day of common ground, conversation and inspiration among friends in a series of interactive workshops featuring speakers who will share their insights gained along the journey from diploma to career and all points in between. Topics include self-branding and advocating, networking, life balance, goal-setting, strategizing for success and many other areas of interest to women as they carve their respective niches as leaders in the technological workforce.

"This is a two-way participatory opportunity to discuss a variety of challenges women face in preparing for and pursuing successful science, engineering and technological careers, with knowledgeable speakers addressing obstacles and opportunities they have encountered in both their personal and professional lives," said Dr. Nancy Magnussen, director of Educational Outreach and Women's Programs in the College of Science, which organizes and hosts the annual event. "Whether trying to get out of graduate school or deciding if the current career path is the correct one, everyone should take away new thoughts and ideas from our motivated and inspired speakers."

The daylong conference (see schedule) will feature a keynote presentation by 1983 Texas A&M aerospace engineering graduate Shayla Rivera, a former NASA rocket scientist-turned corporate trainer, keynote speaker, television and radio host and awareness expert who, since 2017, has served as a professor of practice and director of ENGR[X] within the Texas A&M College of Engineering.

Learn more about Shayla Rivera in her 2018 TEDxTAMU Talk, "IMAGINATION: I'm a Genie in Creation," and related profile.

The complete list of speakers includes representatives of BASF, Chevron, Halliburton and Intel, in addition to the Texas A&M Health Science Center and the Texas A&M Department of Aerospace Engineering.

The conference is named in honor of the late Dr. Susan M. Arseven '75, one of the leading strategists in information technology during a career spanning several disciplines and a pioneering example of Aggie leadership. Thanks to generous funding from a permanent endowment established through the Texas A&M Foundation by Arseven's husband, biostatistician Dr. Ersen Arseven '74, the event also showcases the Susan M. Arseven Make-A-Difference Award -- two $1,000 awards presented to female graduate students pursuing master's or doctoral degrees in science, engineering or technology as part of the conference.

The registration fee is $50 ($35 for students) and includes a pre-conference reception at Benjamin Knox Gallery on Friday, Feb. 22, a registration packet and lunch on Saturday. Participants are encouraged to register online before the Feb. 18 deadline.

Women In Science and Engineering (WISE) at Texas A&M is a university-recognized organization of graduate students, staff and faculty from various science and engineering backgrounds. The group was created to address specific problems faced by women in non-traditional fields.

For more information about the conference or other outreach events and women's programs in the College of Science, visit http://outreach.science.tamu.edu.


Contact: Shana K. Hutchins, (979) 862-1237 or shutchins@science.tamu.edu or Dr. Nancy Magnussen, (979) 845-5587 or nancy@science.tamu.edu

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  • Shayla Rivera '83

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