Chamber Forum: Women in STEM

While high-paying jobs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields are leading job growth regionally and nationally, but fewer United States citizens are pursuing STEM degrees compared to their peers in many countries and the percentage of U.S. women with STEM degrees is decreasing.

An April 28 Women Leaders in STEM forum organized by the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce will explore the ramifications and opportunities associated with those trends.     What do these trends mean for the U.S. economy and society, and how can America get more young women engaged in STEM related careers and classes? Those questions will be addressed during a moderated panel discussion featuring local STEM leaders and will focus on why they chose STEM-related fields, the importance of mentors, and early engagement had in their education and career choices and how the U.S. can encourage more young women to consider STEM careers.

The panelist will include Gwyneth Card, lab group leader at the HHMI-Janelia Research Campus; Diana Burley, executive director and chair of the Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection (I3P) and professor at The George Washington University; and Shawn Purvis, vice president and CIO for Northrop Grumman Corp. Lisa Kimball, vice president of Telos Identity Management Solutions, LLC, will moderate.

The program will be held Friday, April 28, 8-10 a.m. at The National Conference Center in Lansdowne. The cost is $50 for Chamber members and $75 for non-members. Register at

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