WISE Events


WISE luncheons offer an opportunity for SF State faculty and staff to gather and discuss their experiences as women in STEM fields with each other and guest speakers

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Time and Location: 12:15 - 1:50 pm HH 245 SEPAL

Dr. Sally Pasion - Journal Club Discussion - From Deficits to Possibilities -Mentoring Lessons from Plants on Cultivating Individual Growth through Environmental Assessment and Optimization by Beronda L. Montgomery

Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Time and Location: 12 - 2PM Room TBD

Dr. Tejal Desai - UCSF, Ernest L. Prien Professor and Chair of the Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences at University of California, San Francisco and head of the Therapeutic Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Time and Location: 12 pm - 2 pm Blakeslee Room
Topic: Welcome New Women Faculty in CoSE
Hosts: College of Science & Engineering

Please click here to RSVP by Thursday, October 24

Past Events

Monday, September 23, 2019
Time and Location: 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm LIB 121 @ SF State University Main Campus
Topic: "Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital in Clean Technology"
Hosts: College of Science & Engineering

Lunch  -  12:00 -12:30pm
Presentation -  12:30 pm - 1:30 pm 
Small gathering with Emily -  1:30 - 2:00 pm

Emily Kirsch is the Founder and CEO of Powerhouse, Founder and Managing Partner of Powerhouse Ventures and the host of the podcast Watt it Takes. Powerhouse backs entrepreneurs building the future of energy. At Powerhouse, Emily builds strategic connections between entrepreneurs, corporations, and venture capital to enable an energy system that is decarbonized, decentralized, democratized and digitized.

Emily serves on the Advisory Boards of Renu Ventures and USF’s Master’s of Science in Energy Systems Management. Emily also serves on the World Economic Forum’s Advanced Energy Technologies Council and is on the board of Station A.

In 2017 Emily received the Entrepreneurship Award from C3E, a partnership between the United States Department of Energy, Stanford, and MIT to highlight women’s leadership in clean energy. In 2019 Emily was selected as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. Her work has been cited in Bloomberg, The Guardian, TechCrunch, The Huffington Post, and The New York Times. Emily has guest lectured at UC Berkeley and Stanford. Emily graduated Summa Cum Laude from San Francisco State University.

Please RSVP by Thursday, September 19

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Tuesday, May 07, 2019
Time and Location: 12:00 - 1:45 pm - LIB 121
Topic: "Understanding the role of service among our tenured and tenure-track women faculty”
Hosts: College of Science & Engineering

The SFSU NSF ADVANCE team will share our most recent data associated with our study on service. We will also share suggestions and strategies for improving service assignments, recognition, and value in the RTP process.

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Monday, April 08, 2019
Time and Location: 12:30 - 2:30 pm - LIB 121
Topic: "Gender in Science"
Hosts: College of Science & Engineering, Phi Beta Kappa and Department of Economics

Paula Stephan is professor of economics, Georgia State University and a research associate, National Bureau of Economic Research. Her research focuses on the economics of science and the careers of scientists and engineers. Recent work examines how bibliometric measures discourage risk taking in science, the relationship between international mobility and scientific productivity, how gender pairing between student and advisor relates to the productivity of PhD recipients and the economics of the postdoctoral position. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and member of the Board of Reviewing Editors, Science. She was named ScienceCareers’ first Person of the Year in 2012. Stephan is a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar for the 2018-2019 academic year.

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Monday, December 03, 2018
Time and Location: 12:00 - 2 pm - LIB 121
Topic: "The Promise of Diverse Scientific Teams: Theory and Praxis"

Susan Carlson, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Academic Personnel and Programs
The University of California
Office of the President




Barbara L. E. Walker, Ph.D.

Director, Research Development, Social Sciences
Special Assistant to the Executive Vice Chancellor for Diversity Initiatives
UC Santa Barbara


Thursday, September 13, 2018
Time and Location: 12 - 2 pm - Faculty Commons - LIB 286
Topic: "Mentoring for Equity: Opportunities and Dilemmas"

As Executive Director of WISE Ventures, Carol Muller joins with individuals and organizations at Stanford to amplify the impact of programs, research, and other projects to advance equity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, and works collaboratively to enhance existing and establish new initiatives to meet needs aligned with this mission for Stanford University. She also provides executive support for Stanford’s Faculty Women’s Forum and serves as a lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Coupling leadership experience across a wide range of responsibilities in higher education with entrepreneurial skills honed through her work in engineering education, she founded MentorNet in 1997, a nonprofit online global mentoring network supporting diversity in science and engineering, serving as its chief executive until 2008. Her prior work includes service as consulting professor of mechanical engineering at Stanford University, as associate dean for administration at Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College (where she co-founded the Dartmouth Women in Science Project and the Dartmouth Project for Teaching Engineering Problem-Solving), and as department manager for Stanford’s Electrical Engineering department.

A Fellow of the Association for Women in Science, her work has been recognized with national awards, including the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, and the Anita Borg Social Impact Award. She has authored and presented numerous papers, presentations, and workshops, and has created projects, programs, and fellowships developed with funding from private foundations, corporations, and the federal government, contracts, and individuals. She earned a bachelors degree from Dartmouth College and A.M. and Ph.D. degrees in education administration and policy analysis at Stanford University.

Please click below to RSVP by Monday, September 10.


Wednesday, May 02, 2018
Time and Location: 12:30 - 2 pm -Lib 121
Topic: “Discoveries in Animal Behavior by a Woman Field Biologist”

Dr. Randall will present some highlights of her research along with a discussion of the role of women of her generation in pioneering careers in science.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Time and Location: 12:00 - 1:30 pm – LIB 121
Topic: "HerStories in Science: Research by Women, For Women"

Speakers: Drs. Alison Cerezo, Kelly Knight, Sepideh Modrek, and Rori Rohlfs

Lunch to be provided.

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