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

Women in Leadership Series (Speaker Panel)

Tuesday, April 07, 2020
Event Time and Location: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm at Rosa Parks A-C - Cesar Chavez Student Center
Hosts: CSLD

Join the Women in Leadership Series speaker panel. This Series will address barriers that women may face in the workplace and provide support and resources to promote career advancement. No previous leadership or work experience required.

Food will be served at this workshop and offered on a first come, first served basis.

Event Link: https://sfsu.joinhandshake.com/events/401754/share_preview 

CSLD welcomes persons with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations upon request. Please call (415) 338-1764 or email csld@sfsu.edu as soon as possible so arrangements can be made.

Past Events

WISE Guest Speaker: Dr. Paula Stephan

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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WISE Guest Speakers: Susan Carlson, Ph.D. and Barbara L. E. Walker, Ph.D.

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


WISE Guest Speaker: Dr. Carol Muller, Executive Director of WISE Ventures

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.

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WISE Guest Speaker: Dr. Jan Randall, Professor Emerita of Biology, SF State University

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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SF BUILD, and co-sponsor WISE presents HerStories in Science: Research by Women, For Women

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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WISE Guest Speaker: Kelly Mack, Ph.D., Vice President for Undergraduate STEM Education and Executive Director of Project Kaleidoscope, AAC&U

Thursday, March 15, 2018
Time and Location: 12:30 - 2 pm – Faculty Commons, LIB 286
Topic: "That None Shall Perish"
Hosts: Sue Rosser and Megumi Fuse

Dr. Kelly Mack is the Vice President for Undergraduate STEM Education and Executive Director of Project Kaleidoscope, a non-profit organization focusing on undergraduate STEM education reform, at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U).  Prior to joining AAC&U, Dr. Mack was the Senior Program Director for the National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE Program while on loan from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) where, as a Professor of Biology, she taught courses in Physiology and Endocrinology for 17 years. 

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WISE Guest Speaker: Neda Nobari, Philanthropist, Executive, Alumna

Monday, February 19, 2018
Time and Location: 12:30-2 pm - Seven Hills Conference Center at SF State
Topic: "Balance and Harmony in Science and Culture"
Hosts: Carmen Domingo, Interim Dean of College of Science and Engineering, and Elahe Enssani, Associate Professor of Engineering

Ms. Neda Nobari, 2017 SF State Commencement Speaker, is an alumna of the Computer Science program (1984) and a generous donor. She has had a very interesting and successful career. She will share her career experiences with us.

Learn more about Neda Nobari

WISE Journal Club (with lunch!) Feb 16 2018

Friday, February 16, 2018
Time and Location: 12:30-2 pm - Blakeslee Room (Thornton Hall 10th floor, take elevator to 9th floor and walk up steps to Blakeslee Room)
Topic: "Double jeopardy in astronomy and planetary science: Women of color face greater risks of gendered and racial harassment" Clancy et al., 2017
Hosts: Kim Coble, Associate Professor of Physics & Astronomy, SF State and Aparna Venkatesan, Associate Professor of Physics & Astronomy, USF

Lunch will be provided

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2018 SF State Faculty Retreat

Thursday, January 18, 2018
Time and Location: 9-5 pm - J. Paul Leonard Library
Topic: Celebrating the Public University: Fostering Success in Times of Uncertainty

Join your colleagues for a stimulating program celebrating SF State communities of sanity and well-being; communities of research and creative work; teaching communities; and SF State in the larger community.

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4th Annual Women's Emerging Leadership Forum

Thursday, November 02, 2017

The Women's Emerging Leadership Forum has become a gathering for women who are new to leadership, want to rise into a leadership role, or who want to hone their leadership skills and network with other women leaders.

The forum will be held on November 2-3, 2017 at the College of Business Downtown campus.

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