A roaring success!
On May 26th, 2023, SCWIST welcomed more than 540 attendees and 14 organizations from across Canada to our 4th annual Women in STEM Virtual Career Fair.
This day-long event, generously sponsored by STEMCELL Technologies, was jam-packed with guest speakers, exhibitor panellists and informative workshops that provided attendees with employment and career growth opportunities.
Meeting leaders in STEM
SCWIST President Dr. Poh Tan opened the day before passing the mic to Dr. Christy Thomson of Amgen to deliver her keynote speech, “Master of all, expert of none = translational medicine”, where she shared stories about her career journey, tips for finding jobs and creating networking connections and career advancement strategies. An enthusiastic Q&A session with the audience followed.
After the opening event, attendees could either attend the Translating and Marketing Academic Skills to Industry workshop with Dr. Titilope Dada from Natural Resources Canada or the Strategies for Leadership in Industry panel with industry leaders from NSERC, STEMCELL Technologies, LiV Medical Education Agency and Avanade.
Next was a series of fascinating Career Spotlights from STEM Streams, Acuitas Therapeutics, Northeastern University and MDA, where the audience could learn what these organizations did and what opportunities they were currently offering.
The final activity before the open networking session was the keynote “Diverse Hiring Practices: How STEMCELL has approached DEI and hiring” by Dr. Christine Genge of STEMCELL Technologies.
Next, it was time to move on to the open networking at the Exhibitor Hall, where participants could have one-on-one conversations with each of the 14 organizations that had joined the event, attend a resume and career coaching clinic with professional life coaches or participate in a science communication workshop with Science Slam Canada.
Making valuable connections
The Women in STEM Virtual Career Fair took place on Whova, a platform that allowed attendees to connect and share throughout the day.
During the event, almost 2,000 messages were posted on the Community Board. Meet-ups and photos were also enthusiastically planned and shared.
At the end of the day, we were thrilled with how the event turned out and hope several long-lasting connections were made!