ONLINE EVENT: Women Rising in STEM: Biotech and Beyond

The Rising Network is proud to launch Women Rising in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) – an online webinar series of industry-focused discussions and interactive mentoring events, spotlighting on the progression of women in STEM.

Dates Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - Download as vCalendar
Event Times: 17:30 to 20:30
Venue Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge, CB1 1PT
Contact Name Lily Cheng
Website Event website

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The launch of this new series within the Rising Network will take place across the month of March in recognition of International Women’s Day on 8th March. The aim of the series is to provide mentoring support to women, including aspiring students right through to those who have a career in industry, with access to women of influence who have broken barriers and industry professionals who are driving innovation and diversity.

Women Rising in STEM provides the opportunity to network and learn with industry experts who have been successful in navigating their career, gaining insight into how they overcame obstacles. Through this series, the Rising Network aims to work in collaboration with industry to encourage women, to not only choose to enter industry where their talents make a massive difference, but to remain in industry, to address the growing skills gap and to increase the representation of women in STEM.

In this live online webinar session hear lighting talks by:

Talk 1: Turn and Face the Change – Jacqui Hall, Head of Early Careers, AstraZeneca

Significant change is something that many of us dread, and either fear (or avoid altogether).  Yet I have found that some of the most positive changes in my career have come through a willingness to embrace significant change, as well as the new opportunities that come with it.  In my talk, I will describe how change has played a significant role in my life, and my career in Life Sciences, outlining the challenges that change has brought and some of the things that I have found useful in dealing with it.

Talk 2: From Woman in Tech to Engineer in HR – Jo Stansfield, Global Lead – Diversity and Inclusion, AVEVA

Having built a career making software for engineering, Jo was no stranger to being one of few women in her workplace.  But over time, and as she progressed, she found fewer and fewer female peers around her.  This simple observation grew to nagging and persistent curiosity: Where is everyone?
In this session, Jo will share with you her journey as a Woman in Tech and her transition to become an Engineer in HR.

Talk 3: Generation Purpose - Anna Malan Community & Inclusion Manager, Arm

In true keeping with the average Millennial, my career choices to date have been motivated by a desire to do work with purpose. Along with 88% of the rest of my generation, I want to work for organizations who share my values (to be clear, I know that it’s not just Millennials who care about purpose and sustainability!). In my talk, I’ll take you through the path I took to my current role at Arm, a global technology company, where I lead our company’s employee community engagement programme. At Arm, I have the wonderful opportunity to support a global network of colleagues to explore their own purpose by using their skills to volunteer, campaign and fundraise – all of which deepens our company’s culture and values. Arm has a strategic focus on education outreach in our communities; I’m driven by the fact that 75% of our workforce will be made up of Millennials and Gen-Z by 2025; the need for purpose isn’t going away. I’m excited that we’re able to show the next generations that a career in STEM can change the world for the better. Other things that might come up in this talk? Imposter syndrome, age bias and a little about my side-hustle as a yoga teacher.

We hope you can join us online for a night of inspiration and hear from speakers on how they will #PayItForward to create a more inclusive world.


17:30 – Check in online
18:00 – Welcome from The Rising Network Chapter Lead
18:15 – Talks and Mentoring
20:30 – Event Close

As with all our events, we pride ourselves in creating a relaxed and welcoming environment to enable meaningful relationships and connections to be made. We look forward to seeing you at the event!

Thank you to our Ally Partner Arm  and Anglia Ruskin University for supporting the launch of Women Rising in STEM.


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Speaker Biographies

About Jacqui Hall: Jacqui joined Cambridge Antibody Technology in 2006 to establish a project leadership and management group and was responsible for setting up the Product Development Team Leadership (PDTL) group within MedImmune. Until 2019, Jacqui was head of the Scientific Learning team at MedImmune and was instrumental in establishing the science apprenticeship programme in Cambridge. In her current role, Jacqui leads the Early Careers Team in BioPharma R&D at AstraZeneca, with responsibility for all early career programmes, including Post-Doctoral Researchers, PhDs, Graduates, apprentices and undergraduate placement students. Externally, Jacqui connects employers, educators, central and local government to drive science skills to support innovation and growth. She supported development of the Industrial Strategy and the Life Sciences Sector Deal, Chairs the Cambridge Skills Panel for the Science Industry Partnership and is helping to build a pipeline of high quality science apprentices, influencing government and employers on the apprenticeship levy and the wider skills needs for industry.
A chemist with 30 years’ experience in medicines development, Jacqui is a fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and the Institute of Innovation and Knowledge Exchange. In 2018, Jacqui was named as one of BioBeat’s 50 women ‘Movers and Shakers’ in biobusiness for her work driving science skills for innovation and growth.

About Jo Stansfield: Jo has 20 years’ experience delivering enterprise software to global industry, spanning oil & gas, automotive, aerospace and marine sectors.  She is a passionate advocate for greater diversity and inclusion within engineering industries.   Having held software engineering, product management and leadership roles, Jo is now studying an Organisational Psychology MSc and leads AVEVA’s global Diversity and Inclusion programme.




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