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UGA to co-host summit for women in STEM

Women working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, fields will gather in Atlanta for a unique leadership development summit that’s supported by UGA.

Organized by Takoi Hamrita, a professor of electrical engineering in the College of Engineering, the Global Women in STEM Leadership Summit will be held Nov. 2-4 at the Loews Atlanta Hotel. The event is supported by the Women in Engineering organization of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers as well as the Office of the President, the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost and the College of Engineering at UGA. In addition, several corporate, economic development, nonprofit and higher education partners are helping sponsor the event including AT&T, Cricket Wireless, Baldor, Southern Company and the Georgia Institute of Technology.

The summit will bring together 400 women with diverse backgrounds in entrepreneurship, academia and business, according to Hamrita. More than 60 influential thought leaders, primarily women, from academia, business, industry and nonprofits are scheduled to speak.

The summit is designed for women in all career paths and stages and will cover topics including personal and professional growth, leadership development, team building, STEM outreach and innovation. The detailed agenda for the summit is available at

The summit’s keynote speakers include Jennifer Van Buskirk, regional president, AT&T Mobility Northeast Region; Valerie Montgomery Rice, president and dean, Morehouse School of Medicine; Parisa Khosravi, former senior vice president, CNN Worldwide, and CEO, Payam Global Strategies; Alicia Philipp, president, The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta; Jill S. Tietjen, past president, Society of Women Engineers; Jeff Hoffman, co-founder of; and Rachel Schutt, senior vice president and senior chief data scientist, News Corp.