La Vista, Nebraska – Bio Nebraska and Nebraska Cures have announced the opening of registration for the much-anticipated 2024 Nebraska Women in STEM Conference. Set to take place on Thursday, April 4, 2024, at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Omaha La Vista Hotel & Conference Center in La Vista, Nebraska, the conference is themed “Nebraska Women: Strive, Thrive, Empower, Mentor.” This event promises to be a landmark gathering, featuring the esteemed molecular biologist and science communicator Dr. Raven Baxter, also known as Dr. Raven the Science Maven.
The conference, now in its second year, has generated considerable excitement, particularly with the confirmation of Dr. Raven Baxter as the keynote speaker. Amanda McGill Johnson, Executive Director of Nebraska Cures, expressed enthusiasm about Dr. Baxter’s participation. Known for making science accessible and fun, Dr. Baxter’s approach to creating a diverse STEM community is eagerly anticipated by attendees.
Dr. Baxter, with a background in molecular biology, began her journey in science communication with Scientists and Engineers for America, focusing on educating the public about science policy. She has since evolved her outreach, launching her platform as Dr. Raven the Science Maven. Through storytelling, music, fashion, and comedy, Dr. Baxter shares her passion for science. Her collaborations with industry leaders like SciEx, Olay, 3M, Brooks Running, Netflix, Regeneron, and various government organizations highlight her broad impact. As Executive Director of The Science Haven, Dr. Baxter is committed to making science more democratic and accessible, fostering curiosity and bridging the gap between complex scientific concepts and the public.
The conference, according to Bio Nebraska Assistant Director Sasha Forsen, aims to provide attendees with vital connections and tools to support and enhance confidence in their STEM careers. Emphasizing the importance of mentorship and professional networks, the event seeks to be a catalyst for both personal and professional growth for women in STEM fields.
Beyond Dr. Baxter’s keynote address, the conference will offer a range of opportunities for personal and professional development. These include sessions designed to help women build networks of support and achieve their goals in a stimulating, fun, and encouraging environment.
Priced at $125 per person, the conference is not only a learning opportunity but also a chance to connect with like-minded professionals and industry leaders. Registration and sponsorship opportunities are available, offering a platform for engagement, learning, and empowerment for Nebraska women in STEM. This event is a step towards a more inclusive and diverse scientific community, reflecting the evolving landscape of STEM professions.