Date + Location



Tuesday, February 6, 2018


641 6th Avenue
New York, NY


This event is by invitation only. If you are interested in attending, please  click here to send us an email.

Invitees, please  click here to RSVP.

Lead Sponsors


STEM Partners + Co-Hosts

Brandeis University
Bryn Mawr College
Davidson College
Franklin & Marshall College
Middlebury College
Pomona College
Smith College
Texas A&M University
University of Michigan
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Wellesley College

Sponsorship Levels

LEADER ($50,000)

Reserved seating; logo on invitation, in event program and on Posse’s website; prominent logo display and acknowledgment at the event and in 2018 Posse materials.

BENEFACTOR ($25,000)

Reserved seating; logo on invitation and in event program; logo display and acknowledgment at the event and in 2018 Posse materials.

PARTNER ($15,000)

Reserved seating; logo in event program; logo display and acknowledgment at the event and in 2018 Posse materials.

Posse National

Diversity + STEM = X

Solving the Equation for Higher Education and the Workforce

This day-long conference will bring together college and university presidents, corporate leaders, foundation representatives and community leaders to discuss solutions for increasing the number and diversity of STEM graduates and professionals.


Please check back for updates.

8:30 Breakfast

9:00 Welcome

  • Deborah Bial, President and Founder, The Posse Foundation
  • Charles Phillips, CEO, Infor
  • Regina Bain, Associate Vice President, The Posse Foundation

Context - National STEM Data

  • Dr. Kim Cassidy, President, Bryn Mawr College

Artificial Intelligence and Diversity

  • Fernando Schwartz, Chief Data Scientist, Prognos

Higher Education Panel: Recruiting and retaining STEM students from diverse backgrounds.

  • Dr. Mark S. Schlissel, President, University of Michigan
  • Paula A. Johnson, M.D., MPH, President, Wellesley College
  • Dr. Laurie L. Patton, President, Middlebury College
  • Dr. Dan Porterfield, President, Franklin & Marshall College; moderator

The Posse STEM Initiative 

  • Dr. Ronald D. Liebowitz, President, Brandeis University
  • Dr. Irving Epstein, Henry F. Fischbach Professor of Chemistry, Brandeis University
  • Deborah Bial, President and Founder, The Posse Foundation; moderator

Stories of Success

  • Dr. Jedidah Isler, Astrophysicist and Founder of VanguardSTEM
  • Dr. Ibrahima Bah, Assistant Professor of Physics, Johns Hopkins University

NASA – Diversity + STEM Education Innovation

  • Steven González, Technology Transfer Strategist, NASA - Johnson Space Center
  • Dr. Charles J. Camarda, Astronaut, Senior Advisor for Engineering Development, NASA Langley Research Center
  • Dr. Carol Quillen, President, Davidson College; moderator

Flash Highlights – Best Practices from the Field

  • Dr. Carol Quillen, President, Davidson College
  • Garrett Moran, President, Year Up

12:30 Lunch

Context - Workforce Data

  • Steve Gallucci, Managing Partner, Deloitte
  • Cesar Hidalgo, Director, Collective Learning Group, MIT Media Lab

Workforce Panel: Attracting, retaining and promoting STEM professionals from diverse backgrounds

  • Hannah Valantine, MD, Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity, National Institutes of Health
  • Dr. Elizabeth L. Travis, Mattie Allen Fair Professor in Cancer Research, Department of Experimental Radiation Oncology, Division of Deputy President and COO, MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Stephen Barkanic, Senior VP and Chief Program Officer, The Business-Higher Education Forum
  • Viola Thompson, President and CEO, Information Technology Senior Management Forum
  • Martine Cadet, VP, Global Talent Enablement, Infor
  • Gia Griffith, Vice President, American Express; moderator 

Flash Highlights – Best Practices from the Field

  • Kathleen McCartney, President, Smith College
  • Dan Porterfield, President, Franklin & Marshall College

The Future of Funding in STEM

  • Dr. Adam Falk, President, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Posse STEM Program

The Posse STEM Program partners with colleges to recruit students from diverse backgrounds for STEM-specific study, and prepares Scholars for professional excellence and leadership in related industries. Today, 11 top colleges and universities recruit and support STEM Posses. In addition, all of Posse’s 56 partner colleges and universities support STEM students.

According to recent analysis:

  1. Over the next decade, STEM jobs are expected to grow by 13%, outpacing other sectors. Most of this growth will come in computing.1
  2. Students of color represent 36% of the college-age population, but just 22% of those pursuing degrees in Computing and 11% of those pursuing Engineering degrees.2
  3. In 2011, only 6% of STEM workers were Black and 7% were Hispanic.3
  4. Nearly 1 in 5 female science and engineering graduates are out of the labor force, compared with less than 1 in 10 male science and engineering graduates.4
  5. Although women receive 36% of STEM Ph.Ds., they make up 18% of full professors in science and engineering.5
  6. Only 16% of high school students are deemed math-proficient and interested in working in a STEM field.6
  7. Nearly half of STEM bachelor’s degree recipients switch to non-STEM fields when they enter graduate school or the workforce.7

Join us as we consider strategies to change these statistics with the next generation of STEM leaders.

About Posse

The Posse Foundation identifies, recruits and trains urban public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential and sends them in Posses—supportive, multicultural teams of 10 students—to top colleges and universities across the country. Posse’s 56 college and university partners award Posse Scholars four-year, full-tuition leadership scholarships. To date, 8,480 Posse Scholars have won $1.2 billion in scholarships. Most important, Posse Scholars persist and graduate at a rate of 90 percent and are active leaders on their campuses and in the workforce.

Posse is a national initiative with sites in Atlanta, the Bay Area, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York and Washington, D.C. and a Veterans Program.