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Diversity Programs at SPIE Events


Upcoming diversity events at Optics + Photonics 2019

Highlighted Event:  Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Date: Wednesday 14 August 2019
Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: Marriott Marquis, Laguna
Open to the public. 

Bring your laptops and join us in editing Wikipedia pages about inspiring women, ethnic, or racial minority scientists.

Wikipedia is the fifth most popular website in the world, with more than 32 million views a day. Unfortunately, fewer than 18 percent of the English-language biographies are about women. The stats for ethnic and racial minorities are no better.

During the event, dedicated diversity activist and optical scientist, Jess Wade, will teach you how to edit Wikipedia pages. She has created over 500 for others! You will then have an opportunity to work together to research and write the biographies of scientists from underrepresented groups who inspire you. No previous experience is needed!

Create a Wikipedia account before you arrive to make the most out of your time with us! Tips on how to do so are here. 

Do you have suggestions for pages to create? Let us know! You can find us on Twitter @WomenInOptics

View all special events at Optics + Photonics.

Women Communicating with Confidence

Date: Monday 12 August 2019
Time: 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Marriott Marquis, Mission Hills 
Intended Audience: Women who are interested in improving their communication skills.

Join us for a session on how to command attention and get your point across in a variety of professional settings from networking at events to your next business meeting.

This workshop will enable you to:
 • utilize frameworks that yield clear and concise communication in a variety of situations
 • adjust your delivery style to boost credibility and confidence
 • reduce nervousness associated with public speaking

Christine Haas

Christine Haas brings over ten years of experience working at the intersection of communication and science. She's held positions as the director of marketing for Drexel’s College of Engineering and director of operations for the dean of engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Now, as principal of Christine Haas Consulting, LLC and director of the Engineering Ambassadors Network, she continues to work with scientists and engineers across industry, government, and higher education to deliver training on presentations and technical writing. Christine received her MBA in marketing from Drexel University and her BA in English from Dickinson College.

Round Table: The Role of Women Scientists in Renewable Energy

Date: Monday 12 August 2019
Time: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: Conv. Ctr. Room 7B

ModeratorsMonica Lira-Cantu, Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia (ICN2) (Spain); Zakya Kafafi, Lehigh Univ. (United States)

Panelists: Sarah Kurtz, Univ. of California, Merced (United States); Jenny Nelson, Imperial College London (United Kingdom); Debra Rolison, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States); Laura Miranda Perez, Oxford Photovoltaics Ltd. (United Kingdom); Pooi See Lee, Nanyang Technological Univ. (Singapore)

This round table will discuss the benefits of female leadership, women role models, the balance between male and female responses to challenges and risks, making scientific research an inclusive world, male networking versus female solo-working, the role of education and importance of leaning, mentoring, and career development.

Part of SPIE Conference 11095: Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE)

Endorsed by SPIE Women in Optics

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Presentation and Reception

Date: Monday 12 August 2019
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: Conv. Ctr. Room 6E
Hosted by SPIE Women in Optics and SPIE Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Open to all attendees. 

Join us for a thought-provoking presentation by Jess Wade and stay after to share your ideas with other community members during the reception. The first 50 attendees will receive a free copy of Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong and the New Research That's Rewriting the Story by Angela Saini.

Improving Research Culture: How Photonics Benefits with the Full Spectrum of Scientists

This presentation will explore evidence-based approaches that look to challenge stereotypes for the benefit of science. From whole-school equality programs to mentoring and sponsorship, there are many ways to improve gender and social equity across all disciplines and in all job sectors.

Jess Wade

Jess Wade is an excitable scientist at Imperial College London who studies chiral materials in photonic devices. Jess is also enthusiastic about equality and has been involved in several projects to improve diversity in science and encourage young people to study science and engineering.

Friends of Bill W.

Date: Tuesday 13 August 2019
Time: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: Marriott Marquis, Laguna

Join others for a self-organized Friends of Bill W. meeting at Optics + Photonics. Take a moment to create a safe and supportive environment during your week in San Diego.

LGBTQ+ Social

Date: Tuesday 13 August 2019
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: The Porch at Marina Kitchen

Come socialize and network with other LGBTQ and allies in the optics and photonics community. 

The Porch at Marina Kitchen
Marriott Marquis
333 W Harbor Dr, 
San Diego, CA 92101

Salary Negotiation Workshop

Date: Thursday 15 August 2019
Time: 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Location: Marriott Marquis, Miramar

Open to those with a paid registration badge. No advance registration is required. However, seating is limited and will be granted on a first-come, first served basis.

Gain confidence in your negotiation style through facilitated discussions and role-play. Explore useful negotiation skills for a new job, raise, or promotion.

Participants will learn:

  • How to identify and articulate their personal value
  • How to develop an arsenal of persuasive responses and other strategies to use when negotiating
  • How to conduct objective market research to benchmark a target salary and benefits
  • About the pay gap, including its long-term consequences on their careers

Elizabeth Umphress

Elizabeth Umphress teaches Dynamic of Negotiations and Ethical Leadership to top executives as well as masters students of the MBA program at University of Washington, where she is currently an Associate Professor and Evert McCabe Endowed Fellow. Under the rubric of social justice research, Dr. Umphress pursues three primary branches of inquiry: ethics, organizational justice, and diversity. Her consulting work focuses on helping employees feel empowered and more productive in the workplace. She has worked with companies such as NASA, Citigroup, and Lockheed Martin. 

View all special events at Optics + Photonics.

SPIE believes that bringing together people from different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives supports innovation through a variety of ideas and solves challenges faced by our world.

We seek to support our diverse community attending SPIE events. Look for these onsite services:

Nursing Mother's Lounge
Convention Center, Hall A Lobby & Hall E Lobby (Ground Level)
The lounges are located inside the women's restroom. Each lounge is equipped with comfortable furniture and a separate private area for nursing mothers. Power outlets are available. There is no storage or refrigeration available in the Nursing Mother's Lounge.

Gender Inclusive Restroom
Convention Center, Hall A Lobby (Ground Level)

Quiet Room
Registration Area, Convention Center, Sails Pavilion (Upper Level)
Open during registration hours.
The Quiet Room is intended for silent meditation, reflection, or prayer. No mobile device or computer use, and no food or beverages allowed.

SPIE is committed to providing a harassment- and discrimination-free experience for everyone at Optics + Photonics and all our events, an experience that embraces the richness of diversity where participants may exchange ideas, learn, network, and socialize in the company of colleagues in an environment of mutual respect. For more information please read our Safe Meeting Policy and Code of Conduct.