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Inspiring Women in STEM Conference date, speakers announced

Inspiring Women in STEM
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Two women helping to lead Delaware's future economic growth in the fields of science and technology will headline this year's Inspiring Women in STEM Conference on Oct. 18.

Kathleen Matt, dean of University of Delaware's College of Health Sciences, and Courtney Smith Goodrich, the Global Technology Chief Strategy & Programs Officer for JPMorgan Chase, will be the featured speakers at this year's event, the Delaware BioScience Association announced Monday.

Created in 2013, the annual conference is designed to provide professional development, skill building and networking for women in all fields of science and technology. The daylong event typically attracts about 800 attendees.

The theme of this year's conference will be "Thriving in Times of Change" and promises to provide tools and guidance for how to adapt and flourish within Delaware's rapidly changing business environment.

Matt and Smith Goodrich are both UD graduates who are working to train tomorrow's workforce while creating jobs along the way.

Matt has played an instrumental role in the development of UD's Science, Technology and Advanced Research Campus on the site of a former Chrysler assembly plant. The university’s long-term goal is to transform the former industrial site into an “urban-scale environment” of innovation and collaboration that includes a mix of commercial enterprises, research facilities, classrooms, housing, retail and green spaces.

Smith Goodrich began her career at JPMorgan as an intern and is now helping to lead the nation's largest bank transition toward new technologies. The bank invests close to $9 billion each year on technology and employs nearly 3,000 "technologists" in Delaware who work on everything from building customer service software, websites and apps, to sophisticated financial data analysis, to securing the company against cyber attacks.

Smith Goodrich has played a key role in helping JPMorgan meet its promise to add 1,800 jobs in Delaware by 2019 while also overseeing the bank's Innovation Center at UD.

A full list of speakers, breakout sessions, exhibitors and other details are expected to be unveiled in the coming weeks.

Contact business reporter Scott Goss at (302) 324-2281, sgoss@delawareonline.com or on Twitter @ScottGossDel.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - 11:45