Women in Tech Debate Night


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May 12


09:12 pm - 09:12 pm

Event Category:

Career Fairs PA

Join us to see inspirational women battle it out in debates over the topics that fire you up, challenge you and bring us together!

Women’s panels are a valuable opportunity to learn from experienced thought leaders who provide varying perspectives. This program takes the traditional women’s panel and flips the script. Instead of moderated questions to a panel, two female thought leaders, or “debaters”, will educate and debate specific topics relevant to women in tech and entrepreneurship. Best part – YOU get to vote for the winner. The debates will be followed by a networking hour with light appetizers and adult beverages.


5:30pm – Registration

6:00-7:00pm – Debates from Thought Leaders

7:00-8:00pm – Networking

Meet the Debaters

Watch these incredible women go head to head in lively debates!

Biases – Pamela Raitt vs Aurora Archer

Innovation – Diane Mussio vs Melissa Rautenberg

AI – Rachna Chadha vs Kathy Yacko

Ethics – Sofija Jovic vs Farzaneh Poorjabar

Pitching – Rui Jing Jaing vs Nivedita Nelaturi

Meet the Moderator

Vanessa Chan is a Penn Professor, Entrepreneur, Board Member, Angel Investor, Key Note Speaker, and Working Mom who with her Hubs is making it all work. She is a leading thinker in innovation & entrepreneurship where she thrives at the interface of technology and business. Her specialty is translating technology assets to meet unmet needs for B2B, B2C & DTC companies. Vanessa is now on her third career, at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is a Professor of Practice in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the Undergraduate Chair of the Materials Science Department and a member of the Executive Committee of Penn Health Tech

Vanessa’s journey has been covered in various news outlets including the WSJ, The Washington Post, a best-selling book (I Know How She Does It), CBS and various podcasts including “Women Killing It!”. You also can find her very well received 2018 Penn Engineering Commencement speech at http://www.failingislikefarting.com.

Vanessa earned a Ph.D. from MIT, a B.S.E from the University of Pennsylvania, both in Materials Science and Engineering and holds three patents. Vanessa is married to Mark van der Helm, the VP of Energy and Facilities Maintenance at Walmart and despite their crazy careers are engaged parents to two school-aged daughters. She is an avid single-track mountain biker, downhill skier and world traveler.

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