Caltech women's Network Summit


Registration Now Open!

Saturday, March 9, 2019
9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Caltech Campus

Celebrate and be inspired by your network of fellow alumnae and current female students. Join us for this opportunity to connect with other extraordinary women by sharing experiences both personal and professional. Reflect on shared experiences and discuss the opportunities and challenges ahead. This year’s program will feature a career seminar, opportunities for networking, and a panel with alumnae speaking about their careers.

All women* who graduated from Caltech are welcome to attend.

*We use an inclusive definition of “woman” and “female” and we welcome transgender women, genderqueer women and non-binary people who are significantly female-identified.

Registration Fees:
Individual Registration: $50
Recent Alumna: $40
Please note that your registration fees help support a current student to attend this event.

Caltech Women's Network Summit Schedule

Schedule subject to change

9:00-9:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:30-9:40 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:45-10:45 a.m. Techers at Work: Alumnae Panel on Careers featuring:

Ioana L. Aanei (BS '11), Entrepreneurship Program Manager, Scientific Analyst at qb3
Olga Berson (MS '92, PHD '96), Partner, Morgan Lewis
Serina Diniega (BS '03), Scientist/Systems Engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Julie Jester Newman (BS '14), Panel Moderator

10:45-11:00 a.m. Break

11:00-12:00 p.m. Seminar: Developing Your Professional Presence to Thrive
with Stacy Geck, Associate Professor of Clinical Business Communication at USC

This session will provide you with strategies for projecting confidence and establishing trust in professional settings. You will gain an understanding about what your personal and professional presence is and how to maximize your potential using it. Learn how to manage your actions to gain more opportunities for personal and professional growth. We will discuss what makes individuals stand out and potential mistakes you can avoid while interacting with others in professional settings. 

12:00-12:30 p.m. Speed Networking

12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch

For questions, please contact: Helen Kim, Associate Director of Alumni Career Networks and Services


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Ioana L. Aanei  (BS '11)
Entrepreneurship Program Manager, Scientific Analyst at qb3
Ioana Aanei earned her BS in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology and a PhD in Chemical Biology from UC Berkeley. As the Entrepreneurship Program Manager at QB3, Ioana is helping launch life sciences companies through the QB3 Startup in a Box program. Ioana directs several workshops, seminars, partnering days and office hours aimed at supporting early stage companies with grant writing, IP protection and operations. She is also leading two QB3 initiatives around Aging and Fibrosis, respectively.


Olga Berson (MS '92, PhD '96)
Partner, Morgan Lewis
Olga Berson is an attorney practicing intellectual property law. With her technical science background, Olga assists her clients with complex patent and technical issues in the areas of biotechnology, pharmacology, medicine, cosmetics, and chemistry. Her practice includes Hatch-Waxman and biologics patent litigation, Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA) proceedings and litigation, US Patent & Trademark Office proceedings, IP due diligence investigations, and strategic IP counseling. She represents clients in patent disputes before various federal district and appellate courts, including the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, arbitration panels, the International Trade Commission, and the US Patent and Trademark Office.


Serina Diniega (BS '03)
Scientist/Systems Engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Serina Diniega has loved math since she was a child and has been interested in space exploration since a visit to Johnson Space Center at the age of 12. As an undergraduate at Caltech, she found a way to combine both interests and decided to study the formation and evolution of planetary surfaces. She received her PhD in Applied Mathematics at the University of Arizona where she explored dune and dune field pattern formation on the Earth and Mars. As a researcher at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), she looked into how lava flow dynamics evolve and form surface features on lava flows on the Earth, Mars, and Venus. She now works for the Europa Mission and the development of the Mars Exploration Program, as well as studying present-day gully and dune evolution on Mars. In addition to her research, she prioritizes encouraging students -- especially minority students -- and the general public in STEM studies. She has taught or mentored a wide variety of students (K-12 and undergraduate) in math, geology, and planetary science topics and research projects.

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Stacy Geck
Associate Professor of Clinical Management Communication, Marshall School of Business, USC
Stacy Geck is an expert in organizational communication effectiveness, intercultural communication, managerial communication (written, oral, and interpersonal), executive presence coaching, effective mentoring techniques, and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) as a certified facilitator and practitioner. Her research has been published in the Journal of Cooperative Education, the Western Speech Communication Association, and the American Society of Trial Consultants.


Julie Newman (BS '14)
Electronics Engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Julie Newman is a space electronics engineer at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory working on the upcoming Europa Clipper Mission.  In her position as a Contract Technical Manager for the REASON Instrument of the mission, Julie is enjoying a role that combines both engineering design and team management.  Julie's hardware will travel to Jupiter's moon, Europa, to study its ice shell and help search for evidence of life in its subsurface ocean. While studying electrical engineering at Caltech, Julie led two of the Institute’s now infamous pranks: the Pasadena Sign Prank at the Rose Bowl in January 2014 and the MIT Mug Prank in April 2014.  Julie keeps herself busy outside of work with volunteering to encourage kids to pursue STEM, staying involved with alumni events at Caltech, and tinkering with electronics projects in her home workshop.