Build-A-Bear’s Maxine Clark

Some of St. Louis’ most successful in science, technology and business are getting together for a conference to help women of all ages explore the opportunities, challenges and rewards available to them as entrepreneurs, as well as in today’s increasingly important world of STEM, and in medical and scientific research.

The Missouri Cures Foundation is hosting the fourth annual Women in Science and Entrepreneurship Conference on Friday, Sept. 8, from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at St. Louis Union Station.

The conference consists of three panel discussions and is designed to address questions such as: What does it take to turn a simple idea into a successful global company?, What types of leadership roles are available for women in the field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)?, and What are the challenges of starting a business as a woman in today’s environment?

Missouri Cures executive director and WISE moderator Dena Ladd

Build-A-Bear founder Maxine Clark and Sunglass Hut’s Kim Olson are among those participating in a panel discussion moderated by Missouri Cures’ executive director Dena Ladd.

Other participating panelists include: Toni Kutchan (moderator), V.P. of Research, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center; Elizabeth Loboa, dean, School of Engineering, University of Missouri; Jennifer Lodge, vice chancellor of Research, Washington University School of Medicine; Michelle Sabick, dean, College of Engineering, Aviation & Technology, Parks College; Supriya Shivakumar, head of Strategy and Portfolio Development, MilliporeSigma; Cheryl Moore (moderator), director, Bioscience & Entrepreneurial Inclusion, BioSTL; Geetha Sant, director, Entrepreneurship & Intellectual Property Clinic, Washington University School of Law; Jennifer Silva, co-founder, Medical Holography Solutions; Janice Edwards, director, Yield Traits & New Investments, Monsanto; and Nicole Adewale, principal/president, ABNA Engineering.

KSDK’s Anne Allred is scheduled to make the welcoming remarks.

To register and to find a complete schedule, visit