FIRST Women in Science and Technology Forum - November 2, 2012

2012 FIRST Women in Science and Technology Forum Sponsors


FIRST WIST 2012 Agenda

The 2012 FIRST WIST Forum will take place at FIRST and UNH-Manchester on Friday, November 2, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  In it's eleventh year, this daylong event is held at FIRST Place and UNH Manchester, both located in the historic millyard section of Manchester, New Hampshire. The event focuses on sharing valuable information that will inspire and motivate young women toward science, engineering and technology careers, as well as discuss women's professional initiatives and achievements. 

For high school girls approaching a decision about what college to attend, what major to pursue, or what career paths might be open to them, the FIRST Women in Science and Technology Forum provides a unique opportunity to meet professional women and receive guidance through workshops, panel discussions and interview sessions. Forum participants will also learn about a variety of programs from colleges and universities, and learn about resources that are available to help them achieve their education and career goals.

The panelists and presenters include more than 50 successful women in science and technology from throughout New England. These women share a common goal to illustrate to young women the excitement and rewards of careers in science and technology. This event will expose high school girls to the level of achievement women have reached in science and technology, and give these young women inspiration and direction to help them reach their own potential and realize their own aspirations. Our last Forum hosted over 300 students from throughout New England.

To extend the value of the Forum, the students are able to continue to communicate and use the network of Forum presenters, via email, as a resource for information and guidance as they determine and follow their collegiate and career paths.


We are excited to announce Helen Greiner as one of this years keynote speakers. Ms. Greiner is the co-founder of iRobot and currently CEO of CyPhyWorks. She earned her bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and master's degree in computer science, both from MIT. For more information about Ms. Greiner, visit her Women of Influence page.

We are also excited to announce the addition of Betty Shanahan as on of this years speakers. Ms. Shanahan is the executive director and CEO of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). She has spent many years in development, engineering management, and marketing management for the electornics and sotware industries. She earner her bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Michigan State University, her master's degree in software engineering from Wang Institute of Graduate Studies and an MBA in strategic management from the Univeristy of Chicago Booth School of Business. For more information about Ms. Shanahan, visit her SWE page.


Email or call Nick Skripsky at or 603.666.3906 x209