What is a . . . and What Does it Take to be a . . .

Mentor, Sponsor, Ally?

A Virtual Panel Discussion and Networking Event

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

from 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM

Registration for this event has closed.

Mentor: a wise and trusted peer, counselor or teacher who supports and brings accountability for personal growth and development.

Sponsor:   an influential senior supporter who is invested in a protégé’s career success and promotes the protégé within a field or organization.

Ally:   a colleague or friend who associates or cooperates with another to proactively support achievement of their goals.

Whether formally or informally, we are all, at some point, mentors, sponsors, or allies to others. So, how can we best understand, and maximize our impact in, these roles? 

Join us for a Community Forum Panel Discussion focusing on:

     * Best practices in encouraging and guiding others              * Serving as a role model

     * Providing constructive and authentic feedback                   * And much more 

Following the panel discussion, we will host a virtual networking activity to help build your professional network.

Meet Our Distinguished Panel

Joanne Kamens, PhD

, STEM-UP NetworkInterim Executive Director, Gloria Cordes Larson Center for Women and Business, Bentley University

Dr. Kamens received her PhD in genetics from Harvard Medical School in Genetics. She has had a varied career in academia, pharma, biotech and nonprofit. For a decade she served as Executive Director of the nonprofit biotech, Addgene.  Dr. Kamens has been advancing diversity and inclusion for decades including as founder of the Boston chapter of the Association for Women in Science (MASS AWIS). You can find her on LinkedIn or @jkamens on Twitter.

Aiesha Ahmed, MD, MBA

, STEM-UP NetworkVice President, Chief of Neurological Health, Spectrum Health

Aiesha Ahmed MD, MBA. Vice President and Chief of Neuroscience at Spectrum Health which is West Michigan’s largest multispecialty physician group. Within Neuroscience, Dr. Ahmed is responsible for 150 providers who practice in the areas of Neurology, Neurosurgery, Physical Medicine & Rehab as well Neuropsychology.  Passionate about applying systems-based thinking to unify practitioners, create collaboration, and expand possibilities for continual improvement across multiple domains of healthcare. Experience in educational initiatives focused on research and clinical process that facilitate alignment and create efficiencies. Also, serves as Professor for the Department of Neurology at Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine. Dr. Ahmed is on “Care Delivery” committee of American Academy of Neurology (AAN). In this role, she works at a national level on various aspects of value-based care delivery model from neurological care perspective.

Elizabeth Dang

, STEM-UP NetworkLabor Manager, The GIANT Company

Elizabeth Dang is an engineer who is committed to discovering new strategies to reduce labor cost drivers through the removal of non-value added work elements, organizing work processes, and problem solving for both in-store and rising e-commerce business channels to deliver exceptional customer experience on a day-to-day basis.  She graduated with honors from West Virginia University and holds dual degrees in Industrial Engineering and Chinese Studies, with a minor in music performance. Elizabeth is currently the Labor Manager for The GIANT Company where she leads her team in providing guidance on labor initiatives to optimize current and new processes through labor models and analyses. Elizabeth is also actively involved within her community through her work with the Network of Executive Women’s College Outreach mentorship program, providing guidance to female undergraduate students at PSU Harrisburg and Shippensburg University on career preparation and development; serving as co-chair of The GIANT Company’s multi-cultural Business Resource Group, Mosaic, to build awareness and promote inclusion of all cultures and ethnicities; and through her volunteer work with local foodbanks and environmental organizations.

Jay Jayamohan

, STEM-UP NetworkExecutive Director, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Harrisburg University of Science & Technology

Jay is a serial entrepreneur, having co-founded RollStream(acquired by Gxs now OpenText), JobNavs and Synteras(acquired by Akima Corp), raised tens of millions in venture capital and won numerous accolades including ‘top supply and demand chain vendor and Washington Technology Fast 50 firm.  He also teaches Innovation & Strategy at George Mason University School of Business. Jay has worked as a mentor with individuals from Lyft, Twitter, and PwC among others. Jay is a leading expert in disruptive innovation, design thinking, and strategic management and chosen as newsmaker by Comcast Newsmakers. Jay Holds an M.S in Management from George Mason University and Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering.

Kimberly Nelson

, STEM-UP NetworkSenior Director of US State and Local Government Solutions, Microsoft

Kim spent 26 years in Government before joining Microsoft – 22 in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, where her last position was Executive Deputy Secretary PA Dept of Environmental Protection.   Before joining Microsoft in 2006, she spent four years as Assistant Administrator US Environmental Protection Agency.  At Microsoft she works with a vast ecosystem of partners to deliver cloud based solutions to SLG customers.

V. Reid Walsh

, STEM-UP NetworkDeputy Secretary, PA Office of Administration for Human Resources and Management, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

V. Reid Walsh is the Deputy Secretary for Human Resources and Management for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. As deputy secretary, she has focused on the implementation of core transformation initiatives.  These include consolidating commonwealth human resources (HR) under a shared services model, building a four-year strategic plan and IT roadmap for HR, establishing a unified service delivery model through process standardization, managing HR service delivery through metrics and governance and a focus on customer experience.  Reid previously served as the chief of staff and policy director for OA, playing an instrumental role in many of the agency’s key initiatives.