Guest Speakers

Rep. Don Beyer

Congressman Don Beyer is serving his second term as the U.S. Representative from Virginia’s 8th District. He serves on the Joint Economic Committee, the House Committee on Natural Resources, and is Vice Ranking Member of the House Science, Space, & Technology Committee as well as the Ranking Member of that Committee’s Oversight Subcommittee. He was the Lieutenant Governor of Virginia from 1990 to 1998, and was Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein under President Obama.

Rep. Beyer’s signature work as lieutenant governor included advocacy for Virginians with disabilities and ensuring protections for Virginia’s most vulnerable populations as the Commonwealth reformed its welfare system in the mid-1990s. After leaving office, Rep. Beyer spent fourteen years as Chair of Jobs for Virginia Graduates, a highly successful high school dropout prevention program, and was active for a decade on the board of the D.C. Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. As Chair of the Virginia Economic Recovery Commission, he helped pass permanent pro-business reforms and was co-founder of the Northern Virginia Technology Council.

Rep. Beyer is a graduate of Williams College and Gonzaga College High School in Washington, DC and was named a Presidential Scholar by President Lyndon Johnson.

Rita Colwell, PhD

Dr. Rita R. Colwell is Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park and Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and Chairman and Chief Science Officer, CosmosID, Inc.  Her interests are focused on genomics, biodiversity, and molecular microbial systematics and ecology.

Dr. Colwell is an honorary member of the microbiological societies of the UK, Australia, France, Israel, Bangladesh, India and the U.S. Dr. Colwell served as the 11th Director of the National Science Foundation from 1998 to 2004.  She has authored/co-authored 19 books and over 800 scientific publications.  She is a member of the National Academy of Science and has been awarded the Stockholm Water Prize, Order of the Rising Sun, Japan, and the US National Medal of Science.

Londa Schiebinger, PhD

Londa Schiebinger is the John L. Hinds Professor of History of Science at Stanford University. She currently directs the Gendered Innovations in Science, Health & Medicine, Engineering, and Environment project. She is a leading international expert on gender in science and technology. Schiebinger has addressed the United Nations on the topic of “Gender, Science, and Technology.” She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Research Prize and Guggenheim Fellowship. Her work on Gendered Innovations (genderedinnovations.stanford.edu) harness the creative power of sex and gender analysis to enhance excellence and reproducibility in science and technology.

Her prize-winning books include: The Mind Has No Sex? Women in the Origins of Modern Science (Harvard University Press, 1989); Nature’s Body: Gender in the Making of Modern Science (Beacon Press, 1993; Rutgers University Press, 2004); Has Feminism Changed Science? (Harvard University Press, 1999); Plants and Empire: Colonial Bioprospecting in the Atlantic World (Harvard University Press, 2004); Gendered Innovations: How Gender Analysis Contributes to Research (European Commission, 2013); with Robert N. Proctor, Agnotology: The Making and Unmaking of Ignorance (Stanford University Press, 2008). She is also author of Dual Career Couples: What Universities Need to Know (with Andrea Davies Henderson and Shannon Gilmartin). These and other of her books have been translated into numerous languages.

Kjersten Bunker Whittington, PhD

Kjersten Bunker Whittington is Associate Professor and Chair of Sociology at Reed College.  Her research program addresses how men’s and women’s career trajectories and innovative output are influenced by network dynamics and collaborative relationships, the organization of work in firms and universities, determinants of successful regional clustering in the biotechnology industry, and gendered dimensions of science and technology. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Bureau for Economic Research, the Association for Institutional Research, and the Sloan Foundation. She has served on expert and advisory bodies for the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics and ADVANCE (Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers) at the National Science Foundation, the American Sociological Association, the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, and most recently as Special Assistant and Special Volunteer to the Associate Director for Research on Women’s Health in the Office of Research on Women’s Health at the National Institutes of Health.

Julio Raffo, PhD

Julio Raffo is Senior Economic Officer at the Economic and Statistics Division of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). He holds a PhD in economics from the Université de Paris Nord and Post-doctoral experience in the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. His fields of interest are the economics and metrics of innovation and intellectual property, with particular focus on their intersection with socio-economic development.

Cassidy Sugimoto, PhD

Dr. Sugimoto researches within the domain of scholarly communication and scientometrics, examining the formal and informal ways in which knowledge producers consume and disseminate scholarship. She has co-edited two volumes and has published 60 journal articles on this topic. Her work has been presented at numerous conferences and has received research funding from the National Science Foundation, Institute for Museum and Library Services, and the Sloan Foundation, among other agencies. Sugimoto is actively involved in teaching and service and has been rewarded in these areas with an Indiana University Trustees Teaching award (2014) and a national service award from the Association for Information Science and Technology (2009). Sugimoto has an undergraduate degree in music performance, an M.S. in library science, and a Ph.D. in information and library science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Elsevier Speakers

Linda S. Sanford

Prior to January 1, 2015, Linda Sanford was Senior Vice President, Enterprise Transformation, responsible for IBM’s internal transformation to the premier globally integrated enterprise. In this role, Ms. Sanford was responsible for working across IBM to transform core business processes, create an IT infrastructure to support and integrate processes globally, and help create a Values-based culture that fosters innovation.

Previously Ms. Sanford was Senior Vice President & Group Executive, IBM Storage Systems Group, where she helped take IBM from fifth place in storage market share to second in two years.  Prior to assuming that position, Ms. Sanford headed IBM Global Industries, the organization that manages relationships with IBM’s largest customers worldwide and responsible for generating almost 70% of IBM’s revenue.

Ms. Sanford is a member of the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame and the National Academy of Engineering.  She has been named one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Business by Fortune Magazine, one of the Top Ten Innovators in the Technology Industry by Information Week Magazine, one of the Ten Most Influential Women in Technology by Working Woman Magazine, and one of the Top 15 Women in Business by PINK Magazine.

Ms. Sanford serves on the Board of Directors of RELX Group, Consolidated Edison Inc. and Pitney Bowes Inc. and is an Operating Executive at The Carlyle Group.  She serves on the Board of the New York Hall of Science.  She formerly served on the boards of St. John’s University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, The State University of New York, The Business Council of New York State, and The Partnership for New York City.  Ms. Sanford co-authored “Let Go To Grow: Escaping the Commodity Trap”, published by Prentice Hall in December 2005.

A graduate of St. John’s University, Ms. Sanford earned an M.S. in Operations Research from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and was awarded an honorary doctorate in commercial science from St. John’s.

Holly J. Falk-Krzesinski, PhDHFK2

Holly J. Falk-Krzesinski is the Vice President for Strategic Alliances in Global Academic Relations at Elsevier where she is focused on how insight from data and analytics guide strategic planning for the research enterprise. Dr. Falk-Krzesinski’s engagement activities emphasize building partnerships around important issues related to: scholarly communication and open science; research data and data science; research information and data management; research analytics and measuring impact; collaboration and interdisciplinary research; economic development; and, early career researcher development.  Dr. Falk-Krzesinski is also broadly involved in promoting early career researchers and women leaders in STEM, serving on the NIH’s BEST program External Scientific Panel and as Editor-in-Chief for the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) Magazine. She also serves as a board-alternate for ORCID.  She launched the National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP) in 2008, serving as the organization's founding president and continues to teach grantsmanship courses in the Philanthropy and Nonprofit program at Northwestern University.

Ludivine Allagnat

Ludivine Allagnat is Senior Manager for Elsevier's Global Academic Relations team, based in Tokyo. She joined Elsevier in 2013 and is involved in building collaborative relationships with universities, research institutions and governments to sustain and enhance their research and innovation capabilities. Prior to joining Elsevier, she was in charge of media relations, branding promotion, program and event planning for an S&T international forum held in Japan.

Ann GabrielAnnG2

Ann Gabriel is Vice President for Academic & Research relations at Elsevier, based in New York.  She has held a variety of positions at the forefront of scholarly communication, most recently as Elsevier’s Publishing Director for journals in Computer Science and Engineering, as well as electronic product development roles with Elsevier’s ScienceDirect, and previously Cambridge University Press.  She has served as adjunct faculty at New York University.

She is a member the Association of American Publishers (AAP) / Professional/Scholarly Publishing (PSP) Executive Committee.  She holds a master’s degree in communications from the University of Pennsylvania.