Women's Roundtable Pre-Summit

The Women’s Roundtable Pre-Summit is a developmental and networking opportunity for participants to acknowledge, explore and invest in the promotion of the experiences of girls and women, particularly in STEM fields. The Women’s Roundtable brings approximately 300 participants together to emphasize the importance of education, self-care and preservation. It also focuses on the tools and skill sets necessary to cope with and navigate exclusionary educational and professional environments that many girls and women encounter.

These sessions and keynote speeches, held a day prior to Clemson University’s Men of Color National Summit, will bring heightened awareness to these issues for all participants and provide networks of support and mentoring to girls and women in attendance.

The inaugural Women’s Roundtable Pre-Summit is sponsored by GE and Clemson University and will be held on November 3, 2021, at the Greenville Convention Center in Greenville, South Carolina. The Pre-Summit will feature Vanessa Wyche, acting director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center, keynote speaker Soledad O’Brien (journalist and host of “Matter of Fact”), a panel of women STEM professionals, and various roundtable conversations regarding academic, career and personal achievement.

Register here for the Women’s Roundtable. Registration is $25 and will remain open until capacity is filled. If you are a student (middle/high school/undergraduate/graduate), please email for instructions for free registration.

Contact Information

For questions and additional information, contact Kendra Stewart-Tillman at stewar5@clemson.edu or 864-656-7625.

Women’s Roundtable Agenda

8-9 a.m. — Arrival and Continental Breakfast
9-9:15 a.m. — Welcome and Opening Remarks - Clemson University and GE Representatives
9:15-10 a.m. — Opening Speech by Vanessa Wyche (interim director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center)
10-10:10 a.m. — Break
10:10-11:10 a.m. — STEAM Panel featuring women professionals from multiple fields
11:10-11:20 a.m. — Break and Lunch Transition
11:20 a.m.-12:50 p.m.— Lunch and Keynote by Soledad O’Brien (journalist and host of “Matter of Fact”)
12:50-1:10 p.m. — Break and Transition to Roundtables
1:10-2:30 p.m. — Various Roundtables (two 30-minute sessions for each table)
2:30-3:15 p.m. — Closing Speech with Tanaya Winder (poet, writer, artist and educator)
3:15-3:30 p.m. — Final Remarks

Women’s Roundtable Speakers

  • Vanessa Wyche
    Vanessa Wyche
    Director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center

  • Soledad O'Brien
    Soledad O’Brien 
    Journalist and Host of “Matter of Fact”

  • Tanaya Winder
    Tanaya Winder
    Poet, Writer, Artist and Educator

  • Jil Littlejohn Bostick
    Jil Littlejohn Bostick
    STEM Panel Moderator, Head of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Winnebago Industries

Women's Roundtable Committee Members

  • Serita Acker
  • Sharetta Buford
  • Jodi Cox
  • Lori Dickes
  • Corrine Grant
  • Akiebia Hicks
  • Timneisha Holmes
  • Jameka Jackson
  • Hannah Johnson
  • Danielle McFarquhar
  • Sebastien Pinto
  • Kate Radford
  • Trish Robinson
  • Mahin Sandoval-Chavez
  • Kendra Stewart-Tillman
  • Katie Thurston
  • Rosy Vazquez
  • Rachel Wagner
  • Debbie Williams