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July 20 – WIT FORUM – Exploring the “S” in STEM

The July Forum is a panel discussion featuring key leaders who are partnering with us because they are passionate visionaries committed to empowering women to explore the Sciences. Come join us as we talk about the various opportunities available in Atlanta for entrepreneurs, innovators, practitioners, scientists and technology professionals who are interested in the Sciences.

Moderator: Michelle Coward Wells
Lead Physicist
Piedmont Cancer Center

Michelle Coward Wells is the Lead Physicist with Piedmont Cancer Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
Wells began her career as a health physicist and has practiced Diagnostic and Therapeutic Medical Physics for the majority of her professional life. An employee of Piedmont Cancer for the past ten years, she is a clinically oriented physicist, responsible for the day-to-day technical operations of the Gamma Knife unit and several radiation oncology centers, whose offerings cover a majority of current patient treatment options. She has supervised the technical installation of linear accelerators and managed their start up to a successful outcome. Her experience in program implementation includes RapidArc, IMRT, brachytherapy, stereotactic, and 3D external beam treatments. She has personally planned hundreds of patient treatments.

She is board certified in both Therapeutic Medical Physics and Diagnostic Radiological Physics by The American Board of Radiology and participates in their Maintenance of Certification program. Her professional memberships include The American College of Radiology, the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), and the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology. As a member of the AAPM, Wells service on the Membership Committee, the Task Group 217: Strategies for Effective Physics Plan and Chart Review in Radiation Therapy, and the Work Group on Prevention of Errors in Radiation Oncology.
A native of Latta, South Carolina, Wells graduated cum laude from Francis Marion University in Florence, South Carolina with a dual bachelor’s degree in physics and mathematics. She is a past recipient of the Benjamin Wall Ingram III Young Alumnus Award from Francis Marion University. As a Presidential Fellow at Georgia Institute of Technology, she earned a Master of Science degree in Health Physics.

Speaker: Kornelius Bankston
Director of Bioscience
Industry Expansion
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Kornelius Bankston, director of Bioscience, Industry Expansion, at the Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC), is responsible for supporting and enhancing MAC’s efforts to retain, recruit and expand companies across the 29-county metro region. The Bioscience priority industries include, but are not limited to, medical devices, pharmaceutical, biotech and health IT. Kornelius also leads the Bioscience Leadership Council.
Prior to joining MAC, he served as the Program Manager at Morehouse School of Medicine’s Division of Industry Collaborative Research. He managed Morehouse School of Medicine’s industry sponsored clinical trials and relationships with pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device companies.
Prior to MSM, Kornelius was a Project Manager at the Georgia Department of Economic Development, where he managed Georgia’s relationships with the global Life Science and Biotechnology community.
Kornelius holds a Master of Business Administration from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a Master of Science in Biomolecular Chemistry from Emory University and Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Morehouse College.

Andrea Bowens-Jones, PhD
President and CEO
IDG Vision Consulting & Training
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Dr. Andrea Bowens-Jones is a former Procter & Gamble R&D Section Head. During her tenure she developed and led The Resident Scholar Program, a unique job shadowing experience to inspire minority youth to pursue careers in STEM. It is now a premiere program at Procter & Gamble and has since expanded its efforts to the Duracell Company. As President/CEO of IDG Vision Consulting & Training and Certified John Maxwell Coach, Speaker, and Trainer, Dr. Bowens-Jones passionately uses her gifts, talents, and experiences to continue expanding The Resident Scholar Program while inspiring, developing, and growing youth and professionals to become the highest expression of themselves.

Speaker: Dr. Carolyn Meltzer, MD, FACR
Emory School of Medicine
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Dr. Meltzer is a neuroradiologist and nuclear medicine physician who has enjoyed 17 years of NIH funding for her work in applying novel advanced imaging strategies to better understand brain structure-function relationships in normal aging, late-life depression, and Alzheimer’s disease. She is also involved in oncologic imaging research and, while at the University of Pittsburgh, oversaw the clinical evaluation of the world’s first combined PET/CT scanner. Dr. Meltzer has authored approximately 200 publications and lectured nationally and internationally. She currently serves as a member of the National Advisory Council for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering.

Dr. Meltzer joined the Emory School of Medicine in 2005, where she serves as the William P. Timmie Professor and Chair of the Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences and Associate Dean for Research. She established the Emory Center for Systems Imaging to broadly support the advance of imaging technologies in basic and translational research, including beta testing of the first human combined MRI/PET scanner. Over the past decade she has directed the Research Technologies Program for the Atlanta Clinical and Translational Science Institute. Reflective of Dr. Meltzer’s service to the field, she has served in numerous national leadership roles including Chair of the Neuroradiology Commission and Chair of the Research Commission on the American College of Radiology’s Board of Chancellors, President of the Academy of Radiology Research, Trustee of the Radiological Society of North America Foundation, and President of the American Society of Neuroradiology. Dr. Meltzer is a fellow of the American College of Radiology and the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, and in 2013 was inducted into the International Society of Strategic Studies in Radiology.

7:30 am – 8:00 am Continental Breakfast & Networking
8:00 am – 9:00 am Speaker/Panel Presentation with Q&A
9:00 am Event Ends

Advanced registration tickets are $35, and $30 for TAG members. You can also purchase a table of 10 at the TAG member rate of $300.

Registration will close the Monday before each event. 

Please note: walk-up registration price is $40 – register early to get discounted admission!



July 20, 2016

7:30 am - 9:00 am

Organizer: WIT Office



Ticket Prices

Advanced Registration:
General: $35
TAG members: $30
Table of 10: $300

Walk-up Registration: $40


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