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Conference 2019

October 8-11, 2019

Bilita “Bili” S. Mattes

D.Ed. Provost
Chief Academic Officer

Bili Mattes has over twenty-five years of experience in higher education administration and leadership, academic outreach, and program innovation and development. Bili serves as Provost and Chief Academic Officer at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology. Harrisburg University is, a young STEM-focused institution of higher education built on a competency-based and technology-integrated educational model. As Provost, she is responsible for all aspects of academic and student affairs at the university to include development of all new academic programs and approvals; recruitment and supervision of faculty; oversight of curricular, academic policy, and student success. Bili is also the Executive Director of the STEM-UP Network, a social enterprise powered by Harrisburg University that supports the recruitment and advancement of women in STEM professions through leadership development, a strong and growing network of woman professionals, and mentoring programs. The STEM-UP community is expanding to Philadelphia and Maryland and beyond.


Morning Keynote: Women in STEM
9 October 2019 09:00 AM–09:45 AM

The Business Case for More Women in STEAM Professions There is a shortage of professionals with expertise and competency in STEAM given the growing demand for these skills worldwide. This creates a true workforce problem. By simply addressing gender equity in STEAM, trillions of dollars could be added to the global economy. Dr. Mattes will frame and discuss the issue of gender equity in STEAM and speak to the challenges and opportunities that we face with this issue now and going forward.