Our Focus and Program

Design-thinking workshops, Flash Talks

SHARING SOLUTIONS 2017, a two-day think tank and conference, will focus on the theme "Partnering for Impact," exploring the power of partnerships, as well as the key ingredients for what makes a sustainable partnershipA recent white paper, which captures the energy and excitement of the 2016 event, can be downloaded by clicking here.

Program Schedule 


 March 16, 2017

 4:00-4:30 p.m.Registration
 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Cocktail Hour and STEM Challenge Activities: Complete your Partnership Passport and network with other participants!

6:00-7:30 p.m. 

Welcome Dinner and Keynote Address by Dr. Melinda Einsla, Research Scientist at Dow Chemical Company



 March 17, 2017

 8:00-9:00 a.m.Registration and Breakfast
 9:00-10:00 a.m.Welcome and Keynote Address by Kim Cassidy, President of Bryn Mawr College
 10:00-11:00 a.m.Flash Talks: Presentations about partnership models that work including the outcomes and impact.
11:00-12:00 p.m.

Defining Partnership: During this breakout session, attendees will break into cohorts to unpack and identify the specific parts, purposes, and complexities of a successful partnership. Working in small groups, you will then have a chance to examine existing STEM pipeline partnerships and create a framework for new partnerships to be started at the conference.

12:00-1:00 p.m.Lunch
1:00-1:30 p.m.

Design Thinking Challenges in TFI Exhibits: Take a break from your cohort and network with other attendees while you race against the clock to solve mini design challenges embedded within the exhibits at the Franklin Institute! You will have a chance to complete one or more challenges, focusing on topics like:

  • empathy - understanding your user

  • ideation - brainstorming outside the box

  • prototyping - building to learn
1:30-2:30 p.m.

Design Studio: In this second breakout, attendees will again work in cohorts to reflect on their experiences with the design challenges and begin to tackle the question of "How might we design partnerships to advance girls and women in STEM? In smaller groups, teams will use design thinking to identify a specific group of users who are affected by this challenge, craft a needs statement, and come up with concrete ways to address the challenge. Participants will walk away with action steps to develop or participate in new partnerships that will have a meaningful impact to advance girls in STEM.

2:30-3:00 p.m.Share Out and Reflection
3:00-3:15 p.m.Surveys and Evaluation
3:15-3:30 p.m.Closing from Larry Dubinski, President of TFI and Dr. Wendy Hill, Head of The Agnes Irwin School


CENTER FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF GIRLS   |   THE AGNES IRWIN SCHOOL   Ithan Avenue & Conestoga Road, Rosemont, PA 19010 Tel 610.525.8400     CONTACT US

powered by finalsite