Caltech women's Network Summit


The Summit will be held at:
Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics
Hameetman Auditorium
1216 E. California Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91125

Saturday, April 28, 2018
9:00am - 4:00pm

Celebrate and be inspired by your network of fellow alumnae and current female students. The Summit will be a day of career-building workshops, opportunities for networking, and stimulating conversations.

All women* who graduated from Caltech are welcome to attend. 

*We use an inclusive definition of “woman” and “female” and we welcome transgender women, genderqueer women and non-binary people who are significantly female-identified.

Registration Fees:
Individual Registration: $145
Recent Alumna (received degree from 2008-2017): $85

Tentative Schedule

Registration and Continental Breakfast

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Keynote Address 'On Disruption and Being Disruptive...'
Regina Dugan (PhD '93)
Regina E. Dugan will discuss key insights in developing breakthrough technologies, the power of technological disruptions to shape our lives and our world—and, on a more personal level, the practice of courage and humility in becoming a disruptive force for change.
Followed by  a question and answer session

The Art and Science of Negotiation for Women in STEM
Sabrina Pasztor, PhD, Assistant Professor of Clinial Business Communication at USC Marshall School of Business

Morning Break

Speed Networking: Alumnae Connections


Introduction to Mindfulness as a Strategy for Self-Care
Gloria Kamler, MA, Instructor at the UCLA Mindfulness Awareness Research Center

Afternoon Break

Techers at Work: Alumnae Panel on Careers
Moderator: Sandra Tsing Loh (BS '83), Adjunct Associate Professor at UC Irvine in Drama and Science Communication and a 2001 Distinguished Alumna Award Recipient
Tashica W. Amirgholizadeh (PhD '04), Corporate Counsel, IP Litigation for Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Iram Parveen Bilal (BS '04), Director/Writer/Producer at Parveen Shah Productions
Leslie Lippard (BS '85), Associate Director, Pipeline and Portfolio Planning at Genentech
Sandy N. Ottensmann (BS '05), Director, Service Marketing and DBS at Beckman Coulter

Sponsored by the Caltech Center for Diversity’s Women Mentoring Women program


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Meet The Speakers


Regina Dugan
Engineer-artist. Doer-dreamer.  Scientific coach, mentor, taskmaster, technogeek.  Dr. Regina Dugan was previously Vice President of Engineering at Facebook, where she stood up and led Building 8.  Prior to joining Facebook, Regina led ATAP (the Advanced Technology and Projects team) at Google; served as a member of the senior leadership team at Google-owned Motorola Mobility; and was director of DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency).  She was the first woman to lead DARPA. Regina obtained her PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Caltech and her master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Virginia Tech.  In 2013, she was inducted in the Virginia Tech College of Engineering’s Academy of Engineering Excellence; and in 2017, she was the recipient of the Caltech Distinguished Alumni Award.  Regina is a member of the Boards of Directors of Zynga Inc. (ZNGA) and Varian Medical Systems, Inc. (VAR).


Sabrina Pasztor, PhD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Business Communication
USC Marshall School of Business

Professor Pasztor’s research focuses on digital and mass communication, (media history, media economics, and the media industry, specifically television programming); gender studies (organizational representations, discourse, workplace and pay equity), and popular culture. Her pedagogical expertise in academia includes strategic professional communication, business case analysis, the media industry/history and fandom, and gender communication. She is the author of several book chapters on the media industry, social media/technology and audience engagement. Prior to academia, Dr. Pasztor was a Senior Strategic Management Consultant at Pricewaterhouse LLP and IBM, implementing global organizational, communication and training strategy for Fortune 500 clients.





Gloria Kamler, MA
Instructor, UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center
Gloria Kamler, MA, is a holistic educator and stress relief expert, who has taught mindfulness meditation for the past 20 years. She facilitates all levels of the Mindful Awareness Practices or MAP classes at UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC). In addition to teaching at UCLA, Gloria leads mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) classes and retreats in Los Angeles as well as other U.S. cities and internationally. Over the course of her career, Gloria has trained with mindfulness leaders such as Jon Kabat-Zinn PhD, founder of the Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction program (MBSR), teachers at Spirit Rock Meditation Center as well as Shinzen Young, PhD., founder of  Vipassana Support International. Gloria earned her B.S. in education from the University of Michigan and an M.A. in guidance and counseling from Eastern Michigan University.  She has maintained a personal meditation practice for more than three decades and her dedication to living mindfully is an integral part of her life.

Sandra Tsing Loh
Adjunct Associate Professor at UC Irvine in Drama and Science Communication

Sandra Tsing Loh earned her BS in physics at Caltech, where she was honored with a Distinguished Alumna Award in 2001. She is a contributing editor to The Atlantic Monthly, and has been a regular contributor to NPR’s Morning Edition, APM’s Marketplace, and Ira Glass’ This American Life. She is the author of six books, including two New York Times Notable selections. Her most recent memoir, The Madwoman in the Volvo, became a successful stage play (most recently seen at Berkeley Rep) and has been since optioned by Paramount Television. She currently hosts the syndicated daily radio science minute The Loh Down on Science, and is an adjunct associate professor at UC Irvine in drama and science communication.