Preparing Female Scientists and Engineers for
Successful Transitions into Entrepreneurship
Summary of a Workshop
Catherine Jay Didion, Rita S. Guenther, and Victoria Gunderson, Rapporteurs
Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine
Policy and Global Affairs
NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL
OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
NATIONAL ACADEMIES PRESS
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FROM SCIENCE TO BUSINESS Preparing Female Scientists and Engineers for Successful Transitions into Entrepreneurship Summar y of a Workshop Catherine Jay Didion, Rita S. Guenther, and Victoria Gunderson, Rapporteurs Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine Policy and Global Affairs NATIONAL ACADEMIES PRESS Washington, D.C. www.nap.edu
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COMMITTEE FOR FROM SCIENCE TO BUSINESS: PREPARING FEMALE SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS FOR SUCESSFUL TRANSITIONS INTO ENTREPRENEURSHIP WORKSHOP LILIAN WU, Chair, Program Executive, IBM Corporation ALICE AGOGINO (NAE),* Roscoe and Elizabeth Hughes Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley ALLAN FISHER, Senior Vice President, Laureate Education, Inc. SHELDON SCHUSTER, President, Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Science LYDIA VILLA-KOMAROFF, Chief Scientific Officer, Cytonome/ST, LLC SUSAN WESSLER (NAS),* Distinguished Professor of Genetics, University of California, Riverside STAFF CATHERINE DIDION, Director RITA S. GUENTHER, Program Officer WEI JING, Research Associate *Denotes members of the National Academy of Science (NAS), National Academy of Engineering (NAE), and Institute of Medicine (IOM). v
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COMMITTEE ON WOMEN IN SCIENCE, ENGINEERING, AND MEDICINE POLICY AND GLOBAL AFFAIRS NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL RITA R. COLWELL (NAS),* Chair, Distinguished Professor, University of Maryland, College Park and Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University ALICE AGOGINO (NAE),* Roscoe and Elizabeth Hughes Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley JOAN W. BENNETT (NAS),* Professor of Plant Biology and Pathology, Rutgers University JEREMY M. BERG (IOM), Associate Senior Vice Chancellor for Science, University of Pittsburgh VIVIAN PINN (IOM),* Director for Research on Women’s Health, National Institutes of Health, Emeritus PATRICIA TABOADA-SERRANO, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology LYDIA VILLA-KOMAROFF, Chief Scientific Officer, Cytonome/ST, LLC SUSAN WESSLER (NAS),* Distinguished Professor of Genetics, University of California, Riverside STAFF CATHERINE DIDION, Director RITA S. GUENTHER, Program Officer WEI JING, Research Associate *Denotes members of the National Academy of Science (NAS), National Academy of Engineering (NAE), and Institute of Medicine (IOM). vi
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PREFACE AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Scientists, engineers, and medical professionals play a vital role in building the 21st century science and technology enterprises that will create solutions and jobs critical to solving the large, complex, and interdisciplinary problems faced by society—problems in energy, sustainability, the environment, water, food, disease, and healthcare. As a growing percentage of the scientific and technological workforce, women need to participate fully not just in finding solutions to technical problems, but also in building the organizations responsible for the job creation that will bring these solutions to market and to bear on pressing issues. To accomplish this, it is important that more women in science and engineering become entrepreneurs in order to start new companies; create business units inside established organizations, mature companies, and the government; and/or function as social entrepreneurs focused on societal issues. Entrepreneurship represents a vital source of change in all facets of society, empowering individuals to seek opportunity where others see insurmountable problems. Technology entrepreneurship as a style of business leadership involves identifying high-potential, technology-intensive commercial opportunities, gathering resources such as talent and capital, and managing rapid growth and significant risks using principled decision-making skills. There is concern among experts that women are not adequately applying their technical training to entrepreneurship, certainly not at the same rate as men. We should be aware that in addition to educating women scientists and engineers in rigorous problem solving, it is equally important to provide exposure and training to impart the skills that will enable more women to move from the role of expert to that of leader in dynamic new business enterprises. As one workshop participant noted, women-owned businesses accounted for 40 percent of all privately- owned businesses in 2008, contributing $3 trillion to the U.S. economy.1 Women scientists and engineers are also needed to organize, create, and manage ventures in the not-for-profit world to effect social change. “Social entrepreneurship” creates ventures that interweave money- generation with the furtherance of social and environmental goals. In August 2009, the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine (CWSEM), convened a workshop entitled, “From Science to Business: Preparing Female Scientists and Engineers for Successful Transitions into Entrepreneurship” to assess the current status of women undertaking entrepreneurial activity in technical fields, to better understand the nature of the barriers they encounter, and to identify what it takes for women scientists and engineers to succeed as entrepreneurs. The workshop focused on women’s career transitions from academic science and engineering to entrepreneurship, with a goal of identifying knowledge gaps in women’s skills as well as experiences crucial to future success in business and critical for achieving leadership positions in entrepreneurial organizations. More than two- thirds of workshop participants were from academia, with the remainder from industry, non- 1 Susan Windham Bannister. “Bridging the Gaps: Entrepreneurship, Science, and Gender.” Presented at the workshop, August 31, 2009. vii
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profit organizations, independent consulting, and elsewhere. Among the academics, over 60 percent of the participants identified themselves as graduate students or postdoctoral researchers. This topic is a continuation of an earlier CWSEM workshop titled “From Doctorate to Dean or Director: Sustaining Women through Critical Transition Points in Science, Engineering, and Medicine,” which examined critical transition points in both academia and industry, and how to strengthen women’s participation and advancement during the process. CWSEM serves as a focal point on gender for the three academies: National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine. This workshop was an impetus for CWSEM to determine in 2011 that one of its focal points should be on innovation, job creation and the role of entrepreneurship in developing scientific career pathways. Over the course of the workshop that began on August 31, 2009, a wide variety of studies, panels, and reports demonstrated that the problem of preparing women scientists and engineers for successful transitions into entrepreneurship is multi-faceted. Technical entrepreneurship is of interest to women—and particularly young researchers—but access to entrepreneurial training and information resources is often lacking in home institutions. This summary provides an overview of the individual presentations and panel discussions at the workshop, in the order in which they were presented. It has been prepared by the workshop rapporteurs as a factual summary of what occurred at the workshop. The planning committee’s role was limited to planning and convening the workshop. The statements made in this summary are those of the rapporteurs or individual workshop participants and do not necessarily represent the views of all of the workshop participants, the planning committee, CWSEM, or the National Academies. This report has been reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the National Academies’ Report Review Committee. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making its published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the process. We wish to thank the following individuals for their review of this report: Joanne McGrath Cohoon, National Center for Women and Information Technology; Baat Enosh, University of Colorado; Mary Juhas, Ohio State University; Karla Shepard Rubinger, Rosalind Franklin Society; and Carolyn Vallas, University of Virginia. Although the reviewers listed above have provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the content of the report, nor did they see the final draft before its release. Responsibility for the final content of this report rests entirely with the rapporteurs and the institution. Lilian Wu, Chair Committee on Science to Business: Preparing Female Scientists and Engineers for Successful Transitions into Entrepreneurship viii
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CONTENTS 1 Entrepreneurial Careers of Women 1 E. J. Reedy, Manager, Research and Policy, Kauffman Foundation 1 2 Panel I: From Bench to Business: Career Paths for Ph.D.s 5 Laurel Smith-Doerr, Associate Professor of Sociology, Boston University 5 Lydia Villa-Komaroff, Chief Scientific Officer, Cytonome/ST, LLC 8 Susan Windham-Bannister, President and CEO, Massachusetts Life Science Center 10 3 Panel II: Aspects of Leadership in Biotechnology Careers 13 Judy Heyboer, Human Resources Consultant, Former Senior Vice President, Genentech, 13 Inc. Barbara Wallner, President and CEO, Chymic Therapeutics, Inc. 14 Lydia Villa-Komaroff, Chief Scientific Officer, Cytonome/ST, LLC 15 4 Panel III: Education to Prepare for Entrepreneurial Careers 17 Sheldon M. Schuster, President, Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences 17 Gail Naughton, Dean, College of Business, San Diego State University and Founder, 18 Advance Tissue Science, Inc. Michael Teitelbaum, Program Director, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation 19 Jessica Townsend, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Olin College 21 5 Studies on Entrepreneurship 23 Caroline Simard, Director of Research and Executive Programs, Anita Borg Institute for 23 Women and Technology Manwai (Candy) Ku, Researcher, Stanford University 26 6 Panel IV: Alternative Forms of Entrepreneurships in Sustainable Technologies: 29 Intrapreneurship in Corporations and Government, Social Entrepreneurship, and Traditional Entrepreneurship Sharon Nunes, Vice President, IBM Green Innovations 29 Maxine L. Savitz, General Manager for Technology Partnerships, Honeywell Inc. (retired) 30 and former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Conservation, U.S. Department of Energy Judith Giordan, Senior Advisor, National Collegiate Innovators and Inventors Alliance 30 Lucinda Sanders, CEO and Co-founder, National Center for Women & Information 31 Technology 7 Themes from the Workshop and Closing Remarks 33 Appendix A Workshop Agenda 35 ix
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Appendix B Committee on Women in Science, Engineering and Medicine: 39 Member Biographies Appendix C Speakers Biographies 43 Appendix D Workshop Participants 51 x