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The Women in the Room: Science, Technology and Innovation

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Date Aired:4/7/2021

Duration:60 minutes

On behalf of the Smithsonian American Women's History Initiative and Bloomberg’s New Voices program, you are invited to The Women in the Room, a virtual celebration of women leaders in science, technology and innovation.

The evening will include a retrospective discussion with Smithsonian experts to better understand the trailblazers who paved the way, as well as a panel discussion with Kathrin Jansen, Senior Vice President, Head of Vaccine Research and Development at Pfizer, Fei-Fei Li, Sequoia Professor in the Computer Science Department at Stanford University and Denning Co-Director of Stanford’s Human-Centered AI Institute, Priscilla Chan, Co-founder and co-CEO at Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and Anne Schuchat, Principal Deputy Director of the CDC.

Finally, we will explore specific initiatives that are empowering women in science and technology, including the Bloomberg New Voices program, a leading global media initiative to raise visibility and amplify opinions of women and ethnically diverse executives in finance, media, technology and other industries where they are under-represented.


• The Women in the Room: Science, Technology and Innovation hosted by Alix Steel, Bloomberg Television anchor

• Welcome Remarks: Lonnie G. Bunch III, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution

• Smithsonian Presentation

• Panel Discussion with:
  • Priscilla Chan, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Chan-Zuckerburg Initiative 
  • Kathrin Jansen, Head of Vaccine Research and Development, Pfizer
  • Fei-Fei Li, Co-Director, Institute for Human-Centered AI, Stanford University
  • Anne Schuchat, Principal Deputy Director of CDC

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  • New Voices - Bloomberg News' Laura Zelenko


Alix Steel

News Anchor

Bloomberg Television

Lonnie G Bunch III


Smithsonian Institution

Priscilla Chan MD

Co-founder and Co-CEO

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Kathrin Jansen Ph.D.

Senior Vice President and Head of Vaccine Research & Development


Fei-Fei Li Ph.D.

Sequoia Professor, Computer Science Department; Denning Co-Director

Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI)

Anne Schuchat MD

Principal Deputy Director


Ellen Stofan Ph.D.

Under Secretary for Science and Research

Smithsonian Institution

Laura Zelenko

Senior Executive Editor

Bloomberg News

Evelyn Erskine

Corporate Philanthropy

Bloomberg L.P.

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