Women Who Inspire Series

About This Program

This program provides space for middle school and high school girls and boys to be inspired by a host of women who have moved the needle in STEAM. This quarterly program is hosted directly in Title 1 schools or at an offsite location to which we bus students. Audience members are invited to listen to a panel of women leaders in STEAM, from CEOs of biotechnology companies, to award-winning engineers, and beyond. The program also includes an interactive component, unique to the featured company. Women Who Inspire sends an inclusive message about what makes a successful STEAM professional, exposes students to careers and career paths they may not have known existed and empowers them to envision themselves in these roles, and helps students recognize career-relevant STEAM skills. 



Sponsored by: 

November 18, 2021 | 10am-1pm

*This event is private and has been curated for students of Clairemont High School


Lisa Witte | President, Fisher Scientific Channel, North America and Emerging Markets

Lisa Witte

President, Fisher Scientific Channel, North America and Emerging Markets

Lisa Witte currently serves Thermo Fisher Scientific as President of the Fisher Scientific Channel for North America and Emerging Markets. Previously, from July 2012 until December 2014, Lisa was Vice President and General Manager of Portable Analytical Instruments within Thermo Fisher located in Tewksbury, MA. Lisa joined the company in 1995, when it was Fisher Scientific, holding a variety of sales leadership roles. Lisa worked for Fisher Scientific for eight years before pursuing other opportunities with Unisource and Promega Corporation. In 2009, Lisa came back to Thermo Fisher as Vice President and General Manager of Cold Storage products and services in Asheville, NC, before moving to her Portable Analytical Instruments role.

Lisa began her career as a sales representative for Corning Glass Works. She has over 30 years of experience in the Life Sciences Research market in various capacities.  

Internally, Lisa is the executive global sponsor of the Veteran’s Employee Resource Group (ERG) and very involved in many other ERGs at the Pittsburgh site. She is also a member of the Talent Review Board for the Graduate Leadership Development Program as well as part of the General Manager Advisory Board.

Lisa received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. Lisa lives in Sewickley, PA, with her husband, Mark Witte, and one of their three children.

Olive N. Ewule

Olive N. Ewule

Scientist, Analytical Chemist | Molecular Assemblies, Inc.

Olive Ewule is originally from Cameroon, West Africa, and a first-generation graduate. Currently, she works as an Analytical Chemist at Molecular Assemblies, Inc. where she purifies and does Quality Control of substrates used for enzymatic synthesis of DNA. Prior to that, she did Postdoctoral Research at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville from 2016 to 2019. Her research cut across the fields of Chemistry, Biochemistry, DNA damage, and Mass Spectrometry. She attended graduate School at Auburn University, Alabama from 2011 to 2016 with a specialty in Biochemistry-Enzymology. She obtained her BSc. And MSc. At University of Buea in Cameroon, West Africa. Olive currently lives in San Diego, CA with her husband and their 3-year-old son.

Ingred Holliday

Ingred Holliday

Director of Corporate Accounts | Thermo Fisher Scientific

Ingred Holliday is a Director within the Corporate Accounts team at Thermo Fisher Scientific focused on Global Biotech in Southern California.  Over her 24-year career, Ingred has held commercial and operational roles in the telecommunications, information management, pharmaceutical and research fields.  Her fluency in Spanish opened the door with her first opportunity in the medical field and her multi-cultural background has allowed her to see diverse viewpoints from different groups.  In 2020 she was awarded the Circle of Excellence award for her segment. She works on enabling her customers by linking various divisions at Thermo Fisher Scientific to create the best solution.  Ingred received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington in addition to completing training programs in clinical research, sales, and project management.

Merete Miles

Merete Miles

Sr. Director Sustainability, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Life Science Businesses

Merete leads the Environmental Sustainability team, supporting the Life Science Businesses of Thermo Fisher Scientific. Her passion is to deliver sustainable solutions that reduces operational cost and adds value to Thermo Fisher and our customers.  A main priority is to contribute to our company sustainability goal of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050. To achieve this ambitious goal the team is working on reducing energy consumption and switching to green energy sources, achieving zero waste at our sites globally, creating more sustainable products and delivery methods and identifying product takeback and recycling solutions for product waste and packaging. 

Merete has 20+ years experience applying Safety, Environmental Compliance, Sustainability and Productivity principles to daily operations, new construction, new operations and building shutdowns in the life science industry.

Caroline Obert

Caroline Obert

Staff Scientist | Element BioSciences

Caroline Obert is a first-generation college graduate, having earned a Bachelors of Arts in Biochemistry from Regis College, as well as her Masters Degree in Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology and PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Yale University. She has worked with Next Generation Sequencing technology since 2007 when she established the Genome Sequencing Lab at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  Her current work focuses on optimizing high throughput preparation of samples for sequencing with Element Biosciences.

2021 Festival Gold Sponsors

We Love Our Sponsors!

It takes true community spirit and engagement to build a successful Festival Week and momentum to support ongoing programs. Our mission is to provide meaningful year-round STEAM experiences for youth and adults alike in San Diego, and throughout the state of CA through our virtual platform.

2021 Sponsors  2021 Sponsor Packet

Contact Us

Want to attend?

Want to get involved?

Have a question?

Send us a message and we will get back with you right away!