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Monday, April 1 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Join us for SNACKS & CHATS for PART II of a two-part MASS AWIS Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Impact (IEI) Program. This introductory in-person workshop series is designed not only to help participants to operationalize their ideas but to address multiple pathways to execute them. Discussions will include technology and economic solutions, market analysis and customer acquisition, and maximizing impact.



Panelists bio

Jocelyn Foulke

Jocelyn Foulke is an experienced operations and strategy leader.  Jocelyn served for 17 years with the award-winning public charter school network Excel Academy Charter Schools, joining the organization in its startup stage.  Jocelyn served in multiple leadership roles, most recently as Managing Director of Operations during the network’s expansion to serve Massachusetts and Rhode Island students, in which role she contributed to the organization’s strategy and tackled challenges such as restructuring operations to support growth and expanding the school facilities portfolio. Jocelyn has also contributed to culture and people leadership, serving as a school building principal, leading various teams, and hiring and mentoring a diverse operations leadership team.  Jocelyn has consulted for organizations seeking to improve their operations procedures, reduce costs, and better align operations with their values. Jocelyn is a current Sloan Fellow MBA student at the MIT Sloan School of Business and is pivoting to climate tech and energy in order to apply her skills to scaling up decarbonization solutions.

Angeliki Diane Rigos

Dr. Angeliki Diane Rigos is a scientist, educator, and consultant interested in working across disciplines to promote sustainable solutions to global problems.
Dr. Rigos began her career as a Principal Scientist at Physical Sciences Inc. where she worked on defense and energy contracts.  She transitioned to an academic position as Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Merrimack College where she taught courses in chemistry, women in science and sustainable energy and science and energy policy. For twelve years, she also worked as an energy consultant at Levitan & Associates, Inc. with a focus on power price forecasting, LNG, fuel cells, and renewable technologies including onshore / offshore wind and solar photovoltaics.  In 2017, she became the Executive Director of the MIT Tata Center for Technology and Design.  In 2021, she founded the nonprofit Epistimi, Inc to expand the leadership training of women in STEMM globally.
Dr. Rigos holds a B.A. in Chemistry from Cornell University, a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. from Northeastern University.

Leila Deravi

Leila Deravi, is an Associate Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Northeastern University and co-Founder of a new startup, Seaspire Skincare. She is the recipient of the National Science Foundation’s early CAREER award, the American Chemical Society Polymer Materials Science and Engineering Young Investigator Award, and the Undergraduate Research Mentorship Award in Chemistry, Chemical Biology. Before she started her independent faculty career, Leila received her BS in Chemistry at the University of Alabama, and her Ph.D. in Chemistry at Vanderbilt University. She subsequently completed her postdoc in Bioengineering at Harvard University

Registration fee: Free to members and non-members

Registration deadline: Monday, April 1st, 3 pm

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Monday, April 1
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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Margaret Cheney Room, MIT
77 Massachusetts Ave. Building 3 Rooms 308/310
Cambridge, MA 02142 United States
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MASS AWIS is the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association for Women in Sciences. Our mission is to support women in all scientific fields and to achieve equity and full participation for women in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology. Our events and membership are open for the public regardless of their gender, professional background, or career level.