Entrepreneurship Institute Conference

Keynote Speaker


Dr. Carole Emilie Baddour
Assistant Professor and ABET Coordinator
Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Management

Wilkes University

Early Bird Special
Women in Engineering– Where we are and where we need to be

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Although women have made gains over the last fifty years in STEM fields, they still lag far behind especially in the field of engineering. This talk will look at some of the reasons, address ways to help increase the numbers, and show why it matters to all the constituencies involved.

Dr. Carole Emilie Baddour received her doctorate degree in Chemical Engineering from McGill University. Her research is in the area of nanomaterials, and she holds a patent with Arkema (France) for a carbon nanotube synthesis method. She currently is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Management at Wilkes University. She also serves as the ABET coordinator, overseeing the department’s accreditation process.

Carole has a deep interest in teaching, especially in the areas of hybrid and active learning. She has presented a workshop on the use of technology in teaching using Evernote. She also is part of the effort to increase the number of underrepresented minorities and women in STEM fields, especially engineering.

Carole was born in Canada and speaks French and English. She now lives in the Back Mountain area.

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Lindsay Griffith
Incoming President 
Greater Wyoming Valley Chamber of Commerce

Opening Keynote
We Want You!

Innovating Our Future Together in NEPA Through Engagement, Entrepreneurship, and Collaboration

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Lindsay is a graduate of LaSalle University, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business. She began her career at the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber as the Events & Programs Manager and has since worked her way to her current position of Executive Vice-President & Chief Operating Officer. In January of 2021, she will become the President and CEO and will be the first woman and young professional to hold the position since the organization began in 1884. As the EVP/COO, she manages and oversees the daily operations of the chamber and its dynamic team of catalytic community leaders. This includes 40-50 programs and events a year, oversight of a membership of 600+ in the business community, budgeting, strategic planning, and all new and continuing initiatives, including the operation and integration of all economic development programs and initiatives including Wilkes-Barre Connect. In the past, she has worked for Comcast Spectacor – Philadelphia 76ers, Wachovia Arena, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs and Genetti Hotel & Conference Center. Lindsay is very passionate and engaged with the community and is a board member and committee member of several organizations in NEPA all working towards the betterment of our area. These include being a board member of the United Way of Wyoming Valley, Northeast Sight Services, The Osterhout Library, CASA of Luzerne County, The Pennsylvania Association of Chamber Professionals, Fork Over Love & she is currently the Board Chair of the Greater Wyoming Valley Area YMCA.
She was born and raised in Northeastern Pennsylvania and currently resides in West-Pittston and is proud to be able to live, work in play in the area she grew up in and be able to make a difference each day.

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